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Finding Proteins With Laser Vision

Posted: Apr 15, 2011

Finding and studying important proteins has become more efficient and more accurate using newly developed laser technology in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Brigham Young University.

Because proteins are involved in almost every function within the human body, scientists are extremely interested in understanding how they work. During the last two years Dr. Paul Farnsworth and graduate student Matt Heywood have been fine-tuning a new method for detecting and studying proteins.

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Waste Into Renewable Energy

Posted: Mar 23, 2011

Slaughterhouse waste, manure, algae, sawdust, used cooking oil. What common factor unites these seemingly unrelated materials? They are all, in fact, sources of natural energy.

Thanks to Jaron Hansen, a faculty member in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, and Lee Hansen, an emeritus professor of the same department, waste of all kinds may now be used to produce electricity. To market their innovative system, the pair created their own company called Anaerobic Digestion Technology ...

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Playing With Scientific Puzzle Pieces

Posted: Feb 08, 2011

Have you ever considered playing with puzzles as part of a scientific researcher’s job description? While they may not be your typical jigsaw brain teasers, it turns out that piecing puzzles together is a normal activity for scientists.

Liquid chromatographers regularly find occasion to apply their puzzle-solving skills as they work to identify the chemicals in a given substance by forcing samples through a capillary tube via liquid pressure. It requires a lot of ...

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Detecting Cancer With a Prick of a Finger

Posted: Nov 17, 2010

Researchers at BYU have created a micro device that could both decrease the amount of blood and time needed to test for cancer-markers in a patient’s blood.

Chemistry professor Adam Woolley’s research, published in a recent issue of the journal, Lab on a Chip, details the device and technique that would allow for effective detection of biomarkers in a blood sample in a matter of minutes rather than days or weeks.

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Dr. Jaron Hansen and Research Group Reach Finals at Utah Innovation Awards

Posted: May 17, 2010

Dr. Hansen and his research group from BYU, including students Logan Shumway and Kade Lyman, were chosen as finalists at the 2010 Utah Innovation Awards Luncheon. The luncheon was held April 29, 2010, at the Marriott City Center in Salt Lake City.

More than 300 individuals attended the luncheon. Jason P. Perry, Chief of Staff for Governor Gary R. Herbert, provided opening remarks and Amanda Dickson, KSL Radio Announcer and Author, delivered the keynote address ...

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Chem Professor Develops Early Cancer Detector

Posted: Feb 08, 2010

When the threat is cancer, the current three-day waiting period for test results can be a tense, long stretch of time.

But if Adam Woolley, a BYU professor specializing in analytical chemistry, has his way, those at risk for cancer will soon receive their test results in only thirty minutes. That means quick, convenient and reliable cancer detection while you wait. Woolley’s new early cancer detection technology is a big deal at a small ...

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Professor Develops Next-Gen Data Disc

Posted: Feb 08, 2010

Matthew Linford, a faculty member in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, was recently involved in the development of a next-generation disc capable of storing data for up to 1,000 years.

Teaming with BYU information technologies professor Barry Lunt, Linford lent his expertise in surface properties of materials to the project and helped develop an optical data disc with a much longer lifespan than previously thought possible.

Lunt, the project’s progenitor, realized during ...

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