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Posted: May 02, 2011
Two BYU chemistry professors have been using their knowledge of bacteria to turn waste into energy for quite some time, and now they’re taking their craft on the road — to China!
Jaron Hansen, a professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, and Lee Hansen, an emeritus faculty member from the same department, recently traveled to the world’s most populous country to unveil the biogas conditioning system they built for the Chinese government ...
Posted: Apr 29, 2011
Years ago, identical twin baby boys received a blood transfusion tainted with HIV. Today, one twin is relatively healthy with a near-normal immune system, but his brother is five years behind on the growth chart and has developed many complications.
A BYU research team studied how the virus evolved differently in each patient and published one of three recent BYU studies on the deadly virus. Another study analyzed the genetic changes in the virus during ...
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.
“Sometimes there ...
Posted: Mar 24, 2011
Dr. James Patterson was one of nine professors nationwide invited to speak at the 58th Annual Western Spectroscopy Association Conference last month. This is the first time in more than 10 years a BYU professor was invited to speak at the conference.
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 ...
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 ...
Posted: Feb 04, 2011
Dr Joshua L Price will be joining the faculty in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry on June 15. Dr. Price received his BS degree in Biochemistry at BYU and his PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is presently working at The Scripps Research Institute with Dr. Jeffery Kelley. Dr. Price just published a paper in Science. To see the article, go to this website:http://www.sciencemag.org/content/331/6017/571.full ...
Posted: Jan 27, 2011
Professor Richard Watt and his chemistry students suspected that a common protein could potentially react with sunlight and harvest its energy – similar to what chlorophyll does during photosynthesis.