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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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Several BYU Professors Organize Symposia at Pittcon Conference & Expo in Orlando, Florida

Posted: Feb 08, 2010

BYU will be very well-represented at this year’s Pittcon Conference & Expo. Pittcon’s website describes the event as “the world’s annual premier Conference and Exposition on laboratory science.” The list of participants from BYU includes: Paul B. Farnsworth, Adam T. Woolley, Daniel C. Austin, Matthew R. Linford, and Milton L. Lee.

The weeklong event will take place Feb. 28 to Mar. 5 in Orlando, FL. It is organized by the Pittsburgh Conference ...

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A Study by Dr. Barry Willardson and Co-Workers Published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

Posted: Dec 14, 2009

A study by Dr. Barry Willardson and graduate student Nathan Itoga was published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences journal for their work with G proteins. PNAS is regarded as one of the top scientific journals in the world. The study describes the flexibility of G proteins when combined with certain binding partners. The findings will aid the development of drugs to counter diseases that disrupt G-protein signaling. Dr. Willardson was invited to ...

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Chemistry Professor Honored with Award

Posted: Dec 04, 2009

The College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences and the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry are pleased to announce that Dr Paul Farnsworth has received the Distinguished Service Award from the Society for Applied Spectrometry (SAS).

The award was formally presented at the 2009 Federation of Analytical Chemis­try and Spectroscopy Societies meeting in Lousiville, Ky., on October 20th.
Farnsworth received the award primar­ily in recognition of his twelve years of service as editor of ...

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2009 Chemistry and Biochemistry Awards Banquet

Posted: Apr 28, 2009

The Chemistry and Biochemistry Department hosted its 2009 Awards banquet on April 8. The catered dinner included winners from the Spring Research Conference as well as undergraduate awards, undergraduate research awards, graduate student awards and graduate research fellowships. Winners are as listed below. Spring Research Conference winners were Marie Chilton (co- with Allen), Na Li, Elisabeth Pound, Changna Wang, Jie Xuan, Thomas Ence, Jon Low, Allen Nicholson (co- with Marie) and Michael Wood. The ACS ...

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Fundamental Reaction Mechanisms

Posted: Mar 10, 2009

The development of short-pulsed lasers has allowed for direct probing of chemical reactions in real time. Typically, one laser pulse is used to initiate a chemical reaction, and a second pulse is used to probe the intermediates or products some time later. Chemical reactions in condensed phases are especially well suited to these techniques, since the steps in the reactions occur very fast, usually on a time scale shorter than a nanosecond. My research focuses ...

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BYU Researchers Develop Method for Efficient Creation of Type 2 Diabetes Drugs

Posted: Oct 13, 2005

A group of Brigham Young University chemists has developed a cheaper, more efficient way of producing a synthetic molecule that is widely used in modern prescription drugs.

The team was led by BYU chemistry professor Merritt Andrus, who worked with graduate student Erik Hicken and undergraduate students Jeff Stevens and Karl Bedke.

Their discovery could have broad implications in the discovery, production, and possibly the cost of many forthcoming drugs.

Many next-generation prescription drugs, currently ...

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