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Dr. Daniel Ess, Assistant Professor, Becomes a Principal Investigator in the Department of Energy Center for Catalytic Hydrocarbon Functionalization

Posted: Oct 27, 2010

Professor Daniel Ess, the newest member of the BYU Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry faculty, was recently appointed to the Center for Catalytic Hydrocarbon Functionalization (CCHF), a prestigious energy frontier research center funded by the U.S. Department of Energy.

Dr. Ess will be joining the CCHF as a principal investigator. “This means I am one of 12 professors at institutions from around the US that are focused on designing catalysts to selectively functionalize hydrocarbons ...

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Chem Professor Receives Grant, Strengthens Antibiotics

Posted: Feb 12, 2010

Paul Savage, a faculty member in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, recently received a $2.9 million research grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). The grant will fund Savage's continuing research on a family of antimicrobial agents that he developed called ceragenins.

Savage refers to ceragenins as “mimics” of the body's antimicrobial peptides, compounds that act as the body’s front-line defenses against infection and many diseases ...

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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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