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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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Chemists Turn Gold to Purple- On Purpose

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.


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Professor Researches Cure for Preeclampsia

Posted: Jan 25, 2011

There is a disease that only pregnant women can get: preeclampsia. It is responsible for up to 76,000 maternal and 500,000 infant deaths every year, according to the official preeclampsia website.

Though relatively easy to diagnose, there are currently no effective treatments for preeclampsia and no known cause. Characterized by high blood pressure and protein in the urine, preeclampsia is closely related to pregnancy-induced hypertension. If the disease progresses, the only solution is ...

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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. 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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BYU Graduate Students Receive Recognition at Two International Conferences

Posted: Sep 16, 2010

News Release:

BYU graduate students, Landon A. Wiest and David S Jensen, in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, recently received recognition at two international conferences in the summer of 2010.

At HPLC 2010, in Boston, MA (June, 2010), Landon Wiest was nominated for the Csaba Horvath Young Scientist Award and was accordingly given an opportunity to share his research with the chromatography community by delivering a podium presentation. We estimate that 300 – 400 people ...

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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 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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