Chemistry News

Iowa State chemist Malika Jeffries-EL designs new polymer structures for use as ‘plastic electronics’

Malika Jeffries-EL, an Iowa State assistant professor of chemistry, is designing new organic polymer structures that conduct electricity and could be useful in solar cells, light-emitting diodes and thin-film transistors. News release.

Keith Woo, ISU & Ames Lab researcher, hunts for green catalysts

Keith Woo of Iowa State University and the Ames Laboratory is looking for cleaner, greener and cheaper catalysts. Woo and his research group are turning to biology for some ideas. And they're developing high-throughput approaches to quickly test a reaction using up to a hundred trillion different catalysts. News release.

Iowa State, Ames Lab researchers describe the pump that bacteria use to resist drugs

A research team led by Edward Yu of Iowa State University and the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory is identifying the structure of pumps that allow bacteria to resist toxins. Their discoveries are published in the Feb. 24 issue of the journal Nature.News release.

Chemist Mei Hong featured on the NSF's Discoveries website for 'Fighting the Flu'

Iowa State chemist Mei Hong uses NMR to study flu proteins in-depth to identify virus vulnerabilities. See the story from the National Science Foundation's Discoveries website. (Image: Nicolle Rager Fuller, National Science Foundation). NSF's Discovery

Thiel named Corbett Professor

Patricia Thiel, Distinguished Professor in Liberal Arts and Sciences and professor of chemistry at Iowa State University, has been named the next John D. Corbett Professor in Chemistry. More info...

Thomas Holme (top), Patricia Thiel (middle), and John Verkade (bottom) named AAAS Fellows

AMES, Iowa - Nine researchers from Iowa State University - two of them are also affiliated with the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory - have been named fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). More info...

Spectroscopy demo leads to flu discoveries

Mei Hong's studies of the flu virus have landed in Nature and Science, high-profile journals that regularly create science headlines across the globe. In both papers published this year, the Iowa State chemistry professor and associate of the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory made important discoveries about the virus while demonstrating the capabilities of solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy to study the virus. more info...

Nicola Pohl receives innovation award

Four Iowa State women were among 10 award winners at the Technology Association of Iowa's third annual Women of Innovation ceremony, held Nov. 11 in West Des Moines. More info...

Jerome D. Smith, ('84, Corbett group) to receive the 2010 DuPont Excellence Award

The 2010 DuPont Excellence Awards honor employees worldwide who have made extraordinary achievements in science, engineering, sustainable growth, and marketing and sales. Jerome Smith ('84 Corbett group) and three others of Electronics & Communications/Microcircuit Materials were selected to receive the Bolton/Carothers Innovative Science Award, which recognizes creative scientific invention or discovery that results in a recently commercialized new product, technology, or business generating significant revenue with the potential for sustainable earnings. They received the award for Fodel® Bus Electrode Technology for Plasma Display Panels, eliminating lead and the rare metal ruthenium in the black pigment/conductive paste electrode assembly for the panels. All of the 2010 DuPont Excellence Awards will be celebrated on Tuesday, January 18, 2011 at The DuPont Country Club in Wilmington, Delaware.

Jerome D. Smith, ('84, Corbett group) to receive the 2010 DuPont Excellence Award

The 2010 DuPont Excellence Awards honor employees worldwide who have made extraordinary achievements in science, engineering, sustainable growth, and marketing and sales. Jerome Smith ('84 Corbett group) and three others of Electronics & Communications/Microcircuit Materials were selected to receive the Bolton/Carothers Innovative Science Award, which recognizes creative scientific invention or discovery that results in a recently commercialized new product, technology, or business generating significant revenue with the potential for sustainable earnings. They received the award for Fodel® Bus Electrode Technology for Plasma Display Panels, eliminating lead and the rare metal ruthenium in the black pigment/conductive paste electrode assembly for the panels. All of the 2010 DuPont Excellence Awards will be celebrated on Tuesday, January 18, 2011 at The DuPont Country Club in Wilmington, Delaware.

Iowa State, Ames Laboratory scientists advance the understanding of the big getting bigger

Iowa State University and Ames Laboratory scientists are studying a process called coarsening, a branch of surface chemistry that examines how objects of different sizes transform into fewer objects with larger average sizes. James Evans and Patricia Thiel say a better understanding of the process could improve the stability of nanoscale technologies. They describe the emerging field of study in the Oct. 29 issue of the journal Science. more info...

Iowa State, Ames Lab chemists discover proton mechanism used by flu virus to infect cells

Chemists led by Mei Hong of Iowa State University and the Ames Laboratory have discovered the shuttle mechanism that relays protons from a healthy cell into a flu virus. The proton movement is an important part of the flu virus life cycle. The findings are published in the Oct. 22 issue of the journal Science. more info...

Iowa State, USDA researchers discover eye test for neurological diseases in livestock

Jacob Petrich and his collaborators have discovered that the eyes of sheep infected with scrapie return an intense, almost-white glow when they're hit with blue light. That finding suggests technologies can be developed to quickly and noninvasively test for transmissible spongiform encephalopathies and progressive and fatal neurological diseases such as mad cow disease. more info...

Chemistry doctoral program ranks high in new rankings by National Research Council

The National Research Council has released rankings of more than 5,000 doctoral programs across the United States and 50 programs at Iowa State University. Iowa State's programs in statistics, chemistry, agricultural sciences, physics, electrical engineering and economics earned high rankings. more info...

Jacob Petrich selected as Honorary Member of Golden Key International Honour Society

Golden Key is a collegiate honor society that recognizes outstanding academic performance and high achieving individuals in all academic fields of study. Each year, five individuals are selected as Honorary Members due to their outstanding achievements at Iowa State University. Dr. Petrich.s selection was based on his commitment to higher education and his outstanding job in service to the Chemistry Department as well as the university.

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