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2014 News

Fall 2014

Science Equipment Excellence Fund benefits chemistry instructional laboratories. (see Rob Enslin's article)

July 2014

Mathew Maye awarded 3 year NSF grant to study the synthesis of stainless nanoparticles. (see Rob Enslin's article)


Robert Doyle and Carlos Castaneda have been awarded a $100,000 grant from Shimadzu Corporation (Japan). The award will be used to aid in the purchase of a new LC/MS/MS Triple-Quad mass spectrometer.

June 2014

Elizabeth Raymond, a graduate student in the Department of Chemistry at SU, received a Prize Poster Competition Award at the Protein Engineering Canada Conference for her work on creating an allosterically regulated catalyst for retro-aldol reaction. Elizabeth's research project is advised by Prof. Ivan Korendovych.

Soumyashree Gangopadhyay
 and Raghuvaran Iyer recently were awarded a travel grant from the ACS Biological Chemistry Division. This will help support their attendance at the ACS meeting this Fall in San Francisco.

April 2014

Yan-Yeung Luk's Lab and the Wang Lab at SUNY Upstate design molecules for controlling bacterial behavior. 
 See article by Rob Enslin dated May 7, 2014 titled Chemists Design Molecules for Controlling Bacterial Behavior

Korendovych earns Humboldt Research Fellowship
Ivan Korendovych is the recipient of a Humboldt Research Fellowship from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.  He will study protein engineering at Universities in Germany (full story)

Karin Ruhlandt to be College of Arts and Sciences Interim Dean (see article written by Erin Martin Kane)

New Undergraduate Honors - Rachael Burke ('15) has been named a 2014 Remembrance Scholar and Allison Roberts ('14) a Judith Seinfeld Fellow. Both students conduct research in the Doyle Lab and will be awarded $5000. Allison has also been named the Outstanding Achievement in Biochemistry awardee by the Department of Biology for 2014.

James Dabrowiak will be honored with the Henry J. Albert Award
James Dabrowiak will be honored with the Henry J. Albert Award, a lifetime achievement award sponsored by the BASF Corporation, for his contributions to the science and technology of precious metals. His work on the platinum drugs for treating cancer and his unique monograph/textbook, Metals in Medicine, have helped bring precious-metal compounds and their medical applications to the attention of the scientific and medical communities. The award will be presented at the forthcoming meeting of the International Precious Metals Institute to be held in Orlando, FL in June 2014. (see Rob Enslin'sarticle dated May 6, 2014)

March 2014

Korendovych publishes in Nature Chemistry
Recent paper published by the Korendovych lab in Nature Chemistry provides evidence that early enzymes could have originated from amyloid structures. Apart from adding to our fundamental understanding how biomolecules function, this  work paves way no development of new catalysts for various chemical transformations and offers new insight into amyloid toxicity in Alzheimer's disease. Read more about it in New ScientistC&E NewsAir and SpaceChemistry World, and fromSyracuse University.

Green Chemistry Workshop held in the SU Life Science Center for area high school teachers . Read Story

February 2014

Prof Clark awarded NSF-CAREER grant
Prof. Daniel Clark was awarded an NSF CAREER grant to support his research to develop new catalytic methods for the silylvinylation of alkynes by using ethylene as a coupling partner, as well as exploring the use of vinylboronates.  This proposed research hopes to positively impact many industries.  Another object of the grant will be to provide access to lecture materials and experiments for the creation of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) workshops in some of the public schools in the area.

Prof Chakraborty awarded NSF-CAREER grant  

Prof. Arindam Chakraborty has been awarded a NSF-CAREER grant to support his research developing new quantum mechanical methods for investigation of nanomaterial optical properties.  The grant, supported by the Chemical Theory, Models and Computational Methods program in the Chemistry division of NSF will focus on understanding the electron-hole and exciton-phonon interactions in quantum dots. Using his method, Prof. Chakraborty will be able to examine the effects that physical and chemical transformations, including; shape, size, structural strain, core/shell heterojunction and temperature have on the photophysical properties of the quantum dots. This will allow researchers and engineers to have better ideas on how to improve solar cells, light emitting devices, and chemical or biological sensors. As part of the grant his team will also mentor high school students in the area, develop new and innovative undergraduate computational chemistry curriculum, and collaborate with high school teachers to promote STEM education.