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  • Catalyst MagazineCatalyst Magazine

    The latest news from the Chemistry Department of the University of Utah.

  • Ming HammondChemistry in Spaaaaaaace!

    Ming Hammond is sending plants into space.

  • Shelley MinteerAAAS Fellow - Shelley Minteer

    American Association for the Advancement of Science elected Shelley Minteer as a Fellow.

  • Rodrigo NoriegaDisorder-Resilient Materials

    Rodrigo Noriega, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, uses ultrafast laser pulses and his interdisciplinary training to tackle tough problems in energy science. “My scientific interests are at the intersections of chemistry, physics, materials science, and biology – which requires a variety of complementary tools,” says Noriega.

  • Hodan AbdiYoung woman goes from refugee camp to medical school in 5 years

    SALT LAKE CITY — Just five years ago, Hodan Abdi, a petite, 18-year-old Somalian, left an Ethiopian refugee camp and headed to the U.S. armed with only five years of formal education and English language skills she acquired while watching movies. On Thursday, she will graduate from the University of Utah with a chemistry degree. Later this summer she will begin medical school at the University of Minnesota.

  • Ryan LooperA New Class of Antibiotics

    Curza is a pharmaceutical startup company focused on small-molecule therapeutics. The company is in the early stages of developing two novel classes of antibiotics. Curza's technology originates from the laboratories of Ryan Looper, in Chemistry, and Dustin Williams at the University of Utah. CARB-X - the Combating Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria Biopharmaceutical Accelerator - is funding Curza of Salt Lake City to support the development of a new class of antibiotics to treat a broad spectrum of life-threatening Gram-negative bacteria that are resistant to existing antibiotics.

  • Riding the (Quantum Magnetic) WaveRiding the (Quantum Magnetic) Wave

    In 1991, University of Utah chemist Joel Miller developed the first magnet with carbon-based, or organic, components that was stable at room temperature. It was a great advance in magnetics, and he’s been exploring the applications ever since. Twenty-five years later, physicists Christoph Boehme and Valy Vardeny demonstrated a method to convert quantum waves into electrical current. They too, knew they’d discovered something important, but didn’t know its application. Now those technologies have come together and could be the first step towards a new generation of faster, more efficient and more flexible electronics.

  • Cynthia Burrows2018 Willard Gibbs Medal

    Cindy Burrows has been selected as the recipient of the 2018 Willard Gibbs Medal of the Chicago Section of the American Chemical Society. This is one of the most prestigious honors in chemistry, its purpose "To publicly recognize eminent chemists who, through years of application and devotion, have brought to the world developments that enable everyone to live more comfortably and to understand this world better." Medalists are selected by a national jury of eminent chemists from different disciplines, the nominee being a chemist who, because of the preeminence of his/her work in and contribution to pure or applied chemistry, is deemed worthy of special recognition. This award has been given since 1911, and only one previous Utah chemist (Henry Eyring, 1968) has received it. Please join us in congratulating Dr. Burrows on this impressive recognition!

  • Shelley MinteerFaculty Spotlight: Shelley Minteer

    Shelley Minteer, a USTAR Professor in the Departments of Chemistry and Materials Science and Engineering, is flipping the switch on ammonia production. She recently published a new process to make ammonia – a valuable chemical and widely used fertilizer – in the journal Angewandte Chemie International Edition.

  • Michael MorseBond Dissociation Energies for Transition Metal Silicides Accurately Determined

    Transition metal silicides, a distinct class of semiconducting materials that contain silicon, demonstrate superior oxidation resistance, high temperature stability and low corrosion rates, which make them promising for a variety of future developments in electronic devices. Despite their relevance to modern technology, however, fundamental aspects of the chemical bonding between their transition metal atoms and silicon remain poorly understood. One of the most important, but poorly known, properties is the strength of these chemical bonds -- the thermochemical bond dissociation energy.

Last Updated: 12/7/18