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Where Schrödinger Dared Tread

When Devin Matthews first walked into professor John Stanton’s office, Stanton appraised him as a pretty typical first-year student. Matthews had a scruffy beard, a self-effacing manner, and a high school transcript that placed him somewhere in the middle of the pack of his Tulsa, Oklahoma high school class. Matthews had wanted to meet with Stant...

Next-Gen Solar Cells

Researchers at The University of Texas at Austin’s Energy Frontier Research Center (EFRC) are working to develop more efficient solar cells based on organic semiconductors. Their research will make solar cells much easier and cheaper to produce. The team published an article in the Journal of Physical Chemistry aimed at increasing understanding of ...

Chemistry Undergrad Awarded Fellowship from the U.S. Department of Energy

Chemistry major Devin A. Matthews has been awarded the Computational Science Graduate Fellowship from the United States Department of Energy. Matthews, who's been doing research in the lab of Dr. John Stanton since his first year at The University of Texas at Austin, works on extending the equation-of-motion coupled cluster method to biradicals....

Danke schön, Deutschland

Tara Saad on holiday in Salzburg, Austria Tara Saad knew two things when she began planning her study abroad experience. Germany had to be the destination, and laboratory research had to be the main purpose. Beyond that, though, Saad had to get creative. “I individually emailed more than a hundred professors at various German universities with...
Professor Receives Grant to Develop More Rapid Technology For Screening Blood Samples

Professor Receives Grant to Develop More Rapid Technology For Screening Blood Samples

Dr. Jennifer Brodbelt has received a $734,068 grant from the NIH to develop a new method for rapidly screening blood samples for biomarkers.

Shining a Light on Nanotech

Chemist David Vanden Bout uses self-assembling nanotubes to better understand how to capture and channel the light of the sun.

Discovery of Enzyme Structure Points Way To Creating Less Toxic Anti-HIV Drugs

By discovering the atomic structure of a key human enzyme, researchers at The University of Texas at Austin have pointed the way toward designing anti-HIV drugs with far less toxic side effects.

Q&A with Chemist Lauren Webb

Lauren Webb, assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry, arrived at The University of Texas at Austin in the fall of 2008.

Natural Sciences Students Create Endowment for Fellow Students

The Natural Sciences Council (NSC) will become one of the only student organizations in the history of The University of Texas at Austin to create an endowment to support scholarships for undergraduates. The NSC, which acts as a liaison between undergraduates in the College of Natural Sciences and its faculty and administration, are setting up th...nsc logo
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Bard Named Distinguished Scientist by Southeastern Research Association

The Southeastern Universities Research Association (SURA) today announced that Allen Bard, the Hackerman-Welch Regents Chair in Chemistry at The University of Texas at Austin, will receive its 2009 Distinguished Scientist Award.

Cowley Honored for Advancing Inorganic Chemistry

Alan H. Cowley, the Robert A. Welch Chair in Chemistry at The University of Texas at Austin, is being recognized for his nearly 50 years of contributions to the field of inorganic chemistry.

Nanoscientist Barbara Wins Bright Wilson Award

Paul Barbara, the Richard J. V. Johnson Welch Chair in Chemistry at The University of Texas at Austin, is the recipient of this year's Bright Wilson Award for Spectroscopy.

Chemist Honored by ACS

Peter Rossky, professor of chemistry, is the first recipient of the American Chemical Society Physical Division Award in Theoretical Chemistry for his outstanding contributions to physical chemistry. Rossky will be invited to present a plenary lecture at the Telluride School on Theoretical Chemistry during the summer, where he will receive the awa...rossky_web

Defusing Explosive Situations

Chemisty Professor Jonathan Sessler's laboratory is working with a class of molecules that would detect small amounts of TNT and rapidly change color, signaling the presence of the explosive. Improvised explosive devices (IEDs) have been a devastating weapon against United States armed forces in Iraq and Afghanistan. There have been more than 81,...Chemisty Professor Jonathan Sessler's laboratory is working with a class of molecules that would detect small amounts of TNT and rapidly change color, signaling the presence of the explosive.

$5 Million Grant to Fund Renewable Energy Research

The Center for Electrochemistry (CEC) at The University of Texas at Austin has received a $5 million grant from the Houston-based Welch Foundation to start the Renewable Energy Initiative (REI), a multi-disciplinary, collaborative effort to promote advances in renewable energy technologies. The initiative, says CEC Director Dr. Allen Bard, has thr...