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Willson Presented with National Medal

U.S. President George W. Bush (R) presents C. Grant Willson (L) with a National Medal of Technology and Innovation during an East Room ceremony at the White House September 29, 2008 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images North America) Chemistry Professor C. Grant Willson was given a National Medal of Technology and Innovation yest...

Chemistry of Self-Repair

In the first of these scanning electron microscope images, you see an arroyo-like crack running from top to bottom in one of Bielawski’s materials. The physical gap disrupts electrical conductivity from one side to the other because it is difficult for electrons to hop across. Heating the material causes the material to convert to a liquid state w...In the first of these scanning electron microscope images, you see an arroyo-like crack running from top to bottom in one of Bielawski’s materials. The physical gap disrupts electrical conductivity from one side to the other because it is difficult for electrons to hop across.

Smart Materials Get Smarter

AUSTIN, Texas—A dynamic way to alter the shape and size of microscopic three-dimensional structures built out of proteins has been developed by biological chemist Jason Shear and his former graduate student Bryan Kaehr at The University of Texas at Austin. Shear and Kaehr fabricated a variety of detailed three-dimensional microstructures, known as...Dr. Jason Shear

Chemists Receive NIH Grant for Cancer Research

AUSTIN, Texas--Chemistry researchers at two Central Texas universities have received a four-year, $1,113,615 grant from the National Institutes of Health to evaluate a new technique that could rapidly predict the anti-cancer activity of new compounds. Lynn Guziec, assistant professor of chemistry at Southwestern University, will collaborate on the...

For Creating New Field Of Science, Bard Wins International Prize

AUSTIN, Texas—Dr. Allen Bard, professor of chemistry and biochemistry at The University of Texas at Austin, was awarded the 2008 Wolf Prize in Chemistry jointly with Professor William Moerner of Stanford University. The award, announced by Israel’s minister of education, Professor Yuli Tamir, was given to the two scientists for their “creation of...

Chemist Wins Presidential Green Chemistry Award

AUSTIN, Texas--Dr. Michael J. Krische, professor of chemistry and biochemistry at The University of Texas at Austin, has been awarded the Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award for his innovative work developing a new class of chemical transformations that eliminate waste production. Krische received this award during a June 26 ceremony hoste...

Going Green

Dr. Michael Krische in the lab with post-doctoral fellow Andriy Barchuk. Photo: Marsha Miller. Medicines are made to heal, but ironically, the chemical reactions used to make them can generate unwanted, toxic wastes that can do harm to humans and the environment. Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry Michael Krische would like to minimize pr...Krische and Barchuk

Krische wins Elias J. Corey award for his work in green chemistry

AUSTIN, Texas--Dr. Michael Krische, professor of chemistry and biochemistry, has won the Elias J. Corey Award from the American Chemical Society (ACS) for an outstanding original contribution to organic synthesis by a young investigator. His award will be presented the ACS National Meeting in March 2007. Krische received the honor for his origina...

Designing Better Fuel Cells, One Nanocarbon at a Time

This series of images shows a nickel mesh electrode covered with carpet-like carbon nanofibers. Individual nanofibers are visible in the bottom right image. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) images by: Stephen Maldonado. The above simplified diagram shows how a proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cell works. Click to enlarge. Illustration by: Lee...Keith Stevenson

University helps establish new polymer research center

AUSTIN, Texas--Two chemical engineers and a biochemist at The University of Texas at Austin will conduct novel research as charter members of a new Science and Technology Center on layered polymers that is being established with Case Western Reserve University as the lead institution. The new Center for Layered Polymeric Systems (CLiPS) will open ...

Paul Barbara elected to National Academy of Sciences

AUSTIN, Texas—Dr. Paul Barbara, holder of the R. J. V. Johnson-Welch Endowed Chair in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and director of the Center for Nano- and Molecular Science and Technology at The University of Texas at Austin, has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences (NAS). Barbara was one of 72 new members chosen on Ap...

A Curious Life: Bard Stays Focused on Colleagues, Fundamental Research

Curiosity may be the most powerful scientific tool, but hard work runs a close second. So says Dr. Allen Bard, who has used both to great effect in a scientific career that has spanned nearly half a century so far. During that time, Bard has amassed an impressive list of discoveries, publications and scientific awards. Among the highlights, he co-...Bard1.jpg
Chemist receives Welch Foundation lifetime achievement award

Chemist receives Welch Foundation lifetime achievement award

AUSTIN, Texas—For his half century of pioneering work in basic research, The Welch Foundation today named Allen J. Bard at The University of Texas at Austin the 2004 recipient of the international Welch Award in Chemistry. The Welch Foundation, one of the nation’s oldest and largest sources of private funding for basic research in chemistry, will ...