chemistry

Steven Yates Receives Funding from National Science Foundation and National Nuclear Security Administration

Steve Yates, a professor in the Departments of Chemistry and Physics & Astronomy and Director of the University of Kentucky Accelerator Laboratory (UKAL), recently received two grants.  One of these awards [1] is a renewal of funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF), which extends continuous NSF funding of work at UKAL to greater than fifty years.  This research is focused on advancing our fundamental understanding of the atomic nucleus.  The nucleus, composed of protons and neutrons, is billions of times smaller than is visibl

Ryan Loe receives funding through the East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes for catalysis research at the University of Queensland

Ryan Loe, a chemistry graduate student in the Crocker group, submitted to the East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes (EAPSI) has been funded to work on the project titled “EAPSI: Improving and Understanding the Catalysts Used to Convert Biological Oils to Diesel Fuel”. This funding will allow Ryan to visit the University of Queensland for a research stay this summer with joint support from National Science Foundation and the Australian Academy of Science.  The project’s abstract is copied below:

UK Researchers DeRouchey, Richards and Yang Awarded NSF Grant to Develop New Imaging and Data Collection Platform

 A new instrument to be developed by University of Kentucky researchers will overcome current limitations in fluorescence microscopy and could accelerate basic scientific discoveries.

Corrine Elliott recognized for research accomplishments with a 2016 Goldwater Scholarship

Corrine Elliott was awarded a 2016 Goldwater Scholarship.  The Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program was established by Congress in 1986 to honor Senator Barry Goldwater, who served his country for 56 years as a soldier and statesman, including 30 years of service in the U.S. Senate.

Erin Wachter wins Travel Award from the Inorganic Division of the American Chemical Society

Graduate student Erin Wachter was awarded an American Chemical Society Student Travel Award to present her research in two talks at the 251st ACS National Meeting in San Diego, CA. The award was provided by the Division of Inorganic Chemistry.  The titles of Erin's presentations include "Using a Ru(II) building block and a rapid screening approach to identify nucleic acid selective “light switch” compounds" and "Structural features that influence photochemical reactivity and phototherapeutic activity of Ru(II) polypyridyl complexes".

Academic Careers at Primarily Undergraduate Institutions - Faculty Perspectives from Sciences and Liberal Arts

"Academic Careers at Primarily Undergraduate Institutions - Faculty Perspectives from Sciences and Liberal Arts"

5:00 pm, CP-114B

Professors from local liberal arts institutions will speak about their experiences in this panel discussion.  Faculty speakers include: 

  • Prof. Jennifer Muzyka, Ph.D., Professor of Chemistry, Centre College
  • Prof. Sarah Bray, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Biology at Transylvania University
  • Prof. Saori Hanaki, Assistant Professor of Exercise Science, Pre-Health Committee Advisor, Transylvania University

This event is hosted by the Society of Postdoctoral Scholars.  

Moderators: Prof. Susan Odom (UK chemistry) and Dr. Ellen Crocker (UK forestry)

Date: 
Tuesday, April 5, 2016 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm
Location: 
Chem-Phys Room 114B
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Glazer group's Journal of Materials Chemistry B publication chosen as a HOT article

Anthony group's Journal of Materials Chemistry C publication chosen as a HOT article

Prof. John Anthony's publication titled "The Effect of Regioisomerism on the Crystal Packing and Device Performance of Desymmetrized Anthradithiophenes" was selected as a Hot Article for 2015 in the Journal of Materials Chemistry C, and as such it has been included in the Hot Article 2015 web collection, which can be viewed here (see page 2).

Corrine Elliott receives a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship from the Organic Division of the American Chemical Society

Corrine "Nina" Elliott, an undergraduate student majoring in chemistry and mathematics at UK, is the receipient of a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) from the American Chemical Soceity's Division of Organic Chemistry.  This $5,000 fellowship will allow Corrine to continue research in the Chemistry Department at the University of Kentucky for the Summer of 2016.

Yang group reports a Metal-Activated Oligomerization of Acetylene to Naphthalene Using Supersonic Molecular Beams

Since the discovery of nickel-catalyzed cyclization of acetylene to benzene and cyclooctatetraene, transition-metal-activated cycloaddition of alkynes has become a powerful technique to construct ring compounds in organic synthesis. Although cyclo-trimerization and -tetramerization were discovered almost 70 years ago, direct metal-mediated acetylene oligomerization to polycyclic compounds has not been reported. Instead, cycloaddition of different alkynes, or alkynes with alkenes or arynes, has been used to synthesize polycyclic and other complex ring structures.

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