Department News

Dr. Joseph Zadrozny to join faculty in August 2017

February 20, 2017

The Department of Chemistry is excited to announce that Dr. Joseph Zadrozny will be starting his independent career at Colorado State University in August 2017 as an Assistant Professor in Chemistry.  Joe is currently working as postdoctoral researcher at Northwestern University with Professor Danna E. Freedman. His current work is focused on the design of […]

Annalise Maughan named a 2017 Ludo Frevel Crystallography Scholarship Recipient

February 16, 2017

Chemistry graduate student Annalise Maughan has been selected for the 2017 Ludo Frevel Crystallography award from the International Centre for Diffraction Data. In her program, she works with the Neilson Group and studies organic-inorganic coupling and disorder in hybrid perovskite halide semiconductors. Approximately 10 of these prizes are awarded to the international community each year. […]

Candia awarded Energy Institute Undergraduate Fellowship

Andrew Candia, an undergraduate chemistry major, was recently awarded the CSU Energy Institute Undergraduate Fellow for his work on discovering new semiconducting materials for photovoltaics. Andrew was recruited by Assistant Professor Jamie Neilson during his time in the B2B REU  program last summer. In Andrew’s research, he will be working with graduate student Annalise Maughan […]

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Upcoming Scholarships

February 13, 2017

The 2017-2018 Scholarship Season Is Open! The CSU Scholarship Application (CSUSA) will be available online at RAMweb. The deadline for submitting all application materials is March 1 at 11:00 p.m. (MST). Login using your eID at ramweb.colostate.edu and select the CSU Scholarship Application. Complete the General Application, the Supplemental Application, and any Recommended Opportunities for […]

Dr. Jeff Bandar to join faculty in August 2017

February 7, 2017

The Department of Chemistry is excited to announce that Dr. Jeffrey Bandar will be starting his independent career at Colorado State University in August 2017 as an Assistant Professor in Organic Chemistry. Jeff is currently working as an NIH postdoctoral fellow at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the laboratory of Professor Stephen L. Buchwald. His […]

Neilson receives NSF Career Award

Assistant Professor Jamie Neilson has been recognized with a $520,000 Career Award from the National Science Foundation. The NSF Career Award is a prestigious 5-year award in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholar through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research. The research goal of Dr. Neilson’s Career project […]

Graduate Student Showcase Awards 2016

November 18, 2016

Winning participants of the Fall 2016 Graduate Student Showcase from the Department of Chemistry are listed below each award. Congratulations! GREAT MINDS IN RESEARCH AWARD The Great Minds in Research award is presented in collaboration by the Graduate School and the Office of Vice President for Research. This award recognizes graduate student submissions that contribute to the excellence […]

CSU grad earns top Hispanic science and engineering honors

October 17, 2016

The technical achievements of a Colorado State University alumna and Sandia National Laboratories innovator were recognized with a 2016 Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Awards Conference (HENAAC) Award. The award was from Great Minds in STEM, an organization supporting careers in science, technology, engineering, and math. Chemist Bernadette “Bernie” Hernandez-Sanchez, (Ph.D. ’04), won for outstanding technical achievement and is […]

Sambur receives 2017 Young Investigator Research (YIP) award

October 12, 2016

Justin Sambur was recently awarded the Young Investigator Research Program (YIP) award from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research.  This grant provides funding over a 3 year period.  The YIP is open to scientists and engineers at research institutions across the United States who received a Ph.D. or equivalent degrees in the last five […]

Neufeld and Reynolds reach “Most Read this Month” status with Biointerphases

October 11, 2016

Congratulations to Bella Neufeld (Reynolds group) and Melissa Reynolds! Their Biointerphases article, entitled “Critical nitric oxide concentration for Pseudomonas aeruginosa biofilm reduction on polyurethane substrates” was the most read this month! Abstract: Bacterial colonies that reside on a surface, known as biofilms, are intrinsically impenetrable to traditional antibiotics, ultimately driving research toward an alternative therapeutic approach. Nitric oxide (NO) […]

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Faculty Positions in Chemistry

September 30, 2016

The Department of Chemistry at Colorado State University, located in Fort Collins, CO, is currently accepting applications for three junior-level tenure-track faculty searches, collectively encompassing all areas of chemistry.  Exceptional candidates from all areas of chemical science are encouraged to apply.  Candidates with research interests in (1) organic chemistry or chemical biology, and (2) soft […]

CSU participating in $1.2 million study about environmental impacts on children

September 28, 2016

Colorado State University, in collaboration with the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, has been awarded $1.2 million to participate in a National Institutes of Health initiative called Environmental influences on Child Health Outcomes (ECHO). The award is part of a planned seven-year grant with an estimated total value of $15 million for the Colorado […]

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Faculty Positions in Chemistry

September 1, 2016

The Department of Chemistry at Colorado State University, located in Fort Collins, CO, is currently accepting applications for three junior-level tenure-track faculty searches, collectively encompassing all areas of chemistry.  Exceptional candidates from all areas of chemical science are encouraged to apply.  Candidates with research interests in (1) organic chemistry or chemical biology, and (2) soft […]

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Chemistry Alumna Bernadette Hernandez-Sanchez receives 2016 HENAAC Award

August 19, 2016

Bernadette (Bernie) A. Hernandez-Sanchez (Ph.D. 2004 Fisher & Dorhout Groups) was recently selected for a Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Awards Conference (HENAAC) award. She will be formally recognized at the Great Minds in STEM (GMiS)/HENAAC conference in Anaheim, CA on October 7th. Outstanding Technical Achievement Bernadette A. Hernandez-Sanchez Principal Member of Technical Staff Advanced Materials […]

Bruce to speak at upcoming 2016 WCC Merck Research Awards Symposium

August 16, 2016

Chemistry graduate student Virginia Bruce, part of the McNaughton lab, was recently awarded one of the 1st Annual WCC Merck Research Awards. This award recognizes excellence in 3rd & 4th year female graduate students with a research focus in one or more of the following – Organic, Medicinal, Analytical, Chemical Biology, Computational or Structural Chemistry and […]

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CSU says ‘thank you’ to Chemistry Research Building crew, state of Colorado

August 8, 2016

Video by Ron Bend/CSU External Relations Faculty, staff and students from the Department of Chemistry and the College of Natural Sciences finished the week with a celebratory lunch at the construction site of the new building, which is set to open roughly a year from now. The event, put on by Haselden, was a thank-you […]

Chemistry graduate program renewed as a Program of Research and Scholarly Excellence

July 11, 2016

The Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) is pleased to announce the designation of 21 Programs of Research & Scholarly Excellence (PRSE) for fiscal years 2017-2020. “These PRSEs were selected because they have achieved great distinction and set a standard for excellence in research, teaching and service both internally and externally. This designation provides enhanced visibility and […]

As wildfire season heats up, CSU experts push for national smoke warning system

June 22, 2016

We have warnings for high ozone levels, for floods and tornadoes. But there is one major natural disaster-related risk that is easily trackable but has been silent so far: smoke. Wildfire smoke is not only a view-blocker. It is also a health hazard, especially for children and older adults, and for those of any age […]

Faculty honored by Grad Student Council for advising and mentorship

Congratulations to Professors Rick Finke and Chuck Henry, who received Honorable Mentions from CSU’s Graduate Student Council (GSC), for their extraordinary contributions to graduate advising and mentoring.   The Graduate Advising and Mentorship Award celebrates exceptional faculty advisors who continually dedicate their time, energy, and wisdom to CSU graduate students. The GSC received more than […]

Bernstein awarded the 2016 Colorado Section ACS Research Award

June 2, 2016

Elliot Bernstein has recently been awarded the 2016 Colorado Section Research Award from the Colorado Section of the American Chemical Society (COACS). This award is the highest honor that the Colorado American Chemical Society Section can bestow on any chemist and is awarded in celebration of the cumulative accomplishments that Prof. Bernstein has acquired over his entire career.  The […]

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Batteries are beautiful, says chemist and entrepreneur Amy Prieto

May 26, 2016

Watch highlights from Amy Prieto’s President’s Community Lecture above. Watch the full lecture here.  Every second of every day, our lives are touched by batteries. In our cars. Our phones. Our homes. We don’t think about them – that is, until they don’t work. Or in some unfortunate cases, when they burst into flames. So says Amy […]

DOE honors chemist Amber Krummel with early career award

For her work capturing snapshots of the very small, Amber Krummel has received a very large reward: a $750,000, five-year Early Career Award from the U.S. Department of Energy. Krummel is an assistant professor in the College of Natural Sciences’ Department of Chemistry at Colorado State University and is one of 49 early-career scientists across […]

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Prieto Battery receives investment from Stanley Ventures for new technology

May 23, 2016

FORT COLLINS – Prieto Battery, an advanced 3-D lithium ion battery technology company spun out of Colorado State University, has announced a strategic investment from Stanley Ventures, the newly formed venture arm of Stanley Black & Decker. Stanley Black & Decker is a world-leading provider of tools and storage, commercial electronic security and engineered fastening […]

President’s Community Lecture Series will feature Amy Prieto, May 24

May 10, 2016

Chemist and battery entrepreneur Amy Prieto will be the featured speaker for the President’s Community Lecture Series on May 24. The President’s Community Lecture Series, hosted by CSU President Tony Frank, presents free, public talks by outstanding Colorado State University faculty. Their aim is to introduce CSU research, entrepreneurship and innovation to the Fort Collins […]

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Chemist Jamie Neilson receives DOE early career award

May 4, 2016

Jamie Neilson, assistant professor in the College of Natural Sciences’ Department of Chemistry, has received a five-year, $750,000 research award from the Department of Energy. The DOE’s Office of Science has selected Neilson, along with 48 other scientists from across the nation, to receive research funding through its Early Career Research Program. Now in its […]

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Mitchell Bordelon wins 2016 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

April 26, 2016

Mitchell Bordelon is one of four Colorado State University graduating seniors and three graduate students receiving the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships this year. The NSF-GRFP provides a three-year annual stipend of $34,000, along with a $12,000 cost-of-education allowance for tuition and fees (paid to the institution). It includes opportunities for international research and professional development, […]

Celebrate! CSU recognizes Department of Chemistry’s Denef, Kahler, and Levinger

April 20, 2016

Each year, Colorado State University celebrates the teaching, research and service achievements of CSU students, alumni and friends, academic faculty, administrative professionals and classified staff. This year, three outstanding chemistry faculty and staff were recognized during the ceremony on April 19. Outstanding Achievement Award   Recognizes meritorious and outstanding achievement in job skills and service […]

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Meyers and Stille Symposia dates announced

April 14, 2016

The Department of Chemistry at Colorado State University is honored to host the Albert I. and Joan Meyers Symposium on May 20 and the John K. and Dolores Stille Symposium honoring Gary Maciel on Oct. 29. Please visit each website to learn more about the symposia, lineup of speakers, and to register. The lectures and […]

Krummel among faculty awarded the 2015-2016 College of Natural Sciences Teaching & Mentoring Awards

April 5, 2016

The Teaching and Mentoring Awards were established in 1995 to recognize faculty and graduate students that have set a standard of excellence in the teaching and mentoring of students.  These awards are the highest honor the College bestows for student education.  Recipients not only help students realize their full learning potential, but encourage them to […]

Tony Rappe named 2016 College of Natural Sciences Professor Laureate

The College of Natural Sciences has named this year’s Professor Laureate – Dr. Anthony Rappé, Department of Chemistry. Professor Laureate is the highest academic title awarded by the College of Natural Sciences and is intended to honor faculty who have made outstanding contributions to its mission with work in the areas of research, teaching, mentoring and […]

Virginia Bruce receives national award

March 30, 2016

Virginia Bruce, a fourth year graduate student in the McNaughton lab, has been selected as 1 of 8 inaugural winners of the ACS Women Chemists Committee (WCC)/Merck Research Award. Virginia’s research focuses on developing novel protein drug leads that access the inside of mammalian cells, and modulate cell function and fate. As part of this […]

“Truly Sustainable Polymers” presented by Chen & Hong at ACS National Meeting

March 22, 2016

CHEMISTS UNVEIL ‘TRULY SUSTAINABLE’ POLYMERS When it comes to making an environmentally friendly polymer, chemists tend to think that starting with a renewably sourced monomer is all it takes. But according to Eugene Y.-X. Chen of Colorado State University, a biobased monomer is only one of three criteria needed to build such a material: “A […]

Strauss receives the 2016 ACS Award for Creative Work in Fluorine Chemistry

March 11, 2016

Steven Strauss, professor in the Colorado State University Department of Chemistry, has received the 2016 American Chemical Society Award for Creative Work in Fluorine Chemistry. The award, sponsored by the Juhua Group Technology Center in China, recognizes outstanding contributions to the chemistry of fluorine, the lightest halogen and most reactive chemical element in the periodic […]

Dr. Justin Sambur to join faculty in August 2016

March 1, 2016

The Department of Chemistry is excited to announce that Dr. Justin Sambur will be returning to his alma mater in August 2016 as an Assistant Professor in Analytical Chemistry. Justin is currently working as a post-doctoral fellow at Cornell University in the laboratory of Dr. Peng Chen. His research focuses on using single-molecule imaging methods […]

Chemistry graduate student Trey Murschell receives award in the Pacifichem Student Poster Competition

January 29, 2016

Chemistry graduate student Trey Murschell (Farmer group) was selected as one of the Final Award Winners of the Pacifichem Student Poster Competition at December’s meeting in Honolulu, Hawaii. His poster was entitled “Fast, sensitive technique for real-time, in situ quantification of commonly applied pesticides in the atmosphere using high resolution time-of-flight chemical ionization mass spectrometry”. […]

Researchers develop a killer nanobody

January 25, 2016

Former McNaughton lab researchers Melissa Gray (now a graduate student at Stanford) and Sandra DePorter (now a post-doctoral researcher at Stanford), in collaboration with researchers at Yale, have reported a nanobody that selectively kills certain breast cancer cells. The research is highlighted on the back cover of ChemBioChem. More information can be found at: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/cbic.201500679/abstract

CSU team’s discovery could revolutionize plastics

January 20, 2016

You know your discovery is a big deal when you prove textbooks wrong. Two Colorado State University researchers are taking a red pen to conventional wisdom with their creation of a totally recyclable bioplastic that can be heated, returned to its original state and reused. No one’s ever done that before. The process they discovered […]

Andrew Martinolich named a 2016 Ludo Frevel Crystallography Scholarship Recipient

January 6, 2016

Chemistry graduate student Andy Martinolich (Neilson group) has been selected for the 2016 Ludo Frevel Crystallography award from the International Centre for Diffraction Data. Approximately 10 of these prizes are awarded to the international community each year. This prize includes a $2500 award to help support the education and research program of promising graduate students […]

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Polymer chemistry highlighted on cover of Journal of Materials Chemistry B

Chemistry graduate students (Pam Yapor, Alec Lutzke, and Bella Neufeld) and post-doctoral researchers (Adoracion Pegalajar-Jurado and Vinod Damodaran) had their work selected and highlighted on the cover of Journal of Materials Chemistry B. Their research article “Biodegradable citrate-based polyesters with S-nitrosothiol functional groups for nitric oxide release” describes the synthesis and characterization of a new […]

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Brent Wyatt, College of Natural Sciences

December 16, 2015

Brent Wyatt is launching into a career in chemistry with a little help from a professor who never saw him in class. “Winning the first George Splittgerber Scholarship in Chemistry has made it possible for me to stay on campus this final semester and complete the American Chemical Society certification program,” said Wyatt. “It will […]

Recyclable bioplastics cooled down, cooked up in CSU chem lab

December 4, 2015

Compostable cutlery and other products made from the biomaterial PLA are biodegradable, but not fully recyclable. In a recent paper, CSU researchers have reported a breakthrough in recyclable polymers, which can be transformed back into their original molecular states using heat. Their breakthrough could lead to truly recyclable plastics. The textbooks and journals said it couldn’t be done. […]

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Crans & Lay receive the University of Sydney’s International Research Collaboration Award

November 30, 2015

Collaborative research to study vanadium anti-diabetic drugs Professor Debbie Crans and Professor Peter Lay recently received the University of Sydney’s International Research Collaboration Award. Professor Crans visited the University of Sydney earlier this month to establish collaborations with Peter Lay, who has complementary expertise in this field. Vanadium complexes have been shown to have efficacy in the […]

Prieto Battery teams with Intel to advance batteries for computers

November 10, 2015

Prieto Battery, a Colorado State University spinoff company, has announced a business collaboration with Intel’s New Business Group, and an initial investment from Intel Capital. The announcement came during the Intel Global Summit in San Diego, Nov. 3. Prieto Battery was co-founded in 2009 by Associate Professor of Chemistry Amy Prieto to commercialize her lab’s 3-D […]

Thomas Borch recognized for outstanding contributions to agronomy

November 9, 2015

Borch is the 2015 recipient of the Marion L. and Chrystie M. Jackson Soil Science Award.  He and fellow award winners will be recognized during the scientific society’s International Annual Meeting, Nov. 15-18, 2015. The annual awards are presented by the Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) for outstanding contributions to agronomy through education, national and international service, and research. […]

Chemistry of Addiction – FREE ACS webinar to feature Dr. Anthony Rappe on Nov. 12th

November 3, 2015

Chemistry of Addiction November 12, 2015 @ 2:00pm ET Along with physiology and psychology, chemistry plays an important role in addiction beyond the obvious “cooking” made popular in the TV series Breaking Bad. Small molecular species, neurotransmitters, are the chemical messengers of neuronal synaptic transmission. These natural processes can be diverted or disrupted by exogenous […]

Chemists invent ‘tool’ for assembling life molecules

October 23, 2015

Using a feedstock chemical as a starting material and a rhodium complex as a catalyst, CSU researchers can make pharmaceutical building blocks in one step. Ask an organic chemist what the meaning of life is, and he or she will probably tell you it’s the carbon-carbon bond. Just about every biological molecule — the proteins and […]

EPA leaders praise CSU sustainability efforts

October 22, 2015

Colorado State University’s research and innovation efforts in green technologies and practices have grabbed the attention of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. EPA representatives spent a half day on campusOct. 13, starting with a luncheon honoring CSU chemistry professor Eugene Chen and staff member Sheela Backen for their specific sustainability-related achievements. The day continued with lab […]

Steve Strauss named recipient of the 2016 ACS Award for Creative Work in Fluorine Chemistry

August 20, 2015

Professor Steven Strauss has been awarded the 2016 ACS Award for Creative Work in Fluorine Chemistry, sponsored by the Juhua Group Technology Center China. This award recognizes outstanding contributions to the advancements of the chemistry of fluorine. Recipients will be honored at the Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, March 15, 2016, in conjunction with the 251st ACS […]

Ellen Fisher named Fellow of the American Chemical Society

July 30, 2015

The world’s largest scientific society, the American Chemical Society, has named Ellen Fisher, senior faculty advisor for the Vice President for Research and professor of Chemistry at Colorado State University to its 2015 Class of Fellows. Founded in 2009, the ACS Fellows program identifies members for outstanding accomplishments and contributions to chemistry and the society. […]

Remembering George Splittgerber

July 21, 2015

George Emil Hugo Splittgerber was born on January 25, 1918, on a homestead in the Prairie Center, Wyoming community to parents Hugo and Mathea (Jorgensen) Splittgerber. He spent early childhood in Stanton, Nebraska and received degrees in Chemistry from the University of Nebraska in 1939 and a doctorate from Kansas State University in 1960. Mr. […]

Chen awarded 2015 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award

July 20, 2015

Landmark clean chemistry technology To recognize the discovery of a landmark clean chemistry technology, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency awarded a Presidential Green Chemistry Award to Colorado State University Professor of Chemistry Eugene Chen this week. Chen, the only award winner recognized in the Academic category, was honored at a ceremony in Washington, D.C., for […]

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Recent Student Awards in the Department of Chemistry

June 12, 2015

Ellen Daugherty (PhD candidate, Borch group) was recently named a 2015-2016 SoGES Sustainability Leadership Fellow.  These fellows receive state-of-the-art training in environmental communication and professional development skills. Ellen’s research aims to better understand some of the small-scale processes involved in carbon cycling, a major factor in global climate change. Congratulations Ellen!   Jeramy Jasmann was […]

Graduate honors CSU chemistry professor

May 19, 2015

Chemistry Professor Nancy Levinger once kicked Kyle Kung out of her research lab. Now, years later, Kung has created an undergraduate research fellowship in her name. Eager to dive into research as a freshman, Kung started working with Levinger in the spring of 1993. But after one successful semester, his grades slipped below a 3.0 […]

Hicks winning on the field while earning a degree in chemistry

May 18, 2015

While many CSU undergraduate students were celebrating graduation on Saturday by participating in commencement, Kiah Hicks was busy gaining other titles.  The CSU track and field team swept the MW titles at the 2015 Mountain West Outdoor Track & Field Championships in San Diego.  The Coloradoan reported “Kiah Hicks won the women’s hammer throw and […]

Undergraduate researcher wins award from American Heart Association

May 13, 2015

Monica Lopez-Islas, a CSU undergraduate performing research in the lab of Professor Brian McNaughton, has been awarded a research stipend from the American Heart Association to support her research. More information on research in the McNaughton lab can be found at http://sites.chem.colostate.edu/mcnaughtonlab/

Debbie Crans named 2015 College of Natural Sciences Professor Laureate

April 20, 2015

The College of Natural Sciences has named this year’s Professor Laureates – Dr. Debbie Crans, Department of Chemistry, and Dr. Jennifer Hoeting, Professor of Statistics.   Professor Laureate is the highest academic title awarded by the College of Natural Sciences and is intended to honor faculty who have made outstanding contributions to its mission with work […]

McNaughton and Reynolds among faculty awarded the 2014-2015 College of Natural Sciences Teaching & Mentoring Awards

April 17, 2015

The Teaching and Mentoring Awards were established in 1995 to recognize faculty and graduate students that have set a standard of excellence in the teaching and mentoring of students.  These awards are the highest honor the College bestows for student education.  Recipients not only help students realize their full learning potential, but encourage them to […]

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Smithsonian exhibit to feature Fort Collins and local scientists

March 30, 2015

Professor Amy Prieto will be one of the featured scientists in this new Smithsonian exhibit – opening July 2015.  The Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation will be opening the Places of Invention Exhibition this summer. This exhibit will highlight Fort Collins as a city with breakthrough invention in clean energy and socially responsible innovation. […]

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Chemistry faculty collaborate across campus in new OVPR program

March 12, 2015

Seven teams of researchers from across Colorado State University will be working together on some of our most pressing global problems, thanks to innovative investments from the Office of the Vice President of Research. “The ability to use scientific discoveries to drive technological solutions to our most pressing global problems will require the integration of […]

Chemistry Graduate Students Win Top Honors in University-wide Graduate Research and Creativity Showcase

March 2, 2015

Colorado State University held the first annual campus-wide Graduate Showcase (Grad Show) on February 25, 2015. A collaboration between the Graduate School and the Office of the Vice President for Research, the Grad Show featured more than 300 graduate student presenters from all areas of campus, including creative artistry, the sciences and the humanities. The […]

Amber Krummel awarded prestigious Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship

February 24, 2015

Amber Krummel, an assistant professor of chemistry at Colorado State University, has been named a 2015 Sloan Research Fellowship recipient by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. This extremely competitive award is the centerpiece of the Sloan Foundation’s support of the best and brightest young researchers in the country – men and women who are often […]

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CLeRC provides valuable resources for students studying chemistry

February 16, 2015

The Chemistry Learning Resource Center, CLeRC, opened its doors at the start of Fall semester 2014.  This effort, managed by director Ben Reynolds, has helped provide hours of help and resources to students currently enrolled in chemistry courses.  Resources include: office hours and study sessions, computer lab, laptops, reservable study spaces, access to textbooks and […]

Prieto awarded 2014 Agnes Fay Morgan Research Award

February 10, 2015

Congratulations to Amy Prieto for being awarded the Iota Sigma Pi Agnes Fay Morgan Research Award. This award recognizes outstanding young female scientists in the field of Chemistry and Biochemistry. Special thanks to Prof. Nancy Levinger for nominating Amy Prieto for this award. For more information on this award, click here.

Tenaya Newkirk recently awarded Waterpik Excellence in Education Award

January 13, 2015

The Colorado State University Excellence in Education Award, sponsored by Water Pik, highlights excellence in the classroom by Colorado State University student-athletes and professors. This award is presented to a recipient at each home football game. Tenaya was honored at the home game on November 22, 2014, after nomination from student-athletes, as someone that has impacted […]

Professor Grzegorz Szamel Elected American Physical Society Fellow

December 29, 2014

Professor Grzegorz Szamel has been elected to fellowship in the American Physical Society this fall, recommended by the Division of Chemical Physics.  The fellowship award honors Professor Szamel “For his contributions to the understanding of glassy dynamics through computer simulations and fundamental theory.”  He will receive a certificate at the upcoming APS March Meeting in […]

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Rodney Bush Fellowship in Organic Chemistry 2014-2015 Recipients

December 19, 2014

Rodney Bush Fellowship in Organic Chemistry   The Bush fellowship was created in memory of Rodney Bush through his wife, Mrs. Cheryl Bush. Rodney recruited for Procter & Gamble at CSU, and he specifically recruited CSU students due to their outstanding abilities. Pictured are 2014 recipients (from left to right): Tony Lake, Kate Berg, Kat […]

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Chemistry student finds his ‘element’ in research

December 15, 2014

Erik Sletten has been academically outstanding in his courses throughout his chemistry degree, and has become American Chemical Society (A.C.S.) certified after taking a few additional higher level courses. During his time at CSU, Sletten has been a part of two research teams. He worked in Robert Williams’s organic chemistry research group, assisting a postdoctoral […]

Dr. Ingrid Ulbrich receives “Of the Month” award

December 11, 2014

The National Residence Hall Honorary of the National Association of College and University Residence Halls, Inc. has recognized Professor Ingrid Ulbrich with the faculty “Of the Month” award this October 2014 for her contributions to the residence life community both in and out of the classroom.  “Of the Month” awards provide an opportunity for students, […]

Access denied: researchers identify a new strategy to block viral infection

December 4, 2014

Many historically devastating viral pathogens (including influenza, HIV, and Ebola) lurk behind a superficially innocuous lipid membrane, typically acquired from the host organism, that may reduce immune system attention by mimicking normal cell surfaces.    These so-called enveloped viruses rely on their own glycoproteins to effect fusion between the viral envelope and a target cell membrane […]

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New pact with local hospitals to advance patient care in northern Colorado

November 11, 2014

Patients will see direct benefits from a new agreement connecting physicians with university researchers in northern Colorado. Joint research at Colorado State University, Poudre Valley Hospital and the Medical Center of the Rockies already has spawned development of several medical improvements, including a new arterial stent that helps prevent blood clotting and a hernia patch […]

Monfort prof presents hydrogen storage research

October 23, 2014

Amy Prieto is known for research into building better batteries for electric vehicles. Now, the CSU chemistry professor is tackling another alternative energy problem – storing clean-burning hydrogen fuel. Prieto, a Monfort professor, and her team are researching better ways to store the permeable gas, which has long been viewed as a potential replacement for […]

Graduate Student Honored at Regional American Vacuum Society Meeting

September 19, 2014

Fourth-year graduate student Morgan Hawker was recently honored with the Best Poster Award (consisting of a $500 cash award) at the annual Rocky Mountain Regional American Vacuum Society (AVS) Meeting in Denver.  Morgan, a chemistry education and materials graduate student who splits her time between Prof. Dawn Rickey’s group and Prof. Ellen Fisher’s group, presented […]

Reynolds wins NSF grant

September 15, 2014

Melissa Reynolds’ quest to develop implantable medical devices that the human body will not reject has received a $500,000 boost from the National Science Foundation. The federal agency has awarded Reynolds, a Colorado State University chemistry professor, a prestigious five-year, $500,000 CAREER grant, to embed chemical catalysts into medical devices that interact with blood to […]

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Faculty Positions in Chemistry

September 8, 2014

The Department of Chemistry at Colorado State University, located in Fort Collins, CO, seeks to hire two tenure-track faculty members in separate searches for (A) chemical measurement and (B) preparative or synthetic chemistry. One search (A) is focused on candidates developing methodologies for chemical and/or biological measurement. While exceptional candidates from all areas of measurement […]

Levinger Inducted as an ACS Fellow

September 2, 2014

In 2009, the American Chemical Society began the fellows program as a way to recognize and honor ACS members for outstanding achievements in and contributions to science.  This past month, 99 new fellows were inducted in a ceremony in San Francisco. Nancy E. Levinger, Professor of Chemistry at Colorado State University, was amongst those honored. […]

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Proposal Accepted for the Provost’s Redesign Competition

August 14, 2014

The Institute for Learning and Teaching has accepted a proposal for a team, led by Chemistry Instructor and Academic Support Coordinator Randy Booth, to create a new blended live-online method of instruction for the General Chemistry 111 course in the Fall Semester of 2015.  In the blended course the students will spend time in the […]

Graduate Student Receives the Alfred R. Bader Award

July 14, 2014

Sandra DePorter, a 5th year graduate student in the McNaughton lab, has been awarded a prestigious Alfred R. Bader Award for Student Innovation in synthetic organic chemistry and chemical biology. The Alfred R. Bader Award is sponsored by the Sigma Aldrich corporation, and is designed to acknowledge Ph.D. research of exceptional creativity and impact. As […]

Remembering Professor Mike Elliott

July 4, 2014

Our dear friend and colleague Professor C. Michael Elliott passed away July 2, 2014 at the age of 64.  Dr. Elliott joined Colorado State as a faculty member in 1981, and served as department chair from 1999 to 2003.  With more than 30 years of experience in electron-transfer reactions, photochemistry, and electrochemistry, much of his […]

DiVerdi scholarship empowers students, cements legacy

June 30, 2014

College of Natural Sciences alumni remember Professor Leslie DiVerdi as one of the most vibrant and effective mentors in the Department of Chemistry. Before retiring in 2009, she spent two decades at Colorado State University promoting the field and inspiring legions of undergraduates – many of whom started out unsure of whether they would pursue […]

Fisher joins Office of Vice President for Research

June 24, 2014

The Office of the Vice President for Research has selected a longtime chemistry professor to serve on its leadership team. Ellen Fisher was recently named the Senior Faculty Advisor for Research and will spend the next several months working with the research office.  She will continue to teach courses and conduct research. “We are very […]

Professor Bob Williams Pledges $150,000 to Endowed Chair

May 16, 2014

A campaign to fund an endowed chair in the Colorado State University Department of Chemistry has received a pledge from the man for whom the position is named. Robert M. Williams, a University Distinguished Professor, has pledged to donate $150,000 over the next five years to support the Dr. Robert Williams Endowed Chair in Chemistry. […]

Finke Receives Scholarship Impact Award

May 7, 2014

Sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research, the Scholarship Impact Award is one of the top honors a researcher can receive at Colorado State University. This annual award recognizes a faculty member whose work has had national and international impact. The winner receives a plaque and $10,000 to support his or her […]

Professor Brian McNaughton awarded $1.5M grant

May 5, 2014

Brian McNaughton, an Assistant Professor of chemistry, biochemistry and molecular biology, has received a $1.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to develop synthetic proteins that shut down disease-causing components in cells that do not respond well to traditional drug treatments. This research into novel proteins has the potential of eventually developing new […]

Professor Delphine Farmer Named 2014-2015 SoGES Resident Fellow

April 21, 2014

Congratulations to Dr. Delphine Farmer on being named a 2014-2015 SoGES Resident Fellow.  SoGES Resident Fellows are a select group of CSU faculty members who engage in scholarly, creative research and problem solving consistent with the mission and the six focal areas of the School. SoGES Fellow awards encourage interdisciplinary understanding of complex global environmental […]

Professor Matt Shores Receives CNS Faculty Excellence in Undergraduate Research Mentoring Award

April 15, 2014

Professor Matt Shores received the 2014 CNS Faculty Excellence in Undergraduate Research Mentoring award.  The Teaching and Mentoring Awards were established in 1995 to recognize faculty and graduate students that have set a standard of excellence in the teaching and mentoring of students.  These awards are the highest honor the College bestows for student education. […]

Remembering Renowned NMR Chemist Gary Maciel

April 8, 2014

Professor Emeritus Gary Maciel passed away last week at the age of 79.  Prof. Maciel joined Colorado State as a faculty member in 1971 and officially retired from the university in 2011, although he continued to maintain an active research program and to mentor undergraduate students.  His research centered on nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), a […]

CSU adds new high-resolution electron microscope

February 27, 2014

By the end of April, Amy Prieto and her students will no longer have to drive to the Colorado School of Mines to analyze their nanomaterial samples with a specialized microscope. Instead, the Colorado State University professor and her team will walk down a flight of stairs and use a new $1.9 million high-resolution transmission […]

Professor Debbie Crans, Colorado State University, Named American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow

February 18, 2014

FORT COLLINS – Three Colorado State University faculty members have been named Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Patrick Byrne, Debbie Crans, and Nora Lapitan are among 388 new fellows who will be recognized for their contributions to science and technology at this month’s AAAS meeting in Chicago. “We are proud […]

Q & A: CSU’s newest National Academy member

January 30, 2014

A.R. “Ravi” Ravishankara recently joined CSU’s chemistry and atmospheric science departments as a faculty member and researcher. Ravishankara, an atmospheric chemist, is known for his research related to the understanding of ozone layer depletion, climate change, and air quality. In 2000, he was elected a member of the National Academy of Sciences, one of the […]

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Welcome to National Academy Member Dr. A. R. Ravishankara (Ravi)

December 31, 2013

The Department of Chemistry is pleased to announce that Dr. A. R. Ravishankara (Ravi) will be joining our faculty starting in January 2014.   Ravi comes to us from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in Boulder, Colorado where he served as the Director of the Chemical Sciences Division of the Earth System Research laboratory.  […]

Welcome Dr. Ingrid Ulbrich Laughman

December 12, 2013

The Department of Chemistry is pleased to announce that Dr. Ingrid Ulbrich Laughman will be joining the faculty as our new General Chemistry Coordinator.  Ingrid, who will be starting at CSU in January 2014, comes to us from the University of Colorado and has a background in atmospheric chemistry as well as significant chemistry education […]

Dreyfus Foundation Supports Next Generation of Chemical Scientists at Colorado State University

On Thursday, December 12, Colorado State University issued a press release that announced two awards from the Dreyfus Foundation to support postdoctoral and student researchers in the College of Natural Sciences (http://www.news.colostate.edu/Release/7099).   The Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation is supporting the salaries of one post-doctoral fellow and several undergraduate students to conduct chemical science-related research.  […]

Amy Prieto, Battery Research at Colorado State University

October 24, 2013

Colorado State University Chemistry Professor Amy Prieto is developing new techniques that could lead to better, safer and cheaper batteries in automobiles. Here is the direct video link: http://youtu.be/nO1_EmYmpiY

Department Announces Symposium and Campaign for New Williams Endowed Chair

September 27, 2013

A symposium honoring the 60th birthday of Professor Robert M. Williams will be held on September 28, 2013 in the Department of Chemistry at Colorado State University.  Dr. Williams, a University Distinguished Professor, has had an extraordinary research and teaching career at Colorado State University spanning more than three decades.   The day-long symposium includes many […]

CSU-CU Chemistry Team Lands $4.4M Grant for Sustainable Chemical Synthesis

September 16, 2013

Four researchers in the Chemistry Department at CSU and one investigator at CU-Boulder have been selected to establish one of the first NSF-EPA Networks for Sustainable Molecular Design and Synthesis. Associate Professor Matt Shores has been named Director of the effort, which officially launched on September 15. He is joined by Professors Tony Rappé and […]

Professor Amber Krummel Lands Prestigious NSF CAREER Award

August 16, 2013

Assistant Professor Amber Krummel research and educational has been recognized with a $600,000 CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation.  The NSF CAREER Award is a prestigious 5-year award in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholar through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research.  The research goal […]

Professor Delphine Farmer Recieves Beckman Young Investigator Award

July 30, 2013

Delphine Farmer, an assistant professor in CSU’s Department of Chemistry, is one of seven young scholars nation-wide who received the 2013 Beckman Young Investigator Award, an honor that helps promote research in chemistry and the life sciences. “Dr. Farmer is an outstanding and gifted scientist with exceptional intellectual capabilities – the kind that can lead […]

Graduate Students Receive Honors from Protein Society

July 23, 2013

Fourth-year Graduate student Sandra DePorter was recently honored with a Graduate Best Poster Award at the annual Protein Society Symposium.  Sandra, who works for Assistant Professor Brian McNaughton, was one of only eight graduate students selected from a pool of 942 poster abstracts.  Also acknowledged with this honor are Sandra’s colleagues in the McNaughton lab, […]

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Spring 2013 Chemistry Newsletter

June 10, 2013

The Spring 2013 Chemistry Newsletter is now on-line and available for you to download and read.  Click here to download the PDF: Spring 2013 Chemistry Newsletter

The McNaughton Lab Shows that Multivalency Effects Orchestrate Delivery

March 22, 2013

An important impediment to the broader use of protein reagents in medicine and basic research is the difficulties associated with their delivery across the lipid bilayer membrane of mammalian cells. Moreover, selective delivery of protein cargo is required to optimize their use as therapeutics. Sandra DePorter and Irene Lui, both researchers in the McNaughton lab, […]