Associate Professor Justin Sambur awarded Monfort Professorship

April 8, 2024

Professor Justin Sambur has been awarded a Monfort Professorship for the 2024-2026 period. Monfort Professorships are awarded to CSU Professors who are rising stars in their fields. The program supports early-career faculty by providing unrestricted support for advancing their research, teaching, and career. Sambur is the sixth faculty member from the Department of Chemistry to win the professorship. [Read More...]

36 Chemistry Majors Make the Fall 2023 Dean’s List

January 29, 2024

36 students majoring in Chemistry made the Fall 2023 dean’s list. These students will receive a certificate from the dean for their achievement. The College of Natural Sciences’ dean’s list is composed of students with a 3.75 grade point average or above for the semester. Students must take 12 or more credits to be eligible, [Read More...]

Farewell to Professor Joe Zadrozny

December 20, 2023

Assistant Professor Joe Zadrozny will be leaving CSU’s Department of Chemistry at the end of December, and he will begin the new year in his new position at Ohio State University. He worked in the department for six years. Joe’s research was in inorganic and materials chemistry, employing synthetic chemistry to command the quantum properties [Read More...]

Colorado State University Awarded Multimillion Dollar Research Fund

December 11, 2023

Colorado State University is one of three research hubs chosen to share $42 million research fund over four years. Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California and the University of Rochester in New York State will share the fund with CSU. CSU will get $16 million of the $42 million. The CSU hub will study multiple [Read More...]

Andrew Bates and Skyler Markham Awarded at International Vanadium Symposium

December 6, 2023

Grad students, Andrew Bates and Skyler Markham, from Professor Debbie Crans’ group, went to the 2023 International Vanadium Symposium held in Lisbon, Portugal. Both Andrew and Skyler received Biological Inorganic Chemistry awards for their presentations. Andrew presented a joint project by the Crans and Zadrozny groups entitled “Increasing temperature sensitivity for 51V NMR thermometers through [Read More...]

CSU ACS POLY/PMSE Student Chapter Wins Award

December 4, 2023

ACS Division of Polymer Chemistry and the ACS Division of Polymeric Materials: Science and Engineering awarded CSU’s ACS POLY/PMSE Student Chapter the Best Student Chapter award for the 2022/2023 academic year. The award came with a $500 prize for the Student Chapter to be used towards chapter activities. The POLY/PMSE Student Chapters provide networking and [Read More...]

Professor Chris Ackerson Awarded Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative Fund

December 1, 2023

Professor Chris Ackerson has been awarded funding from the Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI) Donor Advised Fund (DAF) through the Silicon Valley Community Foundation (SVCF). Professor Ackerson’s Cryo-CLEM Labels application, “Cloneable Quantum Dots” aims to evaluate a cloneable fluorescent zinc-selenide quantum dot in cellular light and electron microscopy, and to develop a cloneable bismuth quantum dot as [Read More...]

Graduate Student Showcase Awards

November 17, 2023

The 2023 Graduate Student Showcase took place on November 15, 2023, at the Lory Student Center. The Showcase highlighted research, entrepreneurship, and creativity in CSU’s graduate students. It gave grad students the opportunity to present their research and connect with their student peers and faculty. In addition to conference experience gained, students’ work was entered [Read More...]

Inaugural Oren Anderson Memorial Lecture in Inorganic Chemistry

November 6, 2023

On Tuesday, October 3, 2023, Professors Lawrence Que and Emily Que presented at our Inaugural Oren Anderson Memorial Lecturein Inorganic Chemistry. The lecture is named for the late Professor Oren Anderson who dedicated 37 years of teaching and groundbreaking research to the Department of Chemistry at CSU. His research focused on small and macromolecular structures [Read More...]

CSU Department of Chemistry Alum, Kiah Hicks, Inducted into the CSU Athletics Hall of Fame

November 1, 2023

On Friday, October 27, Kiah Hicks was inducted into the CSU Athletics Hall of Fame for Women’s Track and Field (2011-15). She excelled in the throws events and was a member of the 2015 MW Outdoor Championship team. Hicks won four conference titles and maintained a strong academic career. In 2015, she won the Thurman [Read More...]

National Chemistry Week 2023

October 20, 2023

This week, October 15-21, 2023, celebrated National Chemistry Week (NCW). NCW takes place on the third week of October and usually coincides with Mole Day. NCW is a public awareness campaign of the American Chemical Society (ACS) that promotes the value of Chemistry in everyday life. The program aims to unite ACS local sections, student [Read More...]

Grad Student, Andrea Selkow, Wins 2023 Lawrence Salvati, Jr. Award.

August 25, 2023

Andrea Selkow, a chemistry grad student in Professor Melissa Reynold’s group, was awarded the 2023 Lawrence Salvati, Jr. Award. Andrea’s research is focused in applied organic synthesis. Her current project focuses on the synthesis of NONOate derivatives with antibacterial potential. The Lawrence Salvati, Jr. Award honors Dr. Lawrence Salvati, Jr., Chair of the inaugural Surfaces [Read More...]

Professor Seonah Kim awarded NSF Fund

August 21, 2023

Associate Professor Seonah Kim in the department of chemistry, has received a National Science Foundation (NSF) award to develop solubility databases and neural network models from the Chemical Theory, Models, and Computational Methods (CTMC) program in the NSF Division of Chemistry. The three-year, approximately $449,440 grant will allow Kim’s group to design chemical processes with [Read More...]

2023 Celebrate Undergraduate Research and Creativity Showcase (CURC)

May 8, 2023

Celebrate Undergraduate Research and Creativity (CURC) is an annual event held in April that showcases the creativity and scholarship of undergraduate students across various disciplines. CSU Department of Chemistry had a very strong showing at CURC 2023. Professor Nancy Levinger gave the keynote presentation prior to the award ceremony. Professor Debbie Crans’ group had nine [Read More...]

2023 Colorado Science and Engineering Fair (CSEF)

May 1, 2023

The annual Colorado Science and Engineering Fair (CSEF) is a platform for students from Colorado to present a scientific research project that they designed and conducted in school/homeschool. The goal is to nurture interest in science and technology, and foster professional skills, high ethical standards, diversity, and continuing intellectual development among the young generation. The [Read More...]

5th Year Chemistry PhD Students Awarded Postdoc Fellowships

April 5, 2023

5th year chemistry PhD students, Colby Evans (in Justin Sambur’s group) and Heidi Klem (Robert Paton’s group) have recently landed prestigious postdoctoral fellowships! They have both been awarded competitive NIST-NRC postdoctoral fellowships. Robert Paton says, “The NIST NRC Postdoctoral Program supports a nationwide competitive postdoctoral program administered in cooperation with the National Academies/National Research Council [Read More...]

CSU Chemistry Department Assistant Professor Hosts GWB Event

March 13, 2023

Held in conjunction with the U.N. Day of Women and Girls in Science, the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) Global Women’s Breakfast (GWB2023) took place on February 14, 2023. This year the event’s theme was, “Breaking Barriers in Science.” The overall goal of this series is to establish an active network of [Read More...]

DEIJ in STEM – Ideas for Actions Spring 2023

February 13, 2023

There are several upcoming activities and workshops to support DEIJ in STEM. Please click here for more details and to register! Feb 14: Global Women’s Breakfast Feb 16: Creating an Inclusive Classroom (sign up by Feb. 14!) Mar. 6 (start date): Inclusive STEM Teaching Project CSU Statistics Book Club meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays [Read More...]

Carlos Olivo Named Winner of Region 10 Excellence in Advising – Faculty Advisor

December 15, 2022

Associate Teaching Professor Carlos Olivo has recently been awarded Winner of Region 10 Excellence in Advising – Faculty Advisor.  This award is given on behalf of NACADA: The Global Community for Academic Advising.  He will be recognized at the upcoming regional conference in February 2023. Follow the links provided for more information on this award [Read More...]

Chemistry Alumna Cassidy Jackson Joins the Institute for Defense Analyses

December 9, 2022

Alumni News Dr. Cassidy Jackson (Zadrozny group) recently joined the Institute for Defense Analyses. Congrats, Cassidy!   IDA News Release: ALEXANDRIA, VA (November 2022) – Colorado State University alumna Cassidy E. Jackson joined the Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA) as a research staff member in the Operational Evaluation Division of IDA’s Systems and Analyses Center. [Read More...]

Delphine Farmer wins the Atmospheric Sciences Ascent Award

September 22, 2022

Delphine Farmer, an associate professor in the chemistry department, has won the Atmospheric Sciences Ascent Award from the American Geophysical Union.  The AGU annually recognizes excellence in research and leadership in the atmospheric and climate sciences.  The award will be presented to her at the AGU Fall Meeting which will take place in December in [Read More...]

Regional Air Monitoring Site Coming to Spur Campus

August 25, 2022

The Spur campus in Denver, CO has awarded a grant to Megan Willis, Assistant Professor in Chemistry, Delphine Farmer, Professor in Chemistry, and Shantanu Jathar, Associate Professor in Mechanical Engineering to establish a Regional Air Monitoring Site (RAMS).  The site will bring an atmospheric perspective to Spur’s focus on human, animal, and environmental health. Spur [Read More...]


August 6, 2022

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Chemistry student selected as a DARPA Riser

June 27, 2022

Fourth year chemistry student, Kate Kostenkova, has been selected by the Defense Advanced Research Projects (DARPA) to participate in the agency’s Forward Conference series as a DARPA Riser.  DARPA risers are up-and-coming standouts in their fields, capable of discovering and leveraging innovative opportunities for technological surprise—the heart of DARPA’s national security mission. The conference will [Read More...]

Chemistry Student Honored

May 16, 2022

Elise Hadjis is double majoring in chemistry and merchandising and was honored for her fashion collection by the College of Health and Human Sciences. Read the article to see how she is using both majors to experiment with nano-solar technology and how to incorporate that into the weave or knit structure of a garment. Congratulations [Read More...]

Chemistry Graduate Student Receives AAUW Fellowship

April 27, 2022

Graduate student Kelly Nieto has been selected to receive an AAUW American Dissertation Fellowship for the 2022-23 award year! The American Association of University Woman, AAUW, is a non-profit organization that was founded in 1881 to advance equity for woman through research, advocacy, and education. The AAUW American Dissertation Fellowship is a prestigious award which [Read More...]

Learning Assistants in Chemistry

April 14, 2022

Learning Assistants are changing the way students learn in some of our core chemistry classes, and the results have been overwhelmingly positive.   Learning Assistants are undergraduate students who assist a professor in one of our core classes. They are campus employees who have taken the course and received a B+ or better. In addition, they [Read More...]

Celebrate! Colorado State Awards 2022

April 13, 2022

The Celebrate! Colorado State Awards recipients have been announced and the Chemistry department has several outstanding faculty members on the list. Each year, Colorado State University celebrates the teaching, research and service achievements of CSU students, alumni, academic faculty, administrative professionals, and classified staff as part of the Celebrate! Colorado State Awards. Here is a list of [Read More...]

Two Chemistry Graduates are selected as new Graduate Fellows

March 20, 2022

The new Graduate Fellows have been selected for the Office of the Vice President for Research and Chemistry has two students who earned the title! Christopher Gale and Heidi Kreckel, a big congratulations to you both! [Read More...]


September 20, 2021

Associate Professor Amber Krummel is featured in Science is Human Because Humans do Science—Why Diversity Counts on July 8 and Professor Nancy Levinger provides her expertise in The Big Chill: How Cryopreservation Will Change Our Way of Life on July 22. Science Straight Up is a podcast presented by the Telluride Science Center.  Listen to [Read More...]

Kate Kostenkova receives the Society of Bioinorganic Chemistry Flash Presentation Award

September 19, 2021

Kate Kostenkova, a fourth-year graduate student in the Department of Chemistry at Colorado State University, received the Society of Bioinorganic Chemistry Flash Presentation Award at the 1st Electronic Biological Inorganic Chemistry Conference (eBIC).  This virtual conference was hosted by the Society of Biological Inorganic Chemistry, which is the premier society for bioinorganic chemists. This international [Read More...]

Andrea Westlie receives DSM Bright Science Award for PhD Students at ACS National Meeting

September 19, 2021

Ph.D. student Andrea Westlie of the Chen Group was selected as the Grand DSM Prize Award winner of the ACS Polymer Division DSM Bright Science Award for Ph.D. students at the fall ACS national meeting on August 25, 2021. The purpose of the DSM Bright Science Award for Ph.D. Students is to recognize and reward excellence [Read More...]

Chern-Hooi Lim named C&EN’s Talented Twelve

September 14, 2021

Dr. Lim, Founder and CEO of New Iridium, has been named one of C&EN’s Talented Twelve.  C&EN’s Talented Twelve will host a free, two-day virtual symposium on September 27 and 28, 2021.  Dr. Lim has been tagged as a “photocatalyst phenom” and will present his work in developing organic molecules that spur on light-powered reactions. [Read More...]

Kill it with fire: CSU researchers seek solution for pervasive PFAS pollutants

August 26, 2021

CSU researchers Jens Blotevogel and Anthony Rappé recently received a $474,000 U.S. Department of Defense grant to study and improve the incineration process, so PFAS can be permanently removed from the environment without producing hazardous byproducts. Read full article at SOURCE. [Read More...]

Inaugural cohort of CSU Leadership Fellows includes Chemistry Associate Professor Amber Krummel

July 28, 2021

The inaugural cohort of Colorado State University Leadership Fellows for the 2021-22 academic year was announced earlier this month. This new program was developed by President Joyce McConnell and university leadership to reach out to and support the many tremendously talented leaders among CSU faculty and staff to help them strengthen their leadership skills, enhance their [Read More...]