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IU scientists create 'nano-reactor' for the production of hydrogen biofuel

Scientists led by Trevor Douglas have created a highly efficient biomaterial that catalyzes the formation of hydrogen -- one half of the "holy grail" of splitting H2O to make hydrogen and oxygen for fueling cheap and efficient cars that run on water.

The process of creating the material was recently reported in "Self-assembling biomolecular catalysts for hydrogen production" in the journal Nature Chemistry. Read the full news article.


(Posted 1/4/2016)
Abiotic and Biotic Assembly

Introducing the Abiotic and Biotic Assembly working group!

We seek to bring together research groups with mutual interests in the favored self-assembly of specific structure and functional architectures. We seek to create a united dialog and research agenda on self-assembly and self-organization from the fields of physical and analytical chemistry, organic and inorganic materials, modeling and simulation, and virology.

Membership of the Assembly working group is initially drawn from the Departments of Chemistry (Baker, Douglas, Dragnea, Flood, Jacobson, Jarrold, Ortoleva, Raghavachari, Skrabalak, Tait), Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry (Zlotnick), and Biology (Brun, Danthi, Hardy, Kearns, Mukhopadhyay).

Graduate students and postdoctoral scientists from Assembly laboratories will have regular opportunities to give informal presentations to the group, focused on their own work as well as cutting-edge advances by others in these fields. The meetings provide an interactive environment for students, postdocs and faculty to discuss research advances and to develop new research initiatives in abiotic and biotic assembly, encouraging interdisciplinary engagement and collaboration.


(Posted 12/7/2015)
Don Garvin brings new breath to scientific research.
Our Director of Glassblowing Services scoffs at traditional test tubes and beakers, blowing custom-made glassware that will blow your mind. Read the full article. Watch the video featured on Indiana Public Media.
(Posted 12/3/2015)
NSF awards $1.2M to study self-assembling molecules, software for next-generation materials.
Interdisciplinary project by Steve Tait, Mu-Hyun Baik, Peter Ortoleva and Amar Flood to support development of more efficient solar cells and other future materials. Read More in the IU Press Release
(Posted 12/1/2015)
Biophysics and Structural Biology

Introducing the Biophysics and Structural Biology (BSB) working group! BSB seeks to bring research groups with interests in macromolecular structure, molecular biophysics, physical virology and physical biology together to discuss the latest advances in these interconnected fields.

BSB faculty are drawn from the Departments of Chemistry (Clemmer, Dann, Dragnea, Douglas, Giedroc, Oakley, Thielges, Yu), Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry (Bell, Chen, Ressl, Zlotnick), Biology (Mukhopadhyay, Shaw), Physics (Setayeshgar) and the School of Informatics and Computing (Radivojac).

Graduate students and postdoctoral scientists from BSB laboratories will have regular opportunities to give informal presentations to the group, focused on their own work as well as cutting-edge advances by others in these fields.(Posted 11/19/2015)

Richard DiMarchi,
Standiford H. Cox Distinguished Professor and Linda & Jack Gill Chair in Biomolecular Sciences, has been elected a member of the National Academy of Medicine (NAM). Membership in the NAM is considered one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine and recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievements and commitment to service.

Read the full article here.
(Posted 10/19/2015)
The Indiana University ECS Student Chapter
was named ECS's Outstanding Student Chapter for 2015. The ECS Outstanding Student Chapter Award was established in 2012 to recognize distinguished student chapters that demonstrate active participation in The Electrochemical Society's technical activities, establish community and outreach activities in the areas of electrochemical and solid state science and engineering education, and create and maintain a robust membership base.
(Posted 10/7/2015)
Sara Skrabalak
has a feature Inside IU Bloomington talking about fostering collaboration and innovation in materials chemistry.
(Posted 9/30/2015)
Distinguished Professor Emeritus Milos Novotny
is the recipient of the Jaroslav Heyrovsky Medal for Advancing Chemical Sciences 2015. Milos was recently notified by the President of the Czech Academy of Sciences that he will be a recipient of the Jaroslav Heyrovsky Medal for Advancing Chemical Sciences. This is the highest recognition in the fields of chemistry given periodically in Czech Republic. The previous recipients from the United States were Josef Michl (University of Colorado), Jerrold Meinwald (Cornell University), Fred Mc Lafferty (Cornell University), and Barry Karger (Northeastern University). Jaroslav Heyrovsky was a Czech scientist who originated the analytical technique known as polarography and received the 1959 Nobel Prize in chemistry.
(Posted 9/9/2015)
Professor David R. Williams
has been selected as a Fellow of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science. As a JSPS Fellowship recipient, Dr. Williams will travel to Japan for "a series of research lectures, an exchange of ideas, and fruitful collaborations with Japanese colleagues."
(Posted 9/9/2015)
Richard DiMarchi
Standiford H. Cox Distinguished Professor and Linda & Jack Gill Chair in Biomolecular Sciences, has received the Max Bergmann Medaille 2015 for career achievements in peptide chemistry by the German Peptide Society. This international recognition is highly prestigious as Prof. Bergmann was of seminal importance to the development of the field, starting as a student of Emil Fischer. Prof. Bergmann emigrated from Germany in 1933 to start a laboratory at the Rockefeller University that was of seminal importance to the advancement of peptide sciences. Nobel laureates Bill Stein and Stanford Moore worked in his laboratory, and Prof. Bergmann was an inspiration of Bruce Merrifield in the development of solid -phase chemistry.
(Posted 9/9/2015)
Richard DiMarchi
Standiford H. Cox Distinguished Professor and Linda & Jack Gill Chair in Biomolecular Sciences, will receive the 2016 ACS Alfred Burger Award in Medicinal Chemistry sponsored by Gilead Sciences, Inc. The award will be presented at the 251st ACS National Meeting in San Diego, CA on Tuesday, March 15, 2016. Richard DiMarchi is being recognized for his outstanding contributions to research in medicinal chemistry.
(Posted 8/26/2015)
IU Chemistry Holds Inaugural Career Development Symposium
Over 100 graduate students and faculty from Chemistry, Biology, Physics and Biochemistry were joined by industry and career scientists for a discussion of potential career paths. Students met with visiting companies interested in hiring PhD-level scientists leading to contacts and interviews. This year's symposium focused on the role of communication in the sciences with a keynote presentation from NPR Science Correspondent Joe Palca on "Describing the Universe in 2 Minutes or Less".
(Posted 8/18/2015)


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