Chemistry Department News

2015 Graduate Student Excellence Awards

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Cheruiyot, Ji, and Shan

Three graduate students from the Chemistry Department were named recipients of the The Graduate School's 2015 Graduate Student Excellence Awards for their important contributions to the excellence of the University in service/outreach, teaching and research.

University President Harvey Stenger expressed his congratulations and thanks for their efforts at the awards luncheon.

Our recipients were:

Samwel Cheruiyot - Graduate Student Excellence in Teaching

Donshen Ji - Graduate Student Excellence in Service/Outreach

Shiyao Shan - Graduate Student Excellence in Research


Eriks Rozners' Work Highlighted in DISCOVER-e Magazine

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Eriks' nearly 30 years of work on understanding the role of RNA in the body has drawn a lot of attention in recent years, including large grants from both the National Institues of Health and the National Science Foundation.  This success comes from his attention to detail and his interest in the basic science of chemically modified nucleic acids.

You can read more about Eriks' work in this DISCOVER-e issue.


Stan Whittingham Recieves Lifetime Achievement Award

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Stan received the National Alliance for Advanced Transportation Batteries (NAATBatt) Lifetime Achievement Award Feb. 18 for more than 40 years of research on lithium-ion batteries.  He pioneered the development of the lithium-ion battery while working with a team studying superconductors at ExxonMobil in the 1970s.

The NAATBatt recognizes those who promote the development and use of stored energy technology in vehicles and renewable energy sources like solar and wind power.

You can read more about Stan's award in this BU Pipedream article.


Brian Callahan awarded DoD grant for Cancer Research

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Prof. Brian Callahan, Biological Chemistry, has received a highly competitive “New Idea Development Award” from the US Department of Defense (285 K, 3 years). Approximately 10 of these awards were made this year from a national pool of >100 applicants.

The funding will support research aimed at discovering a new class of therapeutic molecules to treat advanced prostate cancer.

Callahan is collaborating in this effort with a team of scientists that includes experts from the University of California San Francisco and the Vancouver Prostate Cancer Centre.


The Third Annual John Eisch Lectureship in Organic Synthesis

We are pleased to announce the third annual John Eisch Lectureship in Organic Synthesis to be held on Friday, November 7, 2014. We are delighted to have, as our featured speaker, the internationally recognized Professor Brian M. Stoltz from California Institute of Technology. His talk is entitled, "Complex Natural Products as a Driving Force for Discovery in Organic Chemistry." We invite you to join us on November 7th, at 4 p.m., in Science Library 212, for what promises to be an excellent lecture as well as a chance to meet with faculty, alumni and friends.

We are at an exciting time in both the life of the University and the Department of Chemistry here at Binghamton. We hope that you will be able to join us on November 7th!

A program with additional details is available for download here.


Getting Kids Interested in Chemistry!

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Saturday, graduate students in the Chemistry dept headed to the Oakdale Mall where they set up demos and taught kids about different aspects of chemistry ... and they incorporated candy! Students say they hope these kids will walk away with a love for science.

Stephen Ambrozik, grad student at Binghamton University said, "We really just hope to pass on the passion that we have for science. There's a lot of grad students out here, a lot of undergrads, and we're all majors in science and chemistry so we're trying to get these students to have the passion we have."

View the Fox News video here.

Next month Binghamton University's Chemistry department will be at the Vestal Hills Elementary School, working with students and performing different scientific demos.


Bruce McDuffie Remembered

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Bruce McDuffie, former professor of analytical chemistry at BU, passed away on Sept. 12 at his home in Chattanooga, Tennessee. McDuffie received national recognition in 1970 for discovering high levels of methylmercury in a can of tuna.

More information about Bruce and his contributions to the University and community are available in this Pipe Dream article.


NorthEast Center for Chemical Energy Storage (NECCES) at Binghamton University has been awarded a $12.8 million

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The NorthEast Center for Chemical Energy Storage (NECCES) at Binghamton University, directed by Stan Whittingham has been awarded a $12.8 million, four-year grant by the Department of Energy.  The grant is one of the largest federal research grants Binghamton University has received.

Whittingham and his colleagues want to understand the fundamental chemical reactions in energy storage materials to make them work better and to develop new materials that are cheaper, environmentally friendly and able to store more energy than current materials can.

More details are available in Binghamton Unversity's Inside magazine at this link.


Eriks Rozners Awarded NIH Grant for His Work on Amide-Modified RNA

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Prof. Rozners has received an NIH research award (R01 GM071461, $1,572,389 for four years) to continue his research on the recently discovered biological activity of amide-modified RNA. The goal of this project is to create novel research tools and compounds for therapeutic applications of modified short interfering RNAs, while looking for new fundamental insights into structure and function of RNA.

The project involves collaboration with structural biochemists at Vanderbilt University and University of Rochester. In a long term, the project may open the door for development of new drugs for diseases where the traditional pharmaceutics have been less successful.


NanoDays Science Café at the Lost Dog Café

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A talk by Héctor Abruña, Director of the Energy Materials Center at Cornell University, entitled "Fuel Cells, Batteries and the Energy Landscape" was one of several NanoDays activities organized by Binghamton University.  Dr. Abruña's,  presentation energized a lively discussion with, and among, the audience members on the topics of energy, energy technologies and energy research.  Video from local TV coverage is available here.


NanoDays at the Roberson Museum

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The Roberson Museum hosted a NanoDays event Saturday afternoon, April 5, 2014. The event gave area students ages 4 to 13 a hands-on experience in science and chemistry. Binghamton University graduate students from the Chemistry, Engineering, and Materials Science programs teamed up to run the demonstrations and activities.  Video from local TV coverage is available here.


NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)

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The Chemistry Dept is participating in a NSF Research Experiecnes for Undergraduates (REU) program in the area of energy. Students will work with a faculty mentor on a topic related to that faculty member’s research. The program runs June 2, 2014 to August 1, 2014 on the Binghamton University campus. For more information and to fill out an application for the program, click here.


40th International Symposium of Nucleic Acid Chemistry

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Prof. Eriks Rozners participated as an invited speaker in the 40th International Symposium of Nucleic Acid Chemistry (ISNAC2013) held November 13-15 at Kanagawa University in Yokohama, Japan.  Prof. Rozners delivered a plenary talk on molecular recognition of double-stranded RNA using chemically modified PNA. The three-day annual symposium featured a panel of renowned experts in nucleic acid chemistry from around the world. The United States were represented by chemists from Scripps Research Institute, Carnegie Mellon and Binghamton University. As part of the week long lecture tour, Prof. Rozners also delivered invited talks on his research on amide-modified RNA at Konan University in Kobe and Gunma University in Kiryu.


The Second Annual John Eisch Lectureship in Organic Synthesis

Last year, the Department of Chemistry at Binghamton University hosted the first annual John Eisch Lectureship in Organic Synthesis.

We are pleased to announce the second annual John Eisch Lectureship in Organic Synthesis to be held, Friday, October 11, 2013. We are delighted to have, as our featured speaker, the internationally recognized Professor David W. C. MacMillan from the Merck Center for Catalysis at Princeton University. His talk is entitled, “The Use of Photoredox Catalysis in New Organic Bond Forming Reactions.”

We invite you to join us on October 11th, at 4:30 p.m., in Academic Building A, Room G-008, for what promises to be an excellent lecture as well as a chance to meet with faculty, alumni and friends.

We are at an exciting time in both the life of the University and the Department of Chemistry here at Binghamton. We hope that you will be able to join us on October 11th!

A program with additional details is available for download (pdf 126 KB).


Past news items are available at this link.

Last Updated: 3/20/15