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August 7, 2015
Professor Jin-Quan Yu
Scripps Research Institute
“Ligand-accelerated C-H Activation Reactions: Near and Far. Redox chemistry for catalysis”
4:00 PM, Merkert 130
August 8, 2015
Dr. Joshua Sieber
Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals
“Expedient Scalable Synthesis of Novel P-Chiral Phosphines and Applications to Asymmetric Synthesis”
10:00 AM, Merkert 130
August 8, 2015
Professor Jin-Quan Yu
Scripps Research Institute
“Ligand-accelerated C-H Activation Reactions: Near and Far. Ligand acceleration”
11:15 AM, Merkert 130
August 20, 2015
Professor Jun Liu
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
“From Fundamental Materials Chemistry to Energy Systems - Cases for Large Scale Energy Storage”
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

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2015 Organic Reactions & Processes Gordon Conference

Gordon Conference
The Boston College Department of Chemistry was well represented at the Organic Reactions & Processes Gordon Conference this year by a number of alumni.

Left to right:  Yu Zhao, Ryan Murelli, Simon Meek, Kevin Brown, Steven Malcolmson, Michael Ardolino, Robery Ely, Professor Marc Snapper, Yingju Xu, Angela Puchlopek-Dermenci

Congratulations to Dr. Lindsay Renbaum-Wolff

Congratulations to Dr. Lindsay Renbaum-Wolff who was awarded the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society's Roger Daley Postdoctoral Publication Award for excellence of a publication in the fields of meteorology or oceanography.  Dr. Renbaum-Wolff, a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Professor Paul Davidovits, co-authored a paper entitled "Viscosity of α-pinene secondary organic material and implications for particle growth and reactivity."

Professor X. Peter Zhang Joins the Faculty

X. Peter Zhang
The department is pleased to announce that Professor X. Peter Zhang, presently a member of the faculty at the University of South Florida, will be joining us this August as a Full Professor of Chemistry.  Professor Zhang is widely recognized for his innovations in organometallic chemistry, catalyst and reaction development and chemical synthesis. Welcome Professor Zhang!

Professor Shih-Yuan Liu selected to receive a Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award by the Humboldt Foundation

Shih-Yuan Liu
Professor Shih-Yuan Liu has been selected to receive a Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award. The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in Germany grants about 20 Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Awards per year across all scientific disciplines to internationally renowned academics from abroad in recognition of their outstanding accomplishments in research to date and their exceptional promise for the future. In addition, the awardee is invited to carry out research projects of his/her own choice in cooperation with specialist colleagues in Germany in order to further promote international scientific cooperation.

Prof. Shih-Yuan Liu was nominated for the award by Prof. Dr. Holger Bettinger from the Institute of Organic Chemistry at Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen.

Chemistry's Wolfman Earns Phi Beta Kappa Teaching Award


Neil Wolfman, a part-time faculty member in the Chemistry Department, has been chosen by the Boston College chapter of Phi Beta Kappa for its 2015 Teaching Award. The award will be presented at a ceremony on May 17.

Wolfman has been teaching General Chemistry at Boston College since 2000. The large lecture class is comprised predominately of freshmen, most of whom are science majors or on the pre-med track. In addition, three years ago he began teaching General Chemistry in the Gateway Scholars Program, which supports first-generation college students interested in majoring in science.

Read the full article in the Boston College Chronicle.

Drs. Masayuki Wasa and Matthias Waegele Join the Faculty

We are very pleased to announce the addition of two new faculty members.  Professor Masayuki Wasa, whose research interests are in the general areas of organic synthesis and catalysis will join the chemistry faculty this coming April. He received his doctoral training at the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California and has been a JSPS postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University in the past two years.

Professor Matthias Waegele completed his doctoral training at the University of Pennsylvania and is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, Berkeley, both in the area of physical chemistry. He will join the department in the fall. With a general interest in physical chemistry, Prof. Waegele’s future research will encompass light matter interactions, with the immediate applications focusing on solar energy harvesting and interface catalysis.

Professor Jeffery Byers named 2015 Cottrell Scholar

Jeff Byers
Professor Jeffery Byers was recently chosen as the recipient of a 2015 Cottrell Scholar Award by the Research Corporation for Scientific Advancement.  This distinction recognizes early career scientists for their innovative research and academic leadership skills.  Prof. Byers is one of 15 awardees chosen, after a critical peer review process, for his project "Redox Switchable Iron Catalysts for the Synthesis of Biodegradable Polymers."
Read the news release in the Boston College Chronicle: “Cottrell Award Supports Byers' Work on Polymers”

NSF Early Career Development Award Received by Professor Jeffery Byers

Jeff Byers
To learn more about Professor Byers' research on sustainable chemistry, please see the news release in the Boston College Chronicle: “Research on Sustainable Chemistry Earns NSF Award”

Nanomaterials for Energy Conversion

Dunwei Wang

Professor Dunwei Wang's research on nanomaterials for energy conversion was profiled at the Materials Research Society's (MRS) fall meeting.  The MRS is the leading international organization for materials research.

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A Scientist's Curiosity Cabinet

Ross Kelly
A man with many passions, Professor Ross Kelly is a teacher, researcher and collector.  His collection, a treasure chest of gadgets, gizmos and other devices that demonstrate scientific principles or just amaze with their seeming implausibility is on display in his office.  With a desire to share his remarkable assortment, Prof. Kelly and two undergraduates have created "A Scientist's Curiosity Cabinet."  Open the Cabinet to choose from the many videos inside ranging from subjects such as fire, cannons and the seemingly impossible. 

When you close the doors to the cabinet, open the Facebook page, and we hope that you will "Like it." Prof. Kelly also hopes that you will share it so others can open the doors of "A Scientist's Curiosity Cabinet."

To read more on "A Scientist's Curiosity Cabinet," see the article in Chemical & Engineering News.  http://cen.acs.org/articles/92/i49/Curiosity-Cabinet-Collection.html

Also see the article in the Boston College Chronicle: “Toying with Science and Nature”

A Scientist's Curiosity Cabinet

Graduate Admissions News

Non-Standard Admissions: For students who would like their application to be considered outside of the usual application window and/or to begin graduate studies mid-year, please contact Dale Mahoney directly. (dale.mahoney@bc.edu)