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Professor Emeritus Lawrence T. Scott Wins an American Chemical Society National Award

Lawrence T. Scott

The American Chemical Society has announced that Lawrence T. Scott, the Louise and Jim Vanderslice and Family Professor of Chemistry Emeritus, will receive one of the 2016 Arthur C. Cope Scholar Awards. These awards were established in 1984 “To recognize and encourage excellence in organic chemistry.”

The award consists of $5,000, a certificate, and a $40,000 unrestricted research grant. Financial support for the award is provided by income from the Arthur C. Cope Fund, administered by the ACS under the terms of the will of the late Arthur C. Cope. This and other national ACS awards were officially announced at the August ACS meeting and on the ACS website. Click here to view the list of ACS Awards recipients.

July 10, 2015

Professor X. Peter Zhang Joins the Faculty

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!

X. Peter Zhang

2015 Organic Reactions & Processes Gordon Conference

Gordon Conference 2016

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

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

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 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.

Nanomaterials for Energy Conversion

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.

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

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

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”

Research Highlights   Recent Discoveries in Chemistry

Udayan Mohanty

Udayan Mohanty

Excess Ion Atmosphere Around RNA

Featured in Physical Review Letters
June 2015

Dunwei Wang

Dunwei Wang

“Rust” and “Dirt” for Artificial Photosynthesis

Featured in Nature Communications
June 2015

Eranthie Weerapana

Eranthie Weerapana

Global Monitoring of Cysteine Reactivity in Living Cells

Featured in Journal of the American Chemical Society
June 2015

Jianmin Gao

Jianmin Gao

Chasing Bacteria with Covalent Chemistry

Featured in Nature Communications
March 2015

Dunwei Wang

Dunwei Wang

Materials for Better Batteries

Featured in Journal of the American Chemical Society
February 2015

Amir Hoveyda

Amir Hoveyda

High-value alcohols and higher-oxidation-state compounds

Featured in Nature
January 2015

Shih-Yuan Liu

Shih-Yuan Liu

Kinetically Stable Chemical Hydrogen Storage Material

Featured in Journal of the American Chemical Society
January 2015

Shih-Yuan Liu

Shih-Yuan Liu

Two BN Isosteres of Anthracene: Synthesis and Characterization

Featured in Journal of the American Chemical Society
October 2014

Upcoming Seminars

December 1, 2015

Professor Marion Emmert
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
“Breaking Strong Bonds: Adventures in Sustainable Chemistry”
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

December 3, 2015

Professor Chen Hongyu
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
“Site-Specific Colloidal Synthesis”
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

March 1, 2016

Professor Liz Nolan
“Explorations of a host-defense peptide that self-assembles and entraps bacterial pathogens”
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

See more Upcoming Seminars

October 10, 2014

A Scientist's Curiosity Cabinet

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

Professor Amir Hoveyda receives Italy's Eni Award for Hydrocarbons Research

Referred to as the 'Nobel Prize for Energy,' the Eni Award was presented to Professor Amir Hoveyda for his work developing catalysts that can be used in the life sciences and medical research.
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In Rome to accept the award from the President of Italy, Professor Hoveyda describes his work.
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Graduate Awards

LaMattina Family Fellowship in Chemical Synthesis

The 2014-15 LaMattina Family Fellowship in Chemical Synthesis have been awarded to Andrew Baggett (Liu Group) "Regioselective C-H Activation of 1,2-Azaborines," Ryan Coombs (Morken Group) "Synthesis and Utility of Enantioenriched Multi-borylated Intermediates via Pt-Catalyzed Asymmetric Diboration" and Hwanjong Jang (Hoveyda Group) "NHC-Cu-catalyzed Cu-B Addition Followed by Allylation."

Bristol-Myers Squibb Graduate Fellow in Synthetic Organic Chemistry

Fanke Meng has been named a Bristol-Myers Squibb Graduate Fellow in Synthetic Organic Chemistry. This distinction is given to graduate students who have demonstrated research and academic achievement and the potential for substantial accomplishments in the future. Meng, who is a graduate student in Professor Amir Hoveyda's research group, will receive a grant of $35,000; $30,000 in support of his continued research and education and $5,000 to cover the cost of supplies.

Professors Eranthie Weerapana and Frank Tsung have developed a mechanism for 'smart' drug delivery


Boston College chemists have developed a nano-scale cage of chemical bonds that entraps small molecule drugs and then infiltrates cancer cells, showing promise it can serve as a “smart” drug delivery mechanism to fight cancer and other illnesses.

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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.

Giving to Chemistry

Gifts to the Discretionary Fund of the Department of Chemistry provide needed support in critical areas.

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