Professor James Morken

The Morken Research Group Advances Cross-Coupling Reaction

Professor James Morken and graduate students in his laboratory have developed a process which merges three chemicals, two electron donors and one electron acceptor, resulting in a 'conjunctive' reaction.  The resultant reaction is both selective and efficient and holds great promise for its use in the pharmaceutical industry.   To learn more about the work of Prof. Morken and graduate students Liang Zhang, Gabriel J. Lovinger, Emma K. Edelstein, Adam A. Szymaniak, and Matteo P. Chierchia, please see:

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Professor Amir Hoveyda among the most Highly Cited Researchers

Professor Amir Hoveyda has been named one of the most Highly Cited Researchers in 2015 by Thomson Reuters.  This annual list identifies the world's leading researchers who have ranked among the 1% most cited in their subject field. The focus of the 2015 list is contemporary research achievement determined by a survey of Highly Cited Papers published in journals indexed in the Web of Science Core Collection from 2003-2013.

The full list is available at

Professor Amir Hoveyda

Dr. Jeannette Garcia

TED Talks: Chemistry Department Alumni Dr. Jeannette Garcia

In a recent TED talk, Dr. Jeannette Garcia, a Chemistry Department alumni and former member of Professor Amir Hoveyda's Group, spoke about her discovery of a strong, light plastic that is recyclable. She discusses how this important breakthrough came about, and its vast potential to reduce both energy costs and the amount of slowly degrading materials in the nation's landfills. 

View Dr. Garcia's TED talk at this link.

Alumni named in Forbes Magazine "30 under 30 2016: Energy"

Stafford Sheehan '11, currently a PhD candidate at Yale University, has been named to Forbes Magazine “30 Under 30 2016” list in the Energy category.  While at BC, he worked in the research laboratory of Professor Dunwei Wang.  Sheehan discovered a heterogenized homogeneous catalyst which generates oxygen from water.

Read the article here.

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

Professor 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.

Professor Dunwei Wang Develops Sustainable Energy Nanonet Structures

In a recent posting which appeared on the CBS News website, Professor Dunwei Wang's development of nanonet structures was cited as one of three technologies that could be "disruptors in the energy world, creating sustainable solutions to re-route the path of climate change."  Full article:

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

Professor 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.

Professor Dunwei Wang

Graduate Awards

LaMattina Family Fellowship Recipients

LaMattina Family Fellowship in Chemical Synthesis

The 2015-16 LaMattina Family Fellowship in Chemical Synthesis have been awarded to Jacob Ishibashi (Liu Group), Tyler Mann (Hoveyda Group) and Bowman Potter (Morken Group). 

Research Highlights   Recent Discoveries in Chemistry

Jeffery A. Byers research image

Jeffery A. Byers

Stereoselective catalysis achieved through in situ desymmetrization

Featured in Journal of the American Chemical Society
October 2015

Udayan Mohanty research image

Udayan Mohanty

Excess Ion Atmosphere Around RNA

Featured in Physical Review Letters
June 2015

Dunwei Wang research image

Dunwei Wang

“Rust” and “Dirt” for Artificial Photosynthesis

Featured in Nature Communications
June 2015

Eranthie Weerapana research image

Eranthie Weerapana

Global Monitoring of Cysteine Reactivity in Living Cells

Featured in Journal of the American Chemical Society
June 2015

Jianmin Gao research image

Jianmin Gao

Chasing Bacteria with Covalent Chemistry

Featured in Nature Communications
March 2015

Dunwei Wang research image

Dunwei Wang

Materials for Better Batteries

Featured in Journal of the American Chemical Society
February 2015

Amir Hoveyda research image

Amir Hoveyda

High-value alcohols and higher-oxidation-state compounds

Featured in Nature
January 2015

Shih-Yuan Liu research image

Shih-Yuan Liu

Kinetically Stable Chemical Hydrogen Storage Material

Featured in Journal of the American Chemical Society
January 2015

Upcoming Seminars

February 23, 2016

Professor Gary Molander
“Single Electron Transformations to Enable Cross-Couplings”
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

March 1, 2016

Professor Liz Nolan
“Exploring the Chemistry and Biology of Human Defensin Peptides”
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

March 7, 2016

Professor Joshua Price
Brigham Young University
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

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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

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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