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June 26, 2015
Professor Kenso Soai
Tokyo University of Science
“Asymmetric Autocatalysis and the Origin of Homochirality”
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

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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

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

Fanke Meng
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 Awards

Fanke Meng
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.

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."

Amir H. Hoveyda
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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Profs. Weerapana & Tsung
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. (dale.mahoney@bc.edu)