Highlights Archive


FALL 2016

Bradley Nilsson Recipient of the 2016 Goergen Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching

Chemistry Professor Bradley Nilsson has been selected to receive the 2016 Goergen Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. The award will be presented at a special award cere... (more)


NIH Renews Funding for Research on Reductive Coupling

Professor Daniel J. Weix and his group have been awarded renewed funding of $1.3 million over 4 years by the National Institutes of Health (NIGMS) to develop new reductive cross-electrophile coupling reactions and study their mechanisms. In March, Prof. Weix was interviewed by Peter Iglinski with the UR NewsCenter regarding “New Ways to Make Molecules”. (more)


Ignacio Franco receives 2016 NSF CAREER Award to Investigate the Fundamental Limits in the Quantum Control of Electrons

Congratylations to UR Chemistry Assistant Professor, Ignacio Franco, who is the recipient of a 2016 CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation for his proposal entitled "Decoherence, Non-Equilibrium Properties and Stark Control of Electrons at the Nanoscale. (more)


Bill Jones Interviewed on WXXI News Radio about "Potentially Better Ethanol"

Connections, a radio show with WXXI News, featured Professor Jones, when their Monthly Science Roundtable asked the question: "What if science could fix one of our country's big energy mistakes?" (more)

FALL 2015

Weix Group Reveals New Multimetallic-Catalyzed Biaryl Synthesis

The Weix group recently discovered a new solution to the long-standing challenge of cross-coupling two different aryl electrophiles - a multimetallic cross-Ullman reaction. (more)


Michael Neidig Receives Sloan Research Fellowship

Michael Neidig, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, has been named a 2015 Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow in Chemistry. (more)


Michael Neidig Receives NSF CAREER Award for Research on Iron- and Cobalt-Catalyzed Direct C-H Functionalization

Assistant Professor Michael L. Neidig is the recipient of a 2015 CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation. (more)


Daniel Weix Receives Two Awards for Green Chemistry Research

Daniel J. Weix, an associate professor of chemistry at the University of Rochester, was selected to receive a Pharmaceutical Roundtable grant by the American Chemical Society Green Chemistry Institute and was also a recipient of the 2014 Pfizer Green Chemistry Award for his research of non-precious metal catalysis. (more)


Daniel Weix to receive a Novartis Early Career Award

Daniel J. Weix, an associate professor of chemistry at the University of Rochester, has been named a recipient of the Novartis Early Career Award in Organic Chemistry. (more)

FALL 2014

Esther Conwell, pioneering professor of chemistry, dies at 92

Esther M. Conwell, research professor of chemistry at the University of Rochester and recipient of the National Medal of Science, died in a motor vehicle accident Sunday at the age of 92. (more)

FALL 2014

The Art and Science of Organic Chemistry

Associate Professor of Chemistry Daniel J. Weix is a scientist, but he nonetheless talks about the creative aspects of chemistry and the art of organic synthesis.Weix specializes in organic (carbon-based) synthesis and is working to develop better ways of creating molecules in order to accelerate the discovery of new, useful compounds, including pharmaceuticals. (more)

Spring 2014

New Faculty Member and Research on Nanoscale Dynamical Processes: Theory and Computation

Ignacio Franco joined the Chemistry faculty at the University of Rochester in July 2013. Research in the Franco lab focuses on theory and computation as applies to dynamical processes occurring at the nanoscale. In particular, the lab uses and develops theoretical techniques that allow the identification of new methods to exert control over the behavior of matter by means of external stimuli, a topic that the group likes to refer to as “Molecules under Stress”. (more)
Spring 2014

Professor Emeritus John R. Huizenga, a Key Figure in the 1989 National Review of Cold Fusion Claims, Dies at Age 92

John R. Huizenga, Tracy H. Harris Professor Emeritus of Chemistry and Physics at the University of Rochester and an internationally recognized leader in the field of nuclear science, died last Saturday in La Jolla, Calif. He was 92. (more)
FALL 2013

A Chemistry Department Pioneer Wins Top Philanthropy Award

The Rochester Area Community Foundation recently presented Dr. Walter Cooper, an alumnus of the University of Rochester, with its highest honor in recognition of his many charitable contributions. (more)

Where does the energy go in a chemical reaction?

Answering the question "Where does the energy go in a chemical reaction?" has been an abiding interest of Jim Farrar and his research group. Recognizing that ion-molecule reactions are among the fastest known gas phase processes has motivated the group to develop crossed molecular beam methods to study energy and angular momentum disposal in these chemical reactions. (more)

Selective C—H functionalization in complex antimalarial drug via fine-tuned P450 catalysts

A research team led by Prof. Rudi Fasan has reported a novel strategy to obtain cytochrome P450-based catalysts useful for late-stage functionalization of unactivated C—H bonds in artemisinin, a complex natural product of prominent value in the fight against malaria. (more)
FALL 2012

Computer Modeling Shows Why Photovoltaic Cells Work

Oleg Prezhdo and his research group have found processes for high efficiency solar energy conversion that are much faster than the relaxation processes that prevent electrons from being harvested. (more)
Summer 2012

A Fixation on Fixation: Holland Group's Complex Cleaves Dinitrogen Triple Bond

Professor Patrick L. Holland and his graduate student Meghan M. Rodriguez have reported an iron diketimidate complex capable of cleaving dinitrogen at normal temperature and pressure. (more)
Spring 2012

New Faculty Member Contributes Exciting Research

Michael Neidig joined the chemistry department at Rochester in 2011 and brings new expertise to our inorganic subdivision in the area of physical-inorganic chemistry in catalysis. (more)
Fall 2011

Hutchison Hall gets new Organic Chemistry Teaching Lab

The University has created exciting new laboratory space in the Chemistry Department to teach organic chemistry this fall. (more)
Spring 2011

Department Mourns the Loss of Professor Emeritus Jack Kampmeier

We mourn the loss of Professor Emeritus Jack A. Kampmeier who passed away on Saturday, March 26th. Jack has been a beloved teacher, a respected colleague, an effective communicator, a visionary leader, an untiring advocate for students, and an exemplary citizen of the University. (more)
Fall 2010

Conwell Receives National Medal of Science

Esther Conwell has been honored with the National Medal Science by President Obama. The National Medal of Science was established by Congress in 1959 and is awarded by the President to recognize "outstanding contributions to knowledge" in the sciences. (more)
Summer 2010

An Update from Professor Lewis Rothberg

For this highlight, we asked Lewis Rothberg, Professor of Chemistry, to discuss the latest developments in his research. The motivation behind their studies of Organic Electronics is to understand easily processed organic materials for inexpensive applications. (more)
Spring 2010

Professor Richard Eisenberg elected to National Academy of Sciences

Rich Eisenberg, the Tracy H. Harris Professor of Chemistry at the University of Rochester has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences, one of the highest honors that can be accorded to a scientist. (more)
Winter 2010

Holland's Group Uses Iron for a "Noble" Cause

Catalysis is one of the wonders of science: it is one of the ways that chemists can transform compounds into other compounds specifically and efficiently. The key to a catalytic reaction...(more)
Fall 2009

Professor Emeritus John R. Huizenga publishes Five Decades of Research in Nuclear Science

The University of Rochester and the Departments of Chemistry and Physics are pleased to announce that John R. Huizenga’s research memoir entitled Five Decades of Research in Nuclear Science has recently been published by Meliora Press...(more)
Summer 2009

Todd Krauss Shines as Brightly as his Quantum Dots

Associate Professor Todd Krauss is one of several young investigators in the Department of Chemistry. Currently supervising twelve graduate students, three postdoctoral research fellows, and two undergraduates, Krauss' research spans many areas...(more)
Spring 2009

Nanomaterials Symposium 2009

We will host a two-day symposium at the University of Rochester with the overarching theme of innovation in materials science and engineering necessary in order to power, sustain, and heal...(more)
Winter 2009

C.F. Houghton Professor of Chemistry William D. Jones to Receive an ACS Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award

The American Chemical Society (ACS) will award an Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award to University of Rochester C.F. Houghton Professor of Chemistry William D. Jones...(more)