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FSU researchers receive $1.43M grant to study medical applications of synthetic chemistry

Florida State University scientists have been awarded a $1.43 million grant to support their work using synthetic chemistry to push the boundaries of biomedical research. The funds, awarded by the National Institutes of Health, will aid researchers as they explore the potential of fully synthetic natural products to tweak critical interactions between protein molecules — […]

FSU scientists ‘do the twist’ to make better chemical reactions

A team of Florida State University scientists is working to make chemical reactions faster and more selective by reinventing fundamental organic chemistry concepts. Professor of Chemistry Igor Alabugin and doctoral student Trevor Harris developed a new way to control one of the most commonly used reactions used in chemistry today — the alkyne-azide “click” reaction. […]

Breaking the rules: Heavy chemical elements alter theory of quantum mechanics

A series of complicated experiments involving one of the least understood elements of the Periodic Table has turned some long-held tenets of the scientific world upside down. Florida State University researchers found that the theory of quantum mechanics does not adequately explain how the heaviest and rarest elements found at the end of the table […]

FSU scientist to be recognized with international chemistry award

A longtime member of the Florida State University chemistry faculty is being recognized for his decades of transformational research in photochemistry as the second-ever recipient of an international award from the American Chemical Society. Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry Jack Saltiel will receive the Josef Michl ACS Award in Photochemistry in recognition of his groundbreaking […]

FSU professor wins Southern Chemist Award from American Chemical Society

A Florida State University professor has received the American Chemical Society’s Southern Chemist Award in recognition of his contributions in nuclear chemistry. Thomas Albrecht-Schmitt, the Gregory R. Choppin Professor of Chemistry, received a medal and plaque at the organization’s annual meeting in Washington, D.C.  The award honors those who are U.S. citizens and worked in […]

FSU graduate students to attend international Nobel laureate meeting

Two Florida State University graduate students are among 400 student-scientists worldwide invited to attend the 67th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting, an annual meeting that includes 30 Nobel laureates. This year, chemistry graduate student Gabriel Dos Passos and FAMU-FSU College of Engineering graduate student Margaret Scheiner will represent FSU at the meeting and hear from some […]

FSU researchers pushing the efficiency limits of solar cells

With more countries looking for renewable energy resources, scientists across the globe are working to make more efficient solar cells to help build everything from better solar panels for buildings to better flashlights to wearable tech. A Florida State University research team has produced a new type of solar cell structure that markedly increases light absorption […]

Distinguished FSU chemistry professor named fellow of Royal Society of Chemistry

A Florida State University chemistry professor has been named a fellow of the prestigious Royal Society of Chemistry in the United Kingdom. Professor Naresh Dalal, a 22-year veteran of the FSU Department of Chemistry and former department chair, was named a fellow of the society in recognition of his accomplishments in the field of information […]

Fall Commencement 2016

FSU President John Thrasher presides over two commencement ceremonies as the university awards degrees to over 2,500 graduating students. The graduates heard from commencement speakers, Joseph Schlenoff, FSU Chemistry professor and world-renowned pioneer in the creation of thin films through polymer science, and Bob Sasser, CEO of Dollar Tree, Inc. and FSU alumnus.

FSU chemistry professor wins prestigious women in science award

A Florida State University chemistry professor has won a prestigious award from the American Association for the Advancement of Science that recognizes promising female scientists in the early stages of their career. Assistant Professor of Chemistry Yan-Yan Hu will receive the 2017 Marion Milligan Mason Award along with $50,000 to help fund her research endeavors. […]

FSU Honors student boasts impressive research achievements

Florida State University senior Alexandra Barth is motivated by an enduring desire to understand how things work. As a chemistry major with an already imposing research résumé, the FSU Honors student has oriented her work around the study of solid-state materials — a branch of chemistry and material science focused on studying the shapes, patterns […]