College of Arts and Sciences

FSU nuclear physics lab wins $5.7M NSF grant

Six physicists at Florida State University have received a $5.7 million grant from the National Science Foundation to continue their cutting-edge research in nuclear physics and nuclear astrophysics.   The grant supports operations of the John D. Fox Accelerator Laboratory at FSU and the research of professors Ingo Wiedenhoever, Samuel Tabor and Paul Cottle; assistant professors Sergio […]

FSU student receives prestigious Hollings Scholarship

Rising junior Jonathan Marcus is the latest Florida State University student to receive an Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The nationally competitive scholarship includes up to $19,000 of academic assistance over two years and a 10-week, paid summer internship with NOAA. “It has been a dream of […]

FSU researchers pave a way to new stimuli-responsive materials

Research from a multidisciplinary team of Florida State University scientists shows that fast motion of small organic molecules in an unconventional crystal can be leveraged to develop new materials for use in sensors and other technologies. Michael Shatruk, the Cottrell Family Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, and his team found that external stimuli such as temperature, […]

Paint by atomic numbers: FSU chemistry professor teaches students the science behind art

During Picasso’s blue period, the famed Spanish artist had no trouble finding an array of hues to create spectacular paintings. But that wasn’t the case for artists prior to the 1700s until a pharmacist accidentally synthesized a cheap blue pigment, changing the landscape for painters and others. Stories like the history of the color blue and […]

FSU researcher detects unknown submarine landslides

A Florida State University researcher has used new detection methods to identify 85 previously unknown submarine landslides that occurred in the Gulf of Mexico between 2008 and 2015, leading to questions about the stability of oil rigs and other structures, such as pipelines built in the region. Assistant Professor Wenyuan Fan in the Department of Earth, Ocean […]

Spending extra time in the kitchen? Try a chemistry lesson

Embracing some quarantine baking challenges? Or just trying to up your game when it comes to evening mealtime? Why not try some chemistry experiments at the same time?  In a new piece for the journal Matter, Florida State University Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry Lea Nienhaus and graduate student Zachary VanOrman write that even with labs and schools closed […]

New NMR director takes the helm at MagLab

 A Florida State University professor of chemistry will head a key facility at the FSU-headquartered National High Magnetic Field Laboratory.   Chemist Robert Schurko, professor of chemistry and biochemistry, is the new director at the Nuclear Magnetic Resonance and Magnetic Resonance Imaging Facility at the MagLab.   Schurko joined Florida State last year after spending two decades at the University of Windsor in Canada, where he built a prominent research group specializing […]

‘Hurricanes from scratch’: FSU researchers find even small disturbances can trigger catastrophic storms

You’ve probably seen the satellite images that show a hurricane developing: thick white clouds clumping together, arms spinning around a central eye as it heads for the coast. After decades of research, meteorologists still have questions about how hurricanes develop. Now, Florida State University researchers have found that even the smallest changes in atmospheric conditions […]

FSU researchers study Gulf of Mexico in international collaboration

When the Deepwater Horizon oil rig suffered a blowout in 2010 and began spilling oil into the Gulf of Mexico, scientists got to work understanding the effects of that disaster. But limited data on the typical conditions in the Gulf made understanding the potential changes from the spill more difficult. To make sure scientists weren’t […]

Seven FSU students win prestigious NSF graduate fellowships

Seven Florida State University students have received the highly competitive Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation.   The fellowship program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master’s and doctoral degrees.   “Florida State has extraordinary students who are the next generation of faculty […]

FSU statistics professor named 2020 American Statistical Association Fellow

A Florida State University faculty member has been named a 2020 Fellow of the American Statistical Association.  Yiyuan She, professor and assistant undergraduate adviser in the Department of Statistics in the College of Arts and Sciences, was selected by the ASA in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the field of statistical science.  “Being elected as an ASA fellow […]

FSU researchers discover new structure for promising class of materials

Florida State University researchers have discovered a novel structure for organic-inorganic hybrid materials that shows potential for more efficient technologies.   Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry Biwu Ma and his team have published a new study in the journal Science Advances that explains how they created a hollow nanostructure for metal halide perovskites that would allow the material to emit a […]