Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

A bonding experience: Study reveals potential new family of compounds

On the Periodic Table of Elements, there are elements that most people remember from school — oxygen, hydrogen, gold and silver. But there are also the ones that you might not immediately recognize, such as berkelium and einsteinium. These exotic elements are typically only used in specialized laboratories to understand how chemistry and physics change […]

FSU chemist receives prestigious Markovnikov Medal, honorable professorship

A Florida State University professor has received two recognitions reserved for some of the greatest minds in organic chemistry — the Markovnikov Medal from Moscow State University and an Honorable Professorship from St. Petersburg State University. Igor Alabugin, a professor in FSU’s Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, part of the College of Arts and Sciences, […]

Christelle Bucag

Growing up in the Philippines, Florida State University junior Christelle Bucag was suddenly uprooted when her mother was hired as a nurse at Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare, and they moved to Tallahassee in 2016. “As a recent first-generation immigrant, it was hard to insert myself in the culture and way of life here in the United States,” Bucag said. “It […]

FSU chemist awarded $1M Department of Energy grant to explore clean energy materials

A Florida State University professor has been awarded a $1.1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to investigate possible alternatives to rare and expensive materials used in an array of clean energy applications. Rob Schurko, a professor in FSU’s Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and director of the Nuclear Magnetic Resonance and Magnetic […]

FSU chemistry researcher receives NIH grant to understand structural underpinnings of fibrosis

A Florida State University researcher has received a prestigious National Institutes of Health grant to examine the role that protein-RNA interactions play in promoting fibrosis and cancers. Robert Silvers, assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry, has received $1.8 million from the NIH to examine what are called La-related proteins (LARPs) that interact with RNA as […]

Building blocks: FSU chemists create new system to build compound critical to drug development

A team of Florida State University chemists has developed a faster way to synthesize a class of compounds that are commonly used in the development of new medications. Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry Joel M. Smith along with doctoral student Thiago Grigolo and undergraduate Ariana Subhit published a paper in the journal Organic Letters […]

FSU expert available to comment on science behind 2021 Nobel Prize in Chemistry

The 2021 Nobel Prize in Chemistry was awarded to two scientists for their development of a new and environmentally friendly process to make molecules, known as asymmetric organocatalysis. Benjamin List of the Max Planck Institute for Coal Research and David MacMillan of Princeton University shared the prize for their groundbreaking work. For journalists looking for […]

FSU researcher nets $4.4M grant to advance quantum systems

A Florida State University researcher is leading a $4.4 million Department of Energy project to help create software that can take advantage of supercomputer capabilities and advance quantum information science.  The project is led by FSU Associate Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry Eugene DePrince and includes collaborators from Virginia Tech, University of Washington, and Lawrence Berkeley […]

Lighting the way: FSU researchers develop method to help chemists synthesize natural products

Sometimes the path to tackle one question in science leads to an answer on a totally different question.  That is what happened when a team of Florida State University researchers began looking for ways to synthesize natural products that could potentially serve as a treatment for cancer and neurological diseases.   In doing that work, Assistant Professor of […]

FSU launches bridge program to increase underrepresented students in chemistry

The Florida State University Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry is launching a new initiative designed to help underrepresented students achieve a master’s degree and then move on to a doctoral program. The Bridge program, funded by the American Chemical Society, is being launched this summer. It will provide two to three students per year with a […]

Microplastics and human health: FSU researchers find exposure to microplastics may alter cellular function

Pollution from miniscule pieces of plastic, or microplastics, have been a growing concern for scientists, public health advocates and environmentalists as these nondegradable items have increasingly made their way into waterways and even the air we breathe.  Now, a team of Florida State University researchers is looking at what inhalation and ingestion of these tiny particles can […]

Pandemic moves ‘Ask a Scientist’ event to digital realm

When the COVID-19 pandemic broke out, Florida State University Associate Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry Ken Hanson strategized how to continue his popular “Ask a Scientist,” a monthly event where the community engages with scientists and can ask questions about anything from molecular chemistry to dinosaurs to child development. His lifelong love for gaming led him to develop “Ask […]