Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Research with a peel: FSU study on banana browning could help tackle food waste

New research from Florida State University won’t only help you nail the timing for your banana bread — it could also help reduce millions of tons of food waste from the widely cultivated fruit. A team of FSU researchers investigated the formation and spread of brown spots on bananas, a striking case of biological pattern […]

FSU’s ‘Art in STEM’ returns for 8th year, highlights the beauty and artistry of science 

Florida State University’s annual “Art in STEM” exhibition returns for its eighth year April 23, inviting a global audience to experience stunning visuals created by researchers in science, technology, engineering and math disciplines. The event is hosted by FSU’s Graduate Women in STEM (GWIS), in collaboration with the FSU College of Arts and Sciences and […]

FSU chemistry doctoral students awarded Department of Defense SMART scholarships

Two Florida State University doctoral students have distinguished themselves with Department of Defense awards that will fund their studies in physical chemistry. Jason Kuszynski and Catherine Fabiano, students in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, received their awards from the Department of Defense Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship Program. The awards provide […]

Turning up the heat: FSU researcher focuses on process steps to expand solar cell capabilities

In a new study, a Florida State University researcher illuminates the fundamental properties of a process used to make better solar cells, giving scientists knowledge about how to further fine-tune that work and build more efficient devices. “This is building upon our goal to build better solar cells from new materials,” said FSU Assistant Professor […]

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 […]