Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

FSU chemists harness power of light to tackle asymmetrical molecules

Just like people, molecules can be left- or right-handed. No, molecules do not actually have hands. But scientists refer to them in this way when looking at asymmetric molecules that are mirror images of one another and therefore are not superimposable. Whether a molecule is a “lefty” or “righty” also influences how they behave — […]

FSU team breaks new ground in study of malignant pediatric brain tumor

Scientists are making important progress in the battle against a class of devilishly complex human pediatric brain cancers thanks to a new study from a team of Florida State University students and faculty. Among young children, there’s no brain tumor more common than medulloblastoma. But no specific and effective therapy yet exists for this dangerous […]

FSU researchers identify ways breast cancer avoids immune system detection

Better Understanding Could Pave Way For Immunotherapy Recent breakthroughs in immunotherapy are making a huge difference in treating some forms of cancer, especially metastatic cancer. But breast cancer has proven a tricky foe for this new therapy, and an interdisciplinary team of FSU researchers is now a little bit closer to figuring out why. Associate […]

Blue light special: FSU researcher finds new chemical clusters emit highly efficient light

A Florida State University research team has discovered that a unique organic-inorganic compound containing zero-dimensional molecular clusters emits a highly efficient blue light. The new discovery is reported in the Journal of the American Chemical Society. Associate Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry Biwu Ma has been working with an emerging class of functional materials that […]

FSU chemistry professor wins national award for nuclear chemistry research

A Florida State University professor has received a major award from the American Chemical Society for his work in nuclear chemistry. Thomas Albrecht-Schmitt, the Gregory R. Choppin Professor of Chemistry, received the Glenn T. Seaborg Award for outstanding contributions to radiochemistry. He will be presented with the award at the American Chemical Society conference in […]

FSU professor harnesses single electrons to accelerate chemical reactions

A Florida State University chemistry professor has described an unusual phenomenon in which the energy of an electron is spontaneously increased in the course of a chemical reaction. The process is reported in the journal Angewandte Chemie. FSU Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry Igor Alabugin and his team call this chemical phenomenon “electron upconversion.” In […]

FSU researchers use artificial intelligence to identify, predict new chemical compounds

A team of Florida State University researchers is using artificial intelligence to identify which among hundreds of thousands of hypothetical crystal structures can result in the prediction of new chemical compounds. It’s a move that could radically change how chemists identify, test and study potential new compounds for any variety of materials, medicines or other […]

Shining the light: FSU researchers use photons to separate metal ions

A Florida State University research team is using a simple, readily available energy source to separate metal ions, a process that could help purify water or even recycle nuclear waste. The source? Light. Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry Kenneth Hanson and postdoctoral researcher Sahan Salpage outline their strategy in a new journal article published […]

Breakthrough synthesis strategy could mean wave of new medicinal compounds

In pharmacology, not all molecular structures are created equal. Some frameworks are overrepresented in nature, making them especially attractive to scientists on the hunt for more effective drugs. One such structure, known to scientists as the carbocyclic 5-8-5 fused ring system, is notoriously difficult to produce using conventional laboratory methods, and researchers have therefore been […]

Defying gravity: FSU professor’s work to be conducted at International Space Station

A Florida State University professor’s latest experiments will take place far above the Earth when astronauts at the International Space Station begin working with FSU on what’s called a chemical garden. Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry Oliver Steinbock will send materials for experiments to the International Space Station in June aboard a Falcon 9 rocket […]

Diabetes researcher recognized for distinguished chemistry career

A Florida State University chemistry professor whose research delves into the mechanisms at work behind the metabolic disorder known as Type 2 diabetes has received a prestigious honor for his work. Michael Roper, a professor in FSU’s Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, has been awarded the Mid-Career Achievement Award from the American Electrophoresis Society. The […]

Researchers achieve ‘Olympic ring’ molecule breakthrough just in time for Winter Games

As the world’s premier winter athletes were preparing to take to the slopes, rinks and tracks for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games, Florida State University researchers were hard at work making a gold-medal discovery of their own. More than 7,000 miles away from the snowcapped peaks of PyeongChang, scientists from FSU’s Department of Chemistry and […]