Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

FSU researchers look to natural products to shed light on protein interactions in cancer, neurological diseases

A fungus that attacks almond and peach trees may be key to identifying new drug targets for cancer therapy. A team of Florida State University researchers from the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry found that a natural product from the fungus Fusicoccum amygdali stabilizes a family of proteins in the cell that mediate important signaling […]

A molecular metamorphosis: Researcher develops method to change fundamental architecture of polymers

A Florida State University research team has developed methods to manipulate polymers in a way that changes their fundamental structure, paving the way for potential applications in cargo delivery and release, recyclable materials, shape-shifting soft robots, antimicrobials and more. “We are making a polymer completely change its architecture through a chemical response,” said FSU Assistant […]

FSU researchers explore use of new materials to create more efficient solar cells

A team of Florida State University researchers is pioneering innovative ways for solar cells to absorb and use infrared light, a portion of the solar spectrum that is typically unavailable for solar cell technology. Their work is published in two new studies published in the journal Matter and the Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters. “We’re […]

Doctoral student awarded fellowship for nuclear research

A doctoral student in Florida State University’s Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry has received a major fellowship from the U.S. Department of Energy to continue her research into newer, safer forms of nuclear energy. Bonnie Klamm will receive $155,000 over three years from the DOE’s Nuclear Energy University Program to support her research as she […]

Four FSU students receive prestigious NSF graduate fellowships

Four Florida State students have received a prestigious and highly competitive fellowship from the National Science Foundation to help fund their doctoral work. The fellowship program recognizes exceptional graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master’s and doctoral degrees. Fellows receive an annual stipend of $34,000 over three […]

Chemistry professor, MagLab scientist named 2019-2020 Lawton Distinguished Professor

An accomplished chemist who has helped steer the direction of chemical and biological research at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory has been named Florida State University’s 2019-2020 Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Professor. Timothy Cross, professor of chemistry and biochemistry, will be honored at the 2019 spring graduation. Being named a Lawton professor is the […]

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 — […]