Ken Hanson

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 — […]

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 […]

FSU researchers net record number of prestigious NSF awards

A record number of Florida State University faculty members have received the National Science Foundation’s prestigious CAREER award this year for researchers in the early stages of their careers. Five Florida State University assistant professors have received the award that carries funding for their lab as well as the opportunity to work closely with the […]