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February 2018

Department Head Martin Gruebele sitting at his desk 
Martin Gruebele 

Greetings from the Department Head

On January 1st, I celebrated my one-year anniversary as head. Looking back over the past year, I couldn’t be more pleased to be serving this department, whose faculty, staff, students, and alumni continue to impress, encourage, and motivate me on a daily basis.

Let me fill you in a little on what’s been happening.



 headshot of chemistry professor Paul Hergenrother

Cancer drug starts clinical trials in human brain cancer patients

Chemistry professor Paul Hergenrother, U of I veterinary oncologist Timothy Fan, and their colleagues are testing the safety of a new cancer drug in a clinical trial for humans with late-stage brain cancer.

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Work complete on state-of-the-art Center for Theoretical Chemistry

Faculty, staff, and visitors can enjoy the newly constructed Center for Theoretical Chemistry on the third floor of Noyes Lab.

Construction was completed in December of 2017, and research groups were able to move in in January.


 headshot of Professor Jefferson Chan

Research spotlight: Jefferson Chan

Professor Jefferson Chan joined the Illinois faculty in 2014.

In this 3-minute video, he gives a glimpse into his team’s research involving synthetic chemistry to develop small molecules, allowing us to see what has never been seen before.



 headshot of Dr. Jinwoo Cheon

Jinwoo Cheon recognized for international achievement

Jinwoo Cheon (PhD, ’93, Girolami) is the recipient of the 2017-18 Madhuri and Jagdish N. Sheth International Alumni Award for Exceptional Achievement.

Dr. Cheon and other international award recipients will be honored in Urbana in April 2018.

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Continuing the legacy of Harold Snyder

In 1990, students and friends of Illinois chemistry professor and alumnus Harold R. Snyder (BS, ’31) established a fund in his memory.

Today, the Snyder Scholars program honors his legacy by providing outstanding undergraduates with an opportunity to “try out” graduate school the summer before their senior year.

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Upcoming events

ACS Alumni Reception
March 18, 2018 (New Orleans, LA)

"Connecting Health & Service in a Global Context"
International Achievement Award Panel Discussion
feat. Dr. Jinwoo Cheon (PhD, '93)
April 4, 2018 (Urbana, IL)

feat. Dr. Peter Dorhout (BS, ’85), ACS president
May 13, 2018 (Urbana, IL)


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