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February 2019

Department Head Martin Gruebele sitting at his desk 
Martin Gruebele 

Greetings from the Department Head

Many of you have likely experienced the negative (literally!) effects of the recent "polar vortex." Urbana was no exception. We had at least one day of temperatures well below zero with windchills reaching minus 40 degrees—prompting a rare cancellation of classes across campus. Thankfully, the extreme cold was short-lived, and we have returned to the normal cold of February in the Midwest.

In addition to warmer weather, here are some of the things we're looking forward to this spring - as well as a recap of our recent activities since my last note.

 St. Elmo Brady plaque with Jonathan Sweedler and Peter Dorhout

St. Elmo Brady: celebrating diversity in the chemical sciences

The American Chemical Society honored St. Elmo Brady with a National Historic Chemical Landmark at an all-day event in Noyes Laboratory.

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 M. Christina White and Jinpeng Zhao headshot

M. Christina White and graduate student developed a new metal catalyst 

Chemistry professor M. Christina White and graduate student Jinpeng Zhao developed a new catalyst that has the potential to advance the pace and efficiency of drug development.

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 Martin Pomper head shot

Chemistry alumnus traces his success to influential professor at Illinois

Martin Pomper, a member of the National Academy of Medicine, said his chemistry professors at Illinois had a deep influence upon him. Pomper joined John Katzenellenbogen's group since Dr. K. shared Pomper's goal of applying chemistry to the field of medicine.

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 Cathy Murphy Head shot

Seeing the deeper value in gold

The gold nanoparticles created by Catherine Murphy, the Larry R. Faulkner Endowed Chair in Chemistry, range in size from 5 to 100 nanometers. One of those virtually invisible gold nanoparticles might not pack much market value, but Murphy knows that their optical properties have incredible potential in fields from green energy to fighting disease.

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 Head shot of Peter Senter

Peter Senter part of Seattle Genetics team recognized with an ACS Heroes of Chemistry Award

Alumnus Peter D. Senter (PhD, '81, Coates) was one of six chemists from Seattle Genetics recognized with a 2018 ACS Heroes of Chemistry Award for their work to develop ADCETRIS, an innovative drug used in the treatment of Hodgkin's lymphoma.

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 headshot of Jeff Moore

Future environments: bio-inspired materials with Jeff Moore

In this short video, Jeff Moore, a professor of chemistry and of materials science and engineering, and a member of Beckman's Autonomous Materials Systems Group, discusses how many manufactured goods of the future will include vascular networks that make them more adaptable, functional, and longer-lasting.

Or, read the full Q&A with Prof. Moore here.


Upcoming Events

ACS Alumni Reception
March 31, 2019 (Orlando, FL)

May 12, 2019 (Urbana, IL)


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