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November 2019

 
Professor Martin Gruebele 
Professor Martin Gruebele 
 

Greetings from the Department Head

As usual, the Illinois weather has been keeping us on our toes with falling leaves one week and falling snow the next.

As we dig out of the second round of snow and ice of the season, I invite you to catch up on the latest happenings in the department.

 
 
 
 Head shot of Dr. Dale Kempf
 Dale Kempf
 

Alumni, faculty recognized by university
This fall, several of our Chemistry at Illinois family were recognized for their achievements, service, and generous support.

Dale Kempf (PhD, ’82, Beak) received the Alumni Achievement Award, presented to alumni who have attained outstanding success and distinction in their life’s work.

Professor Emeritus Ted Brown, part of the chemistry faculty since 1956, received the Distinguished Service Award, presented to those whose service to the university has made a significant impact.

Peixin He (PhD, '85, Faulkner) and Xiaoming Chen received the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences' Dean’s Quadrangle Award in recognition of their support of chemistry faculty through the Larry R. Faulkner Endowed Chair in Chemistry.

 
 
 
 Head shot of Lauren Hagler
 

New award recognizes leaders in inclusive excellence

The Women in Chemistry (WIC) Inclusive Leadership Award was established this year to recognize outstanding female chemistry graduate students or postdocs who demonstrate a commitment to promoting full and equal participation of women, minorities, persons with disabilities, and persons of differing sexual orientations and gender identities in research and teaching.

Lauren Hagler, a beginning fifth-year graduate student in Steve Zimmerman’s group, is the inaugural recipient.

 
 
 
 Image showing Cyclic poly(disulfide)s and Linear poly(disulfide)s and their chemical compositions..
 

Moore group develops new technique to synthesize ring polymers

The Jeff Moore group recently published a paper that describes a new way of synthesizing ring polymers.

These polymers are usually difficult to prepare, and the group hopes that their technique will have the potential to advance science and technology as it relates to molecular architecture.

 
 
 
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Lucas Hernandez recognized for student innovation

Lucas Hernandez, a fifth-year graduate student in the David Sarlah group, received the 2019 Alfred R. Bader Award for Student Innovation.

The Bader Awards are given by Sigma-Aldrich to recognize student chemists whose innovations have the potential to advance science today and spark progress into the future.

 
 
 
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Susan Martinis named vice chancellor for research and innovation

Susan Martinis, an affiliate faculty member in chemistry, has been named the vice chancellor for research and innovation, having served in an interim role since September 2017.

Chancellor Robert Jones said that Martinis “has been a strong and innovative leader for our Illinois research enterprise, and we are thrilled to see her take on the role.”

 
 
 
 2018 YCC board member Kyle Shelton (Doug Mitchell group) accepts the ChemLuminary Award at the fall 2019 ACS national meeting.
 2018 YCC board member Kyle Shelton (Doug Mitchell group) accepts the ChemLuminary Award at the fall 2019 ACS national meeting.
 

WCC and YCC recognized with ACS ChemLuminary awards

The Women Chemists Committee (WCC) and Younger Chemists Committee of East Central Illinois Chapter (YCC) were each recognized at the American Chemical Society’s fall 2019 national meeting with ChemLuminary Awards, which are given to recognize local sections, regional meetings, divisions, and international chapters.

 
 
 
 Head shot of Professor Jonathan Sweedler
 

Analytical Scientist “Power List” includes two chemistry faculty members, two alumni

Professor Jonathan Sweedler has the top spot on the Analytical Scientist’s 2019 Power List, which highlights the tremendous range of talent, ingenuity and leadership present across all corners of analytical science on a global scale.

Also representing the department in the top 100 are two of Sweedler’s former students, alumni Amanda Hummon (PhD, ’04) and Lingjun Li (PhD, ’00), as well as Rohit Bhargava, professor of bioengineering and affiliate faculty member in chemistry.

 
 
 
 Elizabeth Murphy and her poster
 

Elizabeth Murphy is a winner in the Beckman Institute research image contest

Elizabeth Murphy, an undergraduate in the Paul Braun group, is one of three winners in the Beckman Institute’s research image contest, which showcases images that demonstrate the intersection between art and science.

Read more about the research behind her image here.

 
 
 

Alumni News & Updates

  • H. N. Cheng (PhD, ’74, Gutowsky) has been elected the 2020 American Chemical Society (ACS) President-Elect.
  • Amanda Leonard Shanbaum (BS, ’00; MS, ’02) was recently named Section Chief over Chemistry at the Illinois State Police Forensic Science Center in Chicago.


We—and other alumni—would love to know what you’ve been up to! Please share your news here.

 
 
 

In Memoriam

 
 
 

Upcoming Events

ACS Undergraduate Research Conference
November 16, 2019 (Urbana, IL)

Illini Days
November 18-22, 2019 (Chicago, IL)

Chemistry Holiday Magic Show (Urbana, IL)
December 11, 2019

December 14, 2019
December 15, 2019

Winter Convocation
December 21, 2019 (Urbana, IL)

 
 
 

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