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The Sixteenth Annual Senior & Awards Dinner will be held on Wednesday, April 30, 2014 at 6 p.m. in the Amherst Room of the Campus Center.


The 2014 Chemistry Alumni Reunion will be held on Saturday, June 7, 2014 in the beautiful Integrated Sciences Building (ISB). We will once again be honoring two of Chemistry's towering figures, Professors George Richason, Jr. and Richard Stein, people who have created much of the excellence that is Chemistry at UMass Amherst. This event is part of the university-wide Alumni Weekend.

Check out what the University has planned for alumni weekend as well. Go to http://umassalumni.com/alumni-weekend/

Please RSVP by calling or emailing our Alumni Coordinator, Carrie Morrison Penland, at 413.545.2585 or carriemp@chem.umass.edu. Starting in April you can also register online at http://umassalumni.com/alumni-weekend/register/

We look forward to seeing you in June 2014!


Kevin Kittilstved has been named Emerging investigator by Journal of Materials Chemistry A (Issue 17, 2014) more ...


Lila Gierasch received the ASBMB Mildred Cohn Award and will give her award lecture on April 28. more ... (PDF)


On Feb. 17 Lila Gierasch received the Biophysical Society Fellow award.


Congratulations to Vince Rotello who has just been recognized as a University Distinguished Professor!


Scott Auerbach and iCons were featured in AAC&U News: Problem-Based Science at University of Massachusetts and undergraduate learning at Research Universities (January/February 2014) more ...


Chemistry '70 alum and Belmont Savings CEO, Bob Mahoney, wins the Boston Business Journal's Most Admired CEO more ...


Mike Maroney and graduate student Carolyn Carr have been awarded a "1+1 fellowship" to work/study at the Biophysical Sciences Institute at Durham University in the UK.


Professor Paul Dubin has been funded for "Non-chromatographic Methods for Monoclonal Antibody Purification" (NHMPP) and "Complex Formation between polyTMA and Anionic Mixed Micelles" (BASF). This is 7/7 for proposals with "coacervation" as a main theme; next target is coacervate protocells, in response to an "Origin of Life" RFP.


Graduate student Tim Gehan, jointly in the Lahti and DV groups, has been awarded an Isenberg Fellowship. Tim works on assembling organic semiconducting organic polymers into nanoparticles with controlled size and size distribution. These offer strong prospects to be used in an ecologically low impact, widely applicable means to
make nanoparticle films that photoconvert in solar cells. Portions of his work have appeared in Monojit Bag, Timothy S. Gehan, Dana D. Algaier, et al., "Efficient charge transport in assemblies of surfactant-stabilized semiconducting nanoparticles", Advanced Mater., 25, 6411-6415 (2013). DOI: 10.1002/adma.201301302.

The work ongoing at present is particularly promising, and Tim proposed to discuss and learn more about how fundamental research from a chemistry reaches the real world marketplace, as part of his Isenberg plan.


Professor Paul Lahti and his EFRC colleagues are highlighted on UMass Research Next for their solar PHaSE research. more ...


Season's Greetings from Chemistry!


Professor Kevin Kittilstved recently had an invited manuscript accepted for the "2014 Emerging Investigators" themed issue of the Journal of Materials Chemistry A (a publication of the Royal Society of Chemistry). Click here to read the article.


Professor Mike Barnes renewed his Department of Energy research grant "Chemical Microscopy of Conjugated Polymers"


Professor Mike Barnes was selected to receive the 2014 John Burlew Award from the American Chemical Society's Connecticut Valley section (CVS).

This award recognizes Mike's pioneering research in single molecule spectroscopy. He will be the featured keynote speaker at the 2014 CVS Undergraduate Research Symposium which will be held at UMass on Saturday, April 26, 2014. more ...


ChemDraw, the industry standard program for drawing chemical structures, is now available for use by all current members of the UMass Amherst community at no charge more ...


We are deeply saddened by the recent passing of our colleague, Professor Bob Weis, following a long battle with cancer. For more information, or to leave your condolences, please visit more ...


Rotello has been named the new editor-in-chief of Bioconjugate Chemistry. more ...


Guanbo Wang, Kaltashov group, attends the 63rd Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting in Chemistry more ...


Gierasch has been selected to receive the 2014 Mildred Cohn Award in Biological Chemistry, awarded annually by the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB). more ...


Hardy has received a Fulbright Scholar award from the Council for International Exchange of Scholars to pursue her research on Alzheimer’s disease. more ...


Rotello to bring low-cost, inkjet-printed nano test strips to Pakistan for drinking water tests. more ...


Thayumanavan’s polymer nanogels were highlighted by UMass in their Research Next more ...


The Goessmann Gazette is finally finished! Click here to get your PDF copy.


Chemistry would like to welcome Michelle Farkas to our faculty this coming fall. Click here to check out her research interests ...


Diego Amado Torres (Thayumanavan group) was awarded one of the top 5 best poster presentations (from over 170) in the Colloids and Surface Chemistry division in the ACS meeting held in New Orleans on April 7-11.


Congratulations to all Chemistry students who graduated this past weekend! Click here to see commencement coverage.


Graduate student Jiaming Zhuang (Thayumanavan group) was awarded an extremely competitive and prestigious Graduate School Fellowship.


Congratulations to Chemistry seniors Kate Liedell and Michael Veling were honored at commencement this past Friday, May 10, for being named 21st Century Leaders and were honored for far-ranging achievement, initiative and social awareness.


Senior Awards Dinner was held, Weds. May 1, in the Student Union Ballroom, it was a great night. Congratulations to all of our seniors and award winners. A big thank you to all of our donors who made this night possible. Click here to see the photos and list of award winners ...


Jack Welch (former CEO of GE) comments on how Prof. George Richason's remarkable teaching changed the trajectory of his life in an article to the Boston Globe. Read the full article on Boston.com


Five College Seminar-UMass Amherst Hosting
Professor Geoffrey W. Coates, Cornell University, “New Polymers from Old Monomers: Advances Enabled through Catalyst Design and Discovery”, Thursday, April 25, 2013-LGRT 1634, 11:15 a.m.


Hardy won the seventh annual Armstrong Fund for Science Award, which this year is granting $30,000 over two years to encourage transformative research that introduces new ways of thinking about pressing scientific or technical challenges. 


Matt Holden received a NSF CAREER Award for his research on "Revealing the Mechanism of Non-endocytotic CPP-modulated Protein Delivery."


Check out the Spring 2013 Seminar series line up.


Season's Greetings from Chemistry.


Check out the new UMass featured video, Innovation and Impact, spotlighting iCons.


On Monday, December 10 was the construction celebration for the NIH Renovations on the 3rd, 7th and 8th floors of the Lederle tower. It was a very exciting event more ...


Scott Auerbach comments on American cultural attitudes towards solving problems like climate change to NPR and in a letter to the NY Times.


On October 27, the DV Group participated in ScienceQuest 2012 which introduced high school students to activities at UMass. Explained were the inner workings of a solar cell, then constructed a solar cell using household chemicals. photos ...


Dhandapani Venkataraman (DV), Michael Barnes, and Dinsmore had co-authored a paper in Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters on a new approach to direct the morphology of active layers in organic photovoltaic cells. UMass Next Website featured story ...


William E. Mahoney Annual Lecture in Chemistry-Joint Seminar with VASCI, featured Professor Richard D. DiMarchi, Indiana University, Department of Chemistry, "Chemical Biotechnology Applied to Endocrine Hormones", was held October 17, 2012-Wednesday, LGRT 1634, 4 p.m.


Governor approves $85 million for new physical sciences building which will serve Chemistry along with Physics more ...


Scott Auerbach and collegues solve the long-standing mystery of how cellulose chains break down, as reported in the current issue of JACS. more ...


Vincent Rotello's work to develop nose-like sensor array to "smell" cancer diagnoses appears in the current issue of the journal ACS Nano. more ...


At the end of September, Scott Auerbach will be briefing a Chemical Science Roundtable, a NAS committee, to present the educational innovations of iCons.


Congratulations to Thai and group for their publication entitled, Ligand-Decorated Nanogels: Fast One-Pot Synthesis and Cellular Targeting, as one of the most read articles from Biomacromolecules between April and June 2012. more ...


ResearchFest 2012 was a huge success! Click here for details.


Julian Tyson was featured in UMass Magazine for his research on arsenic in our food Biomolecular


Nathan Schnarr's article, "A Mechanism-Based Fuorescence Transfer Assay for Examining Ketosythase Selectivity," as been included in the weekly RSC Publishing press pack for Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry. To read the full paper visit the OBC blog.


Paul Dubin gave the Plenary lecture "Glycosaminoglycans as polyelectrolytes" at the 10th International Symposium on Polyelectrolytes in Lausanne, July 9, 2012. He also lectured (July 3-13) at: Inst. Diderot (Univ. Paris 7); ESPCI (Univ. Paris 5), Univ. Orsay (Paris Sud); and Nestlé Research Center, Lausanne.


Congratulations to Jeanne Hardy on her well-deserved award of tenure and promotion to Associate Professor!


Graduate Student Elih Velazquez-Delgado (Hardy group) was recently featured in the journal Structure more ...


Check out the current issue of the Goessmann Gazette!


Take a break from CSI and Bones reruns and get real-world experience in crime-solving science, the Summer Academy in Forensic Chemistry is waiting for you more ...


Chemistry Alumni Reunion 2012 was held on Saturday, May 19, 2012 in the beautiful Integrated Sciences Building (ISB) which honored Emeriti faculty, staff, and family. View photos of the event in our Alumni section more ...


Thai Thayumanavan's work on providing a simple, rapid method to drug screening is featured in C&E News more ...


Senior & Awards Dinner was beheld on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. in the Marriott Center. Check out the photos and list of award winners ...


Bret Jackson's paper describing methane dissociation on Ni catalysts was selected as an Editor's Choice for 2011 by the editors of the Journal of Chemical Physics more ...


Professor Ray D'Alonzo (UMass PhD '77) presented a seminar on "Pharmaceutical Product and Supply Chain Protection or the Criminal Side of Pharmaceuticals," Wednesday, April 25th at 4:00pm in ISB 329.


All Alumni are cordially invited to attend the chemistry ALUMNI REUNION 2012

You are cordially invited to the next Chemistry Reunion on Saturday, May 19, 2012 in the beautiful Integrated Sciences Building (ISB) from 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. The Department of Chemistry will be honoring Emeriti faculty, staff, and family. Confirmed attendees to date include: Dave Adams, Ron Archer, Ramon Barnes, Dave Curran, Peter Lillya, Bernie Miller, Louis Quin, Earl McWhorter, Jane Rausch, Everett Reed, George Richason, Dick Stein and Peter Uden.

Please contact Carrie Penland (carriemp@chem.umass.edu, 413-545-2585) for more information or to RSVP. We hope to see you all there in May!


Justin Fermann has been named recipient of this year's University Distinguished Teaching Award


Vincent Rotello has been selected the latest UMass Amherst Spotlight Scholar more ...


Graduate Student Elih Velazquez-Delgado (Hardy group) former pro pitcher keeps his 'strike zone" in proteins more ...


Rotello groups', "Tailoring nanoparticles: Suits you sir!" Chem.Soc.Rev. paper on surface functionalization of nanoparticles for nanomedicine, was highlighted in the CSR News Blog-February 2012 more ...


Spring 2012 Seminar Schedule more ...


Dr. Zeynep Delen (former Lahti group member) will be giving a talk next Tuesday, Jan. 31 at 4 p.m. in GSMN 153 on "The Olive Project," promoting liberal arts style science education for non-science people in Turkey more ...


Paul Lahti has published one of the Top 10 Most Read Articles from The Journal of Physical Chemistry A more ...


Paul Lahti's paper on Radicals organized by disk shaped aromatics has been selected as a CrystEngComm Hot Article more ...


Now accepting applications for Fall 2012 more ...


Julian Tyson receives grant from ACS Division of Analytical Chemistry for International Year of Chemistry Activities to give a public lecture/demonstration on Dec 8th at 7:30 pm in 135 ISB more ...


Springfield Museums and UMass Amherst Team Up to Install a ‘Molecular Playground’ at City’s Science Museum more ...


Julian Tyson receives grant from ACS Division of Analytical Chemistry for International Year of Chemistry Activities to give a public lecture/demonstration of Dec. 8th at 7:30 p.m. in 135 ISB more ...


Vincent Rotello and Richard Vachet are co-leaders of TRG 3 (Sensors and Environmental Monitoring) and are receiving support along with Sankaran Thayumanavan from a $20 million grant from the National Science Foundation through the Center for Hierarchical Manufacturing to improve nanomanufacturing technology more ...


ResearchFest 2011 was held on Tuesday, August 30. Check out the list of award winners more ...


Paul Dubin and colleagues have received a NSF grant for their work on "Protein-Polyelectrolyte Coacervates"


Professor emeritus Ronald Archer has been named an American Chemical Society Fellow, and will be one of 213 ACS Fellows honored at the society's fall national meeting induction ceremony on August 29 in Denver more ...


Everett Turner, a longtime faculty member of the chemistry department, passed away at the Fisher House Hospice on Monday, July 4, 2011.


Vincent Rotello and colleagues work on Colorimetric Bacteria Sensing (J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2011, 133, 9650-9653) is highlighted on the 22 News TV program more ...


iCons featured in July 4 C&EN more ...


Jeanne Hardy and colleagues have discovered a way to control an enzyme - one of a group known as caspases - that regulates more ...


Nishant Patel, a double major in Chemistry and Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, is one of three campus recipients of the Ross Memorial Scholarship, awarded to undergraduates of high academic standing who plan to help society after they graduate.


Chemistry Demo Show, Friday, May 6 at 7:30 p.m. in 135 ISB. It was a fun-filled evening of exciting explosions, colorful chemistry and perhaps a little magic!


Senior & Awards Dinner was held on Tuesday, May 3, 2011 at 6:00 p.m. in the Marriott Center. It was a great evening had by all. Follow the link to view photos and awards winners more ...


Drake Niedzielski, an eighth grade student working in the DV lab won the second place at the Regional Science Fair in North Adams for his work on ‘Photovoltaic Solar inks.’ more ...


Congratulations to Nagarjuna Gavvalapalli (Grad Student, DV Lab) has been selected to receive a Eugene M. Isenberg Scholar Award for the 2011/2012 academic year.


Congratulations to Matt Stevens (Chem BS, Chambers Lab) on winning the 2011 Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship Award. more ...


Congratulations to Bob Sabola who will be presented with this year's Chancellor Citation Award in May!


The late Professor Marvin Rausch's mineral collection comes to campus more ...


Join us for the Inaugural Marvin D. Rausch Letureship in Organometallic Chemistry featuring Professor Thomas Bitterwolf on Thursday, April 14 more ...


Professor Sankaran "Thai" Thayumanavan honored as 2011 Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science more ...


First iCons group launched, takes on cholera crisis more ...


Chemistry Researchers Helping to Solve the Problems of Tomorrow more ...


Professor Sankaran "Thai" Thayumanavan was recently chosen as the campus’s first Spotlight Scholar in recognition of his research and innovation in clean energy science more ...


Professor Lila Gierasch and colleagues win $1.2 Million EUREKA Award to study disease-related protein misfolding more ...


Integrated Sciences Program Stresses Problem Solving more ...


Professor Sankaran "Thai" Thayumanavan and group's Nanogel work represented as ACS Noteworthy Chemistry more ...


Distinguished alumnus Paul H. Terry (retired, USDA) has been selected as a member of the 2010 class of Fellows of the American Chemical Society and will be honored at a special ceremony on Monday, August 23 in the Sheraton Hotel Constitution Ballroom. Paul received his Ph.D. in Organic chemistry, and has been a very loyal supporter of the Department for many years. more ...


Professor Vincent Rotello will be giving the Langmuir Lecture "Engineering the nanoparticle interface for materials and biological applications" on Tuesday, August 24 in the Harbor Ballroom II at 3:00pm at the Fall 2010 ACS meeting in Boston. This is a national honor. more ...


Massachusetts Clean Energy Center Awards Grant to Professor Sankaran "Thai" Thayumanavan to Commercialize Fuel Cell Innovation more ...


Join us for ResearchFest 2010 on Tuesday, August 31. Check out the schedule of events more ...


Professor Julian Tyson Takes First Place in the 2010 US Fencing Summer National Championships more ...


33rd Reaction Mechanisms Conference was held on June 23-26 here at UMass Amherst more ...


Professor Richard Vachet Elected to Board of Directors of American Mass Spectrometry Society more ...


Congratulations to Marie Whalen on receiving the 2010 Chancellor's Citation Award more ...


Professor Sankaran Thayumanavan's interview about solar technology research on WFCR


Professor Bob Weis with former graduate students patent a method for assembling receptor-signaling complexes for engineering new compounds and drugs more ...


Congratulations to Myoung-Hwan Park (Rotello group) was awarded one of the 2010-2011 University Fellowship Awards


Professor Vincent Rotello improving delivery of anti-cancer nanoparticle chemotherapy appears in the current issue of Nature Nanotechnology more ...


Professor Sankaran Thayumanavan's most recent publication in the Journal of Polymer Science Part A: Polymer Chemistry more ...


Professor Sankaran Thayumanavan's and collegues discover how to move protons, improve hydrogen fuel cell technology. Their findings are reported in the current issue of Nature Chemistry. more ...


Professor Michael Barnes will be receiving the University's Distinguished Teaching Award which is the highest award for teaching, Congratulations!


Dr. Richard H. Holm ’55, ’79 Honorary is one of the recipients of the University of Massachusetts Amherst Alumni Association 2010 Distinguished Alumni Awards. more ...


Professor Sankaran Thayumanavan's key article on photovoltaics was chosen for the recent JACS Select on Harnessing Energy for a Sustainable World more ...


Professor Vincent Rotello has been chosen by the American Chemical Society to receive one of two Langmuir Lectureship Awards for 2010 for his cutting-edge research more ...


Professor Sankaran Thayumanavan and Colleagues Identify an exciting new Way to Create Photovoltaic Devices to Convert Solar Energy to Electricity more ...


Professor Paul Dubin and Lianhong Sun have been awarded $300,000 from NSF for their project "Protein purification by selective coacervation," for the development of more ...


Professor Craig Martin and graduate student Xiaoqing Liu discover how cells create stability during critical DNA-to-RNA transfers more ...


Professor Vincent Rotello was recognized for “distinguished contributions to supramolecular chemistry, particularly the use of nanoparticles in self-assembly and sensing.” Rotello’s research has focused on more ...


Professor Lila Gierasch receives The Dorothy Crowfoot Hodgkin Award, sponsored by Genentech, is granted in recognition of exceptional contributions in protein science, which profoundly influence our understanding of biology. The 2010 award will be presented to Dr. Lila M. Gierasch on more ...


James Kearns, a graduate student in the Professor Julian Tyson's group, has been awarded a research internship in the Indo-US Science and Technology Forum (IUSSTF) and Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) Research Internship in Science & Engineering (RISE) program. more ...


Integrated Sciences Building (ISB) was dedicated on Monday, Sept. 14, 2009 more ...