In the News

Haglin's Work Featured on the Cover of Biochemistry

Graduate student Elizabeth (Libbie) Haglin from the Thompson group, Chemistry, and M2M, has been featured on the November 2017 cover of Biochemistry for her work on chemotaxis receptors.  "His-Tag-Mediated Dimerization of Chemoreceptors Leads to Assembly of Functional Nanoarrays." Biochemistry 56 (44), 5847-5966 (2017).

A polymer chain organized like a string of Christmas lights assists energy storage

Dhandapani Venkataraman, with Ph.D. student and first author Seung Pyo Jeong, Ph.D. students Larry Renna, Connor Boyle and others, report that they have developed a polymer-based system that can yield energy storage density more than two times higher than previous polymer systems.

“The twist in the story is that we thought that the distance between the lights in the string was the most important. It is important, but what is more important is the way that multiple strings and their lights are carefully arranged. It turns out that the processing solvent we used acts to arrange and regulate the architecture, so the azobenzene molecules attached to the polymer are arranged very neatly and compactly. It basically acts to ensure that there can be maximum packing density.” says Venkataraman. Details appear in the current issue of Scientific Reports.

Annual Mahoney Alumni Award Established for iCons Program Graduates

The College of Natural Sciences (CNS) has announced the establishment of the Mahoney Alumni Award for the iCons Program, an annual award to be bestowed to one alumna or alumnus of the Integrated Concentration in Science (iCons) Program who demonstrates application of the attitudes, knowledge and skills developed in the program and who has shown engagement and support of the iCons community since graduation.

The recipient will receive a $5,000 award, presented at the annual iCons Senior Celebration. It is the first alumni award for iCons graduates. The three Mahoney brothers – Robert, Richard and William – received their degrees in chemistry from UMass Amherst. They went on to become leaders in their own industries and have served as high-level alumni advisers to the campus.

Stein-Convestro Seminar November 30th

Stein-Convestro Seminar
Thursday, November 30, 2017
Professor Karen Wooley, Texas A&M
Departments of Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, and Materials Science & Engineering
"Expanding the Scopes of Synthetic Organic and Polymer Chemistries: Utilization of the inherent stereochemical and functional diversities of natural products to produce unique materials"
Host: Michelle Farkas
11:30 a.m. LGRT 1634

Professor Howard Stidham (1925-2017)

Professor Howard D. Stidham, 92, passed away November 13, 2017. He was a valued member of the UMass Chemistry Department for 61 years, specializing in physical chemistry and Raman spectroscopy until his retirement this past August.

Rotello Serves as Guest Professor in Beijing

In a trip to Beijing in October 2017, Professor Vincent Rotello from the Department of Chemistry was appointed as a Guest Professor at the National Center for Nanoscience and Technology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. He also gave an Institute-wide Molecular Sciences Forum presentation at the Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences. Both of these Centers are the top institution in their respective area in China, and are highly ranked internationally.

The photos shows Prof. Rotello receiving the Molecular Sciences Forum from Prof. Lanqun Mao, Deputy Director of the Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences.

Design Building at UMass Amherst Named for Former U.S. Rep. John W. Olver

The new Design Building at the University of Massachusetts Amherst has been named the John W. Olver Design Building in honor of the retired congressman and former UMass Amherst chemistry professor.

Maroney Honored at 2017 Faculty Convocation

Michael Maroney was one of eight faculty who received the Award for Outstanding Accomplishments in Research and Creativity at the 13th Annual Faculty Convocation on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at the Campus Center Auditorium.

Dubin Delivers Keynote at ELKIN 2017

Paul Dubin gave a keynote lecture at 12th International Symposium on Electrokinetics in Dresden, Germany on September 12, 2017.  The title of his lecture was "Heparin: Paradigm, Outlier, Biopolyelectrolyte."

Thayumanavan Receives $1.8 Million for Center for Autonomous Chemistry

Sankaran “Thai” Thayumanavan, Chemistry, has received a three-year, $1.8 million grant from the National Science Foundation to create a multi-university Center for Autonomous Chemistry, where he and colleagues including Vince Rotello, also Chemistry, will seek to design artificial self-activating systems.

Vachet Receives Grant to Study, Prevent Protein Aggregation

Richard Vachet, Chemistry, received a four-year, $1.2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to continue his group’s study of the aggregation by βeta-2-microglobulin (β2m), the protein that forms amyloid fibril deposits in the joints of patients with kidney disease who are undergoing dialysis.

Annual Mahoney Life Sciences Prize Established for CNS Faculty

The College of Natural Sciences (CNS) has announced the establishment of the Mahoney Life Sciences Prize, an annual competition for CNS scientists engaged in high-impact applied life sciences research.