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Shultz group paper featured in JACS Spotlights

A recent JACS paper from the Shultz group: "Excited State Exchange-Modulated Entanglement and Control of Spin Polarization," Stein, B. W.; Tichnell, C. R.; Shultz, D. A.; Kirk, M. L. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2018, 140, 2221-2228, was selected to be featured in JACS Spotlights, a feature intended to make JACS research more accessible to the broader community.

The JACS Spotlight can be found here: J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2018, 140, 1977, DOI: 10.1021/jacs.8b01439

Teaching Quantum Spins New Dance Steps
Erika Gebel Berg (Ph.D.)
Quantum computing relies on quantum properties such as entanglement to perform calculations. The future of quantum computing will be advanced by the development of methods to control and manipulate electronic spin states and entanglement within complex systems. David Shultz, Martin Kirk, and colleagues describe a new platform for the precise generation of hyperpolarized spin states and the assessment of electronic structures (DOI: 10.1021/jacs.7b11397).

The researchers synthesize a series of chromophoric molecules where each spin 1/2 entity is entangled with the remaining two spins. To start the spin polarization process, the researchers use optical excitation to generate a photoexcited two-spin system coupled to a ground-state radical. Typically, magnetic resonance methods are used to manipulate spins in this type of research, but Kirk and Shultz's team instead turn to optical excitation, which allows the electronic structures of the molecules to be assessed by magnetic circular dichroism spectroscopy, an unconventional magneto-optical technique. Their findings have great implications for spin-based quantum computing. Posted March 11, 2018

NC State's Chemistry Graduate Student Association Builds Relationships with Local Industry

To highlight jobs in the private sector, NC State's Chemistry Graduate Student Association (CGSA) brought representatives from 23 companies to campus for the second annual Academia-to-Industry Networking Event (AINE) on Oct. 16. Read the full article here, written by Graduate Research Assistant George Van Den Driessche. Posted November 10, 2017

Andrew K. Boal co-authors paper, interviewed by AWWA

In Alumni news, Dr. Andrew K. Boal (B.S. 1996, M.S. 1998, NCSU with Professor Shultz; Ph.D. UMass, Amherst, 2002) works for Johnson Matthey in Albuquerque, NM where he is the Chief Scientist for the MIOX technology line. Dr. Boal recently co-authored a paper in the Journal of the American Water Works Association, and was interviewed by the AWWA. Read the interview here. Posted October 9, 2017

Fourches lab students receive ACS CINF awards at ACS National Meeting

Two students from the Fourches lab recently received highly competitive ACS CINF awards at the American Chemical Society ACS National Meeting in Washington, DC. This award recognizes students for their scientific excellence in the content, presentation and relevance in their posters in the Cheminformatics division of the ACS.

  • Phyo Phyo Kyaw Zin (Chemistry) presented her most recent work on the development of the PKS enumerator, a software to generate large libraries of macrocycles with user-defined constrains (she showcased a dataset of 10 million compounds). This work is done in close collaboration with Dr. Gavin Williams (Chemistry, NCSU) and has applications for the virtual screening of new bioactive macrolides for the development of new antimicrobials and agrochemicals.
  • Jeremy Ash (Bioinformatics) presented his work on the first study using cheminformatics for the analysis and modeling of metabolomics data. The technique allows for a better identification of individual and groups of small molecule metabolites that can discriminate cancer patients versus healthy individuals. This is relevant for the development of disease biomarkers and precision medicine.

Posted September 9, 2017

NC State Chemistry attends Hope College Schaap Chemistry Symposium

Graduate students Carl Meunier (Sombers' group) and George Van Den Driessche (Fourches' group), along with Professor Caroline Proulx, were invited to attend the Schaap Chemistry Symposium, hosted by Hope College in July. This is a special research symposium and recruitment event attended by 15 universities and industrial partners. Thanks to George for writing an article about their experience. Posted August 15, 2017

Melanie Chestnut receives travel award to attend EPR-2017 conference

Melanie Chestnut from Professor Smirnov's group received a $500 travel award to attend an International Conference on Electron Paramagnetic Resonance Spectroscopy and Imaging of Biological Systems (EPR-2017) in Morgantown, WV on July 16–July 22, 2017. This 5-day conference was a combined meeting of the "16th In Vivo EPR Spectroscopy and Imaging" and the "13th Spin Trapping/Spin Labeling" conferences.

During the conference, Melanie received an "Award of Excellence" in the best poster competition for her presentation on "Profiling local water concentration in membranes and proteins down to 2 Å spatial resolution by HYSCORE spectroscopy of nitroxide spin labels." She was awarded a certificate and $400 cash prize. Congratulations, Melanie! Posted August 15, 2017

Michael Bereman and coworkers demonstrate reversal of TDP-43 protein aggregation common in degenerative diseases

Dr. Michael Bereman, an Associate faculty member in the department, and coworkers have demonstrated that they can promote de-aggregation of a protein (TDP-43) in the muscles of mice. The clumping together of this protein is a hallmark of degenerative diseases like amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease). They hope to identify compounds that would be able to do the same in neurons of people with ALS. You can find their press release here, and their paper in Nature Communications. Posted July 24, 2017

Lucian Lucia named ACS Fellow

Dr. Lucian Lucia has been named an ACS Fellow by the American Chemical Society. This honor is bestowed upon ACS members who have demonstrated excellence in their contributions to science and in their volunteer activities to the ACS and broader community. Dr. Lucia's current research in soft materials chemistry focuses on studying the parameters that control the activity of biopolymers for drug delivery, self-healing, and tissue engineering.

His service includes a number of volunteer positions in ACS from secretary to chair that have lead to an increase in member participation, awards, external collaborations, and outreach. He co-founded an international journal, BioResources, that serves as a preeminent forum for biomass and bioenergy research. He currently serves as councilor for the ACS Cellulose & Renewable Materials Division, and is a new member of the ACS Chemists with Disabilities Committee.

Dr. Lucia is only the second chemistry faculty member to achieve Fellow status; the other is Dan Comins, Professor Emeritus, who was named Fellow in 2010. Posted July 13, 2017

Kay Sandberg's distance education work featured by the Distance Education News at NC State

Dr. Kay Sandberg's distance education work has been featured by the Distance Education News at NC State. For the past 13 years, Kay has developed, delivered, and refined organic chemistry, distance-education courses. The article highlights her sometimes zany approach (screaming cats!?) to help students grasp and remember organic chemistry concepts. The article also highlights the impact on her students, many of whom are so inspired by her approach to teaching, they volunteer to TA for future classes. Posted June 23, 2017

Maria Gallardo-Williams featured in Inside Higher Ed article

Dr. Maria Gallardo-Williams was featured in a June 14 Inside Higher Ed article on the production of a set of videos for use in the organic chemistry laboratory program. This work was supported by the Alt-textbook project by DELTA and has led to improved lab completion times and a more uniform laboratory experience for students. You can find her videos on YouTube under her name. Posted June 23, 2017

NC State and UNC scientists attend CSD Enterprise Workshop

Scientists from NC State and UNC attended the Cambridge Structural Database (CSD) Enterprise Workshop on June 15 hosted by NC State in Dabney Hall. The workshop consisted of an overview of the Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre (CCDC) in addition to sessions using CSD software from the Materials suite, Discovery Suite, and an introduction to the CSD’s Python application programming interface (API). NC State’s Roger Sommer, Director of the X-ray Structure Facility, organized the event while speakers Amy Sarjeant, Paul Sanschagrin, and Sivakumar Sekharan led breakout sessions for CSD-Materials, CSD-Python API, and CSD-Discovery, respectively. Read more about the workshop here. Posted June 23, 2017

ORaCEL hosts high school students from Triad Math and Science Academy

ORaCEL (Organic and Carbon Electronics Labs) hosted about 60 high school students from the Triad Math and Science Academy and presented several educational demonstrations aimed at attracting young students and minorities to STEM education and research. The students were exposed to a variety of topics including electrochemical detection methods, superconductivity, acids and bases, electrostatic forces, and fluorescence, among others. The Castellano group contributed to the effort by having the students make homemade glow sticks using perylene, divanillyl oxalate, and hydrogen peroxide. In addition, the Castellano group demonstrated how salts with metal ions can make rainbow colored flames and had the students make color-changing solutions using red cabbage extract and dry ice. Overall, faculty and students from the departments of physics, mechanical engineering, aerospace engineering, and chemistry (including James Yarnell, Nancy Awwad, Daniel Yonemoto, Chris Papa, Sofia Garakyaraghi, Antonio Lopez, and Chelsea Taliaferro) participated in this outreach project. Article by James Yarnell. Posted June 23, 2017

Carl Bumgardner establishes scholarship for undergrad Chemistry majors

Carl Bumgardner, Professor Emeritus of the Department of Chemistry, has established an endowed scholarship for undergraduate Chemistry majors. The Ann Bumgardner and Myrtle Bumgardner Scholarship is honor of his wife, Ann, and his sister, Myrtle. More information about the scholarship and a picture of Professor Bumgardner (center, in an NC State red tie) from the celebration of the gift can be found here.
Posted May 27, 2017

Hniang Khamh granted EAPSI award for summer of 2017 in China

Graduate studet Hniang Khamh from the Franzen group was granted an East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes for U.S. Graduate Students (EAPSI) award for the summer of 2017 in China. She was also awarded $5,000 stipend for the duration of the program.

EAPSI award is an individual NSF grant that provides U.S. graduate students in science, engineering, and education: 1) first-hand research experiences in Australia, China, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Singapore, or Taiwan; 2) an introduction to the science, science policy, and scientific infrastructure of the respective location; and 3) an orientation to the society, culture, and language. It is expected that EAPSI awards will help students initiate professional relationships to enable future collaboration with foreign counterparts. Posted May 12, 2017

Alex Cusumano awarded ACS Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship

Alex Cusumano, an undergraduate BS chemistry student in the Pierce group, has been awarded an ACS Division of Organic Chemistry Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) for the summer of 2017. These competitive fellowships are bestowed upon students from around the country to promote rigorous research in the field of organic chemistry. Deriving inspiration from the inherent diversity and complexity of marine natural products, the Pierce group explores the synthesis of highly functionalized, biologically relevant scaffolds in the pursuit of chemical probes, novel bond construction techniques, and lead compounds in the treatment of human disease. The 2017 ACS SURF award will aid to fund Alex's ongoing efforts to develop concise, asymmetric synthetic methodologies towards marine alkaloids. Posted May 11, 2017

Vishwas Rao to receive 2017-2018 Fulbright U.S. Student Program Grant

Congratulations to Chemistry Major and Park Scholar Vishwas Rao on being selected to receive a 2017-2018 Fulbright U.S. Student Program Grant! Vishwas will use his Fulbright Scholarship to study and develop new strategies to combat antibiotic resistance with Dr. Gerard Wright at McMaster University in Canada.
Posted May 3, 2017

Denis Fourches and collaborators publish paper in Chemical Science

Dr. Denis Fourches and his collaborators at the NC State College of Textiles have published a paper in Chemical Science about their efforts to digitize the Dye Library recently donated by Eastman Chemical and housed in the College of Textiles. The library contains over 98,000 vials and they have generated chemical maps for 2,700 of them, allowing researchers to compare the chemical structures and properties of related dyes. More information about their work and its impact can be found here. The project was funded by the Chancellor's Faculty Excellence Program. Posted April 19, 2017

Maria Oliver-Hoyo receives 2017 UNC System Board of Governors Award

Professor Maria Oliver-Hoyo has been selected to receive the 2017 UNC System Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching from NC State. This is the most prestigious award available to faculty at NC State University for teaching excellence. She is a previous recipient of the NC State Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Professor Award and the NSF Career Award.

The College of Sciences has published a very informative news article describing her numerous innovative contributions to instructional excellence, her NSF-supported research program in Chemistry Education, and the extensive service contributions she has made to NCSU and her profession.

Professor Oliver-Hoyo addressed participants of the NC State Teaching and Learning Symposium during the 2016-2017 University Teaching Awards Luncheon and Ceremony on April 3, and will receive her award medallion and be recognized at commencement. In her address, Dr. Oliver-Hoyo focused on the two tenets of her teaching philosophy, "that students will rise to the level they themselves realize they can reach and that all students deserve the best opportunities to learn."

She went on to highlight commonalities among this year's nominees:

  1. We all expressed great enthusiasm and passion for what we do.
  2. Each one of the nominees demonstrated a genuine desire to make a difference for our students.
  3. Everyone "own" the responsibility to take actions so that our instruction translates effectively into learning.
  4. We recognized that such responsibility demands constant and critical reflection about our teaching.
  5. One of the biggest challenges we all face is how to find those relevant aspects that trigger students to become engaged, develop confidence in their abilities, and believing they can do it. This "softer side" of teaching gets many times underestimated but for many students is the key to success, the key to open their minds toward learning... My most personal challenge is to sell the idea to students that no real learning happens without some struggle!
  6. The power of caring is the card that all nominees pull off their sleeves to make a difference in students' lives.

Posted April 19, 2017

Dave Shultz selected for 2017 Alumni Association Distinguished Graduate Professorship Award

Professor Dave Shultz has been selected to receive a 2017 Alumni Association Distinguished Graduate Professorship Award.

This award is given annually to NCSU faculty for outstanding contributions in graduate teaching and mentoring. Dave, who is the first in the department to receive this award, has been responsible for major curricular contributions in five graduate courses, including the creation of CH721 (Advanced Organic) and CH725 (Physical Methods in Organic Chemistry) in their current forms and has served continuously on graduate recruiting/admissions committees for 24 years and as the Director of Graduate Programs for the past 6 years. His impact on mentoring graduate students was addressed as follows in the award letter from Dean Grasso of the Graduate School:

The Selections Committee was unanimous in its praise of your exceptional record of graduate student training. Particularly impressive were the letters from the students themselves, which attested to the extraordinary quality of the mentoring that you provided both during and after their graduate programs at NC State.

The Alumni Association ​will present this award at the 2017 Faculty Awards and Mathews Medal Ceremony on April 26, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. at the Park Alumni Center. Posted April 19, 2017

Graduate teaching assistants recognized by the Graduate Student Association

The following graduate teaching assistants have been recognized for their excellence in teaching by the Graduate Student Association:

  • Recognition for Excellence in Classroom Teaching: Christina Martinez, Kat Cooper and Madison Davidson
  • Recognition for Excellence in Laboratory Teaching: Antonio Lopez, George Van Den Driessche, Nastassja Rhodes, Nathalia Ortiz, Nicholas Perry, and Veronica Hubble
  • Award for Excellence in Laboratory Teaching: Dominic Ali
  • Recognition for Excellence in Mentorship: James Yarnell

We are very proud the dedication to teaching demonstrated by these teaching assistants. The department had strong representation this year, with 10 chemistry graduate students out of a total 84 TAs for the entire university. The Chemistry Department educates many, many undergraduate students and does it well.
Posted March 30, 2017

Catie Mason wins James Manner Award from the Society for Analytical Chemists of Pittsburgh

Undergraduate student Catie Mason won the James Manner Award from the Society for Analytical Chemists of Pittsburgh at PittCon. This award was given in recognition of her outstanding poster presentation titled, "Real-Time Striatal Measurements of Oxidative Stress and Dopamine in the Dyskinetic Rat During Chronic L-DOPA Treatment for Parkinson's Disease." Dr. Leslie Sombers supervises her research, along with graduate student Leslie Wilson. Posted March 29, 2017

At the award presentation at Pittcon in Chicago: Catie Mason is center. Left is Dr. Barbara Manner of the Society of Analytical Chemists of Pittsburgh, and the award is in honor of her late husband. To the right is Sarah Sheffield, a student judge.

Rosalva Castrejon Garcia receives Women Chemists Committee/Eli Lilly and Company travel award

Graduate student Rosalva Castrejon Garcia has been awarded the Women Chemists Committee/Eli Lilly and Company travel award. This award provides "funding for undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral female chemists to travel to meetings to present the results of their research. Through this program, WCC and Eli Lilly and Company continue to increase the participation of women in the chemical sciences." Rosa will present her research and meet members of the ACS Board of Directors and Presidential succession at the fall national meeting in Washington, DC. Her advisor is Dr. Chris Gorman. Posted March 29, 2017

Denis Fourches' research on adverse drug reactions published in the Journal of Cheminformatics

A research article by Denis Fourches and George Van Den Driessche has been published in the Journal of Cheminformatics. The article presents a structure-based analysis of the common HLA-B*57:01 variant known to be responsible for several HLA-linked adverse effects such as the abacavir hypersensitivity syndrome. Read the article here. Posted March 17, 2017

Mike Whangbo awarded professorships at two China institutions

Professor Mike Whangbo has been awarded professorships at the following two institutions in China:

  • State Key Laboratory of Structural Chemistry, Fujian Institute of Research on the Structure of Matter, Chinese Academy of Sciences, in Fuzhou.
  • State Key Laboratory of Crystal Materials, Shandong University in Shandong.

Dr. Whangbo will be furthering his studies of electronic structures and physical properties of condensed matter on the basis of electronic structure calculations. Posted March 8, 2017

Sofia Garakyaraghi to participate in 67th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting

Sofia Garakyaraghi, a graduate student in the group of Dr. Phil Castellano, was selected to participate in the 67th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting this summer in Lindau, Germany. Only 400 of the most qualified young scientists are given the opportunity to enrich and share the unique atmosphere of the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings. The 2017 Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting is dedicated to chemistry, and approximately 30 Nobel Laureates will be in attendance. Posted March 8, 2017

David Muddiman to receive 2016 Graduate School Outstanding Graduate Faculty Mentor Award

Professor David Muddiman has been selected to receive a 2016 Graduate School Outstanding Graduate Faculty Mentor Award. Only one university-wide award is given every two years in the area of Mathematics, Physical Sciences, and Engineering. Sponsored by the Graduate School, the award is given in recognition of excellence in mentorship based on nominations from graduate students and an exemplary record of outstanding mentorship. Awardees are presented with a plaque and a $500 check, induction in the Academy of Outstanding Faculty Mentors, and are recognized at the annual Celebration of Graduate Student Success. Posted March 8, 2017

Sombers lab research image selected for Hunt Library Commons Wall display

Dr. Leslie Sombers, Associate Professor of Chemistry and member of the W.M. Keck Center for Behavioral Biology, along with her colleagues Dr. Heather Patisaul, Christie Lee, Samantha Smith, and Brian Horman, had this research image selected for the Hunt Library Commons Wall display. Posted February 17, 2017

We have employed immunohistochemistry to triple-label the arcuate nucleus to visually demonstrate the proximity of cerebral blood flow (CBF) through the vasculature (red) to astrocytes (blue; GFAP label) and dopaminergic neurons (green; TH label). The CBF provides glucose and other resources to these cells.

Energetic demands of neurons are largely fueled by glucose, either stored in astrocytes or delivered by CBF into the region. Neuronal activation is likely to alter the profile and magnitude local glucose concentrations in the extracellular space. However, to date, the tools for quantifying glucose dynamics in discrete brain locations with subsecond temporal resolution have been lacking. The Sombers lab has developed electrochemical tools to simultaneously monitor the chemical dynamics associated with metabolic events and dopaminergic cell function in real time (dopamine, glucose, oxygen). The work elucidates the complex relationship between neuronal function and sufficient supplies of glucose and oxygen via the bloodstream. In the long term, it promises to provide real-time chemical information to inform surgical intervention in traumatic brain injury, as well as therapeutic strategies for treating persons suffering from a wide range of neuropathologies.

Mary Katherine Valchar receives NC State Undergraduate Research Grant Award

Mary Katherine Valchar, an undergraduate student double majoring in Chemical Engineering and French Language and Literature, has been awarded an NC State Undergraduate Research Grant Award. Her research project focuses on the synthesis and characterization of a select set of perinone derivatives and their respective iridium chromophores for use in solar fuel production as water reduction agents. She will present her work at the NC State Undergraduate Research Symposium on April 12, 2017 in the Talley Student Center. Her research advisor is Dr. Phil Castellano. Posted January 20, 2017

Future of Materials Workshop Winners

Congratulations to graduate student members of the Castellano group who were recognized at the Future of Materials Workshop, a regional conference held on January 17, 2017 and sponsored by ORaCEL. Sofia Garakyaraghi placed first in the oral presentations and Michelle McGoorty took third place in the poster presentations. Posted January 20, 2017

Phil Castellano named Goodnight Innovation Distinguished Chair

The NC State College of Sciences has named Phil Castellano as its first Goodnight Innovation Distinguished Chair - this is a huge honor and thoroughly well deserved. The professorship was made possible by a gift from longtime NC State supporters Jim and Ann Goodnight. Castellano has been awarded nearly $18 million in research grants over the course of his career and currently has funding from the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research. He has authored more than 170 scientific publications and delivered more than 180 invited research presentations. See this press release for more information. Posted December 9, 2016

Joshua Pierce named 2016-2017 University Faculty Scholar

Professor Josh Pierce has been selected as a member of the 2016-17 class of University Faculty Scholars (UFS). This is a prestigious NCSU award in recognition of his outstanding accomplishments in research, teaching, and service. Josh was one of only three College of Science recipients and one of 22 university-wide recipients. Besides the recognition that comes with it, the award provides $10,000 per year for five years for programmatic uses. See the announcement here. Posted December 9, 2016

Chang Liu receives award at CCTCC Graduate Poster Presentation

Chang Liu, a graduate student in the Jakubikova group, was awarded 3rd place in the Graduate Poster Presentation at the 24th Conference on Current Trends in Computational Chemistry (CCTCC) that took place on November 11-12 in Jackson, MS. His poster title was "Impact of the Dye Conformation on Interfacial Electron Transfer in Dye-Semiconductor Assemblies." Posted November 21, 2016

Students from the Jakubikova group honored at SERMACS

Two students from the Jakubikova group were honored at the Southeastern Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society (SERMACS) in the Computers in Chemistry Division's Best Junior Poster competition, Computational/Theoretical category.

Jason Brannock, a senior BA chemistry major, presented his winning poster titled, "Improving the light harvesting capability of Ru(II)-polypyridine dyes for dye-sensitized solar cells" while David Torres, a high school student at Wake STEM Early College High School, presented on the "Influence of pi-conjugated donors on electronic properties of [Fe(tpy)2]2+."

Robert Gotwals, a Visiting Scholar in Professor's Jakubikova's group, and a member of the faculty of the School of Science and Mathematics, received the CHED High School Teacher Award (, for excellence in teaching. Posted November 11, 2016

Chemistry students present at NC-ACS local section meeting; Melinda Box receives 2016 Marcus Hobbs award

Congratulations to Chemistry department students for their poster presentations at the NC-ACS local section meeting and to Melinda Box for receiving the 2016 Marcus Hobbs award from the local section. Read the full story here. Posted October 30, 2016

Chemistry students organize 4th annual Triangle Student Research Competition

Leslie Wilson and Cameron Stevens organize the 4th annual Triangle Student Research Competition at the Frontier in the RTP. Read the full story here. Posted October 30, 2016

Dick Zare gives lecture at Thermo Fisher Scientific Endowed Seminar Series in Analytical Chemistry

The 2016 Thermo Fisher Scientific Endowed Seminar Series in Analytical Chemistry was given by Professor Richard (Dick) Zare from Stanford University on Friday, October 14, 2016 in the Hunt Library Auditorium. Nearly 300 scientists gathered at the event from NC State and other neighboring universities as well as industrial scientists. Professor Zare's inspiring lecture was titled "Mass Spectrometry: Drop by Drop."
Posted October 18, 2016

Sombers lab featured in The Technician

Dr. Leslie Sombers' lab is featured in the Oct 13 edition of the Technician, "NC State reveals research of drug addiction." Read the article here. Posted October 16, 2016

George Van Den Driessche receives ACS CINF award

Congratulations to George Van Den Driessche (@DFourches group ) for receiving the highly competitive ACS CINF award at the 2016 ACS National Meeting (@ACSNatlMtg). Posted August 31, 2016

CGSA and NC State CDC host Professional Development Event

The Chemistry Graduate Student Association (CGSA) teamed up with the NC State Career Development Center (CDC) on August 11th, 2016 to host a Professional Development Event for creating resume, CV and LinkedIn profiles. With the expert assistance from the CDC's Director of Professional Development, Marcy Bullock, chemistry graduate students were able to get help with building their professional profiles. During the event, Ms. Bullock gave a 30-minute talk to the attendees explaining how to build a resume, CV and LinkedIn profile. After her presentation, she took the time to look over individual resumes and LinkedIn profiles, while offering individualized feedback. As a bonus, professional head-shot photographs were taken by Cody Perry for uploading to online profiles. This was the first Professional Development Event offered by the CGSA, and based on the interest and feedback from the students, it turned out to be a success.
Posted August 31, 2016

Two chemistry faculty receive 2017 Chancellor's Innovation Funds to commercialize research discoveries

Dr. Reza Ghiladi and Dr. Gavin Williams have each received Chancellor's Innovation Funds to help commercialize technology developed in their labs. In total, seven CIF awards were made after a lengthy and rigorous selection process that culminated in an innovators pitch to a panel of investors and venture capitalists. Ghiladi, along with collaborators and co-inventors Dimitris Argyropoulos (Department of Forest Biomaterials) and Frank Scholle (Department of Biological Sciences) will develop novel anti-infective coatings that are activated by light. Williams will turn E. coli into antibiotic-producing factories by using synthetic biology.

More information about the CIF program and the 2017 winners can be found here. Posted August 14, 2016

Mongin, Garakyaraghi, and Castellano recognized by International Society for Optics and Photonics

Dr. Cédric Mongin (Postdoctoral Fellow), Sofia Garakyaraghi (Graduate Student), and Professor Felix N. Castellano have been recognized by the International Society for Optics and Photonics for their work in developing a semiconductor quantum dot photosenthesizers which are as effective as molecular triplet photosynthesizers in solar energy conversion processes. You can read about their work here.
Posted August 3, 2016

Phi Lambda Upsilon co-organizes the Inaugural Academia to Industry Chemistry Graduate Student Networking Event

The chemistry department at NC State hosted its first graduate student networking event April 14th. Over twenty representatives from companies including Avazymes, BASF, Biogen, CREE, Eastman, the Environmental Protection Agency, GlaxoSmithKline, Meso Scale Discovery, Novozymes, RTI International, Syngenta, and LORD Corp were in attendance to network and socialize with almost forty graduate students. Thank you to the faculty, staff, and graduate students responsible for the planning and execution of this successful event.
Posted June 13, 2016

Gufeng Wang's nanocar research in the news

Dr. Gufeng Wang's research on ambient temperature single-molecule molecular control is in the news. Read more about his group's efforts to drive their nanocars: and here: Their research article can be found in the Journal of Physical Chemistry C (DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcc.6b01249). Posted June 6, 2016

Departmental TA and RA awards announced

The chemistry graduate awards committee announces the following awardees of the departmental TA and RA awards:

  • Robert A. Osteryoung Award for Research - Elijah Gordon
  • Percy Lavon Julian Award for Research - Christian Kasey, Yasamin Moazami
  • Miles F. Anderson Award for Teaching - Rachel Hall, Brandon Zoellner
  • Bereman Family Award for Teaching - Bradley Losey, Damaris Perez

Their awards will be presented at the departmental graduation ceremonies on May 6. Posted May 3, 2016

Melinda Box wins 2016 NC-ACS Marcus Hobbs award

Melinda Box is the winner of the NC American Chemical Society Marcus Hobbs award for 2016. This award is given to recognize members who have made significant, long-term contributions to the local section. Melinda has been the Webmaster of the section since 2005, and during this time she has overhauled and revamped the website multiple times including reorganization, improving the aesthetic, and changing site providers. Melinda took a major role in programming the site's user friendly features including forms processing for event volunteer signups, the employment announcement board to support local section members, and the NC-ACS event photo albums to allow member contributions and viewing of activities. Melinda will be presented the award in September at the NC-ACS local section meeting. She is also featured in the local section newsletter. Posted May 3, 2016

Chemistry faculty honored at University Teaching Awards Luncheon

Three chemistry faculty were recently honored at the University Teaching Awards Luncheon on Monday, April 11.

Pictured left to right: Dr. Reza Ghiladi, recipient of one of the the University's Outstanding Teacher Awards; Dr. Edmond Bowden, Interim Chair of Chemistry; Dr. Maria Gallardo-Williams, recipient of the Gertrude Cox Award for Innovative Excellence in Teaching; Dr. Maria Oliver-Hoyo, recipient of the College of Science's nominee for the Board of Governor's Award for Excellence in Teaching; Dr. William Ditto, Dean of the College of Sciences. Posted April 21, 2016

Amanda Digby selected for 2016-17 "Preparing the Professoriate" program

Ms. Amanda (Kat) Digby has been selected as a member of the 2016-17 "Preparing the Professoriate" program in the Graduate School. This is a prestigious professional development program whereby graduate students are matched with faculty mentors to develop their teaching skills and a teaching portfolio. Kat's teaching mentor will be Dr. Lori Petrovich. Her research advisor is Dr. Maria Oliver-Hoyo. Posted April 11, 2016

Vishwas Rao named 2016 Barry Goldwater Scholar

Chemistry undergraduate Vishwas Rao has been named a 2016 Barry Goldwater Scholar. Three scholarships were awarded to undergraduates across North Carolina. The Goldwater Scholars were selected on the basis of academic merit from a field of 1,150 mathematics, science, and engineering students who were nominated by the institutional representatives of 415 colleges and universities nationwide. Goldwater Scholars have very impressive academic qualifications that have garnered the attention of prestigious post-graduate fellowship programs. Vishwas plans to pursue graduate studies in chemical biology and has been carrying out research in the lab of Dr. Gavin Williams. Vishwas is also a Park Scholar at NC State. Read the full story here. Posted April 11, 2016 (updated April 21, 2016)

Graduate Recruiting Weekend 2016 poster session winners

The annual Graduate Recruiting Weekend 2016 poster session winners are:

Junior Bioanalytical/Biophysical/Chem Ed

  • Tao Jin, 2nd Year Graduate, Fang Chen, Victor, James Tour, and Gufeng Wang*, "Optimizing Fluorescence Tagging Strategy to Study Single Molecule Diffusion on Air-Solid Surface."

Senior Bioanalytical/Biophysical/Chem Ed

  • Kat Digby, Senior Graduate, Maria Oliver-Hoyo "Probing Understanding of Non-Covalent Interactions Using Drawing to Learn and Argumentation."

Junior Inorganic/Physical

  • Joseph M. Favale Jr., 2nd Year Graduate, Felix N. Castellano, "Early Transition Metal Photosensitizers: Tungsten Arylisocyanides."

Senior Inorganic/Physical

  • Damaris Esther Pérez, Senior Graduate, Elon A. Ison, "Synthesis, Characterization, and Reactivity of Novel Cationic Diamido Amine Rhenium Complex."

Junior Organic

  • Bradley Minrovic, 2nd Year Graduate, Christian Melander, "Developing Imidazole Adjuvants as a Way to Increase the Clinical Effectiveness of Antibiotics."

Senior Organic

  • Jonathan Mills, Senior Graduate, Joshua G. Pierce "Synthesis and SAR Studies of Potent Antimicrobial Natural Products: Lipoxazolidinones A, B and C.

BASF - Innovative Graduate Research Award

  • Grant A. Edwards, 2nd Year Graduate, Joshua G. Pierce, Nataliia V. Shymanska, "Synthesis and Biological Evaluation of Novel Heterocyclic Scaffolds as Infectious Disease Lead Compounds."

The Caitlin, Erin and Jocelyn Muddiman Outstanding and Creative Research Award

  • Gongfang Hu, Senior Graduate, Jon Lindsey, "Tetrapyrrole-Perylene Pentad: an Artificial Reaction Center with an Integrated Panchromatic Absorber."

The Comparative Medicine Institute Award for Chemistry at the Interface of Medicine

  • Leslie Rae Wilson, Senior Graduate, Leslie A. Sombers, Christie A. Lee, Catherine F. Mason, Cassie J. Doster. "Real-Time Striatal Measurements of Oxidative Stress and Dopamine in the Dyskinetic Rat During Chronic L-DOPA Treatment For Parkinson's Disease."

The Eastman Chemical Creativity Award

  • Sofia Garakyaraghi, Senior Graduate, Cedric Mongin, Felix N. Castellano, "Quantum Dot Triplet Sensitizers: A New Frontier in Photochemistry."

Excellence in Organic Chemistry Award in Honor of Professor Daniel Comins

  • Nataliia V. Shymanska, Senior Graduate, Joshua G. Pierce, "Synthesis of Novel Pyrrolidinediones as Precursors for Unprecedented beta-2,2,3 Amino Acids Containing a Quaternary Stereocenter."

Posted March 31, 2016

Sofia Garakyaraghi and Leslie Wilson awarded at Graduate Student Research Symposium

Congratulations to Sofia Garakyaraghi (Castellano Group) and Leslie Wilson (Sombers Group) for 1st and 3rd place poster wins, respectively, at the Graduate Student Research Symposium held on March 23. Posted March 28, 2016

Elizabeth Hecht wins ACS Division of Analytical Chemistry Fellowship

Congratulations to Elizabeth Hecht from the David Muddiman gorup. Liz is a recipient of the American Chemistry Society, Division of Analytical Chemistry 2016-2017 Graduate Student Fellowship. These fellowships are very difficult to win and her award is a testament to her hard work, dedication, intellect and creativity. Posted March 28, 2016

Students recognized at The Graduate Student Association Awards Banquet

Congratulations to the following chemistry graduate students who were recognized at The Graduate Student Association Awards Banquet on March 22, 2016.

  • Recognition for Excellence in Classroom Teaching
    James McCord

  • Recognition for Excellence in Laboratory Teaching
    Carl Meunier
    Patrick Parker
    Dylan Crapps
    Rachael Hall
    Sara Martin

Posted March 28, 2016

Congratulations to Samantha Smith and Leslie Wilson of the Sombers group

Samantha Smith was awarded a fellowship to attend the Monitoring Molecules in Neuroscience (MMIN) meeting in Gothenburg, Sweden, where she will present her work on "Simultaneous Real-Time Measurements of Dopamine and Glucose at Single Recording Sites in Striatal Tissue." Leslie Wilson has won a Keck Center for Behavioral Biology award to attend the (same) MMIN Meeting in Sweden and present her work on "Real-Time Striatal Measurements of Oxidative Stress and Dopamine in the Dyskinetic Rat During Chronic L-DOPA Treatment For Parkinson's Disease." Leslie's award will furthermore allow her to give an invited talk at Indiana University's 2016 Indiana University Animal Behavior Conference. Posted March 28, 2016

Sombers lab hosts tour and Q&A for teenagers from "My Brother's Keeper" organization

Dr. Leslie Sombers and her research group hosted a group of teenagers who are affiliated with the group "My Brother's Keeper." This organization was founded by President Obama to "address persistent opportunity gaps faced by boys and young men of color and ensure that all young people can reach their full potential." The Sombers lab gave them a tour of the lab, including an examination of rat and pig brains, and the group did some hands-on demonstrations for them. The group also had a Q&A time with group members about college selection and career preparation. Posted March 17, 2016

Maria Gallardo-Williams receives Gertrude Cox Award for Innovative Excellence in Teaching and Learning with Technology

Dr. Maria Gallardo-Williams has been named a recipient of the Gertrude Cox Award for Innovative Excellence in Teaching and Learning with Technology for her project on working with undergraduate students to develop effective organic instructional videos. The award recognizes "the creative pedagogy of NC State's faculty and technical staff and their work in integrating new technologies into effective teaching strategies." Maria will be recognized at an upcoming awards ceremony and luncheon hosted by Provost Arden. Posted March 17, 2016

Chemistry faculty awarded collaborative seed funding grants from the Comparative Medicine Institute

Dr. Josh Pierce and Dr. Gavin Williams were each awarded seed grants from the Comparative Medicine Institute after successfully pitching their research proposals to more than 30 faculty members at a recent CMI event. Dr. Pierce along with co-PI Jody Gookin (Department of Clinical Sciences, CVM) will explore approaches to developing novel therapeutics for Cryptosporidium while Dr. Williams along with co-PI's Denis Fourches (Bioinformatics Research Center and the Department of Chemistry) and Megan Jacob (Department of Population Health and Pathobiology, CVM) will explore the biosynthesis, virtual screening, and testing of new macrolide antibiotics. Posted March 17, 2016

Lucian Lucia chosen as 2016 ACS Cellulose and Renewable Materials Division Fellow

Professor Lucian Lucia was recently chosen to be a 2016 ACS Cellulose and Renewable Materials Division Fellow. This Award recognizes Division members who have shown outstanding dedication, leadership, and service to the Division. More information can be found at
Posted February 29, 2016

Maria Gallardo-Williams featured in The Technician

Congratulations to Dr. Maria Gallardo-Williams whose work on the Alt Textbook project was featured in The Technician. Read the full article for more information. Posted February 4, 2016

Castellano and colleagues publish paper on triplet energy transfer from semiconductor nanocrystals

Dr. Phil Castellano and colleagues have published a paper in Science titled, "Direct observation of triplet energy transfer from semiconductor nanocrystals" (22 JANUARY 2016 • VOL 351 ISSUE 6271, pp. 369-372, DOI: 10.1126/science.aad6378). Their discoveries include direct triplet-triplet transfer from Cd-Se nanoparticles to solutes and a six order of magnitude lifetime enhancement of excitons from the semiconductor nanomaterial. Read the full NCSU news posting for more information. Posted January 31, 2016

NSF recommends Elena Jakubikova for CAREER Award

The National Science Foundation has recommended Professor Elena Jakubikova for a Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award. This is the most prestigious award offered by the NSF in support of early career-development activities of teacher-scholars who effectively integrate research and education. This award was made for Elena's proposal "Computational Studies of Light-Induced Dynamics in First-Row Transition Metal Complexes" and will provide a total of $575K in funding over a 5-year period.
Posted November 30, 2015

Vishwas Rao receives award at 2015 Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students

Vishwas Rao, an undergraduate research assistant in the Williams group, was awarded a prize for "Outstanding Poster Presentation" at the 2015 Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students in Seattle. There were more than 2,000 presentations in total at this year's meeting. Vishwas was supported with travel grants from the Office of Undergraduate Research and the University Honors Program. Posted November 28, 2015

Leslie Sombers and Gavin Williams selected as 2015-16 University Faculty Scholars

Leslie Sombers and Gavin Williams have been selected as 2015-16 University Faculty Scholars in recognition of their outstanding achievements and academic leadership. Only about 20 scholars are selected annually from across the university for this prestigious NCSU award, so this is an especially noteworthy and happy occasion for the Department of Chemistry and is a reflection of the great things that are happening in our department. It is indeed rare to have awards given to 2 faculty from the same department in the same year! Posted November 27, 2015

Leiah Carey awarded Department of Energy fellowship

Leiah Carey from the Ghiladi lab has been awarded a prestigious Department of Energy fellowship from the Office of Science Graduate Student Research based on her proposal "Mechanistic Studies of a Multifunctional Enzyme Deduced by Neutron Diffraction." In collaboration with Dr. Myles and Dr. Meilleur at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Leiah will spend 9 months in Tennessee at the national lab's High Flux Isotope Reactor and Spallation Neutron Source facilities applying advanced neutron sciences to her graduate research on the enzyme dehaloperoxidase. Posted November 9, 2015

Dr. Alexander Makarov presents at Inaugural Thermo Fisher Scientific Endowed Seminar Series in Hunt Library

The Inaugural Thermo Fisher Scientific Endowed Seminar Series in Analytical Chemistry was held on October 16th in the Hunt Library. Our 2015 distinguished speaker, Dr. Alexander Makarov, presented the evolution and future of the Orbitrap mass analyzer, for which he is given sole credit for its invention, to over 250 people in attendance.

Photos: Professor David Muddiman presents Dr. Makarov with an award for his creativity, innovation, and vision in the field of analytical chemistry (left) and Dr. Makarov engages with graduate students (right) after his lecture.

We are pleased to announce that the 2016 Thermo Fisher Scientific Endowed Seminar Series in Analytical Chemistry will be presented by Professor Richard Zare from Stanford University. Details will be announced as they become available. Posted November 9, 2015

Phil Castellano elected as Fellow of Royal Society of Chemistry

Professor Phil Castellano has been elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry. This honor is given to a select group of scientists for outstanding contributions to the advancement of the chemical sciences. As a Fellow, Phil is entitled to use the designatory letters FRSC after his name. Furthermore his name will be included in a list of recently admitted Fellows to be published in The Times (London) newspaper. Phil is the second member of our faculty to be recently selected for this honor, joining Dan Comins who became a Fellow last year. Posted October 31, 2015

Undergraduate student researcher wins travel award to PittCon

Catie Mason, an undergraduate student in the Sombers' lab, has won the I. M. Kolthoff award sponsored by the ACS Division of Analytical Chemistry. This $750 award will fund her travel to PittCon, where she can present her work investigating the chemical mechanisms that underlie the initiation and progression of Parkinson's disease. The I.M. Kolthoff Award is "given annually to deserving undergraduates who have done undergraduate research in the field of analytical chemistry, broadly defined, in celebration of the life and accomplishments of the late Professor Izaak Maurits Kolthoff, viewed by many as the father of modern analytical chemistry." Only three such awardees are chosen annually. Posted October 30, 2015

NCSU chemistry students, SEED student and alumnus win awards at the NC-American Chemical Society Local Section meeting

Fifty five posters were presented at the 129th local section conference of the North Carolina Section of the American Chemical Society on Friday, September 18, 2015. Awards by our students were won in the following categories:

In the High School student division:

  • Chidubem (Naomi) Nwakuche of Sanderson High School and the North Carolina School of Science and Math Online Program
    NC-ACS Project SEED Advisor: Prof. Gavin Williams

In the Undergraduate student division:

  • Sarah L. Stanley
    Advisor: Prof. Reza Ghiladi
  • Vishwas Rao
    Advisor: Prof. Gavin Williams

In the Graduate student division:

  • Kimberly Castelli
    Advisor: Prof. Gavin Williams
  • And BS alumnus Eric Rountree (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
    Advisor: Prof. Jillian Dempsey

Their pictures are published in this month's Tarhelium.
Posted October 20, 2015

Alan Harvell wins Pride of the Wolfpack award

Congratulations to Alan Harvell who is one of seven winners in the College of Sciences of the Pride of the Wolfpack award. This award is given for "a special or unique contribution to their College or the University." Alan indeed brings much expertise and excellence to his work in our Electronics Shop. Posted October 19, 2015

Dr. Maria Gallardo-Williams named DELTA Faculty Fellow for 2015-2016

Teaching Associate Professor Maria Gallardo-Williams is a recipient of the new DELTA Faculty Fellows grant for the 2015-2016 academic year. Faculty Fellows Grants recognize faculty who are exemplars in teaching with technology. Grant recipients work collaboratively with DELTA staff to support other faculty in teaching effectively using campus technologies. Dr. Gallardo-Williams has also been awarded a DELTA grant for continued funding to support her research on using multimedia resources in the organic chemistry teaching laboratories. You can also view some of her work here. Posted September 5, 2015

Denis Fourches wins ACS award for symposium talk

Assistant Professor Denis Fourches won the ACS award for best talk given at the annual Symposium on Emerging Technologies in Computational Chemistry held by the COMP (Computers in Chemistry) Division. His talk at the ACS national meeting in Boston was entitled: "Next Generation Approaches in Computational Chemistry." Posted August 24, 2015

Rachel Hall wins NIH Molecular Biotechnology Training Fellowship

Rachel Hall has been awarded a NIH Molecular Biotechnology Training Fellowship for a period of 2 years to support her research project ongoing in the group of Gavin Williams and the Department of Chemistry. Congratulations, Rachel! Posted June 30, 2015

Ethan Marrow awarded NSF travel scholarship

Ethan Marrow has been awarded an NSF travel scholarship for $1000 to attend a Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference and Workshop in Bethesda, MD on July 13-16. Speakers will discuss innovations in ways to conduct chemical and engineering research in a more environmentally friendly way. Ethan's research advisor is Dr. Lucian Lucia. Posted June 7, 2015

Tashni-Ann Dubroy named President of Shaw University

Dr. Tashni-Ann (Coote) Dubroy (Ph.D. 2006, Dave Shultz) has been named President of Shaw University. Tashni was Special Assistant to the President for process optimization in 2014 after Chairing of Shaw's Department of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. Read more about her new appointment here. Posted June 7, 2015

Joshua Pierce selected as Sigma Xi awardee

The NC State chapter of Sigma Xi honors early career faculty who have demonstrated excellence in their areas of research specialization. Dr. Joshua Pierce was selected this year as one of two awardees for his cutting edge research in organic synthesis and chemical biology of complex marine natural products. Posted April 30, 2015

2015 Awards for Excellence

Congratulations to our Awards for Excellence nominees: Dr. Vamsi Kandhi in the EPA category and Ms. Katie Elliott and Mrs. Maria Moreno in the SPA category. They were nominated by colleagues for their exemplary work, efficiency and dedication to the faculty, staff and students they serve. They were recognized on April 16 by Dean Dan Solomon in the College of Sciences Awards for Excellence ceremony. Posted April 23, 2015

Eric Alexy receives NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

Eric Alexy, a senior in the Lindsey lab, was awarded an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship to support his academic and research pursuits in graduate school. Eric will attend CalTech in the fall and hopes to pursue his Ph.D. with Dr. Brian Stoltz. The purpose of the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) is to help ensure the vitality and diversity of the scientific and engineering workforce of the United States. The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees in science and engineering. The GRFP provides three years of support for the graduate education of individuals who have demonstrated their potential for significant achievements in science and engineering. Posted April 14, 2015

Matthew Boudreau receives Honorable Mention as Goldwater Scholar

Matthew Boudreau, a junior in the Pierce lab, recently was recognized as a 2015 Goldwater Honorable Mention. The Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program was established by Congress in 1986 to honor Senator Barry Goldwater, who served his country for 56 years as a soldier and statesman, including 30 years of service in the U.S. Senate. The purpose of the Foundation is to provide a continuing source of highly qualified scientists, mathematicians, and engineers by awarding scholarships to college students who intend to pursue research careers in these fields. Matthew was one of only three NC State students that were recognized nationally. Posted April 14, 2015

Lucia elected as an ACS Councilor

Lucian Lucia has just been elected an ACS Councilor to represent Members at the Division level (CELL, 2015-2017). He solicits feedback from any and all Members regardless of Division or local affiliation to ensure that the voice of our members is heard. Please send all ideas, suggestions, and criticisms to Posted April 6, 2015

2015 Poster Session winners

At the 2015 annual Department of Chemistry poster session, the winners of the poster judging by category are:


  • Jing Zhao (Senior Graduate), and Stefan Franzen, "Regulatory Role of Internal Binding Substrates in Dehaloperoxidase-Hemoglobin."
  • Tao Jin (1st Year Graduate), Fang Chen, and Gufeng Wang, "Toward Light-Activated Nanocar Movement on Surface."

Organic/Chemical Education

  • Chris Brackett (Senior Graduate), and Christian Melander, "Second Generation Modifiers of Colistin Resistance Show Enhanced Activity and Lower Inherent Toxicity."
  • Kimberly Castelli (1st Year Graduate), and Gavin J. Williams, "Genome Editing Tools for Engineering the Biosynthesis of Non-Natural Polyketides in Streptomyces."


  • Alyson Rice (Senior Graduate), Cody M. Perry, and Elon A. Ison, "Selective Catalytic Iodination of Benzamides with [Cp*IrCl2]2."
  • Zahirul Sohag (2nd Year Graduate), and Paul A. Maggard, "Synthesis and Characterization of Cu(I)-Containing Semiconducting Oxides."

The Caitlin, Erin and Jocelyn Muddiman Award for Outstanding and Creative Research

  • Yasamin Moazami (Senior Graduate), and Joshua G. Pierce, "Progress Towards the Pentacyclic Guanidine Core of the Monanchocidin Family of Apoptosis-Inducing Natural Products."

Excellence in Organic Chemistry Award in Honor of Professor Daniel Comins

  • Bérénice C. Lemercier (Senior Graduate), and Joshua G. Pierce, "Novel Methods for Nitrogen Containing Heterocycles."

BASF - Innovative Graduate Research Award

  • Bradley L. Carpenter (Senior Graduate), and Reza A. Ghiladi, "Antimicrobial Photodynamic Inactivation using Cellulose-based Materials."

Posted March 17, 2015

Comins selected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry

Professor Daniel Comins has achieved Fellow status in the Royal Society of Chemistry. Fellows must have made an outstanding contribution to the advancement of the chemical sciences. As a Fellow, Dr. Comins is entitled to use the designatory letters FRSC after his name. He will be included in a list of recently admitted Fellows, which will be published in The Times (London) newspaper in the near future. Dr. Comins is also a Fellow of the American Chemical Society. Posted March 9, 2015

Franzen group publishes mid-infrared plasmonics breakthrough

A Nature Materials paper from the Franzen laboratory and collaborators Edward Sachet and Jon-Paul Maria in Materials Science and Engineering at NCSU describes a breakthrough in mid-infrared plasmonics. The novel material that a group of Chemists, Materials Scientists and Physicists have helped to design and test was predicted to be possible in two papers published by the Franzen group in 2002. Posted February 28, 2015

Lucia Receives Two Honors

Dr. Lucian Lucia was recently designated a Fulbright US Scholar Grantee to conduct green chemistry-based teaching and research in one or more Universities in Brazil for up to four months during 2015-2016. He has also chosen as a High-end Foreign Expert by the State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs (China) in which he will conduct research at Jiangnan University (Wuxi, China) for part of 2015. The latter award recognizes non-Chinese scientists who have demonstrated significant research accomplishments in a specific area. Posted February 20, 2015

Whangbo selected as Associate Editor of Journal of Superconductivity and Novel Magnetism

Professor Mike Whangbo has been selected as the Associate Editor of Journal of Superconductivity and Novel Magnetism. This journal, according to their website, "publishes peer-reviewed original papers, conference proceedings and review articles examining all aspects of superconductivity, including new materials, new mechanisms, basic and technological properties, new phenomena, and various-scale applications. The rapidly expanding field of novel magnetism is also featured in the journal. Coverage focuses on such topics as spintronics, magnetic semiconductors, properties of magnetic multilayers, magnetoresistive materials and structures, and magnetic oxides." Posted February 19, 2015

Pierce receives NSF CAREER Award

Assistant Professor Joshua Pierce has received a Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award from the National Science Foundation (NSF). This award is one of the highest awards the foundation bestows upon young faculty in the sciences. The five-year award will support Dr. Pierce's research project entitled "Novel Methods for the Stereoselective Synthesis of Nitrogen Containing Heterocycles." More on this news story can be found here:
Posted February 19, 2015

Muddiman elected as Editor of Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry journal

Professor David Muddiman has been elected as Editor of the journal, Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry (ABC). ABC is an internationally recognized journal which publishes high quality, inter-disciplinary research ranging from fundamental analytical chemistry measurements to contemporary applications. Learn more at
Posted February 19, 2015

Bereman receives 2015 ASMS Research Award

Alumus Dr. Michael Bereman, (PhD, 2009 under Dr. Dave Muddiman) has received the 2015 American Society for Mass Spectrometry (ASMS) Research Award. This is a highly competitive and prestigious national award bestowed upon early-stage faculty members to promote academic research in mass spectrometry. The award comes with a $35,000 gift to his research program. Dr. Bereman is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at NCSU and part of the Environmental Health Science faculty cluster initiative. Posted February 19, 2015

Muddiman receives 2015 Chemical Instrumentation Award

Professor David Muddiman has been selected as the recipient of the 2015 Chemical Instrumentation Award, sponsored by the Analytical Division of the American Chemical Society. This is a highly prestigious national award that is bestowed upon the best in the field who have demonstrated innovative use or development of unique instrumentation, stimulation of other researchers in chemical measurement, and/or authorship of influential papers in the field of measurement. Posted February 9, 2015

Comins Accepts Membership on Advisory Board of the World Academy of Chemistry

Dr. Dan Comins was selected as a permanent member of the Global Advisory Board of the World Academy of Chemistry. This organization aims to bring together international scientists, academics and researchers in chemistry on a worldwide basis for the development of chemistry toward the advancement of all peoples of the world. Professor Comins is currently President of the International Society of Heterocyclic Chemistry and Associate Editor of the ACS Journal of Organic Chemistry. Posted January 27, 2015

Dr. Comins is co-organizer of the 2015 ISHC Congress to be held in Santa Barbara, CA, August 23-28, 2015

The International 2015 ISHC Congress will be held in beautiful Santa Barbara, CA, August 23-28. If you are involved in Heterocyclic Chemistry, please consider attending this conference and joining the ISHC. Posted January 26, 2015

Dr. Alex Smirnov to organize symposium at PACIFICHEM 2015

Dr. Alex Smirnov is organizing a symposium Dec 15-20, 2015 titled "Nitroxide Radicals: Synthesis and Functional Bio-/Nanomaterials" at the 2015 International Chemical Congress of Pacific Basin Societies. More details can be found here. Posted December 9, 2014

Dr. Maggard's students win awards at recent joint conference

Two graduate students in the research group of Dr. Paul Maggard won three awards at the recent joint conference of the Materials Research Society – North Carolina Section, ASM International – Carolinas Central Chapter, and the American Vacuum Society – Mid Atlantic Chapter.

  • Nacole King won Best Paper for "Copper Deficiency in the p-Type Semiconductor Cu1-xNb3O8," Chem. Mater. 2014, 26(6), 2095-2104.

  • Jonathan Boltersdorf won the H. H. Stadelmaier Award for excellence awarded in the area of X-ray diffraction and metallurgy, awarded by the American Society for Metals (ASM). He also won the 2nd place research poster presentation award.

View the image gallery here. Posted December 9, 2014

NC American Chemical Society poster award winners

Congratulations to the poster award winners at the North Carolina American Chemical Society local section meeting held on November 7, 2014 at Duke University.

  • Honorable Mention
    Ian Sullivan, North Carolina State University
    (Advisor: Dr. Paul Maggard)
    "Cu Deficiency in the p-Type Semiconductor Cu5-xTa11O30: Structural, Optical, and Photoelectrochemical Impacts"

  • Honorable Mention
    Sriparna Mukherjee, North Carolina State University
    (Advisor: Dr. Elena Jakubikova)
    "Cyclometalated Fe(II) Complexes as Photosensitizers"

Posted December 9, 2014

Dr. Gallardo-Williams to develop online book for Alt-Textbook program

Congratulations to Dr. Maria Gallardo-Williams for her successful proposal to the Alt-Textbook program. Sponsored by the NCSU Libraries, the Alt-Textbook grant project is a competitive grant to adopt, adapt, or create free or low-cost alternatives to expensive textbooks in the classroom. Maria will develop an online "book" of student-generated materials to be used in the Science and Engineering (S&E) sections of the organic chemistry labs.

Drs. Lash and Dubroy honored at NOBCChE conference, will sponsor 5 student memberships

Dr. Tiffani (Bailey) Lash (Ph.D. 2007, Gorman) and Dr. Tashni-Ann (Coote) Dubroy (Ph.D. 2006, Shultz) were honored at the NOBCChE conference this year as part of a segment on women scientists blending science and entrepreneurship. C&EN captured the moment in their digital and print media. Please see a link to the article here. The Department is also pleased to announce that Drs. Lash and Dubroy will also sponsor 5 student NOBCChE memberships. This is an excellent network for graduate and undergraduate students. Posted November 18, 2014

Dave Shultz to co-chair a Telluride Science Research Center workshop

Dave Shultz will be co-chairing a Telluride Science Research Center workshop entitled "Zero-Field Spin Effects in Molecular Systems," June 23-27, 2015. For workshop, venue and meeting details, view the workshop description. Also see the full listing of 2015 TSRC workshops and conferences. Posted November 18, 2014

Applications open for 2015 Summer REU program

Applications are now open for the 2015 NCSU Summer REU program. For more information see: Posted November 3, 2014

NCSU and UNC-Charlotte Chemistry organize NC Photochem 2014

The 2014 NC Photochem Symposium took place at the campus of North Carolina State University on October 11, 2014. This was the second in the NC Photochem symposium series, with the inaugural one hosted by UNC-Charlotte last year. The goals of the symposium are to foster new connections and collaborations among the photochemistry researchers at NCSU, UNC Charlotte and other local institutions, to broadly strengthen the photochemical sciences in North Carolina, and to provide students and researchers the opportunities to present their work in a collaborative environment. The meeting was organized by a group of researchers from NCSU (Profs. Jakubikova, Ison, and Weare) and UNC-Charlotte (Profs. Jones and Walter).

This year's symposium was attended by approximately 100 researchers from nine different institutions across North and South Carolina as well as Virginia. The symposium included nine invited talks, and two lively poster sessions. Forty-five students took part in the competition for the best undergraduate and graduate poster. The best poster awards went to Christian Chamberlayne from the College of William and Mary (best undergraduate poster), Robin Knauf from UNC-Chapel Hill (best graduate poster), Jonathan Boltersdorf from NCSU (2nd place, graduate poster competition), and David Bowman from NCSU (3rd place, graduate poster competition). The symposium was supported by the NCSU Chemistry Department, Edinburgh Instruments, and the North Carolina Section of the American Chemical Society.

NC Photochem 2015 will take place at UNC-Charlotte in October 2015. Posted October 30, 2014

Phil Castellano accepts position on Editorial Advisory Board of Inorganic Chemistry

Dr. Felix (Phil) Castellano has accepted a position on the Editorial Advisory Board of Inorganic Chemistry. According to Dr. William B. Tolman, Editor of the journal, "the Editorial Advisory Board consists of 30 internationally distinguished scientists with interests covering the full range of inorganic chemistry... Inorganic Chemistry is the most widely cited and respected journal in its field, with articles covering a broad spectrum of interests including bioinorganic, organometallic, solid state and materials chemistry and the chemistry of nanoscale systems." Posted September 20, 2014

NC Photochem 2014 Symposium

The 2014 NC Photochem Symposium will be held at NCSU on October 11, 2014. The website for this event can be found at and the registration will remain open until 11:59 pm on September 15, 2014. We are also accepting poster contributions at this time. Posted September 3, 2014

Samantha Smith selected as associate in SfN Neuroscience Scholars Program

Samantha Smith, a second year graduate student, has been selected to participate as an associate in the Society for Neuroscience (SfN) Neuroscience Scholars Program. This is a competitive two-year program, sponsored by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, NINDS, provides scientific and professional development opportunities for underrepresented neuroscience researchers. Samantha's research advisor is Dr. Leslie Sombers. Posted August 22, 2014

Chris Ladner wins poster prize at Chemical Biology and Biotechnology Symposium

Senior graduate student in the Department of Chemistry, Chris Ladner, was one of three poster prize awardees at this year's inaugural Chemical Biology and Biotechnology Symposium at GSK, May 30th. Chris's research advisor is Dr. Gavin Williams.

The symposium featured over 70 poster presenters; 200 attendees; six talks from faculty at NC State University, UNC, and Duke; and presentations from industry representatives. The event will be hosted at a similar date next year. Many thanks to all those from the Department of Chemistry who helped with logistics, including Maria Moreno, Katie Elliott, Chris Brackett, Chris Ladner, and Rob Furlani. View the image gallery here. Posted June 18, 2014

LORD Corporation to Establish NC State University Summer Research Fellowship

LORD Corporation has partnered with the North Carolina State University Department of Chemistry to establish the first LORD Undergraduate Summer Research Fellowship. The new award is tied to a semester-long research project in which teams of students use primary literature sources to investigate a topic selected by NC State chemistry faculty and LORD scientists. Read the full press release here. Posted May 31, 2014

Research article from The Laboratory of Soft Materials & Green Chemistry blogged by RSC journal Green Chemistry

In the most recent crop of Green Chemistry articles, Lucian Lucia's work in bacterial cellulose was cited as a "hot article" (please see: The work focuses on a novel approach for developing "soft" electronic media by harnessing the bioengineering prowess of "vinegar" bacteria. Specifically, a series of cellulosic-based graphene-impregnated materials were fabricated by an in situ (one pot) graphene oxide reduction and incorporation into downstream novel three-dimensional structures with potential for a number of electronic applications including supercapacitance, lithium batteries, and nerve actuation. Posted May 23, 2014

Gavin Williams wins Sigma Xi Young Faculty Research Award

Sigma Xi was founded in 1886 to honor excellence in scientific investigation and encourage a sense of companionship and cooperation among researchers in all fields of science and engineering. The Greek letters "sigma" and "xi" form the acronym of the Society's motto, "Spoudon Xynones," which translates as "Companions in Zealous Research." Posted April 16, 2014

Enzyme "wrench" could be key to stronger, more effective antibiotics

The Williams group has revealed how a key enzyme "wrench" involved in the biosynthesis of antibiotics interacts with a factory-like assembly line of biosynthetic machinery. This knowledge could allow the construction of novel hybrid antibiotics and other biologically active small molecules. Read more here. Posted April 16, 2014

Rhodes selected as an IMSD Graduate Scholar

Nastassja Rhodes, a first-year graduate student in the Sombers lab, has been selected as an IMSD Graduate Scholar at NC State University. The NC State Initiative for Maximizing Student Diversity (IMSD) is a program funded by the National Institutes of Health. This program seeks to promote and achieve a diverse biomedical and behavioral science workforce and recognizes the importance of effectively advancing knowledge and creating innovative technologies and treatments. Posted April 7, 2014

Karli Moore awarded a Udall Scholarship

Karli Moore, a sophomore Chemistry major, Park Scholar, and member of the University Scholars Program was recognized with a Udall Scholarship. Each year the Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Foundation (an independent US government executive agency) awards scholarships to sophomore and junior level college students committed to careers related to the environment, tribal public policy, or Native American health care. Posted April 3, 2014

Kay Sandberg wins Gertrude Cox Award

Professor Kay Sandberg has been selected for the Gertrude Cox Award. This award was created to honor the creative pedagogy of NC State's faculty and technical staff and their work in integrating new technologies into effective teaching strategies. Posted April 3, 2014

RTP Chemical Biology and Biotechnology Symposium

The inaugural Chemical Biology and Biotechnology Symposium will take place May 30th at GlaxoSmithKline in RTP.

This is a joint venture between NC State, UNC, Duke and GlaxoSmithKline, and is designed to showcase research and promote collaboration at the chemistry-biology interface in the RTP area.

Speakers will include Prof. Christian Melander (Chemistry) and Dr. Chase Beisel (Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering) of NC State, as well as researchers from UNC-Chapel Hill, Duke University, Novozymes and Codexis. The entire event, including the poster session, is open to all undergraduates, graduates, postdocs and faculty. The event will be hosted by GlaxoSmithKline at the company's Building 5 at 5 Moore Drive in Research Triangle Park.

To register for attendance and/or submit your poster abstract, simply email Admission is free. The Department of Chemistry will plan to provide a shuttle for transport to and from the event.

More information can be found here. Please contact Gavin Williams ( ) if you need further information. Posted April 3, 2014

Alex Smirnov named as an Alumni Association Outstanding Research Award recipient for 2012-2013

Professor Smirnov is only one of four awardees university wide for this award, given annually by the alumni association. It is regarded as one of the highest honors that a faculty member can receive at NC State. Posted April 3, 2014

Melander named Howard Schaeffer Professor of Chemistry

Christian Melander has been named the Howard Schaeffer Professor of Chemistry in recognition of his outstanding achievements in Research, Teaching and Service. Posted March 28, 2014

Chemistry Department welcomes new staff member

The department is pleased to announce the addition of Wendy Jacobs as administrative assistant in Partners III. Posted March 28, 2014

Chemistry students participate in 9th Annual Graduate Research Symposium

Six students from Chemistry participated in the 9th Annual Graduate Research Symposium at North Carolina State University on March 26th, 2014 in the McKimmon center. The level of effort and quality of their research was uniformly outstanding. The students were:

  • Eric Goggins (Weare Group)
  • Bérénice Lemercier (Pierce Group)
  • Nikolette McCombs (Ghiladi Group)
  • Yasamin Moazami (Pierce Group)
  • Andreas Schmidt (Sombers Group)
  • Jing Zhao (Franzen Group)

Andreas Schmidt was chosen as the first place winner in the sciences group. Posted March 28, 2014

15th Annual Department of Chemistry Poster Session

The 15th Annual Department of Chemistry Poster Session was held the weekend of March 21st at the Doubletree by Hilton. A total of 90 posters were submitted. One of the goals of this poster session was to select the most outstanding posters at the junior and senior level in the areas of Bioanalytical/Biophysical/Chemical Education, Organic, Inorganic, as well as a BASF Award. Judges circulated the posters throughout the evening and poster awards (consisting of a certificate and a check to follow) were presented as follows:

  • BASF - Innovation Graduate Research Award
    Andreas Schmidt

  • Outstanding Graduate Research in the area of Bioanalytical/Biophysical/Chemical Education
    Lars Dunaway (2nd Yr) & Sophie Koroloff (Senior)

  • Outstanding Graduate Research in the area of Organic Chemistry
    Jonathan Mills (2nd yr) & Nataliia Shymanska (Senior)

  • Outstanding Graduate Research in the area of Inorganic Chemistry
    Karim El Roz (2nd Yr) & Jonathan Boltersdorf (Senior)

Please take a moment to congratulate these outstanding graduate students for the excellent research they're doing. View the image gallery here. Posted March 28, 2014

Muddiman elected President of the US-HUPO

David Muddiman, Distinguished Professor of Chemistry, was recently elected as President of the United States Human Proteome Organization ( He will serve for two years as President-Elect, two years as President, and two years as Past-President. Professor Muddiman is currently the Treasurer of the US-HUPO and member of the Executive Board. Posted March 25, 2014

Eric Alexy, Junior, Chemistry has been awarded a Goldwater scholarship

Success in the Goldwater competition requires substantial undergraduate research experience, and Eric has worked for three years in Dr. Jonathan Lindsey's laboratory. Posted March 24, 2014

Chemistry Department Hosts 2014 Recruitment Weekend

On Saturday, March 22, 2014 the Department of Chemistry hosted 35 prospective graduate students from various schools throughout the United States. They enjoyed a weekend filled with numerous activities, including an outdoor luncheon hosted by our own graduate students. View the image gallery here. Posted March 24, 2014

Teaching Assistant Professor of Chemistry Lori Petrovich wins outstanding teaching award

The North Carolina State University Outstanding Teacher Award recognizes excellence in teaching at all levels. Upon being selected as an Outstanding Teacher, recipients become members of the Academy of Outstanding Teachers for as long as they are NC State faculty. Recognition will be given at commencement, Celebration of Academic Excellence, and the Teaching and Learning Symposium. Posted March 13, 2014

Young named Assistant Director of the Center for Drug Discovery

Congratulations to Dr. Damian Young, an alumnus of the department's graduate program, who was recently named Assistant Director of the Center for Drug Discovery at Baylor College of Medicine. Read more here. Posted January 28, 2014

Students place at NC-ACS Poster Session

Congratulations to our undergraduate and graduate students who placed in the poster session at the North Carolina local section conference of the American Chemistry Society on November 1, 2013.

  • Undergraduate Student Category
  • Matthew W. Boudreau (Pierce group), 1st place
  • Eric J. Alexy (Lindsey group), 2nd place
  • Andrew N. Keith (Gorman group), 3rd place
  • Paul T. Tyrlik (Wang group), Honorable Mention
  • James Weng (Martin group), Honorable Mention
  • Graduate Student Category
  • Christopher C. Ladner (Williams group), 1st place
  • Christian Kasey (Williams group), 2nd place
  • Avinav Nandgaonkar (Lucia group), Honorable Mention
  • Mary C. Quiñones-López, (Smirnova group), Honorable Mention

These are also posted on the NC-ACS website: Posted January 25, 2014

Melander named University Faculty Scholar

Professor Christian Melander has been named a University Faculty Scholar by Chancellor Randy Woodson. He will carry that title for five years. Posted December 2, 2013

Hanck Conference Room upgraded

Dr. and Mrs. Kenneth Hanck have generously pledged over $10,000 to the department, earmarked for the remaining improvements to the Kenneth W. Hanck Conference room. The department received approval to rename Dabney 210 the Kenneth W. Hanck Conference Room, and this past summer we completed a modest renovation including new furniture, paint, carpet and a wall of photos. At the dedication ceremony in July, we unveiled the special plaque in honor of Dr. Hanck. This donation will allow us to complete the renovations to replace the aged dropped ceiling and provide new lighting. Please join us in thanking Ken and Jane for their generosity. Posted November 6, 2013

Professor Muddiman to give the Robert W. Holley Nobel Laureate Lecture at Cornell University in November of 2013

The lecture will focus on Systems Biology of the Lignin Biosynthetic Pathway which is a collaborative project with Professors Vincent Chiang and Ronald Sederoff in the Forest Biotechnology Group at NC State. Posted November 6, 2013

Professor Muddiman to give the opening plenary lecture of the Swedish Proteomics Society in November of 2013

The lecture will cover efforts on proteomics of ovarian cancer in the chicken and human model, new glycomics quantitative strategies and their application to cancer, and a novel mass spectrometry imaging ionization source for biological tissues. These are collaborative efforts with Professors James Petitte and Kenneth Anderson in Poultry Science at NC State, Adam Hawkridge at Virginia Commonwealth University, Daniel Comins in Chemistry at NC State, Troy Ghashghaei in the College of Veterinary Medicine, Angela Kashuba in the Eshelman School of Pharmacy at UNC Chapel Hill and Dr. Steven Castellino at GlaxoSmithKline. Posted November 6, 2013

Students recognized at NC Photochemistry Symposium

Several of NCSU Chemistry students were recognized for their posters at the NC Photochem symposium held at UNC Charlotte this past Saturday. Eric Alexy (Lindsey group) won the prize for the best undergraduate poster, Tao Huang (Weare group) received one of the two prizes for the best graduate student poster, and Jonathan Boltersdorf's poster (Maggard group) received a honorable mention. This symposium was partially supported by the NCSU Chemistry Scholar's fund. Posted October 29, 2013

Schmidt's work featured on

Andy Schmidt's work is featured on, an online nanotechnology and nanoscience portal. The article is now live here. His advisor is Leslie Sombers. Posted September 6, 2013

Dr. Hanck honored for 43 years of service

The Department of Chemistry honored Dr. Kenneth W. Hanck on July 31, 2013 for his 43 years of service in the Department of Chemistry by dedicating the Dabney 210 conference room in his name — The Kenneth W. Hanck Conference Room. Dr. Christopher Gorman, Department Chair, officiated the event while Dr. Laura Sremaniak, Department Associate Chair, spoke about Dr. Hanck's many career accomplishments during his tenure in the department. In this image, Dr. Hanck delights guests with several anecdotes about his time in the department. Posted August 19, 2013

Koolivand receives National High Magnetic Field Lab award

Amir Koolivand has received a prestigious graduate student award sponsored by the National High Magnetic Field Lab. He will present a paper at the 55th Annual Rocky Mountain Conference on Magnetic Resonance on "Effects of Lipid Bilayer Phase and Nanoscale Curvature on Surface Electrostatic Potential as Measured by Spin-probe EPR." His advisor is Alex Smirnov. Posted July 28, 2013

Loziuk wins NIH Molecular Biotechnology Training Fellowship

Philip Loziuk has been awarded a NIH Molecular Biotechnology Training Fellowship for a period of 2 years to support his research project ongoing in the research group of Professor Muddiman and the W.M. Keck Fourier Transform Mass Spectrometry Laboratory. Congratulations Phil! Well deserved. Posted July 16, 2013

Cochran wins Undergraduate Poster Award

Kristin Cochran recently received the undergraduate poster award at the American Society for Mass Spectrometry meeting held in Minneapolis, MN which has over 7,000 members. The title of her poster was "Identification of dyes directly from textile fibers using infrared matrix-assisted laser desorption electrospray ionization (IR-MALDESI) coupled to FT-ICR-MS." Kristin is an undergraduate researcher in Professor David Muddiman's group and this project was carried out in collaboration with Professor David Hinks in the College of Textiles. Congratulations, Kristin! Posted June 20, 2013

Awards for Excellence

The following Chemistry staff were nominated for the SPA and EPA Awards for Excellence. Shown at the PAMS awards celebration, are front row, left to right, Maria Moreno, Danielle Lehman, and Thelma Rhone (far right). Second row on left, Brenda Burgess. Back row on right, Alan Harvell. Posted May 27, 2013

Alexy is 2013 - 22nd Annual NC State Undergraduate Research Symposium Winner

Chemistry undergraduate Eric Alexy (Mentor: Jonathan Lindsey) is at the top of the list of winners of the 22nd Annual NC State Undergraduate Research Symposium A full list of winners is here. Posted April 30, 2013

Students awarded Certificates of Accomplishment in Teaching

The following graduate students have completed our first Foundations in Teaching year-long training program:

  • Leiah Carey
  • James McCord
  • Jonathan Mills
  • Tara Moening
  • Caleb Porter
The students were honored at the Graduate School's Celebration of Graduate Student Success event on April 17, and received their diplomas from the provost. The FIT program requires that the students participate in 3 teaching workshops and receive two classroom evaluations. By completing the FIT program the students are given credit towards the Graduate School's Certificate of Accomplishment in Teaching (CoAT). Posted April 30, 2013

Nacole King wins Travel Award

Nacole King, a graduate student in the Maggard group has been awarded an ACS Women Chemists Committee Travel Award sponsored by Eli Lilly & Company. This grant is in the amount of $1000 to support her travel to the ACS 246th National Meeting & Exposition in Indianapolis, Indiana. Posted April 17, 2013

PhD Alums featured in Cosmo

A company, Tea and Honey Blends started by PhD Grads Tashni-Ann Dubroy and Tiffani Bailey-Lash has been featured in the May issue of Cosmopolitan Magazine. The article also highlights their social mission, which is to promote young girls in science. Posted April 10, 2013

14th Annual Department of Chemistry Poster Session

The 14th Annual Department of Chemistry Poster Session was held the weekend of March 22nd at the Doubletree by Hilton. A total of 103 posters were submitted. One of the goals of this poster session was to select the most outstanding posters at the junior and senior level in the areas of Chemical Biology, Analytical, Organic, Inorganic, Physical as well as a BASF Award and the Caitlin J. Muddiman Award. Judges circulated the posters throughout the evening and poster awards (consisting of a certificate and a check to follow) were presented as follows:

  • BASF - Innovation Graduate Research Award
    Christopher Ladner
  • Caitlin J. Muddiman Award for Demonstrating Creativity & Excellence in Research
    Alexander Prokup
  • Outstanding Graduate Research in the area of Chemical Biology
    Christopher Ladner (Senior) & Christopher Brackett (2nd Yr)
  • Outstanding Graduate Research in the area of Organic Chemistry
    Colleen Connelly (Senior) & Nataliia Shymanska (2nd Yr)
  • Outstanding Graduate Research in the area of Inorganic Chemistry
    Daniel Stasiw (Senior) & Jonathan Boltersdorf (2nd Yr)
  • Outstanding Graduate Research in the area of Analytical Chemistry
    Guillaume Robichaud (Senior) & Victoria Brown (2nd Yr)
  • Outstanding Graduate Research in the area of Physical Chemistry
    Mary Chely Quinones-Lopez (Senior) & Amir Koolivand (2nd Yr)

Please take a moment to congratulate these outstanding graduate students for the excellent research they're doing. Posted April 1, 2013

Franzen Group Article hits F1000 Prime

The Franzen group's recent article on "Catalytic efficiency of dehaloperoxidase A is controlled by electrostatics--application of the vibrational Stark effect to understand enzyme kinetics" has been reviewed by the F1000 Prime. Posted March 26, 2013

Departmental PhotoCHEMISTRY Working Group formed

The NC State University PhotoCHEMISTRY Working Group brings together a diverse set of researchers who focus on investigating light absorption, primary photophysical processes, and photocatalysis in molecular systems and materials. Posted March 22, 2013

Lugo-Morales takes first in Graduate Student Research Symposium

Leyda Lugo-Morales in the Sombers group has one first place in the 8th Annual Graduate Student Research Symposium with her poster presentation entitled "Enzyme-modified Carbon Fiber Microelectrode Based on the Voltammetric Detection of H2O2. The Symposium was held, Tuesday, March 19. Poster presentations were divided into seven broad academic categories. Judges selected a first, second and third place winner in each category. More information is posted at the Symposium web site. This work has also recently been described in the NCSU student newspaper, The Technician. Posted March 21, 2013

Chemistry Department welcomes new faculty member

Professor Felix (Phil) Castellano will join the Department of Chemistry at NCSU in Fall of 2013. He brings a prestigious research program in photochemical sciences to NCSU, and we all look forward to interacting with him as our new colleague. Posted March 17, 2013

Phil Castellano

Enterpreneur of the Year to Melander and Cavanagh (Biochemistry)

NCSU Results Magazine recently profiled the start of Agile Sciences and the recent win of the Entrepreneur of the Year award given by NCSU's Office of Research, Innovation and Economic Development. Posted March 17, 2013

Chemistry Department wins NIOSH College and University Health and Safety Award

The Department of Chemistry is pleased to accept this years NIOSH College and University Health and Safety Award. The award measures 10 criteria, including chemical hygiene plans, waste minimization and laboratory conditions. More information can be found at The NCSU Bulletin. Posted March 14, 2013

David Muddiman elected as Treasurer and to the Executive Board of the United States Human Proteome Organization

Professor David Muddiman has been elected as treasurer and to the executive board of the US Human Proteome Organization. More information is available at Posted February 19, 2013

Lucian Lucia elected New Chair of the ACS Cellulose & Renewable Materials (CELL) Division

Lucian Lucia was recently elected to serve as Chair of the ACS CELL Division for the next two years. CELL is a rapidly growing ACS Division whose mission is to promote research in biopolymers, soft materials, sustainability, and green chemistry. CELL recognizes on an annual basis outstanding PI contributions to renewable materials science & engineering through the Anselm Payen Award as well as recognizing (in conjunction with Eastman Chemical Co.) an outstanding graduate student's research. For more information on CELL and the latter awards, please go to:

2013 Summer Internship Program now accepting applications

The NCSU Dept. of Chemistry Summer Internship Program is now accepting applications for the Summer 2013 term! Take the next step in your chemistry career with our research-intensive program for undergraduate students. For information on the program and how to apply, click here. Posted January 21, 2013

Monica Enamorado joins BASF as a Member of their Professional Development Program

Graduate student Monica Enamorado has accepted BASF's offer of employment as a member of their Professional Development Program (PDP). This PDP program is designed to expose the employee to diverse experiences and requires those opportunities to be in multiple regions of the United States. The program provides challenging assignments and offers the opportunity for substantial contributions to BASF, while at the same time, advancing the employee's professional growth and development. Monica is a 5th year grad working in Professor Comins' group. Posted January 21, 2013

Muddiman's collaborative research highlighted

Professor David Muddiman's collaborative research with Professor Bala Rao in Engineering has been highlighted. The research was published in Molecular & Cellular Proteomics and was recently highlighted in Biotechniques. Posted January 9, 2013

Muddiman elected to ASMS Board of Directors

Professor David Muddiman was recently elected to the Board of Directors of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry ( Posted January 9, 2013

David Bowman wins poster award at Computational Conference

David M. Bowman has won first place in the student (grad and undergrad) poster competition at the 21st Conference on Current Trends in Computational Chemistry (21st CCTCC) held in Jackson, Mississippi (USA), on November 9-10, 2012. Posted December 24, 2012.

Jakubikova's group wins ACS local section poster awards

Takashi Tsuchiya has won first place in the postdoc poster competition at the local ACS section meeting at SERMACS 2012 (the Southeastern Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society), held November 14-17, 2012 in Raleigh, North Carolina. David M. Bowman has won third place in the graduate poster competition. Posted December 24, 2012.

Ghiladi selected to receive teaching award

Professor Reza Ghiladi has been selected to receive the LeRoy and Elva Martin Award for Teaching Excellence. Posted December 19, 2012.

Menglong Hu recognized in the PFL Ambassador's program

Menglong Hu has been recognized in the official launch of the PFL Ambassadors Program. This new professional development initiative recognizes graduate students who have demonstrated exceptional leadership skills through their involvement in Preparing Future Leaders programs. More info here. Posted November 30, 2012.

Melander wins 2012 Entrepreneur of the Year

Professor Christian Melander has been selected from a campus wide search to receive the NCSU 2012 Entrepreneur of the Year award in recognition of efforts to commercialize results from his lab. Posted November 12, 2012.

Melander Lab reactivates antibiotics

The Melander group has found a way to increase the potency of a compound that reactivates antibiotics against methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), an antibiotic-resistant form of Staphylococcus that is notoriously difficult to treat. Their improved compound removes the bacteria's antibiotic resistance and allows the antibiotic to once again become effective at normal dosage levels. Read more here. Posted October 22, 2012.

Sombers Lab research highlighted

Professor Leslie Sombers group research on probing the brain's chemistry has been highlighted in the NCSU 'Abstract' here. Posted October 19, 2012.

Melander wins Industrial Innovation Award

Christian Melander has been chosen to receive the 2012 Industrial Innovation Award at the SERMACS 2012 Regional Conference in Raleigh. As part of this award, there will be a luncheon recognition ceremony for Christian as part of the Symposium for Entrepreneurs titled "CHEMISTRY ENTREPRENEURS FROM INDUSTRY AND ACADEMICS" on Friday, November 16. Posted October 8, 2012.

Park Scholar Brandon Carlisle '13 co-authors paper on ovarian cancer detection

Brandon works with David Muddiman's group. Further details available here. Posted October 8, 2012.

Melander review lauded in the blogosphere

The Royal Society of Chemistry Blog notes, as a 'must read', a review from Christian Melander and colleagues at North Carolina State University -- a comprehensive overview of development of small molecules targeting bacterial biofilms through non-microbicidal mechanisms. Read more here. Posted September 24, 2012.

NCSU signs $10M research deal with Eastman Chemical

Eastman will provide research funds over a six-year period to fund the partnership and open a lab on NCSU's Centennial Campus. The partnership will involve research in chemistry, materials science, chemical engineering and textiles among other areas, said Bob Clemens, Eastman's vice president of corporate technology. Read more here. Posted September 11, 2012.

Sremaniak wins Marcus Hobbs Award

Professor Laura Sremaniak has won the Marcus Hobbs Award given by the Local ACS section. The Marcus E. Hobbs award was established in 1988 to recognize members who have made significant, long-term contributions to the North Carolina Section of the American Chemical Society. The award was named for Marcus E. Hobbs, Department of Chemistry, Duke University, a model member who worked closely with the North Carolina Section since becoming Chair in 1945. Posted September 10, 2012.

Ison named 2012 Organometallics Fellow

Professor Elon Ison has been given this distinction which goes to goes to outstanding new investigators who have started to actively publish in the journal Organometallics in the last three years. Posted August 23, 2012.

Deiters Lab controls gene expression with hydrogen peroxide "switches"

Hydrogen peroxide doesn't just come in bottles from the drugstore – the human body makes it as well. Now researchers from North Carolina State University have found a way to use naturally occurring hydrogen peroxide inside cells to switch on gene expression. Their method also serves as a highly sensitive hydrogen peroxide detector, which may help scientists determine the molecule's role in cellular health and disease. A news release can be found here. Posted August 03, 2012.

Alumnus wins PE-CASE Award

John Kitchen (BS '95) has been awarded a Presidential PE-CASE Award by President Barack Obama. A news release can be obtained here. Posted July 24, 2012.

Muddiman named Distinguished Professor of Chemistry

Professor David Muddiman has been named a Distinguished Professor of Chemistry by the University, highlighting his "sustained record of high scholarship and international reputation in biological mass spectrometry". Posted June 25, 2012


The department held its 2012 Spring graduation ceremony on May 12, 2012. We have a few photos of the event. Posted May 24, 2012

Williams selected as Best of BIOT award winner

Professor Gavin Williams has been selected as one of the winners of the 2012 Best of BIOT awards. As a winner, his award-winning talk will be presented to an extended audience at an upcoming Best of BIOT Webinar in a peer-reviewed chapter in an eBook containing all of the 2012 Best of BIOT award winners. Posted May 11, 2012

Ghiladi and Williams win NSF Career Awards

Professors Gavin Williams and Reza Ghiladi have been awarded prestigious CAREER awards from the National Science Foundation. Posted May 1, 2012

Matty wins NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

Molly Matty, a senior in the department of chemistry, has received a prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. Molly is graduating this spring with a 4.0 overall GPA, is in the University Honors Program, and is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa national honor society. Posted Apr 02, 2012

Maria Oliver-Hoyo selected as an Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Professor

This professorship recognizes extended service as an outstanding teacher at NC State. Only members of the Academy of Outstanding Teachers who also continue to provide long-term, distinguished services in undergraduate teaching at NC State are eligible for this distinction. Posted Mar 06, 2012

Photocaged DNA Provides New Levels of Transcription Control

The light-activated oligonucleotide tools developed by the Deiters lab, specifically their recent publication in J. Am. Chem. Soc. on the development of photocaged DNA decoys, has been the subject of a Highlight article in the current issue of ChemBioChem. Posted Mar 01, 2012

Deiters Group Develops Better Control for DNA-Based Computations

The Deiters laboratory has found a way to give DNA-based computing better control over logic operations. His work could lead to interfacing DNA-based computing with traditional silicon-based computing.In a paper published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society, Deiters addressed the control problem by making portions of the input strands of DNA logic gates photoactivatable, or controllable by ultraviolet (UV) light. The process is known as photocaging. Deiters successfully photocaged several different nucleotides on a DNA logic gate known as an AND gate. Posted Feb 20, 2012

Comins teaches chemistry course in Brazil

Daniel Comins of the Department of Chemistry taught a short course on heterocyclic chemistry at a national meeting (ESSO IV) held at the University of Sao Paulo in Sao Carlos, Brazil (Feb 6-10, 2012). Professor Comins has published extensively in the areas of heterocyclic chemistry and organic synthesis, and he is President-elect of the International Society of Heterocyclic Chemistry. Posted Feb 16, 2012

Photochemical Control of Rho Kinase

The development of a light-activated Rho kinase inhibitor and its application in the investigation of gut tube development in Xenopus embryos, a collaborative effort between the Deiters lab and the Nascone-Yoder lab, has been highlighted on NCSU's The Abstract Posted Feb 15, 2012.

Deiters Lab Research Published in Nature Chemistry

The Deiters lab, together with the Chin lab at the MRC in Cambridge, U.K., reported the genetic encoding of a new chemical handle in bacterial and mammalian cells and the selective reaction of proteins on the surface of live cells. Their work is published in the recent issue of Nature Chemistry and is highlighted on the NCSU webpage. Posted Feb 05, 2012

Research Experiences for Undergraduates Summer Program now accepting applications

We are pleased to announce we are taking applications for the Summer 2012 Research Experience for Undergraduates Program! March 16th is the final deadline, but we encourage early submission for this highly competitive opportunity. Please go to the REU website for information on how to apply.

Melander group research reduces biofilm threat

The Melander group makes further inroads in the break up of microbial goo. See Chemical and Engineering News story here.

JAMA features biofilm inhibition research from the Melander group

Journal of the American Medical Association features work on inhibition of bacterial biofilm formation performed by NCSU researchers Roberta Worthington and Christian Melander. Full article here.

Ison featured on NBC's Chemistry NOW

Professor Elon Ison has been featured as part of NBC Learn's "Chemistry NOW" series. More info is below, and here is a direct link to the video featuring Elon and his students. Watch the video Modified November 14, 2011

Bowden Recognized as Distinguished Alumnus

Professor Ed Bowden received a Distinguished Alumnus award from Virginia Commonwealth University. He received the award at a banquet in his honor on October 21, 2011. Congratulations Ed!Modified November 11, 2011

NCSU PhDs Launch Successful Business

A Business Week article describes the company started by NCSU PhDs Tiffany Bailey and Tashni-Ann Dubroy. Modified November 11, 2011

Weare Rockets towards the Sun

This video shows Professor Weare's vision for solar energy storage schemes. Forget batteries! They are not efficient enough. Walter wants to store solar energy as a fuel. Watch the video and tell a friend. Modified November 11, 2011

Bowman and Tsuchiya Win Awards at ACS Local Section Conference

Congratulations to David Bowman (Advisor: Elena Jakubikova), on winning an honorable mention of his poster titled "Low-spin vs. High-spin Ground State in Pseudo-Octahedral Iron Complexes" at the NC-ACS Local Section Conference on Friday. Congratulations are also in order for Dr. Takashi Tsuchiya (Former advisor: Jerry Whitten) on winning second prize in the post-doctoral category of posters at the same conference. The title of his poster was "Configuration Interaction Study of the Ground and Excited States of TiO2 Ring Structures." Posted October 3, 2011

Rhone Wins Award

Congratulations to Thelma Rhone for winning the Pride of the Wolfpack Award. This award is given to recognize NC State employees for a special or unique contribution to their department, college, or the University. Thelma was nominated for her team spirit and the consideration she shows her coworkers. Posted September 23, 2011

Enamorado Wins Travel Grant

Monica Enamorado, fourth year graduate student, won an ACS Organic Division Travel grant. This is a national award and only one student per department is chosen. Monica presented her paper titled “Five-step Synthesis of (S)-Macrostomine” in the organic division at the ACS meeting in Denver. Her advisor is Professor Comins. Posted September 16, 2011

Bunders wins Eli Lilly Travel Award

Congratulations to Cynthia Bunders who was one of 8 winners of the Women Chemists Committee Eli Lilly travel award! This is a national award given to female undergraduate students, graduate students, or postdocs to travel to a national or major meeting of their choice. Cynthia presented her paper titled "Design, synthesis and bacterial biofilm inhibition evaluation of flustramine inspired small molecules" in the organic division at the ACS meeting in Denver. Her advisor is Christian Melander. Posted September 5, 2011

Lugo-Morales is awarded a GAANN Fellowship

Leyda Lugo-Morales has been selected to receive a GAANN fellowship in biotechnology. Leyda's fellowship provides 30K to cover stipend, tuition, fees, and benefits. It also provides additional training opportunities and funds for travel. Leyda is a 4th year graduate student in analytical chemistry working in Professor Sombers' labs. Posted September 2, 2011

Enamorado and Roberts win BASF Fellowships

Monica Enamorado and James Roberts have been selected as recipients of BASF scholarships. The awards come with $5,000 support for the academic Fall/Spring cycle. Monica and James received their awards at a ceremony at BASF in the RTP on August 17th. Monica is a 4th year graduate student in organic chemistry working in Professor Comins' labs. James is a 4th year graduate student in analytical chemistry working in Professor Sombers' labs. Posted August 25, 2011

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