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Prof. Dominick Casadonte, Jr. received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering MentoringFaculty Positions in Chemistry and Biochemistry2019 faculty staff picnic hosted by Mechref’s (Reda and Yehia)Congratulations to the poster winners of the department annual meet and greet event Application of the pK<sub>a</sub> rule to synthesize salts of bezafibrate
Pnictogen Bonding with Alkoxide Cages: Which Pnictogen is Best?
Interaction Between γC87 and γR242 Residues Participates in Energy Coupling Between Catalysis and Proton Translocation in Escherichia Coli ATP Synthase Mechanism of the Iron(0)-Catalyzed Hydrosilylation of Aldehydes: A Combined DFT and Experimental Investigation
Mechref, Sumner, Latham and Azatian in the pictureCongratulations to the Award Recipients from the Faculty Honors Convocation Dr. Yehia Mechref (Chair) and Dr. Michael F. Mayer with Dr. Lawrence Schovanec (TTU President)Departmental Alumni HighlightsEarly History of the Department

Departmental News

  • Prof. Mechref participated in an NIH SPECIAL EMPHASIS PANEL; Molecular and Cellular Causal Aspects of Alzheimer's DiseaseZRG1 MDCN (P) 56 study section panel, November 14, 2019.
  • Prof. Mechref participated in an NIH SPECIAL EMPHASIS PANEL; NIDDK ZDK1-GRB-S (J1), study section panel, October 28-29, Washington DC.
  • Tech or Treat 2019 was a great success! Dr. Casadonte, the chemistry wizard, along with the ACS Student Organization, hosted several exciting shows while C&B Staff handed out fun 3-D glasses up front. Over 500 local children came through the area of Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.
  • The department is currently accepting applications for a Machinist and a Programmer Analyst III.
  • Prof. Cozzolino gave an invited talk entitled "Self-assembly using heavy trivalent pnictogen atoms: Case of routine coordination chemistry, or a fancy supramolecular interaction?" at the Organometallic & Coordination Chemistry Symposium, 2019 ACS SWRM/RMRM.
  • Shiva Mohaven, from Prof. Cozzolino’s group gave a talk titled "Pnictogen bonded reversed vesicles and their potential application as cargo systems" at Functional Polymers: Synthetic Methodologies & Uses Symposium, 2019 ACS SWRM/RMRM.
  • Babak Tahmouresilerd from Prof. Cozzolino’s group gave a talk titled "Hypervalent iodine supported by metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) as heterogeneous oxidation catalysts" at Organometallic & Coordination Chemistry Symposium, 2019 ACS SWRM/RMRM.
  • Dr. Lishka gave an invited talk titled "Multireference Calculations for Polyradical Character and Luminescence Properties of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons" at the 2019 Annual Southwest Theoretical and Computational Chemistry Meeting, October 25, 2019, Oklahoma University, Norman, OK, USA.
  • Prof. Poirier gave an invited talk entitled "Tensor product methods for exact Schrödinger solutions in electronic structure" at the Southwest Theoretical Chemistry Conference, Norman OK, Oct. 25-27, 2019.
  • Dr. Jonathan Jerke, a postdoctoral associate in Prof. Poirier’s group gave a talk titled "Algorithmic speedup for computational sciences" at the Southwest Theoretical Chemistry Conference, Norman OK, Oct. 25-27, 2019.
  • Dr. Janos Sarka, from Prof. Poirier’s presented a poster entitled "On neglecting Coriolis and related couplings in rovibrational spectroscopy: considerations of symmetry, accuracy, and simplicity" at the Southwest Theoretical Chemistry Conference, Norman OK, Oct. 25-27, 2019.
  • Debojyoti Das from Prof. Poirier’s group presented a poster entitled "Using ScalIT to compute bound ro-vibrational levels of the H3+ molecule" at the Southwest Theoretical Chemistry Conference, Norman OK, Oct. 25-27, 2019.
  • Ankit Pandey from Prof. Poirier’s group gave a talk and also a poster on the topic "An unorthodox study of bidirectional light waves". At the Texas Regional American Physical Society Meeting, Lubbock, TX, Oct 24-26, 2019.
  • Maik Reddiger from Prof. Poirier’s group presented a poster "Approaching relativistic Quantum Theory via Probability Conservation" at Texas Regional American Physical Society Meeting, Lubbock, TX, Oct 24-26, 2019.

Departmental News

  • Prof. Mechref participated in an NIH SPECIAL EMPHASIS PANEL; Molecular and Cellular Causal Aspects of Alzheimer's DiseaseZRG1 MDCN (P) 56 study section panel, November 14, 2019.
  • Prof. Mechref participated in an NIH SPECIAL EMPHASIS PANEL; NIDDK ZDK1-GRB-S (J1), study section panel, October 28-29, Washington DC.
  • Tech or Treat 2019 was a great success! Dr. Casadonte, the chemistry wizard, along with the ACS Student Organization, hosted several exciting shows while C&B Staff handed out fun 3-D glasses up front. Over 500 local children came through the area of Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.
  • The department is currently accepting applications for a Machinist and a Programmer Analyst III.
  • Prof. Cozzolino gave an invited talk entitled "Self-assembly using heavy trivalent pnictogen atoms: Case of routine coordination chemistry, or a fancy supramolecular interaction?" at the Organometallic & Coordination Chemistry Symposium, 2019 ACS SWRM/RMRM.
  • Shiva Mohaven, from Prof. Cozzolino’s group gave a talk titled "Pnictogen bonded reversed vesicles and their potential application as cargo systems" at Functional Polymers: Synthetic Methodologies & Uses Symposium, 2019 ACS SWRM/RMRM.
  • Babak Tahmouresilerd from Prof. Cozzolino’s group gave a talk titled "Hypervalent iodine supported by metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) as heterogeneous oxidation catalysts" at Organometallic & Coordination Chemistry Symposium, 2019 ACS SWRM/RMRM.
  • Dr. Lishka gave an invited talk titled "Multireference Calculations for Polyradical Character and Luminescence Properties of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons" at the 2019 Annual Southwest Theoretical and Computational Chemistry Meeting, October 25, 2019, Oklahoma University, Norman, OK, USA.
  • Prof. Poirier gave an invited talk entitled "Tensor product methods for exact Schrödinger solutions in electronic structure" at the Southwest Theoretical Chemistry Conference, Norman OK, Oct. 25-27, 2019.
  • Dr. Jonathan Jerke, a postdoctoral associate in Prof. Poirier’s group gave a talk titled "Algorithmic speedup for computational sciences" at the Southwest Theoretical Chemistry Conference, Norman OK, Oct. 25-27, 2019.
  • Dr. Janos Sarka, from Prof. Poirier’s presented a poster entitled "On neglecting Coriolis and related couplings in rovibrational spectroscopy: considerations of symmetry, accuracy, and simplicity" at the Southwest Theoretical Chemistry Conference, Norman OK, Oct. 25-27, 2019.
  • Debojyoti Das from Prof. Poirier’s group presented a poster entitled "Using ScalIT to compute bound ro-vibrational levels of the H3+ molecule" at the Southwest Theoretical Chemistry Conference, Norman OK, Oct. 25-27, 2019.
  • Ankit Pandey from Prof. Poirier’s group gave a talk and also a poster on the topic "An unorthodox study of bidirectional light waves". At the Texas Regional American Physical Society Meeting, Lubbock, TX, Oct 24-26, 2019.
  • Maik Reddiger from Prof. Poirier’s group presented a poster "Approaching relativistic Quantum Theory via Probability Conservation" at Texas Regional American Physical Society Meeting, Lubbock, TX, Oct 24-26, 2019.

Departmental News

  • Prof. Mechref participated in an NIH SPECIAL EMPHASIS PANEL; Molecular and Cellular Causal Aspects of Alzheimer's DiseaseZRG1 MDCN (P) 56 study section panel, November 14, 2019.
  • Prof. Mechref participated in an NIH SPECIAL EMPHASIS PANEL; NIDDK ZDK1-GRB-S (J1), study section panel, October 28-29, Washington DC.
  • Tech or Treat 2019 was a great success! Dr. Casadonte, the chemistry wizard, along with the ACS Student Organization, hosted several exciting shows while C&B Staff handed out fun 3-D glasses up front. Over 500 local children came through the area of Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.
  • The department is currently accepting applications for a Machinist and a Programmer Analyst III.
  • Prof. Cozzolino gave an invited talk entitled "Self-assembly using heavy trivalent pnictogen atoms: Case of routine coordination chemistry, or a fancy supramolecular interaction?" at the Organometallic & Coordination Chemistry Symposium, 2019 ACS SWRM/RMRM.
  • Shiva Mohaven, from Prof. Cozzolino’s group gave a talk titled "Pnictogen bonded reversed vesicles and their potential application as cargo systems" at Functional Polymers: Synthetic Methodologies & Uses Symposium, 2019 ACS SWRM/RMRM.
  • Babak Tahmouresilerd from Prof. Cozzolino’s group gave a talk titled "Hypervalent iodine supported by metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) as heterogeneous oxidation catalysts" at Organometallic & Coordination Chemistry Symposium, 2019 ACS SWRM/RMRM.
  • Dr. Lishka gave an invited talk titled "Multireference Calculations for Polyradical Character and Luminescence Properties of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons" at the 2019 Annual Southwest Theoretical and Computational Chemistry Meeting, October 25, 2019, Oklahoma University, Norman, OK, USA.
  • Prof. Poirier gave an invited talk entitled "Tensor product methods for exact Schrödinger solutions in electronic structure" at the Southwest Theoretical Chemistry Conference, Norman OK, Oct. 25-27, 2019.
  • Dr. Jonathan Jerke, a postdoctoral associate in Prof. Poirier’s group gave a talk titled "Algorithmic speedup for computational sciences" at the Southwest Theoretical Chemistry Conference, Norman OK, Oct. 25-27, 2019.
  • Dr. Janos Sarka, from Prof. Poirier’s presented a poster entitled "On neglecting Coriolis and related couplings in rovibrational spectroscopy: considerations of symmetry, accuracy, and simplicity" at the Southwest Theoretical Chemistry Conference, Norman OK, Oct. 25-27, 2019.
  • Debojyoti Das from Prof. Poirier’s group presented a poster entitled "Using ScalIT to compute bound ro-vibrational levels of the H3+ molecule" at the Southwest Theoretical Chemistry Conference, Norman OK, Oct. 25-27, 2019.
  • Ankit Pandey from Prof. Poirier’s group gave a talk and also a poster on the topic "An unorthodox study of bidirectional light waves". At the Texas Regional American Physical Society Meeting, Lubbock, TX, Oct 24-26, 2019.
  • Maik Reddiger from Prof. Poirier’s group presented a poster "Approaching relativistic Quantum Theory via Probability Conservation" at Texas Regional American Physical Society Meeting, Lubbock, TX, Oct 24-26, 2019.

Departmental News

  • Prof. Mechref participated in an NIH SPECIAL EMPHASIS PANEL; Molecular and Cellular Causal Aspects of Alzheimer's DiseaseZRG1 MDCN (P) 56 study section panel, November 14, 2019.
  • Prof. Mechref participated in an NIH SPECIAL EMPHASIS PANEL; NIDDK ZDK1-GRB-S (J1), study section panel, October 28-29, Washington DC.
  • Tech or Treat 2019 was a great success! Dr. Casadonte, the chemistry wizard, along with the ACS Student Organization, hosted several exciting shows while C&B Staff handed out fun 3-D glasses up front. Over 500 local children came through the area of Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.
  • The department is currently accepting applications for a Machinist and a Programmer Analyst III.
  • Prof. Cozzolino gave an invited talk entitled "Self-assembly using heavy trivalent pnictogen atoms: Case of routine coordination chemistry, or a fancy supramolecular interaction?" at the Organometallic & Coordination Chemistry Symposium, 2019 ACS SWRM/RMRM.
  • Shiva Mohaven, from Prof. Cozzolino’s group gave a talk titled "Pnictogen bonded reversed vesicles and their potential application as cargo systems" at Functional Polymers: Synthetic Methodologies & Uses Symposium, 2019 ACS SWRM/RMRM.
  • Babak Tahmouresilerd from Prof. Cozzolino’s group gave a talk titled "Hypervalent iodine supported by metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) as heterogeneous oxidation catalysts" at Organometallic & Coordination Chemistry Symposium, 2019 ACS SWRM/RMRM.
  • Dr. Lishka gave an invited talk titled "Multireference Calculations for Polyradical Character and Luminescence Properties of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons" at the 2019 Annual Southwest Theoretical and Computational Chemistry Meeting, October 25, 2019, Oklahoma University, Norman, OK, USA.
  • Prof. Poirier gave an invited talk entitled "Tensor product methods for exact Schrödinger solutions in electronic structure" at the Southwest Theoretical Chemistry Conference, Norman OK, Oct. 25-27, 2019.
  • Dr. Jonathan Jerke, a postdoctoral associate in Prof. Poirier’s group gave a talk titled "Algorithmic speedup for computational sciences" at the Southwest Theoretical Chemistry Conference, Norman OK, Oct. 25-27, 2019.
  • Dr. Janos Sarka, from Prof. Poirier’s presented a poster entitled "On neglecting Coriolis and related couplings in rovibrational spectroscopy: considerations of symmetry, accuracy, and simplicity" at the Southwest Theoretical Chemistry Conference, Norman OK, Oct. 25-27, 2019.
  • Debojyoti Das from Prof. Poirier’s group presented a poster entitled "Using ScalIT to compute bound ro-vibrational levels of the H3+ molecule" at the Southwest Theoretical Chemistry Conference, Norman OK, Oct. 25-27, 2019.
  • Ankit Pandey from Prof. Poirier’s group gave a talk and also a poster on the topic "An unorthodox study of bidirectional light waves". At the Texas Regional American Physical Society Meeting, Lubbock, TX, Oct 24-26, 2019.
  • Maik Reddiger from Prof. Poirier’s group presented a poster "Approaching relativistic Quantum Theory via Probability Conservation" at Texas Regional American Physical Society Meeting, Lubbock, TX, Oct 24-26, 2019.



Awards and Accolades

CozzolinoProf. Anthony F. Cozzolino is the recipient of the 2019 A&S Excellence in Research Award for the Physical and Natural Sciences.
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CasadonteProf. Dominick Casadonte, has been awarded the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring, according to the White House website
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MichaelHutchins Prof. Findlater and Hutchins, along with Prof. Weile Yan (University of Massachusetts - Lowell), have received a grant titled “Chemically Enhanced Electrodialysis (CEED) for Recovery of Rare Earth Elements“ from the Department of Energy (DOE) + More

Morales Prof. Jorge Morales received an NIH grant (1R15GM128149-01) entitled “Computational Studies of Ion-Induced Water Radiolysis and DNA Damage.” The grant is for a total award of $440,768 for three years. This award starts September 20, 2019 and ends August 31, 2022.
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Mayer Prof. Michael Mayer and the 11 other new members (university-wide) were inducted into the Texas Tech University Teaching Academy on September 18th, 2019.
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Additional Departmental News


Student Highlights

YangxueLiu Yangxue Liu, a graduate student of Prof. Li, received the James D. and Mary Hazlewood Memorial Graduate Fellowship for 2019-2020.
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Sakshi Sakshi Gautam, a graduate student in Prof. Mechref, was awarded the Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry (ABC) Poster Award for the excellent presentation of particularly significant innovative analytical research + More
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Chitranjan Chitranjan Srivastav has been awarded a competitive 'James D. and Mary Hazlewood Memorial Graduate Fellowship' by the Graduate School. The award is for $3000 in the upcoming academic year.
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cecila Cecila Smith (Mentor: Prof. Findlater) placed 3rd out of 288 entrants in the '2019 TrUE Undergraduate Research Conference' at TTU on April 2nd and 3rd for her poster 'Conversion of Imines to Secondary Amines Using Iron-Catalyzed Hydrosilylation.'
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Shipra Grad student Shipra Garg (Krempner group) has been awarded a Helen DeVitt Jones Graduate Fellowship. The Fellowship award is $3500 per year for 3 years (Doctorate) starting fall 2019. 
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