Prof. Bill Poirier receives 3 year grant ($498,009) from NSF
Prof. Lionel "Bill" Poirier has received a grant in the amount of $498,009 from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for a three year project funded jointly through CTMC (Chemical Theory, Models, and Computation) and OAC (Office of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure). + More
The title of the funded proposal is: "CDS&E: Massively Parallel Quantum Dynamics: Computing many accurate quantum states for real molecular applications." Prof. Poirier (and senior personnel Dr. Adelia Aquino and Dr. Juergen Eckert) of Texas Tech University are supported by a CDS&E (Computational and Data-Enabled Science and Engineering) award, to develop methods to scale exact quantum dynamical molecular simulations across the next generation of massively parallel supercomputers. Molecular simulations promise to enable computers to replace expensive and time-consuming laboratory experiments, and are thus used routinely in many areas (energy, drug design, nanomaterials, etc.). However, very few molecular simulations incorporate quantum dynamical effects—even though these can be important—because of the daunting numerical hurdles and difficult mathematics involved. To meet this challenge, Poirier and coworkers are developing the world’s first massively parallel exact quantum dynamics code, which may dramatically improve the accuracy, reliability and true predictive power of molecular simulations.
Prof. David Nes receives R33 grant ($881,354) from NIH for 3 year study
Horn Prof. David Nes has received an R33 grant in the amount of $881,354 from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for a three year study. The title of the funded proposal is: Discovery of new anti-amoeba therapeutics. + More
The grant is a continuation award of Prof. Nes' current R21 grant that runs through May 2018. The ongoing research program seeks development of new potent steroidal inhibitors. More specifically, this work is aimed to develop transition state analogs and mechanism-based suicide substrates- as anti-amoeba agents that target enzymes (sterol methyltransferases) specific to the amoeba pathogen (Acanthamoeba and Naegleria) not synthesized in the animal host.
New faculty member, Dr. Kristin Hutchins, joins Department in fall 2017
In fall 2017, Dr. Kristin Hutchins will join the faculty of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry as a tenure-track Assistant Professor. She will teach organic chemistry-related courses and her research projects are in the areas of organic, materials, and supramolecular chemistry.
New Department Chairman, June 1, 2017
The department's faculty, staff, and students welcome Prof. Yehia Mechref as the new Chairman of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, as of June 1, 2017, and sincerely thank Prof. Hope-Weeks for her outstanding service as past Chair.
Collaboration awarded an EAGER grant by the Engineering Division of the NSF
Professor Michael Findlater of the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry and Professor Weile Yan of the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering have been awarded an EAGER grant in the amount of $80,000 by the Engineering Division of the NSF. The development of hydraulic fracturing + More
has led to a glut of natural gas resources in the US, however, water use associated with the process has raised environmental concerns; Professors Findlater and Yan are developing new technology to remediate wastewater associated with hydraulic fracturing.
Shiyue Zhou awarded 2017 Song Prize for best departmental Ph.D. dissertation
Shiyue Zhou was awarded the 2017 Song Prize for his Ph.D. dissertation entitled: Comprehensive LC-MS and MS/MS Study of N-Glycans Derived from Biological Samples. His studies were conducted under the direction of Prof. Yehia Mechref.
8 Chem/Biochem majors (May '17 graduates) inducted into Phi Beta Kappa
Eight Chemistry/Biochemistry majors that graduated in May 2017 were recently inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, the oldest and, arguably, most prestigious academic honorary society in the US. The honored graduates include: + More
Colton R. Davis, Colleen D. Driscoll, Holden R. Fried, Jaime I. Haro-Silerio, Farah F. Mechref, Alexandria C. Nichols, Erin H. Sims and Simran R. Singh.
Biochemistry major, Holden Fried (BS, May '17) received two American Chemical Society awards
Biochemistry and Mathematics (double major), Holden Fried (BS, May '17) received the 2017 Outstanding Graduating Senior Award from the South Plains local section of the American Chemical Society (ACS) and the 2017 Undergraduate Award in Organic Chemistry from the ACS Division of Organic Chemistry. + More
Holden has accepted an offer to attend graduate school in fall 2017 at Tufts University where he will begin studies toward his PhD in biomedical engineering.
Anu Saini awarded Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship
Departmental graduate student, Anu Saini, was recently awarded (spring '17) a Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship by the TTU Graduate School. This funding will be used to fully support Anu's stipend for the next academic school year as she completes her experimental + More
work and finishes writing her Ph.D. dissertation.
PhD Candidate, M. Mustafa Cetin, to begin new work with 2016 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry
On March 4th, 2017, PhD candidate and Dept. of Chemistry and Biochemistry graduate student, M. Mustafa Cetin visited Northwestern University in Evanston, IL and he presented an overview of his research activities (with the Mayer group and collaborators) here at TTU. Mustafa has since accepted an offer for a postdoctoral research associate position, to begin in the fall at Northwestern, in the laboratories + More
of Professor Sir J. Fraser Stoddart (2016 Nobel Prize Laureate in Chemistry), after a summer 2017 TTU graduation.