Professor's Collaborative Work Gives Explanation for Organic Chemistry Reactions Learn More
Prof. Bill Poirier receives 3 year grant ($498,009) from NSF + More 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).
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 + More 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. 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 + More 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. Learn More
New Department Chairman, June 1, 2017 + More 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 + More 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 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 + More 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. Learn More
8 Chem/Biochem majors inducted into Phi Beta Kappa + More Eight Chemistry/Biochemistry majors were recently inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, the
oldest and, arguably, most prestigious honorary society in the US. The honored graduates
include: 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. Learn More
Biochemistry major, Holden Fried (BS, May '17) received two American Chemical Society
awards + More 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. 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 + More 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
work and finishes writing her Ph.D. dissertation. Learn More
PhD Candidate, M. Mustafa Cetin, to begin new work with 2016 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry
+ More 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 of Professor Sir
J. Fraser Stoddart (2016 Nobel Prize Laureate in Chemistry), after a summer 2017 TTU
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