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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 Emergence and Applications of Base Metals (Fe, Co, and Ni) in Hydroboration and Hydrosilylation Pnictogen Bonding with Alkoxide Cages: Which Pnictogen is Best?
Direct Dynamics Simulations of Fragmentation of a Zn(II)-2Cys-2His Oligopeptide. Comparison with Mass Spectrometry Collision-Induced Dissociation Interaction Between γC87 and γR242 Residues Participates in Energy Coupling Between Catalysis and Proton Translocation in Escherichia Coli ATP Synthase 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. Hase was invited to visit the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Brigham Young University on September 24, 2019 by their Graduate Student Organization. The title of his lecture was "Direct Dynamics Simulations of Gas-Phase SN2 Nucleophilic Substitution Reactions. Atomistic Dynamics, Reaction Mechanisms, and Comparisons with Experiments".
  • Prof. Poirier (together with Prof. Myounghwan Kim of the physics department) is the TTU representative at the kickoff meeting of the Texas Quantum Institute—a consortium of Texas universities (primarily Rice and U Texas) seeking to establish a major quantum computing center in the state of Texas. Prof. Poirier will give a presentation entitled “Texas Tech Quantum Research” on Oct 19, 2019.
  • Prof. Thompson submitted a grant proposal to NIH to develop a new instrument for collecting ultrahigh resolution (<0.001 cm-1) mid-IR spectra of biomolecules for structural characterization.
  • Prof. Mechref chaired an NIH S10 study section panel (ZRG1 BCMB-T (30) I) October 7, Baltimore, MD.
  • Prof. Mechref Chaired an NIH S10 study section panel (ZRG1 BCMB-P (07) S) October 8, Baltimore, MD.
  • Prof. Mechref participated in an NIH Enabling Bioanalytical and Imaging Technologies (EBIT) study section panel, October 10-11, Washington DC. Prof. Mechref is a standing member of the EBIT study section panel.
  • Prof. Mechref reviewed for the Fund for Scientific Research (FNRS), October 9, Brussels, Belgium.

Departmental News

  • Prof. Hase was invited to visit the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Brigham Young University on September 24, 2019 by their Graduate Student Organization. The title of his lecture was "Direct Dynamics Simulations of Gas-Phase SN2 Nucleophilic Substitution Reactions. Atomistic Dynamics, Reaction Mechanisms, and Comparisons with Experiments".
  • Prof. Poirier (together with Prof. Myounghwan Kim of the physics department) is the TTU representative at the kickoff meeting of the Texas Quantum Institute—a consortium of Texas universities (primarily Rice and U Texas) seeking to establish a major quantum computing center in the state of Texas. Prof. Poirier will give a presentation entitled “Texas Tech Quantum Research” on Oct 19, 2019.
  • Prof. Thompson submitted a grant proposal to NIH to develop a new instrument for collecting ultrahigh resolution (<0.001 cm-1) mid-IR spectra of biomolecules for structural characterization.
  • Prof. Mechref chaired an NIH S10 study section panel (ZRG1 BCMB-T (30) I) October 7, Baltimore, MD.
  • Prof. Mechref Chaired an NIH S10 study section panel (ZRG1 BCMB-P (07) S) October 8, Baltimore, MD.
  • Prof. Mechref participated in an NIH Enabling Bioanalytical and Imaging Technologies (EBIT) study section panel, October 10-11, Washington DC. Prof. Mechref is a standing member of the EBIT study section panel.
  • Prof. Mechref reviewed for the Fund for Scientific Research (FNRS), October 9, Brussels, Belgium.

Departmental News

  • Prof. Hase was invited to visit the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Brigham Young University on September 24, 2019 by their Graduate Student Organization. The title of his lecture was "Direct Dynamics Simulations of Gas-Phase SN2 Nucleophilic Substitution Reactions. Atomistic Dynamics, Reaction Mechanisms, and Comparisons with Experiments".
  • Prof. Poirier (together with Prof. Myounghwan Kim of the physics department) is the TTU representative at the kickoff meeting of the Texas Quantum Institute—a consortium of Texas universities (primarily Rice and U Texas) seeking to establish a major quantum computing center in the state of Texas. Prof. Poirier will give a presentation entitled “Texas Tech Quantum Research” on Oct 19, 2019.
  • Prof. Thompson submitted a grant proposal to NIH to develop a new instrument for collecting ultrahigh resolution (<0.001 cm-1) mid-IR spectra of biomolecules for structural characterization.
  • Prof. Mechref chaired an NIH S10 study section panel (ZRG1 BCMB-T (30) I) October 7, Baltimore, MD.
  • Prof. Mechref Chaired an NIH S10 study section panel (ZRG1 BCMB-P (07) S) October 8, Baltimore, MD.
  • Prof. Mechref participated in an NIH Enabling Bioanalytical and Imaging Technologies (EBIT) study section panel, October 10-11, Washington DC. Prof. Mechref is a standing member of the EBIT study section panel.
  • Prof. Mechref reviewed for the Fund for Scientific Research (FNRS), October 9, Brussels, Belgium.

Departmental News

  • Prof. Hase was invited to visit the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Brigham Young University on September 24, 2019 by their Graduate Student Organization. The title of his lecture was "Direct Dynamics Simulations of Gas-Phase SN2 Nucleophilic Substitution Reactions. Atomistic Dynamics, Reaction Mechanisms, and Comparisons with Experiments".
  • Prof. Poirier (together with Prof. Myounghwan Kim of the physics department) is the TTU representative at the kickoff meeting of the Texas Quantum Institute—a consortium of Texas universities (primarily Rice and U Texas) seeking to establish a major quantum computing center in the state of Texas. Prof. Poirier will give a presentation entitled “Texas Tech Quantum Research” on Oct 19, 2019.
  • Prof. Thompson submitted a grant proposal to NIH to develop a new instrument for collecting ultrahigh resolution (<0.001 cm-1) mid-IR spectra of biomolecules for structural characterization.
  • Prof. Mechref chaired an NIH S10 study section panel (ZRG1 BCMB-T (30) I) October 7, Baltimore, MD.
  • Prof. Mechref Chaired an NIH S10 study section panel (ZRG1 BCMB-P (07) S) October 8, Baltimore, MD.
  • Prof. Mechref participated in an NIH Enabling Bioanalytical and Imaging Technologies (EBIT) study section panel, October 10-11, Washington DC. Prof. Mechref is a standing member of the EBIT study section panel.
  • Prof. Mechref reviewed for the Fund for Scientific Research (FNRS), October 9, Brussels, Belgium.



Awards and Accolades

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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Pappas Prof. Pappas has received a grant titled "Nanoparticle Probes for Super-Resolution Imaging of Transferrin Receptors” from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for three years. The total funding of the award is $389,963.
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Mayer Prof. D. Casadonte was selected as a member of the 2019 class of Fellows of the American Chemical Society.
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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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