Texas Tech University

 
 
 
 
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 Hydroboration of Alkenes and Alkynes Employing Earth Abundant Metal Catalysts
Triple-Pnictogen Bonding as a Tool for Supramolecular Assembly
Polynuclear lanthanidediketonato clusters for the catalytic hydroboration of carboxamides and esters
Emergence and Applications of Base Metals (Fe, Co, and Ni) in Hydroboration and Hydrosilylation 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

  • Ms. InEyes Johnson received a Master’s in interdisciplinary sciences degree at Texas Tech University.
  • Prof. Findlater served on two special NIH panels: ZRG1 F04A-D (20) and ZRG1 F04A-B (07)
  • Dr. Hans Lischka organized the Advanced Quantum Chemistry (COLUMBUS) workshop in Brazil with 50 participants in University of Paraíba, João Pessoa, Brazil during Nov. 7-9, 2019.
  • Prof. Wylie is editing a special issue of Biomolecules (Impact Factor 4.7), to be published in early 2020. "Advances in Membrane Proteins" Manuscript review and acceptance is underway.
  • Prof. Wylie’s research group was selected as both an user and collaborator of the National High Field NMR Lab (MagLab). Dr. Wylie spent a week running high field SSNMR on site, and is approved to run high field instruments remotely.
  • Prof. Korzeniewski has been invited to serve on the editorial advisory board for the journal ACS Applied Energy Materials.
  • Prof. Korzeniewski has become a member of the advisory committee for the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Chemical Transformations Initiative.
  • Charles Pfeiffer, from Utah, will be joining our Department from January 2nd, 2020 as a new machinist.
  • Dujuan Meng, a member of Prof. Quitevis’s group presented a contributed talk entitled, “Intermolecular dynamics of mixtures of 1-methyl-3-pentylimidazolium bis[(trifluoromethane)sulfonyl]amide and hexanenitrile studied by optical heterodyne-detected Raman-induced Kerr effect spectroscopy” at ACS Southwest Region Meeting and Rocky Mountain Regional Meeting in El Paso, TX, November 2019
  • Prof. Quitevis gave an invited talk titled, "Local structure and intermolecular dynamics of mixtures of CS2 and ionic liquids: Femtosecond OHD-RIKES measurements and molecular dynamics simulations", at the Ultrafast Processes in Chemistry : To Picosecond and Below Symposium, at the ACS Southwest Region Meeting and Rocky Mountain Regional Meeting in El Paso, TX on November 14, 2019.
  • Prof. Hutchins gave an invited lecture titled "Molecular Motion, Phase Transitions, and Thermal Expansion Properties of Organic Crystals", at the ACS Southwest and Rocky Mountain Regional Meeting in El Paso, TX on November 15, 2019.
  • Daniel Loya, a member of Prof. Hutchins group gave an oral presentation, "Synthesis of the first co-crystals and salts containing the pharmaceutical bezafibrate" at ACS SWRM-RMRM in El Paso, TX on November 14-15, 2019
  • Navkiran Juneja, from Prof. Hutchins group presented a poster, "Pedal motion and thermal expansion properties of imine-based crystals" at ACS SWRM-RMRM in El Paso, TX on November 14-15, 2019
  • Prof. Wylie gave a talk at the Southeastern Magnetic Resonance Conference (SEMRC) at the University of Florida, entitled: "Solid-state NMR studies of Kir channel-lipid interactions." Oct. 25th, 2019.
  • Prof. Wylie gave an invited talk at North Carolina State University entitled: "Solid-state NMR studies of Kir channel-lipid interactions and the fibrillation of functional amyloids in the epididymis." Oct. 29th, 2019.
  • Prof. Wylie gave an invited talk at The Great Plains Regional Annual Symposium on Protein and Biomolecular NMR (GRASP) entitled: "Solid-state NMR studies of Kir channel-lipid interactions and the fibrillation of functional amyloids in the epididymis." Nov. 22, 2019.
  • Dr. Hans Lischka gave plenary lecture, titled "Why and how to perform efficient multireference calculations for polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons", at the Brazilian Symposium on Theoretical Chemistry (SBQT), Nov.1—14, 2019, João Pessoa, Paraíba, Brazil
  • Prof. Krempner gave an invited talk entitled: "Inter- and Intramolecular “Inverse” Frustrated Lewis Pairs – Catalysis and Small Molecule Activation" at the Symposium "New Directions in Metal-Mediated Conversions for Fuels & Feedstocks", 2019 ACS SWRM/RMRM.
  • Prof. Korzeniewski gave an invited presentation "Probing buried interfaces within bipolar and graphene-sandwich membranes for electrochemical energy conversion" at the 2019 ACS Southwest Regional Meeting
  • Together with international collaborators Attila Császár (ELTE, Budapest) and Jonathan Tennyson (University College, London), Prof. Bill Poirier organized the 2019 MolSSI Workshop on Rovibrational Molecular Spectroscopy at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA, on Nov. 14 and 15. Full support for the meeting was provided by MolSSI—the NSF-funded Molecular Sciences Software Institute. Both Prof. Poirier himself and his postdoc, János Sarka, gave presentations.

Departmental News

  • Ms. InEyes Johnson received a Master’s in interdisciplinary sciences degree at Texas Tech University.
  • Prof. Findlater served on two special NIH panels: ZRG1 F04A-D (20) and ZRG1 F04A-B (07)
  • Dr. Hans Lischka organized the Advanced Quantum Chemistry (COLUMBUS) workshop in Brazil with 50 participants in University of Paraíba, João Pessoa, Brazil during Nov. 7-9, 2019.
  • Prof. Wylie is editing a special issue of Biomolecules (Impact Factor 4.7), to be published in early 2020. "Advances in Membrane Proteins" Manuscript review and acceptance is underway.
  • Prof. Wylie’s research group was selected as both an user and collaborator of the National High Field NMR Lab (MagLab). Dr. Wylie spent a week running high field SSNMR on site, and is approved to run high field instruments remotely.
  • Prof. Korzeniewski has been invited to serve on the editorial advisory board for the journal ACS Applied Energy Materials.
  • Prof. Korzeniewski has become a member of the advisory committee for the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Chemical Transformations Initiative.
  • Charles Pfeiffer, from Utah, will be joining our Department from January 2nd, 2020 as a new machinist.
  • Dujuan Meng, a member of Prof. Quitevis’s group presented a contributed talk entitled, “Intermolecular dynamics of mixtures of 1-methyl-3-pentylimidazolium bis[(trifluoromethane)sulfonyl]amide and hexanenitrile studied by optical heterodyne-detected Raman-induced Kerr effect spectroscopy” at ACS Southwest Region Meeting and Rocky Mountain Regional Meeting in El Paso, TX, November 2019
  • Prof. Quitevis gave an invited talk titled, "Local structure and intermolecular dynamics of mixtures of CS2 and ionic liquids: Femtosecond OHD-RIKES measurements and molecular dynamics simulations", at the Ultrafast Processes in Chemistry : To Picosecond and Below Symposium, at the ACS Southwest Region Meeting and Rocky Mountain Regional Meeting in El Paso, TX on November 14, 2019.
  • Prof. Hutchins gave an invited lecture titled "Molecular Motion, Phase Transitions, and Thermal Expansion Properties of Organic Crystals", at the ACS Southwest and Rocky Mountain Regional Meeting in El Paso, TX on November 15, 2019.
  • Daniel Loya, a member of Prof. Hutchins group gave an oral presentation, "Synthesis of the first co-crystals and salts containing the pharmaceutical bezafibrate" at ACS SWRM-RMRM in El Paso, TX on November 14-15, 2019
  • Navkiran Juneja, from Prof. Hutchins group presented a poster, "Pedal motion and thermal expansion properties of imine-based crystals" at ACS SWRM-RMRM in El Paso, TX on November 14-15, 2019
  • Prof. Wylie gave a talk at the Southeastern Magnetic Resonance Conference (SEMRC) at the University of Florida, entitled: "Solid-state NMR studies of Kir channel-lipid interactions." Oct. 25th, 2019.
  • Prof. Wylie gave an invited talk at North Carolina State University entitled: "Solid-state NMR studies of Kir channel-lipid interactions and the fibrillation of functional amyloids in the epididymis." Oct. 29th, 2019.
  • Prof. Wylie gave an invited talk at The Great Plains Regional Annual Symposium on Protein and Biomolecular NMR (GRASP) entitled: "Solid-state NMR studies of Kir channel-lipid interactions and the fibrillation of functional amyloids in the epididymis." Nov. 22, 2019.
  • Dr. Hans Lischka gave plenary lecture, titled "Why and how to perform efficient multireference calculations for polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons", at the Brazilian Symposium on Theoretical Chemistry (SBQT), Nov.1—14, 2019, João Pessoa, Paraíba, Brazil
  • Prof. Krempner gave an invited talk entitled: "Inter- and Intramolecular “Inverse” Frustrated Lewis Pairs – Catalysis and Small Molecule Activation" at the Symposium "New Directions in Metal-Mediated Conversions for Fuels & Feedstocks", 2019 ACS SWRM/RMRM.
  • Prof. Korzeniewski gave an invited presentation "Probing buried interfaces within bipolar and graphene-sandwich membranes for electrochemical energy conversion" at the 2019 ACS Southwest Regional Meeting
  • Together with international collaborators Attila Császár (ELTE, Budapest) and Jonathan Tennyson (University College, London), Prof. Bill Poirier organized the 2019 MolSSI Workshop on Rovibrational Molecular Spectroscopy at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA, on Nov. 14 and 15. Full support for the meeting was provided by MolSSI—the NSF-funded Molecular Sciences Software Institute. Both Prof. Poirier himself and his postdoc, János Sarka, gave presentations.

Departmental News

  • Ms. InEyes Johnson received a Master’s in interdisciplinary sciences degree at Texas Tech University.
  • Prof. Findlater served on two special NIH panels: ZRG1 F04A-D (20) and ZRG1 F04A-B (07)
  • Dr. Hans Lischka organized the Advanced Quantum Chemistry (COLUMBUS) workshop in Brazil with 50 participants in University of Paraíba, João Pessoa, Brazil during Nov. 7-9, 2019.
  • Prof. Wylie is editing a special issue of Biomolecules (Impact Factor 4.7), to be published in early 2020. "Advances in Membrane Proteins" Manuscript review and acceptance is underway.
  • Prof. Wylie’s research group was selected as both an user and collaborator of the National High Field NMR Lab (MagLab). Dr. Wylie spent a week running high field SSNMR on site, and is approved to run high field instruments remotely.
  • Prof. Korzeniewski has been invited to serve on the editorial advisory board for the journal ACS Applied Energy Materials.
  • Prof. Korzeniewski has become a member of the advisory committee for the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Chemical Transformations Initiative.
  • Charles Pfeiffer, from Utah, will be joining our Department from January 2nd, 2020 as a new machinist.
  • Dujuan Meng, a member of Prof. Quitevis’s group presented a contributed talk entitled, “Intermolecular dynamics of mixtures of 1-methyl-3-pentylimidazolium bis[(trifluoromethane)sulfonyl]amide and hexanenitrile studied by optical heterodyne-detected Raman-induced Kerr effect spectroscopy” at ACS Southwest Region Meeting and Rocky Mountain Regional Meeting in El Paso, TX, November 2019
  • Prof. Quitevis gave an invited talk titled, "Local structure and intermolecular dynamics of mixtures of CS2 and ionic liquids: Femtosecond OHD-RIKES measurements and molecular dynamics simulations", at the Ultrafast Processes in Chemistry : To Picosecond and Below Symposium, at the ACS Southwest Region Meeting and Rocky Mountain Regional Meeting in El Paso, TX on November 14, 2019.
  • Prof. Hutchins gave an invited lecture titled "Molecular Motion, Phase Transitions, and Thermal Expansion Properties of Organic Crystals", at the ACS Southwest and Rocky Mountain Regional Meeting in El Paso, TX on November 15, 2019.
  • Daniel Loya, a member of Prof. Hutchins group gave an oral presentation, "Synthesis of the first co-crystals and salts containing the pharmaceutical bezafibrate" at ACS SWRM-RMRM in El Paso, TX on November 14-15, 2019
  • Navkiran Juneja, from Prof. Hutchins group presented a poster, "Pedal motion and thermal expansion properties of imine-based crystals" at ACS SWRM-RMRM in El Paso, TX on November 14-15, 2019
  • Prof. Wylie gave a talk at the Southeastern Magnetic Resonance Conference (SEMRC) at the University of Florida, entitled: "Solid-state NMR studies of Kir channel-lipid interactions." Oct. 25th, 2019.
  • Prof. Wylie gave an invited talk at North Carolina State University entitled: "Solid-state NMR studies of Kir channel-lipid interactions and the fibrillation of functional amyloids in the epididymis." Oct. 29th, 2019.
  • Prof. Wylie gave an invited talk at The Great Plains Regional Annual Symposium on Protein and Biomolecular NMR (GRASP) entitled: "Solid-state NMR studies of Kir channel-lipid interactions and the fibrillation of functional amyloids in the epididymis." Nov. 22, 2019.
  • Dr. Hans Lischka gave plenary lecture, titled "Why and how to perform efficient multireference calculations for polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons", at the Brazilian Symposium on Theoretical Chemistry (SBQT), Nov.1—14, 2019, João Pessoa, Paraíba, Brazil
  • Prof. Krempner gave an invited talk entitled: "Inter- and Intramolecular “Inverse” Frustrated Lewis Pairs – Catalysis and Small Molecule Activation" at the Symposium "New Directions in Metal-Mediated Conversions for Fuels & Feedstocks", 2019 ACS SWRM/RMRM.
  • Prof. Korzeniewski gave an invited presentation "Probing buried interfaces within bipolar and graphene-sandwich membranes for electrochemical energy conversion" at the 2019 ACS Southwest Regional Meeting
  • Together with international collaborators Attila Császár (ELTE, Budapest) and Jonathan Tennyson (University College, London), Prof. Bill Poirier organized the 2019 MolSSI Workshop on Rovibrational Molecular Spectroscopy at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA, on Nov. 14 and 15. Full support for the meeting was provided by MolSSI—the NSF-funded Molecular Sciences Software Institute. Both Prof. Poirier himself and his postdoc, János Sarka, gave presentations.

Departmental News

  • Ms. InEyes Johnson received a Master’s in interdisciplinary sciences degree at Texas Tech University.
  • Prof. Findlater served on two special NIH panels: ZRG1 F04A-D (20) and ZRG1 F04A-B (07)
  • Dr. Hans Lischka organized the Advanced Quantum Chemistry (COLUMBUS) workshop in Brazil with 50 participants in University of Paraíba, João Pessoa, Brazil during Nov. 7-9, 2019.
  • Prof. Wylie is editing a special issue of Biomolecules (Impact Factor 4.7), to be published in early 2020. "Advances in Membrane Proteins" Manuscript review and acceptance is underway.
  • Prof. Wylie’s research group was selected as both an user and collaborator of the National High Field NMR Lab (MagLab). Dr. Wylie spent a week running high field SSNMR on site, and is approved to run high field instruments remotely.
  • Prof. Korzeniewski has been invited to serve on the editorial advisory board for the journal ACS Applied Energy Materials.
  • Prof. Korzeniewski has become a member of the advisory committee for the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Chemical Transformations Initiative.
  • Charles Pfeiffer, from Utah, will be joining our Department from January 2nd, 2020 as a new machinist.
  • Dujuan Meng, a member of Prof. Quitevis’s group presented a contributed talk entitled, “Intermolecular dynamics of mixtures of 1-methyl-3-pentylimidazolium bis[(trifluoromethane)sulfonyl]amide and hexanenitrile studied by optical heterodyne-detected Raman-induced Kerr effect spectroscopy” at ACS Southwest Region Meeting and Rocky Mountain Regional Meeting in El Paso, TX, November 2019
  • Prof. Quitevis gave an invited talk titled, "Local structure and intermolecular dynamics of mixtures of CS2 and ionic liquids: Femtosecond OHD-RIKES measurements and molecular dynamics simulations", at the Ultrafast Processes in Chemistry : To Picosecond and Below Symposium, at the ACS Southwest Region Meeting and Rocky Mountain Regional Meeting in El Paso, TX on November 14, 2019.
  • Prof. Hutchins gave an invited lecture titled "Molecular Motion, Phase Transitions, and Thermal Expansion Properties of Organic Crystals", at the ACS Southwest and Rocky Mountain Regional Meeting in El Paso, TX on November 15, 2019.
  • Daniel Loya, a member of Prof. Hutchins group gave an oral presentation, "Synthesis of the first co-crystals and salts containing the pharmaceutical bezafibrate" at ACS SWRM-RMRM in El Paso, TX on November 14-15, 2019
  • Navkiran Juneja, from Prof. Hutchins group presented a poster, "Pedal motion and thermal expansion properties of imine-based crystals" at ACS SWRM-RMRM in El Paso, TX on November 14-15, 2019
  • Prof. Wylie gave a talk at the Southeastern Magnetic Resonance Conference (SEMRC) at the University of Florida, entitled: "Solid-state NMR studies of Kir channel-lipid interactions." Oct. 25th, 2019.
  • Prof. Wylie gave an invited talk at North Carolina State University entitled: "Solid-state NMR studies of Kir channel-lipid interactions and the fibrillation of functional amyloids in the epididymis." Oct. 29th, 2019.
  • Prof. Wylie gave an invited talk at The Great Plains Regional Annual Symposium on Protein and Biomolecular NMR (GRASP) entitled: "Solid-state NMR studies of Kir channel-lipid interactions and the fibrillation of functional amyloids in the epididymis." Nov. 22, 2019.
  • Dr. Hans Lischka gave plenary lecture, titled "Why and how to perform efficient multireference calculations for polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons", at the Brazilian Symposium on Theoretical Chemistry (SBQT), Nov.1—14, 2019, João Pessoa, Paraíba, Brazil
  • Prof. Krempner gave an invited talk entitled: "Inter- and Intramolecular “Inverse” Frustrated Lewis Pairs – Catalysis and Small Molecule Activation" at the Symposium "New Directions in Metal-Mediated Conversions for Fuels & Feedstocks", 2019 ACS SWRM/RMRM.
  • Prof. Korzeniewski gave an invited presentation "Probing buried interfaces within bipolar and graphene-sandwich membranes for electrochemical energy conversion" at the 2019 ACS Southwest Regional Meeting
  • Together with international collaborators Attila Császár (ELTE, Budapest) and Jonathan Tennyson (University College, London), Prof. Bill Poirier organized the 2019 MolSSI Workshop on Rovibrational Molecular Spectroscopy at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA, on Nov. 14 and 15. Full support for the meeting was provided by MolSSI—the NSF-funded Molecular Sciences Software Institute. Both Prof. Poirier himself and his postdoc, János Sarka, gave presentations.



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.
Learn More

CasadonteProf. Dominick Casadonte, has been awarded the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring, according to the White House website
Learn More

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.
Learn More

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.
Learn More

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.
Learn More

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
Learn More

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.
Learn More

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.'
Learn More

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. 
Learn More

Our Vision


ChemistryThe Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry is committed to providing high quality education in the chemical and biochemical sciences for undergraduate and graduate students, producing research contributions that are recognized nationally and internationally, and making service contributions at all levels.

ACS Approved Chemistry Program Logo

Upcoming Events


Thursday, January 23rd, 2020
•  DEPARTMENTAL SEMINAR
     Prof. Wenfang Sun

Monday, January 27th, 2020
•  DEPARTMENTAL SEMINAR
     Prof. Nancy Xu

Wednesday, January 29th, 2020
•  DEPARTMENTAL SEMINAR
     Prof. Leonard Mueller

Thursday, January 30th, 2020
•  DEPARTMENTAL SEMINAR
     Prof. Li Jia

ChemBio facebook logoTTUCHEMBIO
ChemBio facebook logo@TTUChem (Undergraduate)
ChemBio facebook logo@TTUChemGrad (Graduate)

 

Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry