Dr. Dimitri Pappas has been appointed Acting Chair of the Department through the end of the December. The department has begun its search for its next department chair.
János Sarka presented for Dr. Bill Poirier, "Hitting the Trifecta: How to simultaneously push the limits of Schrodinger solution with respect to system size, convergence accuracy, and number of computed states," Invited Oral Presentation, 16th International Workshop on Quantum Reactive Scattering (QRS22), September 6, 2022, Balatonfoldvar, Hungary
Dr. Kristin Hutchins delivered an invited lecture for the Welch Summer Scholars Public Seminar Program on July 27, 2022 titled: "Using mechanical force to address challenges in the pharmaceutical industry."
Dr. Kristin Hutchins delivered an invited lecture for the NSF Center for the Mechanical Control of Chemistry Mechanochemistry Discussions on July 21, 2022 titled: "Mechanochemistry as a tool for facilitating crystallization and synthesis of multi-component solids." The lecture was live streamed on YouTube and the recording is available here: Dr. Hutchins' Lecture
Tessa Hoang, Janos Sarka, Mahdi Aarabi, and Bill Poirier, "A 2-D Potential Energy Surface study of the Dynamical Rotation of the Dihydrogen Ligand in the FeH(H2)(PEtPh2)3]+ Coordination Complex", TTU TrUE (Transformative Undergraduate Experiences) Symposium
Prof. Carol Korzeniewski gave the presentation "Probing Composition at the Polymer-Polymer Interface within Bipolar Membranes" (poster with Jiahe Xu as co-author) at the Electrochemistry Gordon Research Conference, held Sept. 11-16 in Ventura, CA, and was Discussion Leader for the Session on Electroanalytical Modalities.
Jiahe Xu, who is apart of the Dr. Korzeniewski group, gave the oral presentation “In-Situ Studies of Structure and Composition at Electrode-Electrolyte Interfaces” in the Symposium on In situ Characterization of Electrochemical Interfaces using X-rays, Electrons, and Neutrons at the 73rd Annual Meeting of the International Society of Electrochemistry held virtually during Sept. 12-16, 2022.
Dr. Poirier’s quantum startup company, Quantum Galaxies, has been selected among a handful of others from the Creative Destruction Labs (CDL) "Quantum Boot Camp" to take part in the final stage, the "CDL Quantum Incubator" program. This is an intense, year-long program where CDL concentrates on developing your specific startup to make it commercially viable—while also establishing connections with other quantum companies, clients, investors, and venture capitalists.
Dr. Yehia Mechref has been name the Robert A. Welch Chair of Chemistry at Texas Tech
University. Congratulations to Yehia on this milestone and the recognition of his
Dr. Kristin Hutchins was selected as Texas Tech's 2022 Emerging Inventor of the Year.
The award recognizes one faculty member each from TTU and TTUHSC who have recently
disclosed at least one invention while an assistant professor. This is the inaugural
Dr. Weber is a Co-PI/subcontractor on a 4-year NIH R01 to TTUHSC. The total award
is for $1,240,000, the TTU portion is $113,000.
Dr. Wylie received $119,868 from the National Institutes of Health/University of Florida
for his project “Membranes of the Dental Pathogen Streptococcus Mutans”.
Prof. Clemens Krempner has won a $510K renewal of his DOE grant, “INVERSE Frustrated
Lewis Pairs as Transition Metal Free Catalysts for the Hydrogenation of Organic Carbonyl
Compounds, CO2 and CO”, for an additional three years.
The following students are the winners from each division for the departmental poster
session. (Note: there was no poster submitted for judging from the biochem division).
Each winner received $500.+ See WinnersAnalytical - Akeem Sanni (Mechref Group)Biochem - N/AInorganic - Olivia Villanueva (Cozzolino Group)Organic - Ferley Orozco (Kristufek Group)Physical - Mahdi Aarabi (Poirier Group)
Mona Goli (graduate student in Prof. Mechref's group) received the 2022 Ming Sun Family Graduate Research Award , was selected to receive
a Texas Tech University Graduate School Doctoral Dissertation Completion Fellowship
for the 2022-2023 academic year.
Aiying Yu (graduate student in Prof. Mechref's group) received the 2022 Ginny Shen Lin's Scholarship.
Aiying Yu (graduate student in Prof. Mechref's group) received the 2022 CGSO Scholarships.
Dr. Andrew Cho (a former graduate student of Prof. Mechref's group) co-shared the 2022 Song Prize for the Best Ph.D. Dissertation in the Department
of Chemistry and Biochemistry
The 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.
The Bill Hase Memorial Scholarship continues to receive a steady flow of donations,
with 21 new non-anonymous donors having contributed since November, 2021. These come
from around the country and around the world—and of course, from TTU. Click here for more details.
Wednesday, October 5th, 2022• SHINE TECHNICAL SEMINAR Prof. Marisa Kozlowski• SHINE PUBLIC SEMINAR Prof. Marisa KozlowskiWednesday, October 12th, 2022• DEPARTMENTAL SEMINAR Prof. Tendai Gadzikwa
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