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Faculty Positions Available High-Throughput Single-Pixel Spectral Imaging System For Glow Discharge Optical Emission Spectrometry Elemental Mapping Enabled by Compressed Sensing Quantitative Analysis of Exhaled Breath Collected on Filter Substrates via Low-Temperature Plasma Desorption/Ionization Mass Spectrometry
A Non-relativistic Approach to Relativistic Quantum 
Mechanics: The Case of the Harmonic Oscillator Asymmetric Domino-Annulation Reaction of Chiral Salicyl N- Phosphonyl Imines with Bromomalonates for the Synthesis of Functionalized 2,3-Dihydrobenzofurans Facilitated by Group-Assisted Purification Chemistry Asymmetric Catalytic Approach to Multilayer 3D Chirality Field-Switching Repeller Flowing Atmospheric-Pressure Afterglow Drift Tube Ion Mobility Spectrometry Early History of the Department

Departmental News

  • 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.

Departmental News

  • 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.

Departmental News

  • 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.

Departmental News

  • 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.



Awards and Accolades

Dr. MechrefDr. 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 research.

Dr. HutchinsDr. 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 award year.

Dr. WeberDr. 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. WylieDr. Wylie received $119,868 from the National Institutes of Health/University of Florida for his project “Membranes of the Dental Pathogen Streptococcus Mutans”.

Dr. KrempnerProf. 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.

Additional Departmental News


Student Highlights

Trophies 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 Winners

Trophies 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.

Trophies Aiying Yu (graduate student in Prof. Mechref's group) received the 2022 Ginny Shen Lin's Scholarship.

Trophies Aiying Yu (graduate student in Prof. Mechref's group) received the 2022 CGSO Scholarships.

Trophies 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

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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.

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ChemistryThe 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.

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