Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
News and Events
DFW Young Investigator's Symposium ACS-DFW January Meeting Professor Rasika Dias (Chair, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, UT Arlington), Professor Frank Foss (Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, UT Arlington) and Patty Wisian-Neilson (Professor, Department of Chemistry, Southern Methodist University) organized the DFW Young Investigator’s Symposium and ACS DFW section Meeting, which was held at the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at UT Arlington on Saturday, January 25, 2014. It was successful event with about sixty attendees representing most of the DFW area universities and Chemistry departments. Twelve Assistant Professors gave oral and poster presentations at the symposium. Seven postdoctoral scientists also discussed their research findings.
UT Arlington Problem Structures Workshop - 2013 Professor Rasika Dias (Chair, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, UT Arlington) and Dr. Dan Frankel (Bruker AXS) organized a Problem Structures Workshop at UT Arlington on small molecule X-ray crystallography, which was held in the W. A. Baker Chemistry Research Building on Saturday, November 2, 2013. It was well attended by closer to thirty participants from several universities including the University of Texas at Arlington, Texas A&M University at College Station, Texas Christian University, The University of Texas at Dallas, and University of North Texas. Dr. Charles Campana (Bruker AXS) and Dr. Joseph Reibenspies (Texas A&M) conducted the workshop and discussed various challenges and problems encountered during the X-ray structure solution and data analysis of small molecules.
Crandell Lecture in Chemistry and Biochemistry The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at UT Arlington launched the “Crandell Lecture in Chemistry and Biochemistry” recently, which was sponsored by a generous endowment established by Keith Crandell. Drs. Ravishankara and Eisenberg gave the inaugural talks (see below for details) which were attended by a very large group of students and faculty. Crandell Lecture will be an annual event organized by our department.
Friday, Sept. 6, 2013 — “Keeping Cool With HFCs: Science Behind Their Present and Future Use” by A. R. Ravishankara, NOAA Senior Scientist and Director of NOAA Boulder Laboratory, Chemical Sciences Division of the NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory at the University of Colorado, Boulder; Host: Purnendu Dasgupta
Friday, Oct. 18, 2013 — “Fuel from Water: The Light-Driven Generation of Hydrogen” by Richard Eisenberg, the Tracy H. Harris Professor of Chemistry at the University of Rochester; Host: Rasika Dias
Professor Peter Kroll received two new grants to develop methods and investigate extremely hard materials and high-temperature resistant coatings. DARPA sponsors the project "Cubic Boron Nitride: a Model for Extended Solids processing". NSF sponsored the project "Multiscale Design of Hard and High Temperature Resistant Coatings by Computation and Experiment" Congratulations Dr. Kroll. Read more
National Science Foundation grant awarded to Drs. Fred MacDonnell and Norma Tacconi. Their project is on “Deep Photochemical Reduction of Carbon Dioxide to Methanol”. Congratulations Drs. MacDonnell and Tacconi. Read more about Dr. MacDonnell Research
National Science Foundation grant awarded to Drs. Krishnan Rajeshwar and Frank Foss. Their project is on “International Collaboration in Chemistry: Bioinspired Heterogeneous Photocatalyst Assemblies”. Congratulations Drs. Rajeshwar and Foss.Read more about Dr. Rajeshwar Research, Read more about Dr. Foss Research
National Science Foundation grant awarded to Dr. Rasika Dias, to research on ” Organometallic Complexes of Late D-block Elements and Pi-acid Ligands: Congratulations Dr. Dias. Read more about Dr. Dias Research
Dr. Kevin Schug is awarded grant from the University of Washington, to research on “Determination of Estrogens in Cereprospinal Fluid”. Congratulations Dr. Schug. Read more about Dr. Schug Research
Congratulations Professor Dan Armstrong for winning the 2014 ACS Award in Separations Science and Technology. Read more
The Electrochemical Society elects Professor Krishnan Rajeshwar as vice president. Read more
Chemistry and Biochemistry undergrad recognized for “green chemistry”. Read more
Congratulations Professor Seiichiro Tanizaki. Dr. Tanizaki is the recipient of the 2013 University of Texas system Regents' Outstanding Teaching Award. Read more
Congratulations to Professor Daniel Armstrong for his recent recognition as the 2013 American Chemical Society (ACS) Fellow. This recognition is for his innovative achievements in the lab as well as his effective and engaging outreach projects. Read more
Congratulations to Drs. Dasgupta, Pierce, and Mandal for receiving following awards from the University of Texas at Arlington in 2013.
Purnendu Dasgupta: Award for Outstanding Research
Brad Pierce: Award for Outstanding Teaching
Subhra Mandal: COS Outstanding Research Award
Professor Zoltan A. Schelly receives 2012 Kerr Medal for work in electro-optics. The Kerr Medal, named for Scottish physicist John Kerr, has been awarded only eight times in the past 38 years. Kerr Medal
Congratulations to Dr. Brad Pierce for winning a three-year, $300,000 National Science Foundations Research Grant. Dr. Pierce will study a new class of enzymes that are catalysts for the oxidation, or breaking down, of sulfur-bearing molecules in the body.Faculty profile
UT Arlington's research expenditures have more than doubled in the past 5 years.