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The department celebrated their centennial during Academic Year 2015-16.  Here is the link to see the archived details.

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Toledo offers both undergraduate and graduate programs for students with a passion for understanding the chemistry of the world around them. These programs include Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees in both Chemistry and Biochemistry as well as Masters and Doctoral programs.

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Departmental News

04/2017

University of Toledo Grants Programs

Wei Li  Summer Research Award and Fellowship, Conversion of Feedstock Chemicals to Medicinally Relevant Structures

Tim Mueser, deArce-Koch Memorial Endowment Fund, Development of a High-Throughput Assay for Aminoacyl-tRNA Synthetase Inhibition

Joe Schmidt, Summer Research Award and Fellowship, The First Nickel Catalysts for Enantioselective Allene Hydroamination

04/2017

Ahmad Rohani Far was awarded a travel award from the Toledo Local Section of the ACS to present his research at the 2017 Pittsburgh Conference and Exhibition in Chicago in March.

04/2017

Amila Devasurendra was awarded a Society of Electroanalytical Chemistry travel award to present his research at the 2017 Pittsburgh Conference and Exhibition in Chicago in March.

04/2017

Tim Mueser and Connie Schall received a 2-year grant from NASA entitled Microgravity Crystal Growth for Improvement in Neutron Diffraction and the Analysis of Protein Complexes

04/2017

Michael Young receives a five-year award for his project Rapid and Economic Synthesis of Next Generation Herbicides via CarbonDioxide-Directed C-H Bond Functionalization from the Herman Frasch Foundation for Chemical Research.  The grant will begin July 5, 2017.

04/2017

Congratulations to Fatemeh (Yasaman) Saleh on her admission to the ACS Summer School for Green Chemistry and Sustainable Energy.  The summer school will be held at the Colorado School of Mines on June 20-27 with funding for the program provided by the ACS Petroleum Research Fund and the American Chemical Society.  The SGCE is partially supporting travel costs.  Yasaman is a doctoral student of Dr. Mark Mason.

04/2017

Congratulations to Prof. Peter R. Andreana for being awarded the President's Award for Excellence in Grantsmanship.  The award was given at a small reception at President Gabor's house.

04/2017

Amila Devasurendra (Ph.D. candidate, Kirchhoff) was awarded a Society of Electroanalytical Chemistry travel award to present his research at the 2017 Pittsburgh Conference and Exhibition in Chicago, IL in March 2017.

03/2017

A news story about Professor Don Ronning's NASA supported research and Neutron diffraction studies was shown on NBC 24 news. A link to the video can be found here. The following is a link to the University of Toledo press release.

03/2017

Professor Andy Jorgensen receives the Edith Rathbun Award for Excellence in Outreach and Engagement at The University of Toledo.  Congratulations Andy!

02/2017

Professor Mark Mason was awarded a $50,000 NSF I-Corps grant on New Catalysts for Chemicals Production.  The award provides access to a customer discovery/commercialization curriculum and mentoring by a team of entrepreneurs.  The grant also provides travel funds in support of the customer discovery process and to aid determination of the commercial potential for catalysts developed and patented by the Mason group.  The NSF I-Corps team is comprised of Professor Mason (PI), Morteza Jandaghi (Entrepreneurial Lead), and Karl Schneider (Mentor).

02/2017

Professor Ronning's recent work using Neutron diffraction to better understand enzyme function has been highlighted on both the Oak Ridge National Lab News site and the ORNL Neutrons site.

01/2017

Congratulations to Dr. K. Kirschbaum for publishing in Science!  The publication is based on the crystal structure of Au246 measured and solved here at U Toledo.  C. Zeng, Y. Chen, K. Kirschbaum, K. J. Lambright, R. Jin  Emergence of hierarchical structural complexities in nanoparticles and their assembly  Science  2016, 354, 1580-1584.

01/2017

Warmest wishes to all for a Happy New Year in 2017!

12/2016

Congratulations to our colleague, Dr. Nina McClelland, who has been named the recipient of the Henry A. Hill Award from the ACS Division of Professional Chemistry.  

Nina’s distinguished career and her impact on our profession certainly makes her an outstanding representative for this national award, which recognizes distinguished service to the profession.  This is a proud moment for all of us who know her and have been touched by her passion for science and The University of Toledo.

She will receive her award at the ACS meeting in San Francisco in April.

12/2016

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11/2016

Badri Bhattarai (Graduate Student, Bigioni group) has been named a 2016 Ciba Travel Award in Green Chemistry winner.   He is the third UT student since 2011 to receive such an award and 2 from the Chemistry & Biochemistry Department.  The award is sponsored by the ACS Green Chemistry Institute and provides travel funds for students “to  attend  an  American Chemical Society meeting, conference, or training program having a significant green chemistry or sustainability component.”

11/2016

Prof. Peter Andreana has been elected as the Chair Elect of the Carbohydrate Division of the American Chemical Society.  Peter begins his three-year term as Chair-Elect, Chair, and Past Chair on January 1, 2017.

11/2016

The Student ACS Chapter received the award of Outstanding for their 2015/2016 events and outreach, and also received the Green Chemistry award.  They will receive their awards at the Spring ACS meeting.

11/2016

Congratulations to Prof. Ronning, who along with members of his group, just published their work on understanding Neutron structures of the Helicobacter pylori 5′-methylthioadenosine nucleosidase in the prestigious journal PNAS.

11/2016

Congratulations to Prof. Karunarathne, who along with members of his group, just published their work on understanding G-protein activity in the prestigious journal ACS Analytical Chemistry.

11/2016

Student Union renamed Lancelot Thompson Student Union.  More information can be found here. 

10/2016

Congratulations are in order for Prof. Andreana, who along with Mengchao Shi, Kris Kleski. Kevin Trabbic and Jean-Paul Bourgault, published their work on tumor-associated carbohydrate-based vaccine development in JACS.

10/2016

In a follow-up to news from 9/2016 and the passing of Dr. Lancelot (Lance) Thompson, here is a video link to the memorial service for Prof. Thompson.

10/2016

The department extends their deepest sympathies to the family of Dr. John Chrysochoos who passed away on October 23, 2016.  He was a Professor Emeritus in the department.  His career began at UT in 1967 and he retired in 2003.  He was Chair of the department from 1993-94.  His obituary can be found here.

10/2016

The UT SGCE partnered with the U.S. EPA, Ohio EPA, and Spartan Chemical to host a webinar on Green Chemistry, Safer Choices. The webinar is archived and can be accessed at the School of Green Chemistry and Engineering website for those who missed it.

10/2016

It brings the department great honor to note that Dr. Ann Marteel-Parrish (UT Chemistry PhD 2003) is the 2016 Outstanding Alumna for the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics.  Please click here for the full announcement and a mini-biosketch!

10/2016

Congratulations to this year's Chemistry Nobel Laureates!  One in particular, Jean-Pierre Sauvage, from the University of Strasbourg, France has a special link to our own chairman, Jon Kirchhoff.  While Jon was a graduate student he published three papers in collaboration with Dr. Sauvage.

1.  Bis(2,9-diphenyl-1,10-phenanthroline)copper(I):  A Copper Complex with a Long-Lived Charge-Transfer Excited State.  Dietrich-Buchecker, C.O.; Marnot, P.A.; Sauvage, J-P.; Kirchhoff, J.R.; McMillin, D.R. J. Chem. Soc., Chem. Commun. 1983, 10, 513-515.

2.  Photochemistry and Photophysics of Bis(terpyridyl) Complexes of Ru(II) in Fluid Solution.  Evidence for the Formation of an h2-Diphenylterpyridine Complex.   Kirchhoff, J.R.; McMillin, D.R.; Marnot, P.A.; Sauvage, J-P. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 1985, 107, 1138-1141.

3.  Charge-Transfer Absorption and Emission of Cu(NN)2+ Systems.  Ichinaga, A.K.; Kirchhoff, J.R.; McMillin, D.R.; Dietrich-Buchecker, C.O.; Marnot, P.A.; Sauvage, J-P. Inorg. Chem. 1987, 26, 4290-4292.

See the link for further information about the 2016 Nobel Laureats:  https://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/chemistry/laureates/2016/press.html

9/2016

Our sincerest condolences to the family and friends of Dr. Lancelot Thompson who passed away on September 10, 2016 at the age of 91.  Dr. Thompson was a trailblazing professor at the University of Toledo and was a member of our department starting from 1958.  His legacy will live on here at the University of Toledo and you can read more about Dr. Thompson by clicking here.

President Sharon Gaber, announced the UT Student Union will be renamed and known as the Lancelot Thompson Student Union.  This is a tremendous honor for dear friend and former colleague.  Please see the brief article describing this honor by clicking here.

9/2016

Congratulations are in order for Steven Dajnowicz from Tim Mueser’s laboratory on receiving a 3-year fellowship totaling $180,000 from Oak Ridge National Laboratories to pursue his dissertation research on the Neutron Diffraction Studies of PLP Dependent Enzymes at Oak Ridge.

9/2016

Congratulations are in order for Dr. Don Ronning for receiving a $91,200 supplement to his current NIH-R01 grant from the NIAID.  This supplement allows the Ronning Labs to purchase additional instrumentation for their work focusing on Mycobacterial trehalose metabolism.

9/2016

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry is pleased to announce that this year we will be looking to fill an Analytical Chemistry position.  For more information pertaining to this exciting opportunity, please click here for the official announcement.

8/2016

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry welcomes this year's incoming class of 13 Graduate Students!

8/2016

Dr. Michael Young begins his career at the University of Toledo as an Assistant Professor!  More information about Dr. Young can be found here.

8/2016

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry welcomes Dr. Samantha Schachermeyer as a Visiting Assistant Professor!  Her office can be located in BO 2036.

7/2016

Prof. Peter R. Andreana was unanimously elected Treasurer/Secretary of the United States Advisory Committee for the International Carbohydrate Symposium. Congratulations!

7/2016

Prof. Ajith Karunarathne and his graduate student, Kasun Ratnayake on the publication of their collaborative work entitled Facilitation of TRPV4 by TRPV1 is required for itch transmission in some sensory neuron populations in the journal Science Signaling (Sci. Signal.9, ra71 (2016).

7/2016

Congratulations are in order for Prof. Jianglong Zhu (co-PI) who together with David Kennedy (PI), Bruce Levison (co-PI), Steven Haller (co-PI), and  Jiang Tian (co-PI) received a University of Toledo Interdisciplinary Research Initiation Award entitled Counter Regulatory Mechanisms of Cardio-renal Disease in the amount of $90,000.

7/2016

Celine Schreidah, sophomore biochemistry major and undergraduate researcher with Prof. Don Ronning, was recently featured in UTNews and the Blade.  The full story and video can be viewed by clicking here.

The hot link is:  http://www.utoledo.edu/greater-degree/stories/celine.html

Last Updated: 4/19/17