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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

10/2018
07/2018

Congratulations to Emanuela Gionfriddo on receiving the “Excellence in Sample Prep” best poster award at the North American Chemical Residue Workshop (NACRW2018) in Naples, Florida.  The award is sponsored by United Chemical Technologies.

07/2018

At the 2018 International Symposium on Advances in Extraction Technologies (ExTech) in Ames, IA, Professor Emanuela Gionfriddo received the Young Author Prize.  This prize was awarded for her outstanding oral research presentation.  In addition to the award, Dr. Gionfriddo will received a travel stipend to attend the 2019 ExTech Symposium.

06/2018

Steve Sucheck  is part of a collaborative team that received NIH funding for an R21 project titled Synthesis of Natural Product Scaffold Selectively Active Against Dormant Mycobacterium Tuberculosis.  Professor Kyle Rohde at the University of Central Florida and Sucheck are Co-PIs on the grant.

06/2018

Don Ronning's and Steve Sucheck's NIH R01 funded project Mycobacterial Trehalose Metabolism as Drug Targets was renewed for 5 years (2018-2023).  Congratulations for this major grant to fight tuberculosis.

06/2018

Congratulations to Drs. Tim Mueser and Amanda Bryant-Friedrich (Joint Appointed Faculty) on their promotions to rank of Full Professor.

06/2018

Andy Jorgensen’s class CHEM 4210/6210/8210: Environmental Chemistry received Quality Matters (QM) recognition with a near perfect score.

06/2018

Daniel Liu received High Honors in the National Chemistry Olympiad Competition for being in the top 50 students nationally.

06/2018
06/2018

Jon Kirchhoff and Dragan Isailovic were awarded a UT URFO STEM Innovation Proposal for their project New Materials for the Detection, Analysis, and Removal of Cyanotoxins.

06/2018

Dr. Jianglong Zhu who received the 2017 T. Ogawa Young Investigator Award from the Journal of Carbohydrate Chemistry for his excellent recent publications and contributions to carbohydrate chemistry.

06/2018

Dr. Amy P. Toole, Assistant Lecturer and Dr. Darpandeep Aulakh, Scientific Instrumentation Specialist.  Dr. Toole will begin her appointment in August, while Dr. Aulakh will join the department on June 18.

05/2018

The following seven undergraduate students received University of Toledo USRCAP Awards to perform research in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry in summer 2018.  The mentors are in parentheses.  Two additional students received awards but declined to pursue opportunities at other universities. 

  1. Kern Baxter                           (Michael Young)
  2. Evan Diemler                         (Michael Young)
  3. Zehra Fasih                            (Ajith Karunarathne)
  4. John Kennedy                        (Michael Young)
  5. Kyle Meyer                             (Steven Sucheck)
  6. Natalie Schulte                      (Steven Sucheck)
  7. Michaelangelo  Zullo              (Steven Sucheck)
05/2018

At the 2018 Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry Honors Tea 16 undergraduate and graduate students received awards for outstanding achievement in chemistry and biochemistry classes, research and teaching.  In addition, 13 students received scholarships for 2018-2019.  Jennifer Kim, received the award as the Outstanding Graduating Senior.

05/2018

Tim Mueser received a UT URFO Small Grant Support Award of $950.

05/2018

Steven Sucheck received funding from the deArce-Koch Memorial Fund for his project Probes for Chemical Proteomics in M. Tuberculosis and M. Abscessus.

05/2018

Steven Sucheck (Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry) and Kathy Wall’s (Department of Medicinal and Biological Chemistry) collaborative research project utilizing cancer vaccines to enhance the immune system was featured in The Toledo Blade.

05/2018

Celine Schreidah, a senior biochemistry major, received a $1,000 scholarship from the University Women's Commission for her academic achievement, support of women's and gender issues and campus involvement.

05/2018

Sylvania Northview High School student, Nora Kaushy Gera, who performed research in the UT laboratory of Dr. Ajith Karunarathne, received a Department of Defense Medal for her 3rd place finish at the National Jr Science and Humanities Symposium in Hunt Valley, MD from May 2-5, 2018.

04/2018

Congratulations to:

Lisa Zhurova  for receiving Quality Matters (QM) recognition for her distance learning version of Chem 1090: Elementary Chemistry 

Claire Cohen-Fray who competed in and completed the Boston Marathon in 3:42:22 in brutal weather conditions.  

Don Ronning and Kristin Kirschbaum are two of 26 UT faculty and staff being recognized by President Gaber for outstanding contributions to University scholarship and creative activity during 2015-2017.

03/2018

Congratulations to Mike Young and Steve Sucheck for receiving travel support from the Foy & Phyllis Penn Kohler Fund for International Studies for their upcoming travel to international scientific meetings.

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Joe Schmidt (Fall and Spring) and Xiche Hu (Fall) on the approval of their sabbatical applications for the next academic year.

01/2018

Congratulations to Dr. Dragan Isailovic for being a co-PI on four 2-year grants from the Ohio Department of Higher Education (ODHE) related to studies on microcystin with colleagues on UT's Medical Campus.

Effects of inflammatory bowel disease on susceptibility to microcystin-LR, PI: S. Haller, Co-PIs: D. Kennedy, B. Levinson, D. Isailovic and T. Blomquist

High-throughput analysis of human toxicity and therapeutic targets for cyanotoxins across organ systems in health and disease, PI: D. Kennedy, Co-PIs: S. Haller, J. Willey, D. Isailovic and T. Blomquist

Novel therapies for microcystin induced hepatoxicity in pre-existing liver disease, PI: D. Kennedy, Co-PIs: S. Haller, B. Levison, D. Isailovic and T. Blomquist

Testing and optimization of microcystin detoxifying water biofilters, PI: J. Huntley, Co-PI: D. Isailovic

01/2018

Congratulations to our joint faculty member, Dr. Viranga Tillekeratne on the funding of his 3-year NIH R15 proposal titled:  "Novel Small Molecule Ferroptotic Compounds to Target Mesenchymal Breast Cancer and Breast Cancer Stem Cells.  co-PIs also include: 1) Dr. Bill Taylor of Biological Sciences and 2) Dr. Dragan Isailovic in Chemistry and Biochemistry.

01/2018

Congratulations to Laura Skebba who graduated in December as the first graduate with a Professional Science Masters Degree in Green Chemistry and Engineering.  See Laura's story here on YouTube!

12/2017

Warmest wishes to all for a Happy New Year in 2018!

11/2017

New faculty search!!! The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry is searching for a new biochemist. Any qualified biochemists should apply here.

11/2017

Congratulations are in order for Prof. Dean Giolando,  who was notified that his online class, CHEM 5230: Chemistry of Sustainable Materials, which is part of the MES program in Chemistry, has earned National Quality Matter (QM) recognition!

11/2017

Congratulations to Prof. Jon R. Kirchhoff for securing a 5-year Department Chair contract extension.

11/2017

Congratulations are in order for Prof. Peter Andreana on the funding of his NIH collaborative proposal with Dr. David Crich of Wayne State University.  The grant is titled Novel Methods and Technologies for Synthesis of Biomedically Relevant Carbohydrates and will run from 8/1/2017 to 6/30/2021.

11/2017

Prof. Jiang Zhu receives the 2017 Ohio Cancer Research Discover Award.  A formal ceremony will take place on December 14 at a dinner at the Renaissance Toledo Hotel in downtown Toledo.

11/2017

Congratulations are in order for the UT Student Chapter of the ACS for being awarded the designation as an Outstanding Chapter for 2016-2017 and as a Green Chemistry Chapter.  They will receive their awards at the Spring ACS meeting in New Orleans where they were invited to present their group activities in Green Chemistry.

10/2017

Mark Mason for receiving national Quality Matters (QM) recognition with a nearly perfect review for his on-line course, CHEM 6200: Green Chemistry.   CHEM 6200 is officially the 50th QM certified course at The University of Toledo.

 

10/2017

Tim Mueser and graduate student Steven Dajnowicz for their recently published paper in Nature Communications  "Direct visualization of critical hydrogen atoms in a pyridoxal 5’- phosphate enzyme". 

The work was performed at Oak Ridge National Laboratory with ORNL’s Andrey Kovalevsky, Jerry Parks, Ryne C. Johnston and Kevin L. Weiss; Matthew P. Blakeley of the Institut Laue Langevin; David A. Keen of Rutherford Appleton Laboratory; Oksana Gerlits of the University of Tennessee.

Press Release Here

 

09/2017

Congratulations are in order for a special colleague and alumna, Dr. Nina McClelland, on receiving a key to the city of Toledo from Mayor Hicks-Hudson at the Ohio Section of the American Water Works Association at a meeting in Toledo on Wednesday.  The award was for her outstanding contributions to improving and maintaining water quality throughout her career.

Photos:  @ChemistryToledo and @city_of_toledo

08/2017

Congratulations to Dr. Kristin Kirschbaum and grad student Kelly Lambright for a write-up on their crystalographic work shown here

08/2017

Congratulations to Prof. Jianglong Zhu who is the co-PI on a new 4-year NIH U01 grant with Dr. Liming Zhang of the University of California at Santa Barbara.  The grant is titled Development of Novel Approaches for Stereoselective Construction of Glycosidic Linkages and will run from 8/1/2017 to 5/31/2021.

07/2017

Congratulations to our newest colleague, Dr. Emanuela Gionfriddo, who recently received the Best Poster Presentation by a Young Scientist awarded by the Royal Society of Chemistry (Separation Science Group) at the 19th International Symposium on Advances in Extraction Technologies, held in Santiago de Compostela (Spain) on June 27 – 30th, 2017.

 

 

05/2017

University of Toledo Grant Programs

Don Ronning, URFO Biomedical Research Innovation Program; Screening Essential Mycobacterial Enzymes using TB Active Compounds and Fragments

Dragan Isailovic with collaborators from the HSC, URFO Interdisciplinary Research Initiation Award; Novel Diagnostic and Therapeutic Strategies for Microcystin Hepatotoxicity in Vulnerable Populations

Edith Kippenhan with collaborators from the College of Arts and Letters, URFO Interdisciplinary Research Initiation Award; Recruitment, Retention and Advancement of Women and URM in STEM Disciplines

 

 

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!

Daniel Liu also received High Honors in the National Chemistry Olympiad Competition for being in the top 50 students nationally.

Last Updated: 10/2/18