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College of Chemistry News & Highlights

John Hartwig

Hartwig receives ACS Gibbs Award
(College of Chemistry)
Chemistry professor John Hartwig is the recipient of the 2015 Willard Gibbs Award of the Chicago Section of the American Chemical Society.

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CoC faculty, alums win Sloan Research Fellowships
(College of Chemistry)
Chemistry professors Naomi Ginsberg and Thomas Maimone are winners of 2015 Sloan Research Fellowships, awarded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

Mind-blowing movie explosions explained.
(ACS Reactions)
In the latest episode, ACS Reactions goes Hollywood and explains the chemistry behind those spectacular big budget explosions.

Nitash Balsara

New battery startup promises safe lithium batteries
(LBNL News)
Berkeley Lab and UNC-Chapel Hill’s discovery of nonflammable electrolyte gets VC funding.


Radke elected to NAE
(College of Chemistry News)
Chemical and biomolecular engineering professor Clayton Radke has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE).

Jennifer Doudna and Lorenz Mayr

Launch of new genomics initiative draws enthusiastic industry, academic partners
(UC Berkeley News)
Several hundred guests crowded the lobby of the Li Ka Shing Center for Biomedical and Health Sciences on Feb. 4 as the campus celebrated the launch of the Innovative Genomics Initiative (IGI).

Omar Yaghi

Yaghi wins Faisal Prize for Science
(College of Chemistry)
Chemistry professor Omar Yaghi has won the 2015 King Faisal International Prize for Science.

Charles Townes

Nobel laureate and laser inventor Charles Townes dies at 99
(UC Berkeley News)
Charles Hard Townes, a professor emeritus of physics at the University of California, Berkeley, who shared the 1964 Nobel Prize in Physics for invention of the laser and subsequently pioneered the use of lasers in astronomy, died early Tuesday, Jan. 27.

Quantum Speed Limit

Whaley and Volkoff establish quantum speed limit
(NSF Science360 News)
Chemistry professor Birgitta Whaley and co-workers have proved a fundamental relationship between energy and time that sets a quantum speed limit.

Doudna at Davos
(Huffington Post)
At international forum, Berkeley professor Jennifer Doudna discusses women in science fields.

The Future of Quitting: A Nicotine Vaccine
(ACS Headline Science)
Researchers at the Scripps Institute in La Jolla, California are working on a nicotine vaccine that could put an end to the addiction.


Radke wins UW chemE award
(College of Chemistry News)
Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Professor Clayton Radke has won the University of Washington Department of Chemical Engineering 2015 R. Wells Moulton Distinguished Alumnus Medal.

Kristin Stangl

Stangl earns CAP award
(College of Chemistry News)
Kristin Stangl is the recipient of this quarter’s Chemistry Achievement Prize.


Historic plutonium sample traced to Seaborg, Manhattan Project
(UC Berkeley News)
A tiny speck of plutonium on the UC Berkeley campus is making news for its connection to a momentous point in history.

Sketch of organic semiconductor

Solving an Organic Semiconductor Mystery
(LBNL News)
Naomi Ginsberg and team uncover hidden structures in domain interfaces that hamper performance.

Latest Catalyst Magazine online now
(Catalyst Magazine)
In this flipbook issue, Illuminating undergraduate learning: stories on the Que Family Undergraduate Advising Center, the Teacher-Scholars Program, undergraduate research and more!

eCHEM 1A, Mark Kubinec

Innovative Chemistry 1A video repository is online!
(UC Berkeley College of Chemistry)
Chemistry 1A course content is now available free of charge in an easy-to-navigate, open-access video repository. The content was developed by professor Alex Pines and instructor Mark Kubinec, with the support of the Camille & Henry Dreyfus Foundation.