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The college's senior lecturer Michelle Douskey applauds as audience members perform a chemistry demonstration during the annual Cal Day celebration. Photo by Michael Barnes.

College of Chemistry News & Highlights

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 Molecular Biology 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!

Paul Alivisatos

The Future of Nanoscience: Three Kavli Nanoscience Institute Directors forecast the field’s future
(The Kavli Foundation)
Paul Alivisatos, Paul McEuen, and Nai-Chang Yeh – discuss what makes the nanoscale so important, the field’s grand challenges, safety challenges, and their thoughts on funding, training and the future.

FeliX Fischer

From the bottom up: manipulating nanoribbons at the molecular level
(LBNL News)
Felix Fischer and co-researchers engineer the shape and properties of nanoscale strips of graphene.

Paul Alivisatos

From the lab to your digital device, quantum dots have made quantum leaps
(LBNL News)
Berkeley Lab’s nanotechnology enlivens Nanosys’ displays, enhancing the color and saving energy.

Ron Cohen

Bay Area pollution tracker gets national recognition
If you've ever been stuck behind a smoking tailpipe, you already know where much of the Bay Area's air pollution comes from. But tracking where it's going? That's the passion of professor Ron Cohen.

Herbert Strauss

Emeritus chemistry professor Herb Strauss has died at 78
(College of Chemistry News)
Emeritus Professor of Chemistry Herbert “Herb” Leopold Strauss died at home in Berkeley on December 2, after a long illness. He was 78.

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CoC team wins award for sustainability education
(College of Chemistry News)
A team of College of Chemistry educators has been selected as one of the 2015 recipients of the Award for Incorporating Sustainability into Chemistry Education, sponsored by the American Chemical Society’s Committee on Environmental Improvement (ACS-CEI).

X-ray absorption spectra

Making a good thing better
(LBNL News)
Richard Saykally and fellow Berkeley Lab Researchers open a possible avenue to better electrolyte for lithium ion batteries.

Mathies, Keasling, Doudna

College of Chemistry innovators named fellows of National Academy of Inventors
(UC Berkeley News)
Three UC Berkeley faculty members whose innovations have launched new startups and whole new areas of research have been named fellows of the National Academy of Inventors. The new fellows — biochemist Jennifer Doudna, chemical engineer Jay Keasling and chemist Richard Mathies — were among 170 new fellows announced.


Alivisatos awarded as Commander of the Order of Honor
(Hellenic News of America)
In a special ceremony at the Embassy of Greece in Washington, D.C., Professor A. Paul Alivisatos was awarded with the Commander of the Order of Honor by the Hellenic Republic for his contribution to science.

electrons attached to atoms

Scientists measure speedy electrons in silicon
(UC Berkeley News)
Stephen Leone along with an international team of physicists and chemists based at UC Berkeley have taken snapshots of electron transition in silicon using attosecond pulses of soft X-ray light lasting only a few billionths of a billionth of a second.

SWAPPS (Standing Wave Ambient Pressure Photoelectron Spectroscopy)

A better look at the chemistry of interfaces
(LBNL News)
New X-ray spectroscopy technique at Berkeley Lab’s Advanced Light Source for the study of heterogeneous interfaces.

Aindrila Mukhopadhyay (left) and Heather Jensen were part of a JBEI team that identified microbial genes which can improve both the tolerance and the production of biogasoline in engineered strains of E. coli. (Photo by Roy Kaltschmidt)

Boosting Biogasoline Production in Microbes
(LBNL News)
Joint BioEnergy Institute Researchers combine systems biology with genetic engineering to improve production of isopentenol in E.Coli.

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.