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Marty Mulvihill (right), Berkeley Center for Green Chemistry (BCGC) Executive Director, works with undergrad assistants to perfect a lab module on carrots and beta carotene. Photo by Michael Barnes.

College of Chemistry News & Highlights

Transforming Tech Toys — chemists celebrate Earth Day
(ACS Video)
Featuring Dr. Aydogan Ozcan of UCLA — Ozcan takes everyday gadgets like cell phones and turns them into powerful mobile laboratories.

All about droughts — chemists celebrate Earth Day
(ACS Video)
Featuring Collins Balcombe of the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation- Balcombe's job is to keep your drinking water safe and find new ways to re-use the water that we flush away everyday so that it doesn't go to waste, especially in areas that don't get a lot of rain.

Cleaning up our water — chemists celebrate Earth Day
(ACS Video)
Featuring Dr. Anne Morrissey of Dublin City University- We all take medicines, but did you know that sometimes the medicine doesn't stay in our bodies? Morrissey to figure out how to get potentially harmful pharmaceuticals out of the water supply, and she's doing it using one of the most plentiful things on the planet: sunlight.

The science of caffeine: The world's most popular drug
(ACS Reactions Video)
It's not just in coffee anymore. From drinks to jerky to gum, caffeine is everywhere. ACS takes a look at the science behind the world's most popular drug.

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Berkeley Lab launches building energy performance research project at new FLEXLAB testing facility
(LBNL News)
The DOE's David Danielson, Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, was on hand in Berkeley April 14 to tour FLEXLAB™, the Facility for Low Energy experiments in Buildings, run by Berkeley Lab's Environmental Energy Technologies Division. Danielson and Berkeley Lab Director Paul Alivisatos also met with executives from construction firm Webcor.

IPCC Working Group III's Fifth Assessment Report

Berkeley Lab scientists see urgent need for reducing emissions
(LBNL News)
Lab experts are leading contributors to the IPCC Working Group III's Fifth Assessment Report on climate change mitigation.

CARA ribbon cutting ceremony

CoC launches research hub with BASF, UCLA and Stanford
(College of Chemistry News)
The College of Chemistry has launched a new collaborative research center, the California Research Alliance by BASF (CARA), a multidisciplinary effort focused on innovation and technology transfer.

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Identical triplets take different paths in chemistry careers
(C&EN News)
From C&EN: With degrees in chemistry, identical triplets are carving out their own careers—in medicine, dentistry, and forensic science.

Berkeley Lectures in CBE

The 2014 Berkeley Lectures in Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
(CBE Event)
Presented by the Dow Chemical Company on Monday, April 7, and Wednesday, April 9. Lectures by Dr. William J. Koros, The Roberto C. Goizueta Chair for Excellence in Chemical Engineering and GRA Eminent Scholar in Membranes, Georgia Institute of Technology.

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What about BOB?
(LBNL News)
The Berkeley Open Biofoundry – BOB – is a Berkeley Lab proposal to DARPA aimed at providing the science and technology that will enable the engineering of biological systems to produce valuable chemical products on a commercial scale.

Why do we get allergies?
(ACS Reactions Video)
Spring is in the air! And, unfortunately, so are pollen and other allergens. ACS Reactions tells us "Why do we get allergies?" in its latest episode.

Graham Fleming

New ideas and technology spreading from campus faster than ever
(UC Berkeley News)
Backed by a vibrant startup culture that serves as the engine of economic growth for much of the Bay Area, UC Berkeley has established several new programs that support the translation of university research into real-world solutions.

Jennifer Doudna

CRISPR goes global
(Berkeley Research)
The New York Times calls it "a scientific frenzy." Science magazine dubbed it "red hot" — "The CRISPR Craze." It's been less than two years since Berkeley biochemist Jennifer Doudna reported in Science a startlingly versatile strategy to precisely target and snip out DNA at multiple sites in the cells of microbes, plants and animals.

How breathalyzers work - reactions
(ACS Video)
If you think you can beat a breathalyzer, think again; chemistry will land you in cuffs. In the American Chemical Society's (ACS') latest Reactions video, we examine how your breath can get you busted when you've had too much to drink.

photocathode for bionic leaves that produce energy-dense fuels

Promising news for solar fuels from Berkeley Lab researchers at JCAP
(LBNL News)
A new study at the Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis (JCAP) shows that nearly 90-percent of the electrons generated by a hybrid material designed to store solar energy in hydrogen are being stored in the target hydrogen molecules.

Scanning electron microscopy image of bacterial cells (blue) suspended from the mushroom-shaped nanostructure's overhangs. (Credit: Mofrad lab and the Nanomechanics Research Institute)

First look at how individual staphylococcus cells adhere to nanostructures could lead to new ways to thwart infections
(LBNL News)
Berkeley Lab-led research could guide the development of bacteria-resistant materials.

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Berkeley Lab researchers identify key intermediate steps in artificial photosynthesis reactions
(LBNL News)
The latest research in artificial photosythesis by chemist Heinz Frei represents an important step forward.

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A new species in the Amazon rain forest — scientists
(UC Berkeley News)
Berkeley Lab researchers to help lead project studying Amazon and climate.

Peidong Yang

Big step for next-generation fuel cells and electrolyzers
(LBNL News)
Researchers at Berkeley and Argonne National Labs discover highly promising new class of nanocatalyst.

Heino Nitsche

Nitsche wins Hevesy Medal
(College of Chemistry News)
Chemistry professor Heino Nitsche has won the Hevesy Medal, the premier international award of excellence honoring outstanding achievements in radioanalytical and nuclear chemistry.

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.