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Grad students Ting-Ying Chung and Joe Lee discuss a plasma-etching experiment with CBE professor David Graves.

College of Chemistry News & Highlights

Douglas Clark

CoC Dean Clark hosts advisory board meeting
(College of Chemistry)
The 2015 College of Chemistry Advisory Board meeting was held March 15-16, presided over by Dean Douglas Clark.

Paul Alivisatos

Paul Alivisatos to step down as Lab Director
(LBNL News)
Berkeley Lab Director Paul Alivisatos today announced his intention to leave his position once a successor can be recruited to lead the Lab. Alivisatos will return to his research and teaching activities.

Jennifer Doudna

Doudna calls for human gene-editing moratorium
(NY Times)
Writing in Science magazine, Inventor of CRISPR technique urges effort to explore ethical issues.

CBE's innovation incubator lab

CBE opens innovation incubator for student projects
(College of Chemistry)
CBE’s innovation incubator is open for business.

Hypoallergenic isn't really a thing
(C&EN Online)
Speaking of Chemistry's Sophia Cai explains why “hypoallergenic” isn’t really a thing.

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Dean's Honor List
(College of Chemistry)
Undergraduate Dean Marcin Majda has announced the Dean's Honor List for Fall 2014.

Carbon dioxide binding to diamines in a metal-organic framework.

New material captures carbon at half the energy cost
(UC Berkeley News Center)
Jeffrey Long and colleagues have made a major leap forward in carbon-capture technology with a material that can efficiently remove carbon from the ambient air of a submarine as readily as from the polluted emissions of a coal-fired power plant.


Bringing CO2 monitoring to you: Communicating atmospheric chemistry
(ACS Webinars)
Sign up for a free ACS Webinar with Ph.D. candidate Alexis Shusterman as she gives a glimpse into the cutting-edge atmospheric science happening at UC Berkeley.

Jamie Cate

Metabolic path to improved biofuel production
(LBNL News)
Jamie Cate and fellow researchers at the Energy Biosciences Institute (EBI) have found a way to increase the production of fuels and other chemicals from biomass fermented by yeast.

Berend Smit

Smit seeks effective methane storage via computational techniques
(Chemistry World)
CBE's Smit and co-workers are screening hundreds of thousands of possible methane storage materials.

Jennifer Doudna

Unlocking the key to immunological memory in bacteria
(LBNL News)
Jennifer Doudna and James Nuñez led a study that revealed how bacteria “steal” genetic information from foreign invaders for use in their own immunological memory system.

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.

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.


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.