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December 7, 2021

David Schaffer

David Schaffer, newly elected fellow of the National Academy of Inventors in his lab.

December 6, 2021

Joseph Frank Villa-RiestraJ. Frank Valle-Riestra (1924-2021). Undated photo.

November 24, 2021

sustainable polymers

Researchers from UC Berkeley and the NSF Center for Sustainable Polymers have developed a chemical technology that combines fermentation and chemical refining (center panels) to produce petroleum-like liquids (right) from renewable plants (left). (Image by John Beumer, courtesy of NSF Center for Sustainable Polymers)

November 22, 2021

November 17, 2021

automobile exhaust

Cars powered by fossil fuels emit carbon dioxide (CO2), the most prevalent greenhouse gas. A team of scientists led by Berkeley Lab has developed a new technique that improves the conversion of CO2 emissions into useful chemicals and liquid fuels. (Credit: Adobe stock)

November 16, 2021

Old chemistry building 1897 between mining and first dedicated library.

Circa 1897. First dedicated chemistry building nestled in the center; on the left is the first mining building; on the right, the first dedicated library.

November 15, 2021

November 9, 2021

Geraldine Richmond swarn in as Under Secretary of Science and Energy at the U.S. Department of Energy

Professor Geraldine Richmond (Ph.D. '80, Chem) during swearing in ceremony with U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm on November 9, 2021. (Photo via ZOOM)

November 8, 2021

November 1, 2021

October 29, 2021

Microscopic particles of cerium carbonate are potent antioxidation catalysts.

Microscopic particles of cerium carbonate are potent antioxidation catalysts. Illustration courtesy ACS Appl. Nano Mater.

October 19, 2021

Brooks AbelWe are delighted to introduce Dr. Brooks Abel who joined the College of Chemistry as an assistant professor this summer with a focus in polymer chemistry. Brooks’s position was funded by a generous donation from Rubber and Joy Chen of PMP Tech, an international company based in Taiwan. 

Nobel medal

This year’s laureates will receive their Nobel Prize medals and diplomas in their home countries in December. (Photo: Niklas Halle'N/Associated Press)

October 18, 2021

artificial metalloenzyme
An artificial metalloenzyme based on the natural enzyme called P450 (gray structure). UC Berkeley chemists created a heme molecule (magenta) with an embedded iridium atom (red) that, in E. coli, was incorporated into P450 to execute a reaction unknown in the natural world. (UC Berkeley image by Brandon Bloomer)

October 12, 2021

Cheri Ackerman, alumna

Photo: courtesy of Concerto Biosciences.

Sunney Chen receives the Presidential Science Prize from Taiwan President 蔡英文 Tsai Ing-wen

Sunney Chan receives the Presidential Science Prize on November 1, 2021 from Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文). Photo courtesy Shie-Ming Peng (彭旭明) 

October 11, 2021

Dear Colleagues,

It is with a very heavy heart that I write to let you know that Alan Mendelson (B.A. ’69; J.D. ’73, Harvard) died on Friday evening.  Alan was at Oracle Park watching his beloved San Francisco Giants when he suffered a medical emergency.

Hydrogen article illustration

Berkeley Lab scientists (l to r) Adam Weber and Ahmet Kusoglu (Photo: Berkeley Lab)

October 7, 2021