News

August 28, 2014

Robert E. Connick

Professor Robert E. Connick, esteemed professor emeritus of chemistry and alumnus of the College, has died at the age of 97. He passed away peacefully at his home in Kensington, CA, on Thursday, August 21.

Shannon Ciston

Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering lecturer Shannon Ciston has been selected to attend the National Academy of Engineering's Frontiers of Engineering Education (FOEE) Symposium. The sixth FOEE Symposium will be held October 27-30 in Irvine, CA, at the Beckman Center of the National Academies of Science.

August 15, 2014

Jay Keasling with children in a village outside Nairobi, Kenya. (Photo by Gabrielle Tenenbaumn)1.7 million treatments of semisynthetic artemisinin have shipped to Africa, where they will treat malaria sufferers in Burkina Faso, Burundi, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Liberia, Niger and Nigeria over the next few months. This shipment is the culmination of a 13-year project in the lab of CBE professor Jay Keasling. Enough semisynthetic artemisinin has been produced for 70 million treatments, and the capacity exists to produce 100-150 million treatments annually.

August 13, 2014

David E. WemmerChemistry professor and former executive associate dean David E. Wemmer is the new chair of the Department of Chemistry. On July 1, Wemmer took over from Dan Neumark, who had chaired the department for four years.

July 22, 2014

Judith Klinman

Emerita chemistry professor Judith Klinman has won the 2015 Mildred Cohn Award in Biological Chemistry. The award will be presented by the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB) at the society’s next annual meeting, March 28 – April 1, 2015, at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, Boston, MA.

July 17, 2014

Chemistry professor Heino Nitsche died unexpectedly and peacefully in his sleep at his home in Oakland early in the morning of Tuesday, July 15. He was 64 years old.

July 14, 2014

Chemistry Professor John Hartwig has been awarded the 2014 Janssen Pharmaceutica Prize for Creativity in Organic Synthesis. The prize will be delivered after the lecture Hartwig will give at a symposium on Thursday, July 17, at the Belgian Organic Synthesis Symposium (BOSS).

July 11, 2014

College of Chemistry dean and CBE professor Douglas Clark has won the 2014 James E. Bailey Award from the Society for Biological Engineering.

July 9, 2014

CBE chair Jeffrey Reimer has received an Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Research Award. Fellowships and awards from the foundation are among the most prestigious and generous German honors.

July 8, 2014

Chemistry professor Gabor Somorjai has won the 2015 William H. Nichols Award of the New York Section of the American Chemical Society.

June 2, 2014

Chemistry professor Jeff Long has been honored with an inaugural 2014 France-Berkeley Fund Award. He received a prize of $2,500 in Berkeley on May 5 at the celebration of the fund’s 20th anniversary. A second award was presented to Professor Frederick Douzet of the Université Paris.

May 28, 2014

Inspired by how enzymes work in nature’s biological processes, CBE professor Alex Katz and colleagues have demonstrated a way to improve control of synthetic catalysts, according to a paper in a recent online issue of the journal Nature Nanotechnology.

May 27, 2014

Chemistry professor Evan Williams has received the Royal Society of Chemistry’s 2014 Theophilus Redwood Award. The award is given to a leading analytical scientist who is also an outstanding communicator.

May 22, 2014

The College of Chemistry held its commencement ceremony on May 17 in Zellerbach Auditorium.

May 7, 2014

Douglas Clark, dean of the College of Chemistry and the Gilbert Newton Lewis Professor, has helped develop a new type of biochip that emulates the three-dimensional structure and the metabolism of a human liver. The device could one day eliminate the need to harvest and use liver cells from human cadavers to test the toxicity of potential new drugs and drug candidates.

May 2, 2014

Chemistry Professor Robert Bergman has been named the 2014 recipient of the Welch Award in Chemical Research for “pioneering work in alkane activation and mechanisms of organometallic reactions.”

April 29, 2014

From MRS-TV, a description of work at UC Berkeley on carbon dioxide capture from an exhaust stream of a power plant.

April 3, 2014

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. Along with Berkeley and the chemical company BASF, CARA academic partners include UCLA and Stanford University.

February 27, 2014

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

February 11, 2014

William Lee Jolly, emeritus professor of chemistry at UC Berkeley, whose work helped facilitate the renaissance of inorganic chemistry in the United States during the middle of the 20th century, died of heart failure on January 10, 2014, at Kaiser Medical Center in Richmond, CA. He was 86.