Awards and Honors

College of Chemistry awards and honors featured in the news.

Alivisatos and Grätzel receive the Frontiers Award for developing new nanomaterials applied in renewable energies

April 1, 2021

solar cell

The BBVA Foundation has awarded the Frontiers of Knowledge Award in the Basic Sciences category to Paul Alivisatos and Michael Grätzel for their fundamental contributions to the development of new nanomaterials that are already being applied both in solar energy production and in next-generation electronics. The work of both winners opens the door to new avenues...

Carlos Bustamante receives 2021 Kazuhiko Kinosita Award in single-molecule biophysics

March 4, 2021

Carlos J. Bustamante

Professor Carlos Bustamante. Image courtesy of the College of Chemistry

The Biophysical Society is pleased to announce that Carlos Bustamante, the Raymond and Beverly Sackler Professor in Biophysics and professor of Chemistry, Physics and Molecular and Cell Biology...

Dean's Honor List Fall 2020

John ArnoldThe following students pursuing undergraduate degrees in the College of Chemistry attained a term-GPA that placed them in the top ten percent of students in the College of Chemistry for Fall 2020.

I congratulate them on their outstanding academic work and express my best wishes of continued success in their studies.

Sincerely,

John Arnold
Undergraduate...

David Limmer awarded 2021 Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship

February 16, 2021

David Limmer

David Limmer at UC Berkeley. (Photo: courtesy David Limmer)

The College of Chemistry is pleased to announce that David Limmer, Assistant Chemistry Professor and Chevron Chair in Chemistry, has been awarded a 2021 Fellowship by the...

John Hartwig receives the Arthur C. Cope Award

January 13, 2021

John Hartwig

John Hartwig, Henry Rapoport Professor of Chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley, has been awarded the 2021 ACS Arthur C. Cope Award for the discovery, development, and mechanistic...

Omar Yaghi awarded the German Chemical Society gold medal

March 4, 2020

Omar Yaghi

Omar Yaghi has been awrded the the 2020 August-Wilhelm-von-Hofmann-Denkmünze. The German Chemical Society bi-annually presents this prestigious award to an outstanding national and international chemists in a wide range of fields. Among the oldest chemistry awards, the August-Wilhelm-von-Hofmann-Denkmünze gold medal was first awarded in 1903. The award is intended to recognize outstanding achievements in chemistry; in particular by scientists working outside of Germany.

Professor Christopher J. Chang awarded the Humboldt Research Award

January 8, 2021

Christopher J. Chang

Christopher J. Chang, Class of 1942 Chair Professor of Chemistry and Molecular and Cell Biology at the University of Berkeley, has been awarded the Humboldt Research Award. The award, honoring internationally recognized researchers, includes a stay at the Max Planck Institute for Medical Research in Heidelberg where Professor Chang will be hosted...

Watch Jennifer Doudna's Nobel Prize award ceremony

December 4, 2020

For Nobel Prize winner Jennifer Doudna, the highlight of this most extraordinary Nobel Prize Week was a socially distanced award ceremony on Tuesday, Dec. 8, on her patio in Berkeley with 11 people in attendance, followed by takeout. But if the glow surronding her was any indication, she could have been receiving the medal and citation from the King of Sweden on the stage at Stockholm Concert Hall. The traditional celebration has been rescheduled for next year.

A videographer and photographer captured the intimate gathering with the highlight being the presentation of the Nobel gold...

College of Chemistry announces lectureship in honor of professor William Lester

December 7, 2020

William Lester

William Lester during his time at IBM. (photo: courtesy William Lester)

UC Berkeley’s College of Chemistry established a new lectureship for research from traditionally underrepresented scholars in honor of campus graduate professor William Lester.

Lester is a longtime campus faculty...

Undergraduate students compete in national L'Oréal Brandstorm competition

May 24, 2019

L'Oréal Brandstorm competition

Two talented undergraduate teams, with members from the College of Chemistry and Department of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research, competed in this year's USA national L'Oréal Brandstorm Competition in New York City in April. Both teams made it to the final round, with a third place tie out of approximately 150 teams nationwide.