College of Chemistry

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 (IEOR), 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.

Students from UC Berkeley excel at "Big Ideas"

May 23, 2019

students win with big ideas

Exciting ideas come out of interactions between students at UC Berkeley on a regular basis. But some of those good ideas make it a step farther and become "Big Ideas" thanks to support from the Andrew & Virginia Rudd Family Foundation. This year, two teams from UC Berkeley, including students from the College of Chemistry have won first place for their projects.

Peidong Yang's lab awarded CO2 challenge grant from NASA

May 22, 2019

A team of researchers from the lab of Peidong Yang have received a phase one grant for their project to develop an integrated system to synthesize sugars from CO2. NASA is preparing to land humans on the Moon in 2024, the agency is keeping a keen eye on technologies needed for Mars missions that will follow. New technologies will be needed to sustain human life as we move out into the stars.

Richmond Sarpong awarded the A.R. Katrikzky Junior Award in Heterocyclic Chemistry

May 22, 2019

Richmond Sarpong

Richmond Sarpong, Professor of Chemistry and Executive Associate Dean at the College of Chemistry has been awarded the 2019 A. R. Katritzky Junior Award in Heterocyclic Chemistry. Professor Sarpong will be given the award during a lecture presentation at the 27th International Society of Heterocyclic Chemistry Congress in the fall of this year in Kyoto, Japan.

Exploring the superheavy elements at the end of the periodic table

May 22, 2019

new heavy metals research

The addition of four new elements added to the periodic table in 2016 was only the beginning. Now chemists and physicists are starting the hard work of determining the physicochemical properties of these short-lived and incredibly rare species. And that often involves atom-at-a-time chemistry.

Bio-inspired material targets oceans' uranium stores for sustainable nuclear energy

May 17, 2019

Bio-inspired material targets oceans' uranium stores

A research team which include members from the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratories, the lab of John Arnold at the University of California - Berkeley, and the University of South Florida have developed a material that selectively binds dissolved uranium with a low-cost polymer adsorbent. The results, published in Nature Communications, could help push past bottlenecks in the cost and efficiency of extracting uranium resources from oceans for sustainable energy production.

Frances Arnold: from graduate student to Nobel Laureate

March 3, 2019

Frances ArnoldIn the early 1980s, the lab of College biomolecular engineer Harvey Blanch brought together an adventurous group of young researchers and launched them on long and successful careers. One of them, Caltech professor Frances Arnold, has won the 2018 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for her discoveries in the directed evolution of enzymes. Arnold is the fifth woman to win the Nobel Prize in Chemistry since it was first awarded in 1901.

Catalyst Magazine

Catalyst is a publication of the College of Chemistry at UC Berkeley. The magazine focuses on contemporary science and industry subjects, articles about the faculty, alumni stories, and College news. The magazine is published annualy and is available in print and online. The College also publishes Periodic News monthly during the academic year. 

Matthew Francis discusses lowering the activation barrier to change

May 13, 2019

Matthew Francis discusses the graduate diversity project

Professor Matthew Francis discusses the new Graduate Life Committee diversity initiative with graduate student founders Emily Hartman and Chrissy Stachl.

College History

Original Chemistry Building 1897 between mining and the library

First dedicated chemistry building (in the middle) between the first mining building on the left and the library on the right; c. 1897 photo by William Letts Oliver, or his son. courtesy Bancroft Library.