College of Chemistry

Catalyst Magazine

Current Issue Spring/Summer 2023, V 18.1

Flurry of major campus construction projects to mark new academic year

August 21, 2023
Heathcock Hall, a new academic building, will provide a mix of flexible and operationally resilient labs, non-lab workspaces, offices and other meeting spaces for researchers, faculty and students across multiple disciplines affiliated with the College of Chemistry.

Michael Zuerch receives prestigious DOE Early Career Research Program Award

August 4, 2023
The College of Chemistry is pleased to announce that Assistant Professor of Chemistry Michael Zuerch has received a prestigious DOE Early Career Research Program Award for his research entitled "Ultrafast mechanisms of chirality control in electronic materials".

Photosynthesis, Key to Life on Earth, Starts with a Single Photon

June 16, 2023

Illustration of photon activating photosynthesis

Illustration: Jenny Nuss/Berkeley Lab

Using a complex cast of metal-studded pigments, proteins, enzymes, and co-enzymes, photosynthetic organisms can convert the energy in light into the chemical energy for life. And now, thanks to a study published in ...

Retooling the translation machine could expand the chemical repertoire of cells

June 16, 2023

NSF illustration of how proteins are made

Ribosomes (blue, upper left) are nanomachines that read mRNA (coming in from left) to assemble a chain of amino acids (magenta balls) that folds into a compact 3D protein (lower right, pink). (Graphic adapted from the National Science Foundation (NSF) image)

Synthetic biologists have become...

Ziyang Zhang named a Pew-Stewart Scholar selected to advance cutting-edge cancer research

June 13, 2023

Ziyang Zhang

The Pew Charitable Trusts and the Alexander and Margaret Stewart Trust have announced the 2023 class of the Pew-Stewart Scholars Program for Cancer Research. Our congratulations goes to Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Ziyang Zhang who has been named one of five scholars this year....

University of California scientist Enrique Iglesia wins prestigious Royal Society of Chemistry Prize

June 14, 2023

Professor Enrique Iglesia win Royal Society of Chemistry prize

Enrique Iglesia, Theodore Vermeulen Chair in Chemical Engineering emeritus and Professor of the Graduate...

Karthik Shekhar has been named a 2023 McKnight Scholar

June 14, 2023

Illustration of neural network

Illustration of neural network. Courtesy of the McKnight Endowment Fund.

The McKnight Endowment Fund for Neuroscience has announced the selection of ten neuroscientists to receive the 2023 McKnight Scholar Award. ...

Omar Yaghi awarded the Wilhelm Exner medal

June 1, 2023

Professor Omar Yaghi receives the Exner medal during a ceremony in Vienna, Austria

Professor Omar Yaghi receives a medal and diploma from members of the Wilhelm Exner Foundation during a banquet in May 2023 in Vienna, Austria. Photo Jana Madzigon, courtesy of the Wilhelm Exner Foundation.


Karthik Shekhar awarded 2023 teaching awards

June 1, 2023

Professor Karthik Shekar with student at graduation 2023

Prof. Karthik Shekhar with 2023 President of the ChemE Car Club Matthew Moy during the College's graduation ceremony in May 2023. Photo courtesy of Matthew Moy.

The College of Chemistry is delighted to annouce that...