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COLLEGE HISTORY 150th Anniversary Celebration Video

For our 150th Anniversary, check out our video below as we celebrate the past, present, and future of UC Berkeley's College of Chemistry:

COVID Stories: Sourdough bread with a purpose

March 24, 2021

Seniors Brendan Huang and Carolyn Hong

Seniors Brendan Huang and Carolyn Hong, who both have received the COVID-19 vaccine and are in the same social bubble, met in an organic chemistry lab as sophomores, became fast friends and wound up baking sourdough bread together. It’s an adventure that Hong calls “our sourdough journey.” (Photo by Talia Patt...

New Summer Bridge course introduces incoming first-years to chemistry research skills

July 22, 2021

Summer Bridge students in the lab

Members of the Summer Bridge program preparing to start a lab on "engineering a plastics separation". Photo courtesy of Jade Fostvedt.

An introductory cohort of 13 incoming first-year chemistry students were invited to take part in a new summer chemistry course, Preparation for Chemistry for College of Chemistry Majors....

We are all made of the same components

August 24, 2021

Liliana Rojas

Liliana Rojas is a first-year student majoring in chemical engineering at UC Berkeley. (Photo by Brittany Hosea-Small)

Liliana Rojas states, “In high school, I knew I wanted to study chemistry in college. Chemistry is all around us, literally everywhere. I will be walking down the street, and I’ll stop for a moment and think, ‘Oh, wait a minute, these huge obstacles...

New microscope technology energizes undergraduate research

March 14, 2022

Demonstration of Zeiss microscope

Chemistry senior Nadia Berndt prepares scans for her investigation of charge dynamics in clay encapsulated 2D materials. Photo: Michael Barnes

The College of Chemistry has received a new state-of-the-art EVO LS 15 scanning electron microscope (SEM) provided by ZEISS in support of the instructional physical chemistry labs....

Building a community of belonging

September 23, 2022

Article highlights the program that is being run to improve deveristy, equity, and inclusion in the College of ChemistryStudents attend the 150th anniversary party at the College of ChemistryStory written for the Spring/Summer 2022 Catalyst magazine about the graduate student diversity program at the College.

Summer intern Arjun Garapaty designs microfluidic device

September 9, 2022

Arjun Garapaty at MRI Global

Arjun Garapaty during his summer internship at MRIGlobal. Photo courtesy of MRIGlobal.

Arjun Garapaty thinks big. It wasn’t that long ago that he earned a perfect score on his ACT test… as a sophomore in high school. Now a sophomore at University of California,...

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 ...