College of Chemistry

Solar beats nuclear at many potential settlement sites on Mars

May 10, 2022

Rendition of colony on Mars

An artist’s rendering of a crewed Martian biomanufactory powered by photovoltaics and capable of synthesizing food and pharmaceuticals, manufacturing biopolymers and recycling biological waste. (Artwork credit: Davian Ho, UC Berkeley)

The high efficiency, light weight and flexibility of the latest solar cell technology means photovoltaics could...

At the interface of quantum and classical behavior in enzyme catalysis

May 8, 2022

Judith Klinman

Chancellor's Professor Judith Klinman was this year's G.N. Lewis guest lecturer at the College of Chemistry. Prof. Klinman discussed her remarkable career of over five decades of chemical research and some of her important discoveries. Prof. Klinman joins a group of honored scientists going back...

Capturing carbon with inspiration from battery chemistry

May 7, 2022

The need for negative emissions technologies to address our climate crisis has become increasingly clear. At the rate that our planet is emitting carbon dioxide – adding about 50 gigatons every year – we will have to remove carbon dioxide at the gigaton scale by 2050 in order to achieve “net zero” emissions.

Bryan McCloskey at UC Berkeley 2022

Berkeley Lab researcher...

Markita Landry: 2022 Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise in Biomedical Science

February 8, 2022

Follow the path of Markita Landry to becoming a scientist at UC Berkeley. (Video produced by the Vilcek Foundation)

Markita del Carpio Landry was born in Quebec, Canada, to a Bolivian mother and French Canadian father. She grew up a dual citizen of Bolivia and Canada, and when she was 14, her family immigrated to the United States. The challenge of being thrust into a new school while learning English bolstered del Carpio Landry’s love of science and mathematics; she...

Bryan McCloskey announced as chair of chemical and biomolecular engineering

April 11, 2022

Bryan McCloskey

Bryan McCloskey, Associate Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, will serve as the next Chair of the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (CBE) in the College of Chemistry, effective July 1, 2022.

Bryan has been a member of the CBE faculty since 2014. His research focuses on the...

Professor emeritus C. Judson King honored with named Endowed Professorship

March 22, 2022

Judson King

The American University of Armenia (AUA) has announced two Endowed Named Professorships reflecting the University’s commitment to excellence in research for the benefit of society. The Endowed Named Professorship Program seeks to attract world-class scholars to advance disciplinary and transdisciplinary research at the University. The inaugural...

Using Berkeley technology, Glasgow debuts new GHG monitoring network

November 8, 2021

Ron Cohen joined governmental officials from Scotland and California (Nov. 3) at the 2021 Climate Summit (COP26)

UC Berkeley's Ronald Cohen (standing, fourth from left) posed with one of the sensors he designed for realtime monitoring of greenhouse gases and pollution in cities. Seated and...

Study answers questions about an elusive tiny molecule

March 15, 2022

Artistic rendering of N2O5 molecules colliding with water droplets in the atmosphere.

Artistic rendering of N2O5 molecules colliding with water droplets in the atmosphere. Image credit: Vinícius Cruzeiro.

A new study with implications for atmospheric chemistry has answered some long-...

Using magical electrons for electrochemistry

March 15, 2022

Cover Nature ChemistryThe cover of 'Nature Chemistry' depicts an artistic representation of electron transfer from twisted bilayer graphene to Ru(NH3)6 3+ — the redox-active molecule used in these studies. Image credit: Ella Marushenko and Kate Zvorykina (Ella Maru Studio) Cover design: Tulsi Voralia

The transformation of energy from one...

Beloved colleague Andrew Streitwieser has passed away

February 24, 2022

Andrew Streitwieser in his office, 1970s

Portrait of Andrew Streitwieser in his office, 1970s. (Photo Dennis Galloway)

We are sorry to share the sad news that Andy Streitwieser, beloved colleague and professor emeritus of chemistry, passed away on February 23, 2022 at the age of 94.

Andy was born in Buffalo, New York in 1927. He...