College of Chemistry

Sanjay Kumar named QB3-Berkeley director

September 5, 2022

Sanjay Kumar

Professor Kumar photographed at UC Berkeley. (Photo Annie Lin)

This week UC Berkeley’s office for the Vice Chancellor for Research announced that Professor Sanjay Kumar has been selected to serve as the next director of the...

Process converts polyethylene bags, plastics to polymer building blocks

October 3, 2022

Plastics made from polyethylene (white strands), such as the milk bottle shown in background, can now be broken down into smaller molecules Plastics made from polyethylene (white strands), such as the milk bottle shown in background, can now be broken...

W.M. Keck Foundation awards Ashok Ajoy, David Limmer, and Kevin Wilson grant to develop nanoscale sensors

September 27, 2022

Illustrations of NMR diamond nanoparticle designs

(A) Hyperpolarized 13C nuclear spins in diamond nanoparticles (nanodiamonds) serve as sensors by relaying NMR signals from proximal analytes to a conventional RF antenna-based detector. (B) Microscope image from preliminary data showing fluorescence of nanodiamonds deployed inside micron-scale...

Ashok Ajoy awarded 2022 Caldarelli Prize in Magnetic Resonance

September 22, 2022

Ashok Ajoy receives the 2022 Caldarelli Prize in Paris, France

Prof. Ajoy receiving the award from Prof. Anne Lesage at Chamonix (4 Sep 2022). (Photo courtesty of Ashok Ajoy.)

The College is pleased to announce the scientific committee of the Alpine Conference on Magnetic Resonance in Solids has awarded Assistant Professor of...

Scientists grow lead-free solar material with a built-in switch

September 1, 2022

Light microscopy illustration shows nanowires, 100 to 1,000 nanometers in diameter

Light microscopy image of nanowires, 100 to 1,000 nanometers in diameter, grown from cesium germanium tribromide (CGB) on a mica substrate. The CGB nanowires are samples of a new lead-free halide perovskite solar material that is also...

The College welcomes four new faculty members

September 12, 2022
The College is delighted to welcome our newest chemistry and chemical and biomolecular engineering faculty members Hendrik Utzat, Jennifer Bergner, Robert Saxton, and Aditi Krishnapriyan.

The College is delighted to announce...

Print, recycle, repeat: Scientists demonstrate a biodegradable printed circuit

September 1, 2022

A Berkeley Lab-led research team has developed a fully recyclable and biodegradable printed circuit. The research could divert wearable devices and other flexible electronics from landfill, and mitigate the health and environmental hazards posed by heavy metal waste. (Credit: Marilyn Sargent/Berkeley Lab)

According to the United Nations, less than a quarter of all U.S. electronic waste gets recycled. In 2021 alone, global e-waste surged at 57.4 million tons, and only 17.4% of that was...

Congressman Garamendi’s staff visits the College of Chemistry

September 9, 2022

L to R, Jason Ryder, Elle Ekman, and Marley Cassels

Pictured from L to R, Executive Director of the Masters of Bioprocess Engineering Jason Ryder speaking with Elle Ekman, Legislative Assistant for Defense and Veterans Affairs; and Marley Cassels, Defense Fellow in Congressman Garamendi's Washington, DC office....

UC Berkeley Chemists and the Periodic Table

January 9, 2019

The 1969 Discovery 104 Team Dimitri Mendeleev, a Russian chemist who in 1869 wrote out the known elements (of which there were 63 at the time) on cards and then arranged them in columns and rows according to their chemical and physical properties is considered the father of the Periodic Table. In celebration of the 150th anniversary of this pivotal moment in science, the UN has proclaimed 2019 the International year of the Periodic Table. Seen here is the element 104 discovery team in 1969.