Inorganic Chemistry

Berkeley awarded $20M to establish an NSF Center for Chemical Innovation

July 1, 2020

Center for Genetically Encoded Materials

A team of institutions led by UC Berkeley has been awarded a $20 million research grant from the National Science Foundation to pursue breakthrough technologies towards new medicines and innovative materials. The effort brings together a team of chemists, biologists, engineers, and data scientists to tackle a “Holy Grail” problem in the chemical sciences: how to synthesize truly sequence-defined chemical polymers, oligomeric molecules possessing both a pre-determined, diverse sequence, and a defined length.

Kwabena Bediako receives DOE Early Career Research Award

June 23, 2020

Kwabena Bediako

Kwabena Bediako has been selected by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science to receive funding for new research in his lab. The program, now in its 11th year, is designed to fund projects over five years to bolster the nation’s scientific workforce by providing support to exceptional researchers during the crucial early career years.

Artificial proteins have a firm grasp on heavy metals

December 27, 2019


A team of researchers at Berkeley Lab, led by alumna Rebecca Abergel, have developed a library of artificial proteins or “peptoids” that effectively “chelate” or bind to lanthanides and actinides, heavy metals that make up the so-called f-block elements at the bottom of the periodic table. The new library offers researchers an automated, high-throughput method for precisely designing new peptoids – protein-like polymers with a precise sequence of monomer units – that chelate lanthanides such as gadolinium, a common ingredient in MRI contrast agents, and actinides such as plutonium.

What happens when your discovery becomes personal?

August 22, 2019

Richmond Sarpong

Until this year Robert Harris and Robert Bergman have been esteemed colleagues at the College. Recently however, when they were at an event discussing an interview Bergman had done with Professor William Lester, they made a very interesting personal discovery. Their lives had more than crossed as children living in Chicago’s Hyde Park. In fact, they had lived about 100 yards from each other across an alleyway.

Department of Chemistry welcomes Polly Arnold to the faculty

July 17, 2019

Polly Arnold joins CollegeMatthew Francis, Chair of the Department of Chemistry at UC Berkeley, is pleased to announce that Polly Arnold will be joining the Chemistry Department faculty in January 2020. Concurrent with her position in the College of Chemistry, she will also take up the role of Chemical Sciences Division Director at the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. Arnold will be coming from the University of Edinburgh where she is the Crum Brown Chair of Chemistry.

Royal Society of Chemistry marks Richard Andersen’s 75th Birthday with special publication

January 2, 2019

Richard AndersenIn celebration of Andersen's research and teaching at Berkeley, the Royal Society of Landon has published a special web issue on the contributions of Richard Andersen to inorganic and organometallic chemistry in honor of his 75th birthday.

Jillian L Dempsey awarded 2018 Dalton Transactions UC Berkeley Lectureship

April 13, 2018

(left to right) John Arnold, Jillian Dempsey, Andrew ShoreThe 2018 awardee of the Dalton Transactions University of California, Berkeley Lectureship is Professor Jillian L Dempsey, at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The Lecture recognizes independent early career researchers who have made a significant contribution to the field of inorganic chemistry.