Nuclear chemistry

Meet alumna Dawn Shaughnessy, a real-life alchemist

November 27, 2018

Dawn Shaughnessy

The periodic table is chemistry’s holy text. Not only does it list all of the tools at chemists’ disposal, but its mere shape – where these elements fall into specific rows and columns – has made profound predictions about new elements and their properties that later came true. But few chemists on Earth have a closer relationship with the document than Dawn Shaughnessy, whose team is partially responsible for adding six new elements to table’s ranks.

Scientists revise understanding of the limits of bonding for very electron-rich heavy elements

November 15, 2018

Berkelium and Californium

New research from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has been published in "Chemistry: a Europena Journal" about two elements discovered at Berkeley: Berkelium and Californium. Researchers show that berkelium and californium, two elements in the actinide series (elements 89 to 103), have a surprisingly stable +5 oxidation state.

Rules for element discovery get superheavy revamp

November 16, 2018

New periodic table

The criteria for whether a new chemical element has been discovered are set to change, a provisional report by the International Unions for Pure and Applied Chemistry (Iupac) and Physics (Iupap) has announced.

Chemistry alum Rebecca Abergel joins nuclear engineering faculty

September 18, 2018
Rebecca Abergel

Meet Berkeley's new faculty: Rebecca Abergel, nuclear engineering.

From cyclotrons to wetsuits: A brief history of UC Berkeley’s scientific endeavors

August 13, 2018

Jay Kealsing Over the past 150 years, UC Berkeley has been at the forefront of scientific discovery, achieving milestones that have impacted both the research industry and the surrounding community.

Happy 100th Birthday Gilman Hall

Gilman hall turns 100 Gilman Hall will officially turn 100 on March 22. It was built between 1916 and 1917 to accommodate the growing College of Chemistry under the leadership of Gilbert N. Lewis and inaugurated on March 22, 1918

The first women chemists at Cal

February 5, 2018

Early Women Chemistry Scientists at Cal The College salutes the pioneer women chemistry faculty at Cal. Both as scientists, and as early faculty members at the University, they helped to pave the way for the next generations of women faculty and students.