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2014

January 2014 - Professor Hahm's Invited Feature Article in Langmuir is now online. Professor Hahm's past and on-going research efforts in the area of nanoscale protein self-assembly are showcased in an Invited Feature Article, 'Fundamentals of nanoscale polymer-protein interaction and their application in solid-state nanobioarrays'. This recently published article is found in the Feature Article Section in Langmuir and can be accessed via the DOI link, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/la404481t. Invited by Professor V. Ramamurthy, a Senior Editor of Langmuir, Professor Hahm highlights recent experimental and theoretical advances made on protein-polymer systems in her article, specifically her single-biomolecule-level investigations of protein adsorption behavior combined with surface chemical heterogeneity on the length scale commensurate with the size of a single protein. The article also addresses advantages and challenges of the self-assembly-driven patterning technology used to produce protein nanoarrays and its implications for ultrahigh density, functional, and quantifiable protein detection in a highly miniaturized format.

2013

October 2013 - ChemPhysChem, a European journal of Physical Chemistry and Chemical Physics has selected as a Very Important Paper the contribution from the Kertesz group “Study of the Diradicaloid Character in a Prototypical Pancake Bonded Dimer: The Stacked Tetracyanoethylene (TCNE) Anion Dimer and the Neutral K2TCNE2 Complex” by postdoc Zhong-hua Cui and our international collaborators Hans Lischka, Thomas Mueller, Felix Plasser. See: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1002/(ISSN)1439-7641/homepage/2267_vip.html ).

September 2013 - Prof. Christian Wolf won a three year, $337,278 NIH R 15 grant for his research "Synthesis of Chiral Organofluorines via Catalytic Asymmetric C-C Bond Formation with Fluoroenolates, Alkynes and Ynamides".

August 2013 - Professor Jong-in Hahm is promoted to the rank of Associate Professor with tenure by President DeGioia in the Department of Chemistry effective August 1, 2013. Our congratulations go out to her.

August 2013 - Professor Toshiko Ichiye won a R12 NIH subcontract as a co-PI for "Computational/Experimental Modeling of Aqueous Environments in Biology" with a funding of $179,667 from 6/1/2013 to 5/31/2015.

August 2013 - Professor K. Travis Holman successfully lead an effort to win a NSF MRI grant entitled "Acquisition of an "All-But-Detector" Single Crystal Diffractometer" with a funding level of $182,832.

August 2013 - Professor YuYe Tong successfully won a competitive renewal of his DOE project entitled "In Situ NMR/IR/Raman and ab initial DFT Investigations of Unconventional Promoters of Catalytic Activity on Pt-Based Electrocatalysts: from Sulfur to Polymers to Iodine" with a funding level of $510,000 from 8/15/2013 to 8/14/2016.

July 2013 - Congratulations go out to the Wolf group, whose work on developing a novel yet simple chemosensor that accelerates significantly the quantitative stereochemical analysis has been featured and highlighted in Chemistry World, the RCS (the Royal Society of Chemistry) Magazine distributed worldwide. RCS is renowned for publishing scientific work that is of the highest quality and is a premier journal for promoting Chemical Science to the public.

June 2013 - Prof. Jennifer A. Swift won a grant from the The National Science Foundation Division of Materials Research (NSF-DMR) for her project entitled "Doping Molecular Hydrates". The award begins on June 1, 2013 and is for 3 years. She also won a GU Graduate School pilot research grant for her project entitled "Crystal Nucleation on Surfaces" for AY 13/14.

June 2013 - Graduate student Nicholas Sapiezynski is awarded a 2013 National Science Foundation Fellowship award. Our congratulations goes out to Nick.

June 2013 - Prof. Christian Wolf has been appointed to the editorial board of the peer-reviewed Scientific Journal, Chirality. Our congratulations goes out to Prof. Wolf!

May 2, 2013 - Stephanee Synnott has been named a recipient of the GSO Teaching Assistant Award for the 2012-2013 school year!

This is the first year of this award which is given by the GSO Teaching and Membership Committee. According to the GSO, the competition for the TA Award was very strong and winners were chosen from among dozens of applicants after review by a committee composed of graduate students and faculty. The award was presented at a reception on May 2 in the Graduate School conference room on the fourth floor of the Car Barn

Stephanee is a multiple recipient of the Chemistry Department’s Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award. We are excited that Stephanee’s outstanding performance and dedication to teaching have now been recognized by the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences as well. The Department congratulates Stephanee on her award and her continuing excellence in teaching!

April 2013 - Congratulations goes out to Marlon N. Manalo (PhD ’03, de Dios) who currently is the Head of the Physical, Inorganic and Industrial Chemistry Division at the Institute of Chemistry, University of the Philippines Los Banos on being awarded tenure. Also a belated congratulations on receiving in July 2011 the Third World Academy of Sciences Prize for Young Scientist in the Philippines.

April 2013 - Lindsay Wise (BS'13) has been named the 2012-13 American Eagle Outfitters BIG EAST Institutional Female Scholar-Athlete when the conference's Academic Affairs Committee announced its honors. Read more.

April 2013 - Professor Weiss was interviewed on Brazilian TV, Canal Educativo, during his participation in the Physical Organic Chemistry Meeting at Foz do Iguacu in April.

March 2013 - Congratulations goes out to one of our alumni Kateri DuBay (C’02), on her becoming a faculty member in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Virginia. While at Georgetown, Kateri did research and co-authored two papers with Professor Roepe. Upon graduation, Kateri attended Cambridge University as a Gates Scholar and received an M.Phil in Chemistry in 2004. She proceeded to the Department of Chemistry at University of California, Berkeley where she received a PhD in 2009. While at Berkeley, Kateri received a Berkeley Fellowship in 2003 and was awarded an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship in 2004.

March 2013 - Professor M. Samy El-Shall (PhD '86, Martire) has been elected Fellow of the American Physical Society. Professor El-Shall has made seminal contributions to the fields of ion-induced nucleation, ion mobility, thermochemistry and structures of molecular cluster ions, gas phase cluster polymerization, nanostructured materials and nanocatalysis. He is professor of chemistry and chemical engineering at Virginia Commonwealth University, and is one of 13 research scientists and engineers selected nationwide as a 2012-2013 Jefferson Science Fellow at the U.S. Department of State.

March 2013 - Ms. Katy Sherlach, a 4th year chemistry graduate student and a member of the Roepe group, is selected by Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the Linda meeting committee through a highly competitive selection process to attend this year's Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting dedicated to Chemistry, a "highlight of scientific and academic event" that started in 1951. This year's meeting will take place in Lindau, Germany from 30 June through 5 July 2013.

2012

December 2012 - The Chemical Society of Washington (CSW) named Prof. Richard Weiss as the 2012 recipient of the Charles L. Gordon Award. [more]

December 2012 - Graduate student Carina Minardi awarded fellowship from NSF. [more]

August 2012 - Prof. Jong-in Hahm has been selected by the Women Chemists Committee (WCC) of the American Chemical Society (ACS) as a recipient of the 2013 WCC Rising Star award for excellence in the advancement of nano sciences and developing next-generation, enhanced DNA and proteins sensors beneficial to life sciences.

July 2012 - The National Science Foundation has awarded Prof. Christian Wolf a grant for his projected entitled “Designing Axially Chiral Sensors for Enantioselective Recognition of Chiral Compounds.” The award begins on August 1, 2012 and is for 3 years.

June 4, 2012 – Two Ph.D. students in the Department of Chemistry, Lora Angelova and Katy Sherlach, received the prestigious Clare Boothe Luce Fellowship from the Clare Boothe Luce Foundation. [more]

May 23, 2012 - While the Lewis pairs are frustrated, Allan Cardenas and Brooks Culotta, student researchers in Prof. Timothy H. Warren’s laboratory, don’t have any trouble getting along. Their research alongside German collaborators demonstrates a unique way to capture nitric oxide (NO) and inject this essential small molecule with exciting reactivity. Their discovery was highlighted as News of the Week in the May 21, 2012 issue of Chemical & Engineering News. [more]

March 31, 2012 – Georgetown University’s College Academic Council recognized the contributions of Profs. Diana Glick, Bahram Moasser, and Timothy Warren to undergraduate education. [more]

 

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