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CSU chemistry professor Garret Miyake named Cottrell Scholar

March 26, 2018

Colorado State University Assistant Professor of Chemistry Garret Miyakeenvisions a world with a more sustainable future. His work in synthetic polymer science is helping to bridge the gap between that future and today’s reality.

Chemistry graduate students honored at ACS Rocky Mountain Regional Conference

March 20, 2018

This past fall, over 200 people came together in Loveland, Colorado for the Rocky Mountain Regional Conference: Energy in the Rockies, hosted by the Colorado Section of the American Chemical Society (COACS). This conference brought together local sections from Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming, and Arizona. Special symposium and invited presenters came to discuss the […]

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Chemistry graduate student Cody Carrell named VPR fellow

March 13, 2018

On February 12, 2018, 36 graduate students took on the task of presenting their research in three minutes or less to a panel of six judges to compete for the Vice President for Research Fellowship Program. This year, chemistry graduate student Cody Carrell was one of the 16 participants chosen as a VPR Fellow.

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Matthew Shores named new chair of Department of Chemistry

March 1, 2018

Beginning in July, Professor Matthew Shores will take the helm of Colorado State University’s Department of Chemistry as its new chair.

CSU scholarship application deadline is March 1

February 22, 2018

The CSU Scholarship Application (CSUSA) is now available on RAMweb, and the deadline to apply is 11 p.m. on March 1.

Lonnie Thomas awarded certificate for advanced supervisor training

February 7, 2018

Lonnie Thomas, Assistant Coordinator for the General Chemistry Teaching and Learning Programs, was one of thirteen supervisors from five colleges and units across campus who were the first to complete the certification courses  this past year. They were all recognized for their outstanding dedication for their supervisory roles at Colorado State University.

Archaeology, batteries among topics at AAAS 2018

February 5, 2018

Colorado State University scientists will present a diverse array of research topics at the American Association for the Advancement of Science annual meeting, Feb. 15-19 in Austin, Texas. AAAS is the world’s largest general scientific society. The annual meeting convenes scientists, policymakers, educators and journalists to discuss the latest developments in science and technology.

Neilson receives Scialog: Advanced Energy Storage team award

January 22, 2018

Colorado State University’s Assistant Professor Jamie Neilson and University of Colorado Boulder’s Assistant Professor Aaron Holder collaborated to submit a research proposal for the Research Corporation for Science Advancement (RCSA) this past November.  Along with five other teams, Neilson and Holder were selected for the Scialog: Advanced Enegry Storage team awards. Each team, consists of […]

Wilmoth, Diverdi, and Neilson receive CNS Teaching & Mentoring Awards

January 17, 2018

On Friday, December 1, 2017, the Department of Chemistry’s Betty Wilmoth, Associate Professor Joseph Diverdi, and Assistant Professor Jamie Neilson received the College of Natural Sciences Teaching & Mentoring Awards. The Teaching and Mentoring Awards were established in 1995 to recognize faculty, staff, and graduate students that have set a standard of excellence in the […]

CSU Chemists selected for ACS Editors’ Choice

January 11, 2018

This last December, chemistry researchers from the Neilson Group were selected for the American Chemical Society’s  Open Access program Editors’ Choice in Chemistry of Materials. In Maughan and Neilson’s article titled “Anharmonicity and Octahedral Tilting in Hybrid Vacancy-Ordered Double Perovskites,” they describe the properties of two new materials discovered and synthesized by CSU undergraduates, (CH3NH3)2SnI6 […]

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Congratulations to the fall 2017 College of Natural Sciences graduates

January 4, 2018

The College of Natural Sciences at Colorado State University celebrated the graduation of 222 undergraduate students at the fall 2017 commencement ceremony Saturday, Dec. 16. Friends and family from near and far gathered in CSU’s Moby Arena to mark attainment of bachelor of science degrees in: applied computing technology, biochemistry, biological science, chemistry, computer science, mathematics, natural […]


Ten Michael Smith Scholars in Chemistry start their journey at CSU

This fall, 10 incoming chemistry undergraduates were selected to receive the new Michael Smith Scholar in Chemistry award. This scholarship provides up to four years of full tuition, thanks to the generous support of Michael Smith, who studied chemistry at CSU in the 1970s.

Ravishankara receives Scientific Leadership Award

December 12, 2017

This November, Distinguished Professor A.R. (Ravi) Ravishankara was awarded the individual Scientific Leadership Award at the Montreal Protocol 30th Anniversary Awards Ceremony. He received this award for his long standing dedication to ozone layer protection. Ravi has contributed in major ways over the past 20 years both to the understanding and the solution of the […]

CSU’s Chemistry American Chemical Society student chapter receives commendable award

December 6, 2017

This fall, the American Chemical Society (ACS) student chapter at Colorado State University was selected to receive a Commendable award for its activities conducted during the 2016-2017 academic year. For the 2016-2017 academic year, over 400 chapter activity reports were submitted and the Society Committee on Education presented 52 outstanding, 114 commendable, and 139 honorable […]

Bringing chemistry HOME with $1.1 million Sloan Foundation grant

November 29, 2017

An unprecedented scientific inquiry into the chemistry of the indoor environment is being launched by Colorado State University researchers. Delphine Farmer, associate professor of chemistry, is co-leading a two-year, $1.1 million Sloan Foundation-backed project to examine various aspects of indoor air, surfaces and microbes in a typical U.S. home. She’ll be joined by multiple researchers […]

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Professor Matthew Shores invited for visiting research program

November 20, 2017

This past September, Professor Matthew Shores was invited the University of Ottawa for three weeks to collaborate with students and faculty about magnetism and solar photocatalysis. The Visiting Researcher Program fosters greater exchanges with highly reputed researchers through stays at uOttawa varying between two and four weeks. Each year, the Vice President of Research’s Office […]

Graduate Student Showcase Awards 2017

November 13, 2017

The Department of Chemistry would like to congratulate all of this year’s Graduate Student Showcase participants! Listed below are the Department of Chemistry’s award winning participants! GREAT MINDS IN RESEARCH AWARD. The Great Minds in Research award is presented in collaboration by the Graduate School and the Office of Vice President for Research. This award […]

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Justin Sambur awarded the 2017 Norman Edmund Inspiration Award

November 10, 2017

Assistant Professor Justin Sambur was recently awarded with the 2017 Norman Edmund Inspiration Award. Justin’s proposed project uses light sheet microscopy to directly visualize solar energy conversion processes along the length of a single nanowire. The long-term goal of this project is to inform materials scientists on how to synthesize the optimal electrode architecture for […]

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News from the CIF

November 8, 2017

  A new Single-Crystal XRD system is now available to CIF-trained users and can be found in CHEMR, room 204L. The Bruker D8 QUEST ECO is a full-featured research instrument providing complete 3D structures, complementary to NMR and mass spec, enabling not only the full range of service crystallography but also charge density and absolute […]

Three state governors headline 21st Century Energy Transition Symposium 2017

November 1, 2017

By Anne Manning The governors of Colorado, Montana and Wyoming, along with more than 50 experts in academia, government and industry, will take the stage at the 21st Century Energy Transition Symposium, Oct. 30-31. All sessions will be in the Lory Student Center Grand Ballroom at Colorado State University. For the seventh straight year, speakers from multiple […]

Professor Leslie DiVerdi Scholarship Fully Endowed – Continue the Legacy

October 30, 2017

“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” – Winston Churchill. Education has power to touch and to transform lives. Leslie DiVerdi touched and transformed the lives of many students of chemistry during her life and her career at Colorado State University. The scholarship created in […]

To save Florida’s oranges, CSU team will study deadly citrus disease

October 27, 2017

Over the last decade, Florida’s famous citrus industry has been battered by a disease called citrus greening, which has destroyed acres of crops and cost untold billions in revenue. Combining expertise in soil, plant pathology, entomology and chemistry, a Colorado State University team will research how the disease propagates, and how it can be stopped. […]

Carbon coating gives biochar its garden-greening power

October 23, 2017

For more than 100 years, biochar, a carbon-rich, charcoal-like substance made from oxygen-deprived plant or other organic matter, has both delighted and puzzled scientists. As a soil additive, biochar can store carbon and thus reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and it can slow-release nutrients to act as a non-toxic fertilizer.

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Faculty Positions in Chemistry

October 17, 2017

  The Department of Chemistry at Colorado State University, located in Fort Collins, CO, seeks to hire at least one tenure-track faculty member. While exceptional candidates from all areas of chemical science are encouraged to apply, those with research interests in analytical and/or experimental physical chemistry are of particular interest. Exceptional candidates will be able […]

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Garret Miyake wins the 2017 ACS Division of Polymer Chemistry Mark Young Scholar Award

September 19, 2017

The Mark Young Scholar Award is a prestigious recognition given to one scholar under 35 years old biannually. The honor comes with a special symposium, which was held in honor of Assistant Professor Miyake on August 20, 2017, at the 254th national ACS meeting in Washington, DC. Featured speakers invited to the symposium included: Tim […]

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Neilson and Packlar design gas flow cell to analyze catalytic behavior

September 1, 2017

If only there were a way to study how catalyst materials (as in an automotive catalytic converter) actually interacts with gas-phase reactants? Learning the atomistic processes that enable this technology could able the production of less expensive and more efficient catalysts.  Working together with scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Assistant Professor Jamie Neilson and […]

Dr. Rob Paton to join faculty in January 2018

August 28, 2017

The Department of Chemistry is excited to announce that Dr. Rob Paton will be joining Colorado State University in January 2018 to continue his independent career as an Associate Professor in Chemistry. Rob Paton obtained an MSci in Natural Sciences, receiving the Raphael Prize for distinction in Organic Chemistry, at the University of Cambridge in the UK. He […]

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Chemistry Alumnus Daniel Dirocco named 2017 Talented 12

August 22, 2017

For three years in a row, c&en Chemical & Engineering News have named 12 top chemists who are rising above the rest as new up and comers in the chemistry world. This year, our very own alumnus, Daniel Dirocco was named on of the Talented 12 Class of 2017! Daniel, who received his Ph.D. and […]

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Dr. Garret Miyake joins faculty in August 2017

August 16, 2017

The Department of Chemistry is excited to announce that Dr. Garret Miyake will be continuing his independent career at Colorado State University this August 2017 as an Assistant Professor in Chemistry. Garret Miyake grew up in Canby, Oregon and later earned his B.S. in chemistry at Pacific University. He moved to Fort Collins where he […]

Welcome to the new Chemistry Research Building

August 14, 2017

by Katie Courage Colorado State University now has a state-of-the-art home dedicated to key, dynamic areas of chemistry research. The Chemistry Research Building, which opens Aug. 14, is a 60,000-square-foot, hood-intensive facility that houses 11 faculty labs, as well as dozens of researchers, graduate students and undergraduates. Funded primarily by the state of Colorado, the […]

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Bacterial biofilms, begone

August 3, 2017

by Anne Manning By some estimates, bacterial strains resistant to antibiotics – so-called superbugs – will cause more deaths than cancer by 2050. Colorado State University biomedical and chemistry researchers are using creative tactics to subvert these superbugs and their mechanisms of invasion. In particular, they’re devising new ways to keep harmful bacteria from forming […]

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CSU Short Course Registration Now Open

August 2, 2017

The CSU Short Course: X-ray Diffraction and Scattering Methods for Material Analysis registration is now open! Are you interested in expanding your knowledge on how Xray diffraction or scattering can be used to analyze different types of materials? The CIF is hosting a Materials Analysis Short Course on September 14-15 during which students can learn […]

Fisher selected as new assistant vice president for strategic initiatives

August 1, 2017

Ellen Fisher, Ph.D., was recently selected as the new Assistant Vice president for Strategic Initiatives for the Office of the Vice President for Research. Fisher will drive strategic initiatives associated with the new Research and Scholarly Success Initiative. She will play a key role in helping faculty, students and staff advance university research and scholarship. […]

Rodney K. Skogerboe Scholarship in Chemistry Endowment Announced

July 17, 2017

The College of Natural Sciences is proud to announce the creation of the Rodney K. Skogerboe Scholarship in Chemistry Endowment. This scholarship was created by Dr. Glenn Boutilier and his wife, Donna, to honor Dr. Skogerboe’s career at Colorado State University and the important impact he had on the lives of his students. To ensure […]

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Kerry Rippy named Sustainability Leadership Fellow

July 4, 2017

Kerry Rippy, Ph.D. candidate with the Department of Chemistry, was recently named a School of Global Environmental Sustainability (SoGES) Sustainability Leadership Fellow for the 2017-2018 academic year. She is one, out of 20 early career academics, that have been selected as a CSU sustainability leader. Kerry Rippy will join a select group of CSU senior Ph.D. candidates and […]

A new twist on uranium’s origin story, by CSU scientists

June 2, 2017

By Anne Ju Manning Uranium, the radioactive element that fuels nuclear power plants and occurs naturally in the Earth’s crust, is typically mined from large sandstone deposits deep underground. The uranium in these deposits, which are called roll fronts, has long been thought to form over millions of years via chemical reactions of sulfur and […]

Fisher Receives Distinguished Alumni Award from University of Utah

May 16, 2017

Professor Ellen Fisher was recently awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Utah Department of Chemistry. This award was established by the university to recognize and honor their most prominent and successful alumni from their undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral programs. About four alumni are awarded each year, and are invited to the University of Utah […]

Boehle and Cogell Awarded at CSU Demo Days

May 11, 2017

On April 27, Colorado State University held CSU Demo Day. This event aims to inspire and enrich our communities by showcasing the best of CSU and Northern Colorado’s entrepreneurial community. This year there were over $18,000 in cash prizes given out to graduate students, postdocs, and start up companies. Each student or group presented their cutting edge work […]

Ravishankara, Reynolds and Crans Honored with Top Faculty Awards at Celebrate! Colorado State

April 20, 2017

Continuing our commitment to excellence,  the Department of Chemistry had three faculty members that received awards at the annual Celebrate! Colorado State Awards. The honorees from the Department of Chemistry were among eight faculty members from the College of Natural Sciences who received awards at this year’s event. Professor A.R. Ravishankara, of the Department of Chemistry and […]

Melissa Reynolds named 2017 College of Natural Sciences Professor Laureate

April 19, 2017

The College of Natural Sciences has named this year’s Professor Laureates – Dr. Melissa Reynolds, Department of Chemistry and Dr. Dan Cooley, Department of Statistics. Professor Laureate is the highest academic title awarded by the College of Natural Sciences and is intended to honor faculty who have made outstanding contributions to its mission with work […]

Deaf student trail-blazing her way to a chemistry degree

April 14, 2017

By Anne Ju Manning Evie Bangs was 5 years old when she started to lose her hearing. At age 8, her hearing plummeted, and she could no longer understand her teachers. Now she’s about to graduate from Colorado State University. And she’s gotten here not by dwelling on what she has lost, but focusing on […]

Chemistry graduate student Michelle Mann named VPR fellow

March 22, 2017

On February 13, chemistry graduate student Michelle Mann competed with over 35 other graduate students across the University for a spot in the Vice President for Research Fellowship program. In just three short minutes, Mann summarized her work to a team of judges from across the University. Mann’s presentation, “Harnessing the Power of Plasma for […]

Six Decades of Academic Publications Achieved by Professor Frank Stermitz

March 13, 2017

As of this year, Colorado State University Department of Chemistry Professor Emeritus Frank Stermitz officially has six decades of academic publications under his belt. From 1956 to 2017, Stermitz helped to co-author and author 256 peer-reviewed scientific publications. Over the years, 77 undergraduates, 62 graduate students, and 23 postdoctoral associates helped to contribute to his […]

‘Shifting our trajectory’: The Standing Committee on the Status of Women Faculty

March 9, 2017

by Pam Jackson It can seem a pretty daunting challenge when you serve on a committee charged with bringing about major institutional change, overcoming obstacles and structural constraints shaped by history and human nature over 150 years. But the Standing Committee on the Status of Women Faculty has moved swiftly, boldly and with determination to […]

How CSU chemists are helping us not get food poisoning

March 8, 2017

By Anne Ju Manning Food poisoning: Many of us have had it, and we won’t soon forget it. Colorado State University chemists are trying to make it so we can avoid it in the first place. Borrowing concepts from medical diagnostic devices, a CSU research team has created a simple, cheap set of handheld tests […]

COACS Salutes to Excellence Awards

March 3, 2017

On February 16, 2017, the Colorado Section of the American Chemical Society (COACS) celebrated “Salutes to Excellence Awards”. This event honored outstanding individuals and groups that have made contributions to the scientific community by volunteering to better our communities, fellow scientists, and students. 2017 Outreach Volunteer of the Year Dr. Marge Rakowsky, was recognized with […]

Graduate Students Michael Link and Ryan Fulgham chosen for Graduate Student Organized Symposia at ACS

February 22, 2017

Ryan Fulgham and Michael Link were presented an opportunity by Professor Melissa Reynolds and their advisor, Professor Delphine Farmer, to lead a symposium at the upcoming 254th national meeting of the American Chemical Society (ACS) in Washington, D.C. August 20-24, 2017. The ACS Division of Analytical Chemistry (ANYL) will feature three graduate student organized symposia […]

Chemist Jamie Neilson named Sloan Research Fellow and Cottrell Scholar

February 21, 2017

Feb. 21, 2017 By Katie Courage Jamie Neilson, assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry, has been named both a Sloan Research Fellow and Cottrell Scholar. Credit: Abby Grubesic Colorado State University Assistant Professor Jamie Neilson is using chemistry to create new, innovative materials to change the way we harvest and use energy. He is […]

Dr. Joseph Zadrozny to join faculty in August 2017

February 20, 2017

The Department of Chemistry is excited to announce that Dr. Joseph Zadrozny will be starting his independent career at Colorado State University in August 2017 as an Assistant Professor in Chemistry.  Joe is currently working as postdoctoral researcher at Northwestern University with Professor Danna E. Freedman. His current work is focused on the design of […]

Annalise Maughan named a 2017 Ludo Frevel Crystallography Scholarship Recipient

February 16, 2017

Chemistry graduate student Annalise Maughan has been selected for the 2017 Ludo Frevel Crystallography award from the International Centre for Diffraction Data. In her program, she works with the Neilson Group and studies organic-inorganic coupling and disorder in hybrid perovskite halide semiconductors. Approximately 10 of these prizes are awarded to the international community each year. […]

Candia awarded Energy Institute Undergraduate Fellowship

Andrew Candia, an undergraduate chemistry major, was recently awarded the CSU Energy Institute Undergraduate Fellow for his work on discovering new semiconducting materials for photovoltaics. Andrew was recruited by Assistant Professor Jamie Neilson during his time in the B2B REU  program last summer. In Andrew’s research, he will be working with graduate student Annalise Maughan […]

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Upcoming Scholarships

February 13, 2017

The 2017-2018 Scholarship Season Is Open! The CSU Scholarship Application (CSUSA) will be available online at RAMweb. The deadline for submitting all application materials is March 1 at 11:00 p.m. (MST). Login using your eID at and select the CSU Scholarship Application. Complete the General Application, the Supplemental Application, and any Recommended Opportunities for […]

Dr. Jeff Bandar to join faculty in August 2017

February 7, 2017

The Department of Chemistry is excited to announce that Dr. Jeffrey Bandar will be starting his independent career at Colorado State University in August 2017 as an Assistant Professor in Organic Chemistry. Jeff is currently working as an NIH postdoctoral fellow at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the laboratory of Professor Stephen L. Buchwald. His […]

Neilson receives NSF Career Award

Assistant Professor Jamie Neilson has been recognized with a $520,000 Career Award from the National Science Foundation. The NSF Career Award is a prestigious 5-year award in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholar through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research. The research goal of Dr. Neilson’s Career project […]

Graduate Student Showcase Awards 2016

November 18, 2016

Winning participants of the Fall 2016 Graduate Student Showcase from the Department of Chemistry are listed below each award. Congratulations! GREAT MINDS IN RESEARCH AWARD The Great Minds in Research award is presented in collaboration by the Graduate School and the Office of Vice President for Research. This award recognizes graduate student submissions that contribute to the excellence […]

CSU grad earns top Hispanic science and engineering honors

October 17, 2016

The technical achievements of a Colorado State University alumna and Sandia National Laboratories innovator were recognized with a 2016 Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Awards Conference (HENAAC) Award. The award was from Great Minds in STEM, an organization supporting careers in science, technology, engineering, and math. Chemist Bernadette “Bernie” Hernandez-Sanchez, (Ph.D. ’04), won for outstanding technical achievement and is […]

Sambur receives 2017 Young Investigator Research (YIP) award

October 12, 2016

Justin Sambur was recently awarded the Young Investigator Research Program (YIP) award from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research.  This grant provides funding over a 3 year period.  The YIP is open to scientists and engineers at research institutions across the United States who received a Ph.D. or equivalent degrees in the last five […]

Neufeld and Reynolds reach “Most Read this Month” status with Biointerphases

October 11, 2016

Congratulations to Bella Neufeld (Reynolds group) and Melissa Reynolds! Their Biointerphases article, entitled “Critical nitric oxide concentration for Pseudomonas aeruginosa biofilm reduction on polyurethane substrates” was the most read this month! Abstract: Bacterial colonies that reside on a surface, known as biofilms, are intrinsically impenetrable to traditional antibiotics, ultimately driving research toward an alternative therapeutic approach. Nitric oxide (NO) […]

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Faculty Positions in Chemistry

September 30, 2016

The Department of Chemistry at Colorado State University, located in Fort Collins, CO, is currently accepting applications for three junior-level tenure-track faculty searches, collectively encompassing all areas of chemistry.  Exceptional candidates from all areas of chemical science are encouraged to apply.  Candidates with research interests in (1) organic chemistry or chemical biology, and (2) soft […]

CSU participating in $1.2 million study about environmental impacts on children

September 28, 2016

Colorado State University, in collaboration with the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, has been awarded $1.2 million to participate in a National Institutes of Health initiative called Environmental influences on Child Health Outcomes (ECHO). The award is part of a planned seven-year grant with an estimated total value of $15 million for the Colorado […]

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Faculty Positions in Chemistry

September 1, 2016

The Department of Chemistry at Colorado State University, located in Fort Collins, CO, is currently accepting applications for three junior-level tenure-track faculty searches, collectively encompassing all areas of chemistry.  Exceptional candidates from all areas of chemical science are encouraged to apply.  Candidates with research interests in (1) organic chemistry or chemical biology, and (2) soft […]

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Chemistry Alumna Bernadette Hernandez-Sanchez receives 2016 HENAAC Award

August 19, 2016

Bernadette (Bernie) A. Hernandez-Sanchez (Ph.D. 2004 Fisher & Dorhout Groups) was recently selected for a Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Awards Conference (HENAAC) award. She will be formally recognized at the Great Minds in STEM (GMiS)/HENAAC conference in Anaheim, CA on October 7th. Outstanding Technical Achievement Bernadette A. Hernandez-Sanchez Principal Member of Technical Staff Advanced Materials […]

Bruce to speak at upcoming 2016 WCC Merck Research Awards Symposium

August 16, 2016

Chemistry graduate student Virginia Bruce, part of the McNaughton lab, was recently awarded one of the 1st Annual WCC Merck Research Awards. This award recognizes excellence in 3rd & 4th year female graduate students with a research focus in one or more of the following – Organic, Medicinal, Analytical, Chemical Biology, Computational or Structural Chemistry and […]

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CSU says ‘thank you’ to Chemistry Research Building crew, state of Colorado

August 8, 2016

Video by Ron Bend/CSU External Relations Faculty, staff and students from the Department of Chemistry and the College of Natural Sciences finished the week with a celebratory lunch at the construction site of the new building, which is set to open roughly a year from now. The event, put on by Haselden, was a thank-you […]

Chemistry graduate program renewed as a Program of Research and Scholarly Excellence

July 11, 2016

The Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) is pleased to announce the designation of 21 Programs of Research & Scholarly Excellence (PRSE) for fiscal years 2017-2020. “These PRSEs were selected because they have achieved great distinction and set a standard for excellence in research, teaching and service both internally and externally. This designation provides enhanced visibility and […]

As wildfire season heats up, CSU experts push for national smoke warning system

June 22, 2016

We have warnings for high ozone levels, for floods and tornadoes. But there is one major natural disaster-related risk that is easily trackable but has been silent so far: smoke. Wildfire smoke is not only a view-blocker. It is also a health hazard, especially for children and older adults, and for those of any age […]

Faculty honored by Grad Student Council for advising and mentorship

Congratulations to Professors Rick Finke and Chuck Henry, who received Honorable Mentions from CSU’s Graduate Student Council (GSC), for their extraordinary contributions to graduate advising and mentoring.   The Graduate Advising and Mentorship Award celebrates exceptional faculty advisors who continually dedicate their time, energy, and wisdom to CSU graduate students. The GSC received more than […]

Bernstein awarded the 2016 Colorado Section ACS Research Award

June 2, 2016

Elliot Bernstein has recently been awarded the 2016 Colorado Section Research Award from the Colorado Section of the American Chemical Society (COACS). This award is the highest honor that the Colorado American Chemical Society Section can bestow on any chemist and is awarded in celebration of the cumulative accomplishments that Prof. Bernstein has acquired over his entire career.  The […]

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Batteries are beautiful, says chemist and entrepreneur Amy Prieto

May 26, 2016

Watch highlights from Amy Prieto’s President’s Community Lecture above. Watch the full lecture here.  Every second of every day, our lives are touched by batteries. In our cars. Our phones. Our homes. We don’t think about them – that is, until they don’t work. Or in some unfortunate cases, when they burst into flames. So says Amy […]

DOE honors chemist Amber Krummel with early career award

For her work capturing snapshots of the very small, Amber Krummel has received a very large reward: a $750,000, five-year Early Career Award from the U.S. Department of Energy. Krummel is an assistant professor in the College of Natural Sciences’ Department of Chemistry at Colorado State University and is one of 49 early-career scientists across […]

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Prieto Battery receives investment from Stanley Ventures for new technology

May 23, 2016

FORT COLLINS – Prieto Battery, an advanced 3-D lithium ion battery technology company spun out of Colorado State University, has announced a strategic investment from Stanley Ventures, the newly formed venture arm of Stanley Black & Decker. Stanley Black & Decker is a world-leading provider of tools and storage, commercial electronic security and engineered fastening […]

President’s Community Lecture Series will feature Amy Prieto, May 24

May 10, 2016

Chemist and battery entrepreneur Amy Prieto will be the featured speaker for the President’s Community Lecture Series on May 24. The President’s Community Lecture Series, hosted by CSU President Tony Frank, presents free, public talks by outstanding Colorado State University faculty. Their aim is to introduce CSU research, entrepreneurship and innovation to the Fort Collins […]

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Chemist Jamie Neilson receives DOE early career award

May 4, 2016

Jamie Neilson, assistant professor in the College of Natural Sciences’ Department of Chemistry, has received a five-year, $750,000 research award from the Department of Energy. The DOE’s Office of Science has selected Neilson, along with 48 other scientists from across the nation, to receive research funding through its Early Career Research Program. Now in its […]

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Mitchell Bordelon wins 2016 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

April 26, 2016

Mitchell Bordelon is one of four Colorado State University graduating seniors and three graduate students receiving the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships this year. The NSF-GRFP provides a three-year annual stipend of $34,000, along with a $12,000 cost-of-education allowance for tuition and fees (paid to the institution). It includes opportunities for international research and professional development, […]

Celebrate! CSU recognizes Department of Chemistry’s Denef, Kahler, and Levinger

April 20, 2016

Each year, Colorado State University celebrates the teaching, research and service achievements of CSU students, alumni and friends, academic faculty, administrative professionals and classified staff. This year, three outstanding chemistry faculty and staff were recognized during the ceremony on April 19. Outstanding Achievement Award   Recognizes meritorious and outstanding achievement in job skills and service […]

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Meyers and Stille Symposia dates announced

April 14, 2016

The Department of Chemistry at Colorado State University is honored to host the Albert I. and Joan Meyers Symposium on May 20 and the John K. and Dolores Stille Symposium honoring Gary Maciel on Oct. 29. Please visit each website to learn more about the symposia, lineup of speakers, and to register. The lectures and […]

Krummel among faculty awarded the 2015-2016 College of Natural Sciences Teaching & Mentoring Awards

April 5, 2016

The Teaching and Mentoring Awards were established in 1995 to recognize faculty and graduate students that have set a standard of excellence in the teaching and mentoring of students.  These awards are the highest honor the College bestows for student education.  Recipients not only help students realize their full learning potential, but encourage them to […]

Tony Rappe named 2016 College of Natural Sciences Professor Laureate

The College of Natural Sciences has named this year’s Professor Laureate – Dr. Anthony Rappé, Department of Chemistry. Professor Laureate is the highest academic title awarded by the College of Natural Sciences and is intended to honor faculty who have made outstanding contributions to its mission with work in the areas of research, teaching, mentoring and […]

Virginia Bruce receives national award

March 30, 2016

Virginia Bruce, a fourth year graduate student in the McNaughton lab, has been selected as 1 of 8 inaugural winners of the ACS Women Chemists Committee (WCC)/Merck Research Award. Virginia’s research focuses on developing novel protein drug leads that access the inside of mammalian cells, and modulate cell function and fate. As part of this […]

“Truly Sustainable Polymers” presented by Chen & Hong at ACS National Meeting

March 22, 2016

CHEMISTS UNVEIL ‘TRULY SUSTAINABLE’ POLYMERS When it comes to making an environmentally friendly polymer, chemists tend to think that starting with a renewably sourced monomer is all it takes. But according to Eugene Y.-X. Chen of Colorado State University, a biobased monomer is only one of three criteria needed to build such a material: “A […]

Strauss receives the 2016 ACS Award for Creative Work in Fluorine Chemistry

March 11, 2016

Steven Strauss, professor in the Colorado State University Department of Chemistry, has received the 2016 American Chemical Society Award for Creative Work in Fluorine Chemistry. The award, sponsored by the Juhua Group Technology Center in China, recognizes outstanding contributions to the chemistry of fluorine, the lightest halogen and most reactive chemical element in the periodic […]

Dr. Justin Sambur to join faculty in August 2016

March 1, 2016

The Department of Chemistry is excited to announce that Dr. Justin Sambur will be returning to his alma mater in August 2016 as an Assistant Professor in Analytical Chemistry. Justin is currently working as a post-doctoral fellow at Cornell University in the laboratory of Dr. Peng Chen. His research focuses on using single-molecule imaging methods […]

Chemistry graduate student Trey Murschell receives award in the Pacifichem Student Poster Competition

January 29, 2016

Chemistry graduate student Trey Murschell (Farmer group) was selected as one of the Final Award Winners of the Pacifichem Student Poster Competition at December’s meeting in Honolulu, Hawaii. His poster was entitled “Fast, sensitive technique for real-time, in situ quantification of commonly applied pesticides in the atmosphere using high resolution time-of-flight chemical ionization mass spectrometry”. […]

Researchers develop a killer nanobody

January 25, 2016

Former McNaughton lab researchers Melissa Gray (now a graduate student at Stanford) and Sandra DePorter (now a post-doctoral researcher at Stanford), in collaboration with researchers at Yale, have reported a nanobody that selectively kills certain breast cancer cells. The research is highlighted on the back cover of ChemBioChem. More information can be found at:

CSU team’s discovery could revolutionize plastics

January 20, 2016

You know your discovery is a big deal when you prove textbooks wrong. Two Colorado State University researchers are taking a red pen to conventional wisdom with their creation of a totally recyclable bioplastic that can be heated, returned to its original state and reused. No one’s ever done that before. The process they discovered […]

Andrew Martinolich named a 2016 Ludo Frevel Crystallography Scholarship Recipient

January 6, 2016

Chemistry graduate student Andy Martinolich (Neilson group) has been selected for the 2016 Ludo Frevel Crystallography award from the International Centre for Diffraction Data. Approximately 10 of these prizes are awarded to the international community each year. This prize includes a $2500 award to help support the education and research program of promising graduate students […]

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Polymer chemistry highlighted on cover of Journal of Materials Chemistry B

Chemistry graduate students (Pam Yapor, Alec Lutzke, and Bella Neufeld) and post-doctoral researchers (Adoracion Pegalajar-Jurado and Vinod Damodaran) had their work selected and highlighted on the cover of Journal of Materials Chemistry B. Their research article “Biodegradable citrate-based polyesters with S-nitrosothiol functional groups for nitric oxide release” describes the synthesis and characterization of a new […]

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Brent Wyatt, College of Natural Sciences

December 16, 2015

Brent Wyatt is launching into a career in chemistry with a little help from a professor who never saw him in class. “Winning the first George Splittgerber Scholarship in Chemistry has made it possible for me to stay on campus this final semester and complete the American Chemical Society certification program,” said Wyatt. “It will […]

Recyclable bioplastics cooled down, cooked up in CSU chem lab

December 4, 2015

Compostable cutlery and other products made from the biomaterial PLA are biodegradable, but not fully recyclable. In a recent paper, CSU researchers have reported a breakthrough in recyclable polymers, which can be transformed back into their original molecular states using heat. Their breakthrough could lead to truly recyclable plastics. The textbooks and journals said it couldn’t be done. […]

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Crans & Lay receive the University of Sydney’s International Research Collaboration Award

November 30, 2015

Collaborative research to study vanadium anti-diabetic drugs Professor Debbie Crans and Professor Peter Lay recently received the University of Sydney’s International Research Collaboration Award. Professor Crans visited the University of Sydney earlier this month to establish collaborations with Peter Lay, who has complementary expertise in this field. Vanadium complexes have been shown to have efficacy in the […]

Prieto Battery teams with Intel to advance batteries for computers

November 10, 2015

Prieto Battery, a Colorado State University spinoff company, has announced a business collaboration with Intel’s New Business Group, and an initial investment from Intel Capital. The announcement came during the Intel Global Summit in San Diego, Nov. 3. Prieto Battery was co-founded in 2009 by Associate Professor of Chemistry Amy Prieto to commercialize her lab’s 3-D […]

Thomas Borch recognized for outstanding contributions to agronomy

November 9, 2015

Borch is the 2015 recipient of the Marion L. and Chrystie M. Jackson Soil Science Award.  He and fellow award winners will be recognized during the scientific society’s International Annual Meeting, Nov. 15-18, 2015. The annual awards are presented by the Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) for outstanding contributions to agronomy through education, national and international service, and research. […]

Chemistry of Addiction – FREE ACS webinar to feature Dr. Anthony Rappe on Nov. 12th

November 3, 2015

Chemistry of Addiction November 12, 2015 @ 2:00pm ET Along with physiology and psychology, chemistry plays an important role in addiction beyond the obvious “cooking” made popular in the TV series Breaking Bad. Small molecular species, neurotransmitters, are the chemical messengers of neuronal synaptic transmission. These natural processes can be diverted or disrupted by exogenous […]

Chemists invent ‘tool’ for assembling life molecules

October 23, 2015

Using a feedstock chemical as a starting material and a rhodium complex as a catalyst, CSU researchers can make pharmaceutical building blocks in one step. Ask an organic chemist what the meaning of life is, and he or she will probably tell you it’s the carbon-carbon bond. Just about every biological molecule — the proteins and […]

EPA leaders praise CSU sustainability efforts

October 22, 2015

Colorado State University’s research and innovation efforts in green technologies and practices have grabbed the attention of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. EPA representatives spent a half day on campusOct. 13, starting with a luncheon honoring CSU chemistry professor Eugene Chen and staff member Sheela Backen for their specific sustainability-related achievements. The day continued with lab […]

Steve Strauss named recipient of the 2016 ACS Award for Creative Work in Fluorine Chemistry

August 20, 2015

Professor Steven Strauss has been awarded the 2016 ACS Award for Creative Work in Fluorine Chemistry, sponsored by the Juhua Group Technology Center China. This award recognizes outstanding contributions to the advancements of the chemistry of fluorine. Recipients will be honored at the Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, March 15, 2016, in conjunction with the 251st ACS […]

Ellen Fisher named Fellow of the American Chemical Society

July 30, 2015

The world’s largest scientific society, the American Chemical Society, has named Ellen Fisher, senior faculty advisor for the Vice President for Research and professor of Chemistry at Colorado State University to its 2015 Class of Fellows. Founded in 2009, the ACS Fellows program identifies members for outstanding accomplishments and contributions to chemistry and the society. […]

Remembering George Splittgerber

July 21, 2015

George Emil Hugo Splittgerber was born on January 25, 1918, on a homestead in the Prairie Center, Wyoming community to parents Hugo and Mathea (Jorgensen) Splittgerber. He spent early childhood in Stanton, Nebraska and received degrees in Chemistry from the University of Nebraska in 1939 and a doctorate from Kansas State University in 1960. Mr. […]

Chen awarded 2015 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award

July 20, 2015

Landmark clean chemistry technology To recognize the discovery of a landmark clean chemistry technology, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency awarded a Presidential Green Chemistry Award to Colorado State University Professor of Chemistry Eugene Chen this week. Chen, the only award winner recognized in the Academic category, was honored at a ceremony in Washington, D.C., for […]

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Recent Student Awards in the Department of Chemistry

June 12, 2015

Ellen Daugherty (PhD candidate, Borch group) was recently named a 2015-2016 SoGES Sustainability Leadership Fellow.  These fellows receive state-of-the-art training in environmental communication and professional development skills. Ellen’s research aims to better understand some of the small-scale processes involved in carbon cycling, a major factor in global climate change. Congratulations Ellen!   Jeramy Jasmann was […]