Newell Washburn Recognized by Covestro for Scientific ExcellenceToday, Covestro announced Newell Washburn as the recipient of its global Science Award, in recognition of his role in pioneering a scientific innovation that speeds the development of customized polymer formulations. Washburn, an associate professor of chemistry and biomedical engineering with a courtesy appointment in the department of materials science and engineering at Carnegie Mellon University, accepted the award during the Covestro Science Celebration at K 2019. Held every three years, K 2019 is the world’s leading trade show for the plastics and rubber industry. It takes place October 16-23 in Düsseldorf, Germany.
Chemistry Professor Receives Grant to Develop Algorithm for Designing Better ConcreteAssociate Professor of Chemistry Newell Washburn has received a more than half-million-dollar grant from the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) to develop a machine learning algorithm that could help design more durable and energy-efficient concrete.
CMU and Yale Receive NIH Grant to Further Gene Editing TechniqueA research team from Carnegie Mellon University and Yale University will advance their innovative, synthetic nucleic acid-based gene editing technique under a new grant from the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH’s) Somatic Cell Genome Editing (SCGE) Program.
New Faculty to Join Department of ChemistryThursday, October 03, 2019
New Faculty to Join Department of ChemistryThree new faculty members will join the Carnegie Mellon Department of Chemistry in 2020. The researchers, who take interdisciplinary approaches to their work, will support the department’s efforts in automated science, computational chemistry, quantum chemistry and biological chemistry.
MCS Welcomes Its First Tartan ScholarsMonday, September 30, 2019
MCS Welcomes Its First Tartan ScholarsThis semester, Carnegie Mellon University welcomed its first cohort of Tartan Scholars to campus. The Tartan Scholars program seeks to build a community of support and leadership among incoming first-year students who are academically high-achieving and come from low-income backgrounds.
Startup to Develop PNA Technology for Gene EditingFriday, September 13, 2019
Startup to Develop PNA Technology for Gene EditingTruecode Gene Repair has licensed peptide nucleic acid (PNA) technology developed by Chemistry Professor Danith Ly to develop new gene editing therapies.
Runaway Mitochondria Cause Telomere Damage in CellsWednesday, August 28, 2019
Runaway Mitochondria Cause Telomere Damage in CellsUsing a technology developed by Carnegie Mellon University's Marcel Bruchez, researchers at UPMC Hillman Cancer Center have provided the first concrete evidence for the long-held belief that sick mitochondria pollute the cells they're supposed to be supplying with power.
Feeding the World, Feeding OurselvesMonday, August 19, 2019
Feeding the World, Feeding Ourselves“Feeding the World, Feeding Ourselves” aims to help students make informed choices about the foods they consume and to better understand the ways that lives are shaped by food systems — even when they’re not eating.
Erin Kavanagh Researching Artificial Lungs in Germany as Fulbright ScholarMonday, August 19, 2019
Erin Kavanagh Researching Artificial Lungs in Germany as Fulbright ScholarThis September, Erin Kavanagh will leave on a 10-month journey to conduct research on artificial lung devices in Germany as a Fulbright Scholar.
Ph.D. Candidate Zoe Wright Wins Kwolek Fellowship in ChemistryMonday, July 29, 2019
Ph.D. Candidate Zoe Wright Wins Kwolek Fellowship in ChemistryChemistry Ph.D. candidate Zoe Wright has been named the recipient of the 2019 Kwolek Fellowship in Chemistry. The fellowship is funded by a bequest from Carnegie Mellon University alumna Stephanie Kwolek, best known as the inventor of the synthetic fiber Kevlar.
Cleaning Our Water with Groundbreaking 'Bioinspired' ChemistryMonday, July 15, 2019
Cleaning Our Water with Groundbreaking 'Bioinspired' ChemistryResearchers at Carnegie Mellon University's Institute for Green Science (IGS) blazed the trail for a new field of sustainable chemistry by unveiling powerful, safe and inexpensive oxidation catalysts inspired by the biological processes within us that break down even the most stubborn micropollutants.
Startup Focuses on Developing Catalysts for IndustryMonday, June 17, 2019
Startup Focuses on Developing Catalysts for IndustryStartup Focuses on Developing Catalysts for Industry
Carnegie Mellon Researchers Develop Semi-Liquid Metal Anode for Next-Generation BatteriesWednesday, June 12, 2019
Carnegie Mellon Researchers Develop Semi-Liquid Metal Anode for Next-Generation BatteriesResearchers from Carnegie Mellon University’s Mellon College of Science and College of Engineering have developed a semiliquid lithium metal-based anode that represents a new paradigm in battery design. Lithium batteries made using this new electrode type could have a higher capacity and be much safer than typical lithium metal-based batteries that use lithium foil as anode.
Chemistry Professor Emeritus Publishes Book About Carbon Dioxide's Impacts on EarthThursday, June 06, 2019
Chemistry Professor Emeritus Publishes Book About Carbon Dioxide's Impacts on EarthChemistry Professor Emeritus Publishes Book About Carbon Dioxide's Impacts on Earth
Carnegie Mellon Researchers Create Soft, Flexible Materials with Enhanced PropertiesThursday, May 23, 2019
Carnegie Mellon Researchers Create Soft, Flexible Materials with Enhanced PropertiesA team of polymer chemists and engineers from Carnegie Mellon University have developed a new methodology that can be used to create a class of stretchable polymer composites with enhanced electrical and thermal properties. These materials are promising candidates for use in soft robotics, self-healing electronics and medical devices.
Two Seniors Win First MCS Gilman AwardWednesday, May 22, 2019
Two Seniors Win First MCS Gilman AwardTwo Seniors Win First MCS Gilman Award
Erin Kavanagh Named Fulbright ScholarTuesday, May 21, 2019
Erin Kavanagh Named Fulbright ScholarErin Kavanagh Named Fulbright Scholar
Sarah Simon, Judith A. Resnik Award Honorable Mention FinalistFriday, May 17, 2019
Sarah Simon, Judith A. Resnik Award Honorable Mention FinalistSarah Simon received a rare honorable mention for the 2019 Judith A. Resnik Award. The award, named after the Challenger astronaut and Carnegie Mellon University alumna, recognizes an exceptional, senior woman graduating with an undergraduate technical course of study who will be pursuing graduate or professional training in a technical field.
Study Finds Direct Oxidative Stress Damage Shortens TelomeresThursday, May 16, 2019
Study Finds Direct Oxidative Stress Damage Shortens TelomeresThe same sources thought to inflict oxidative stress on cells – pollution, diesel exhaust, smoking and obesity – also are associated with shorter telomeres, the protective tips on the ends of the chromosomal shoelace. A new study from the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University, published in Molecular Cell, provides the first smoking gun evidence that oxidative stress acts directly on telomeres to hasten cellular aging.
Sophomore William Fahy Recognized as Goldwater ScholarWednesday, May 15, 2019
Sophomore William Fahy Recognized as Goldwater ScholarSecond-year chemistry student William Fahy has been named a 2019 Goldwater Scholar by the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation.
Neil Donahue Named University ProfessorMonday, May 06, 2019
Neil Donahue Named University ProfessorFour Carnegie Mellon University faculty members have been elevated to the rank of University Professor, the highest distinction a faculty member can achieve at CMU. The newly minted University Professors are Peter Cooke, Neil Donahue, Sara Kiesler and Sridhar Tayur.
Matyjaszewski Elected to the National Academy of SciencesWednesday, May 01, 2019
Matyjaszewski Elected to the National Academy of SciencesCarnegie Mellon University chemist Krzysztof Matyjaszewski has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences (NAS). NAS membership recognizes distinguished and continuing achievements in original research and is one of the highest honors a scientist can receive.
Sipei Li Receives Graduate Student Research AwardTuesday, April 30, 2019
Sipei Li Receives Graduate Student Research AwardChemistry Ph.D candidate Sipei Li received the 2019 Guy C. Berry Graduate Student Research Award. He was presented with the prize at the Mellon College of Science Graduate Student Town Hall this month.
Carnegie Mellon Chemists Manipulate the Quantum States of Gold NanoclustersThursday, April 25, 2019
Carnegie Mellon Chemists Manipulate the Quantum States of Gold NanoclustersResearchers from Carnegie Mellon University’s Department of Chemistry have found a way to control the lifetime of the quantum states of gold nanoclusters by three orders of magnitude, which could lead to improvements in solar cell and photocatalysis technologies. Their study is published in the April 18 issue of Science.
Graduate Student Tatsuya Higaki Receives Award from the International Precious Metals InstituteFriday, April 19, 2019
Graduate Student Tatsuya Higaki Receives Award from the International Precious Metals InstituteChemistry Ph.D. student Tatsuya Higaki has received the 2019 Student Award from the International Precious Metals Institute for his work on gold nanoparticles. The $12,000 award will be given at the institute's annual conference in Nevada in June, where Higaki will also present on his research.
Professor Selected to Give Distinguished LecturesWednesday, April 17, 2019
Professor Selected to Give Distinguished LecturesBruce Armitage, professor of chemistry and co-director of Carnegie Mellon’s Center for Nucleic Acids Science and Technology, was selected by the Akron Section of the American Chemical Society as its 2019 Crano Memorial Lecturer.
Bioengineering the FutureFriday, April 12, 2019
Bioengineering the FutureFor Jennifer Hartt Elisseeff, blending fields has long been a theme in her career in research, dating back to her time as a student at the Mellon College of Science’s Department of Chemistry.
Two Chemistry Juniors Receive ISURF Awards to Fund Research AbroadThursday, April 11, 2019
Two Chemistry Juniors Receive ISURF Awards to Fund Research AbroadTwo Chemistry Juniors Receive ISURF Awards to Fund Research Abroad
Quantum layer boosts machine learning predictionsMonday, April 01, 2019
Quantum layer boosts machine learning predictionsComputational chemistry lets chemists predict molecules’ properties without measuring them in the lab. Some of the most accurate computational chemistry tools use quantum chemistry, but these calculations can be time-consuming.
'Using the Power of Chemistry' to Heal Our Broken BonesTuesday, March 26, 2019
'Using the Power of Chemistry' to Heal Our Broken BonesWhen she was in graduate school at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Assistant Professor of Chemistry Stefanie Sydlik suffered a cartilage injury. This got the chemistry major to start thinking about and researching the biological processes behind healing in the body, especially the healing of bones. In a new paper in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Sydlik demonstrates how graphite ¬— the same substance we fill our pencils with ¬— can be employed to repair severe bone fractures more effectively than current technology.
PPG Foundation Recognizes Two Chemistry Graduate Students with Prestigious FellowshipThursday, February 28, 2019
PPG Foundation Recognizes Two Chemistry Graduate Students with Prestigious FellowshipThe PPG Foundation has awarded two Department of Chemistry fifth-year Ph.D. students fellowships to support their research.
Meet MCS’s Highland AmbassadorsMonday, February 11, 2019
Meet MCS’s Highland AmbassadorsMeet MCS’s Highland Ambassadors
‘Gamechanger’ in Natural Product Structure Determination Published in Nature ProtocolsFriday, February 08, 2019
‘Gamechanger’ in Natural Product Structure Determination Published in Nature Protocolsa team including Professor Roberto R. Gil comprises work using nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy
Innovation Unleashed Podcast: Saving the World’s Water from Our Own DestructionFriday, January 04, 2019