The Department of Chemistry

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New Faculty

The Department of Chemistry is pleased to announce that three new faculty will be joining us. Dr. David Lacy (Inorganic), Dr. Steven Ray (Analytical), and Dr. Alexey Akimov (Physical) will join us in August, 2015.

Dr. Tim Cook joined the faculty as an Assistant Professor in August, 2014. Dr. Cook is interested in inorganic self assembly and supramolecular coordination chemistry and will address problems in catalysis, energy storage and conversion.

Two new faculty members hired in 2013 are building their laboratories and are actively recruiting motivated new graduate students. Dr. G. Ekin Atilla-Gokcumen is interested in identification and functional studies of lipids involved in biological processes primarily through mass spectrometry-based lipidomics and has recently added two new instruments to her lab to aid her research. Dr. Luis Velarde uses ultrafast spectroscopy to study excited-state dynamics of nanomaterials and electronic and vibrational transitions of interfaces; his laser lab is up and running.




Prof. Paras Prasad to be recognized with first UB Innovation Impact Award. More....

Katia Noguera-Oviedo, graduate student in the Aga group, is the recipient of one of the C. Ellen Gonter Environmental Chemistry Awards.

Prof. Frank V. Bright is the recipient of the 2015 ACS Analytical Division Award in Spectrochemical Analysis.

**ATTENTION FRESHMAN**:  2014-2015 William E. Townsend Scholarship Application - DEADLINE IS JANURY 19, 2015

Prof. Philip Coppens' pioneering work on the x-ray structure of the photoinduced excited state of the nitroprusside ion is featured in "100 Years of X-Ray Crystallography" in C&E News in the August 11, 2014 issue. Please enjoy reading about crystallographic history made here at UB! More...

Prof. Janet Morrow is the 2014 recipient of the Schoellkopf Medal from the Western NY Section of the American Chemical Society. The award dinner will be September 23, 2014.

A General Chemistry Workshop was offered by the Department July 10-13, 2014. For more information and registration, click the following link

Prof. Luis Colón delivered a plenary lecture at KOFAS 2014 (The Korean Federation of Analytical Science) in South Korea, June 11, 2014 (more...).

Chemistry alumna, Janet Litster Rideout receives UB Distinguished Alumni Award. More...

Prof. Eva Zurek has received the TMS Young Leader Professional Development Award, 2014. More...

The University of Buffalo hosted ACS on Campus on Monday, September 23, 2013 from 6:00 pm-8:00 pm at Brennan’s Bowery Bar and Restaurant and on Tuesday, September 24, 2013 from 8:30 am-4:00 pm at Silverman LibraryACS on Campus is an outreach program dedicated to helping students, post-docs, and faculty advance their chemical careers.  Register now for the event on the ACS on Campus website.  The event is free, but registration is required in order to attend.

Students from the ColonLab head out to NASA facilities for microgravity experiment. (see more...)

International Photocrystallography workshop was held on UB's Amherst (North) Campus, June 16-20, 2013. More...

Gen Chem workshop was held in the Department of Chemistry, June 24-27, 2013. More...

Prof. Richard N. Zare, the Marguerite Blake Wilbur Professor in Natural Science at Stanford University, Stanford, California, delivered the 5th Annual Howard Tieckelmann Memorial Lecture in Chemistry on Monday, April 22, 2013.

The UB Chemistry Students Affiliates of the American Chemical Society (SAACS) awarded the UB Student Organization Award for Excellence in Academics and Service. They were recognized at the 2013 Celebration of Student Academic Excellence, April 12, 2013.

Nathan Guterry, undergraduate student conducting research in the ColonLab, was awarded the Undergraduate Prize for Library-Supported Research. He was recognized at the 2013 Celebration of Student Academic Excellence, April 12, 2013.

Scott Simpson from the Zurek group receives UB's Graduate Student Excellence in Teaching Award.

Prof. Philip Coppens, SUNY Distinguished Emeritus Professor, has received the 2013 Kolos Medal and Lecture Award in recognition of his pioneering achievements in crystallography. A ceremony is scheduled to take place on Sept. 16, 2013 during the LVI Conference of the Polish Chemical Society in Siedlce.

Prof. Eva Zurek has been selected as a 2013 Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow. More...

Prof. Andrew Murkin wins a prestigious NSF CAREER Award.

Chemistry alumna Dr. Allison Campbell, a distinguished graduate of the UB Chemistry Ph.D. program (Ph.D. studies with SUNY Distinguished Professor George H. Nancollas), has been named a 2012 fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).  According to AAAS, "Election as a Fellow of AAAS is an honor bestowed upon members by their peers. Fellows are recognized for meritorious efforts to advance science or its applications." We congratulate Dr. Campbell, who serves as Director, WR Wiley Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. More...

The Jane C. Denton Endowment Award -- Jane Denton was a courageous woman, who received her BA (’66) and MA (’90) in chemistry from UB. Ms. Denton passed away in 2010 and two of her classmates initiated a merit-based student award in her honor.  Should the endowment increase to an appropriate level, a Jane Denton Lectureship in Chemistry will be established. To read more….

Prof. Diana Aga presents on-demand webcast on Trace Analysis of Pharmaceutical Pollutants and their Transformation Products in Wastewater. For more info (CLICK HERE).

Prof. Diana Aga receives the Menzie Environmental Educational Award from the North America Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC). More...

Prof. Joseph A. Gardella, Jr. receives AVS recognition for Excellence in Leadership. More...

Diane Youker, a graduate student in Prof. Watson's group, has received the Department of Energy's Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Award.  She will do postdoctoral research at the Institute of Energy Conversion at the University of Delaware.

Prof. Javid Rzayev selected to receive the 2012 UB's Exceptional Scholar - Young Investigator Award to be presented at the Celebration of Faculty & Staff Excellence ceremony on October 3, 2012.

Prof. Andrew Murkin is one of the winners of the 2012 DuPont Young Professor Awards. More...

Prof. Luis A. Colón is the 2012 recipient of the Western New York ACS Jacob F. Schoellkopf Medal. The Schoellkopf Medal is the oldest American Chemical Society local section award in the country. more...

Prof. John Richard named UB Distinguished Professor. more...

Andrew Shamp from the Zurek group recently received a summer fellowship from the 2012 Computational Chemistry and Materials Science Summer Institute at Lawrence Livermore National Lab.

Dr. Christine Ingersoll (UB-Chemistry Alumna, Bright group) one of the recipients of the inaugural Rising Start Award by the ACS Women Chemist Committee presented at the March 26 ACS National meeting (C&EN April 16, 2012, p47). More...

Prof. Luis A. Colon receives the 2012 Geoffrey Marshall Mentoring Award from the Northeastern Association of Graduate Schools (NAGS). The award was presented April 20, 2012 in Halifax, Nova Scotia at the NAGS annual meeting. More...

Prof. Joseph A. Gardella, Jr. wins the the UB University Community Partners Award for his highly engaged community-based and academically connected research associated with the UB/Buffalo Schools Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Partnership. The award will be presented June 13th at the annual UB Partners Day at the Buffalo Convention Center.

Sarina Dorazio from the Morrow group was selected to receive the Eli Lilly Travel Award, a highly competitive award administered by the Women Chemists Committee of the ACS, providing funding to travel to a national meeting to present her research work. Sarina presented her work at a Gordon Research Conference.

Prof. David Watson wins the 2011-2012 Milton Plesur Excellence in Teaching Award by the UB Student Association.

Prof. Luis A. Colon selected to receive the inaugural (2012) UB Graduate School's "Excellence in Graduate Student Mentoring Award"; the award will be presented on March 29, 2012. (more...)

Prof. Luis A. Colon wins the 2012 A.A. Benedetti-Pichler Award in Microchemistry by the American Microchemical Society for outstanding research in the field of microchemistry. The award will be presented at the Eastern Analytical Symposium in Somerset, NJ in November 2012.

Prof. Javid Rzayev’s work on organic nanotubes is highlighted in Futuriy, Azonano, UB Reporter, and Azom.

New Fellowship Opportunity: Speyer Graduate Fellowship -- For full details and requirements, click here.

The Department of Chemistry is recognized for increasing the number of Latino students earning advanced degrees (more ...).

Prof. George Nancollas honored with the 2011 WNY Pioneer of Science Award.

Buffalo is a “hot” spot for chemistry in NY State (see report).

Prof. Eva Zurek’s research work gets press release (more…).

Graduate student Lijuan Su was selected to participate in the 2011 American Chemical Society Summer School on Green Chemistry and Sustainable Energy (June 26 – July 3, 2011) at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, with travel support from ACS.

Graduate student Susan MacKintosh (Aga's group) wins the 1st nation-wide NSF IGERT poster competition in Washington, DC. (see poster)

Graduate students Ivonne Ferrer and Lisandra Santiago (Colon’s group) were selected to participate in the 2011 Howard University Preparing Future Faculty Summer Institute to take place in Washington DC (June 8-11).

Graduate student Katie E. Farley (Takeuchi's group) was awarded a 2011 Excellence in Teaching Award for Graduate Teaching Assistants from the UB Graduate School.

Graduate student Susan MacKintosh (Aga's group) is a finalist in the NSF IGERT poster competition and will go to Washington, DC to present the poster at NSF. The top 10 finalists will receive a $3,000 travel award and the other 14 finalists will receive a $1,000 travel award.

Graduate student David Lonie (Zurek’s Group) was awarded a prominent scholarship from Google, the "Google Summer of Code” ( – he will implement tools to visualize molecular systems (abstract).

Prof. Roald Hoffmann, 1981 Nobel Chemistry Laureate, of Cornell University delivered the 3rd Annual Howard Tieckelmann Memorial Lecture in Chemistry on Friday, April 29, 2011.

Graduate student Diane G. Youker (Watson’s Group) awarded the National Science Foundation EAPSI 2011 summer fellowship to spend the summer at the University of Tsukuba in Japan doing research on time-resolved spectroscopy.

Chemistry Faculty recognized by UB Office of Science, Technology Transfer and Economic Outreach (STOR) for their intellectual property contributions in 2010:

– Visionary Innovators (Technology Licensed to Industrial Partners): Prof.Thomas Szyperski

– Inventors on US Patents in 2010:  Profs. Frank V. Bright, Michael R. Detty, David G. Hangauer, and Paras N. Prasad

Prof. Javid Rzayev wins the Herman F. Mark Young Scholar Award, ACS Division of Polymer Chemistry (2011). The award will be presented at a special half-day symposium at the 2011 ACS Fall Meeting in Denver, CO.

Prof. Diana Aga was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to pursue collaborative research and teaching in Environmental Sciences at the Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines from June-December 2011.

International LC/MS/MS Workshop at UB -- No Registration Fee! This is a workshop on the applications of LC/MS/MS in Environmental and Food Analysis. Abstracts are due March 1, 2011.

Prof. Sherry Chemler was appointed to the Editorial Advisory Board of Organic Letters.

Prof. Joseph Gardella’s research work in collaboration with the Chinese University of Mining and Technology/Beijing on excess fluorine exposure in southwest China gets press release (more in UB Reporter).

Prof. Qing Lin’s Synthetic Biology Research funded by Keck Award highlighted in UB News Release.

Prof. Thomas Szyperski has been named UB Distinguished Professor (more in the UB Reporter).

Prof. David Watson’s perspective article in The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters highlighted in a Perspective Video by the journal.

Chemistry alumnus Gary A. Baker (PhD ’02) received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), the highest honor bestowed by the United States government on young professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers.

Prof. Joseph A. Gardella, Jr. named Fellow of The Society for Applied Spectroscopy.

Department of Chemistry awarded $1,742,050 by the National Institute of Health to purchase High Field Electrospray/MALDI Fourier Transform Mass Spectrometer.  Prof. Troy Wood coordinated the efforts of the grant proposal and is the PI of the award.

Prof. Harry F. King retires after 48 years of service to the Department of Chemistry (more in the UB Reporter).

The Chemistry Department is pleased to announce that Melissa Lee, Monissa Paderes and Mark Rudolph have been selected as the Speyer Research Fellows for 2010. Congratulations! This summer research fellowship recognizes outstanding students as they become more independent and productive researchers. There were several very strong applicants, but only a few could be recognized for their achievements through this award. In the Fall, the Fellows will travel to a meeting to represent UB and to present their summer research findings.

Graduate student Ka Yi (Kelly) Yung was selected to participate in the 2010 American Chemical Society Summer School on Green Chemistry and Sustainable Energy in Golden, Co.

Congratulations to Prof. Qing Lin who was awarded a highly coveted National Academies Keck Futures Initiative grant for a project entitled "Synthesis of Protein-based Organelles for Biofuels Production".

2009 Nobel Laureate, Professor Ada Yonath of the Weizmann Institute, Rehovot, Israel, delivered the 2nd Annual Howard Tieckelmann Memorial Lecture on April 9, 2010. More info..

Prof. James Garvey wins the 2010 Inventor of the Year Award from Rochester Intellectual Property Law Association (RPILA) for the invention of the BioBlower.

New Fellowship to Benefit Graduate Research in Chemistry at UB!! The Chemistry Department is pleased to announce a new summer research fellowship for chemistry Ph.D students: The Speyer Fellowship by Thomas and Judith Mich. The Mich family has generously provided funds to support graduate students conducting research at UB. Specifically, the Speyer Fellowship will pay a summer stipend of $3600 and provide a travel award of up to $500. At the end of the fellowship, the Speyer Fellow will travel to a scientific meeting to present their results from the summer of 2010. Click here for more information.

Prof. Luis A. Colón selected as the recipient of the 2010 ACS Stanley C. Israel Regional Award for Promotion of Diversity in the chemical sciences.

Prof. Frank V. Bright named Fellow of The Society for Applied Spectroscopy.

Graduate student Elmer Mojica recognized with The Graduate Student Excellence in Teaching Award from UB Graduate School.

Prof. Luis A. Colón was presented with The Mentor Award from The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) on February 20, 2010 at the annual AAAS meeting in San Diego, CA (UB Reporter)

Chemistry alumnus Gary A. Baker (PhD ’02) honored with the 2010 UB George W. Thorn Award, given to alumni under 40 in recognition of outstanding national or international contributions to their career field or academic area.

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