News Archive

“Chemistry lies at the heart of so many applications, and not enough people are aware of how exciting and impactful chemistry is to their lives! Science needs to be effectively communicated to experts and non-experts alike." – Prof. Jerome Robinson, CHEM2310/1560N: Organometallic Chemistry, Fall 2017

Philip Alabi, a first-year graduate student in Chemistry, will speak on a panel of international graduate students at Global Voices, hosted by the Office of the International Student & Visitor Experience on Friday, November 17 at 5 PM. The event "aspires to highlight the breadth of the experiences of the international students at Brown... we believe that your story matters." 

A publication from the lab of Prof. Lai-Sheng Wang has been featured in RSC ChemistryWorld. The article highlights synthesis of a new molecular wheel composed of 6 gold atoms and 2 triple-bonded niobium atoms. With implication in ligand design, the Nb2Au6– ring features a bond shorter than that of the Nb2 triple bond, and according to the publication in Chemical Science, "a new bonding mode in metal–ligand systems" featuring delocalized sigma bonding. 

The Department of Chemistry presents Professor Catherine L. Drennan as our inaugural Distinguished Women in Science seminar series speaker. Prof. Drennan is a Professor of Chemistry and Biology at MIT and a Principal Investigator for the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. The Drennan Research Laboratory seeks to understand how Nature harnesses and re-directs the reactivity of enzyme metallocenters in order to perform challenging reactions. The Drennan Education Laboratory creates resources for the innovative teaching of freshman chemistry.  

On August 28, 2017, the Department of Chemistry officially welcomed 37 new students into its graduate program from across the United States and the world. Our students begin their career at Brown from undergraduate institutions that span 14 states as well as China and Germany.

David Garcia, a year 4 graduate student, is the recipient of a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award from the National Institutes of Health. "Through this award," according to the NIH, "promising predoctoral students will obtain individualized, mentored research training from outstanding faculty sponsors while conducting well-defined research projects in scientific health-related fields relevant to the missions of the participating NIH Institutes and Centers."

Every year, the Office of the Dean of the College hosts a Summer Research Symposium, where UTRA recipients and other undergraduate researchers showcase their summer projects. This summer, nine undergraduates affiliated with the Department of Chemistry presented at the symposium with topics ranging from exploring protein function to applying computational methods to understand how chemical species interact. 

"Award recipients expand Brown’s global reach and will contribute to the institution’s mission of discovering, communicating, and preserving knowledge." – Graduate School

How do we modernize and improve on traditional, fundamental laboratory investigations in the introductory organic chemistry sequence?  A publication by three collaborators in the Department of Chemistry provides one answer to this question.

Research summarized in a publication in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences from the lab of Prof. Gerald Diebold, along with scientists from State Key Laboratories of Crystal Materials at Shandong University (China), has been highlighted in RSC ChemistryWorld as "record-breaking." The researchers have developed an innovative laser technique able to detect gases at the parts-per-quadrillion level, advancing our ability to determine trace concentrations of environmental pollutants.