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Vale Cofer-Shabica, a graduate student in Professor Richard Stratt's group, has been selected to give a talk at Research Matters!, a TEDx-like symposium hosted by the Brown Graduate School. Vale is among the eight students selected from a group of over 50 nominees. He and his fellow presenters will speak to the topic "why my research matters." The symposium will take place on Saturday, Sept 27 from 3:00pm-5:00pm in the Martinos Auditorium at the Granoff Center.

Two Chemistry graduate students, Sujat Sen (PhD '14) and Dan Liu (current) collaborated on a project through Brown's interdisciplinary Center for the Capture and Conversion of CO2. The results show how copper foam can be used to catalyze the conversion of CO2, and its results are published in the peer-reviewed journal ACS Catalysis. 

Each summer at Brown, undergraduate researchers in the humanities, life sciences, social sciences, and physical sciences have the opportunity to present posters at the Summer Research Symposium. This year, 11 students from the Chemistry Department displayed their posters to hundreds of visitors. The students represent a range of fields in chemistry, from nanoscale materials to DNA repair. Click here to be redirected to the photo album.

"The discovery of buckyballs — soccer-ball-shaped molecules of carbon — helped usher in the nanotechnology era. Now, Lai-Sheng Wang’s research group and colleagues from China have shown that boron, carbon’s neighbor on the periodic table, can form a cage-like molecule similar to the buckyball. Until now, such a boron structure had only been a theoretical speculation. The researchers dubbed their newfound nanostructure 'borospherene.'"

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Congratulations to Prof. Shouheng Sun for being named one of the World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds for 2014 in both Chemistry and Materials Science.

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Prof. Wes Bernskoetter and two chemical physics concentrators engaged young minds in chemistry at a science conference held at Vartan Gregorian Elementary School in Providence on June 11, 2014. 
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In addition to celebrating their newly conferred Doctor of Philosophy degrees in chemistry, four graduate students received distinguished departmental awards: the Potter Prize and the Elaine Chase Leadership & Service Award.


 Graduate students completing Ph.D. theses judged to be of outstanding merit are eligible for the Potter Prize. This prize is awarded annually to the most exceptional chemistry PhD dissertation as judged by a faculty committee. ($2,500).  

The Department of Chemistry warmly welcomes Vicki Leigh Colvin to the department as a colleague and to Brown as the 12th provost. 

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On May 6, 2014, the department gathered to celebrate this past year's accomplishments of our students, faculty, and staff. The celebration began with conferral of undergraduate and graduate student awards followed by a reception.

Congratulations to all students who received awards.

Undergraduate Awards

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The Dean of the College is pleased to announce that the 2014 Karen T. Romer Prize for Undergraduate Teaching and Mentoring has been awarded Amit Basu, Associate Professor from the Department of Chemistry, and Joan Richards, Professor from the Department of History. The Romer Advising Prize is presented each year to two faculty members who have demonstrated extraordinary care in attending to the academic and personal needs of undergraduate students.