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Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry News

Chemistry, the “central science,” deals with the composition, structure, and properties of matter, especially in chemical reaction. The curriculum meets the needs of students intending to pursue advanced training in the sciences, medicine, and other professional and technical fields.

Current Chemistry News

chalk drawing of human body with intestinal tract
Research | February 12, 2020

New UNLV study shows promise for role of a high-carb, low-protein, and low-fat diet in fighting off C. diff infections.

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Research | December 17, 2019

Rebel Grad Slam winner Nam Hoang’s research focuses on how tumors trick the body into feeding them, and how to stop it.

A woman smiles while working with scientific equipment
People | September 20, 2019

Alumna Vanessa Sanders finding new paths for isotopes therapeutic and diagnostic at Brookhaven National Laboratory.

Bradley Boe ready to play wheelchair rugby
People | July 11, 2019

Bradley Boe finds empowerment in a new scholarship for students with spinal cord injuries.

Jun Yong Kang writes on a glass board.
People | May 13, 2019

The most exciting thing about chemistry? The infinite failures in even the most thoroughly thought-out experiments, the biochemist says.

A scientist recoils from The Machine. (Illustration by Chris Jones)
Research | April 15, 2019

Professor Clemens Heske's pride and joy is unique worldwide in its ability to study surface chemistry.

Chemistry In The News

February 14, 2020

Want to lose some weight? Opt for low carb and high protein diet! This is the go-to suggestion every second person advises. But did you know this may lead to alleviation of hospital-acquired infections? A recent study says so.

February 14, 2020

Diet low in carbohydrates, high in fat and protein can be good for the waistline, but new study shows that just the opposite may help to reduce the hospital-acquired infection caused by Clostridioides difficile. The study appears in mSystems, an open access journal of the American Society for Microbiology.

February 14, 2020

In contrast with the popular opinion that low carb and high protein diets help in maintaining the waistline, a new study suggests that the same may lead to alleviation of hospital-acquired infections. The study surrounding the hospital-acquired infection Clostridioides difficile was published in the journal mSystems.

February 12, 2020

Popular diets low in carbs and high in fat and protein might be good for the waistline, but a new UNLV study shows that just the opposite may help to alleviate the hospital-acquired infection Clostridioides difficile.

Science Daily
February 12, 2020

In a new study published this week in mSystems, an open-access journal of the American Society for Microbiology, researchers report that mice fed a high-protein, high-fat diet were more likely to acquire a deadly C. difficile infection than mice eating a standard diet. Their findings also suggest that a diet high in carbohydrates protects against infection.

February 12, 2020

Diets like the Keto, Paleo and Atkins focus on high-fat, high-protein meals that are often low in carbohydrates. This mix may appeal to Clostridioides difficile bacteria, too.

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Recent Chemistry Accomplishments

December 6, 2019
Art Gelis (Chemistry and Biochemistry) and his work as part of the team that developed and patented the ALSEP Process (Actinide Lanthanide Separation Process) are featured in a story published recently by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. The article highlights the successful tests of the ALSEP process that eventually will lead to...
November 8, 2019
Mary Blankenship (Chemistry and Economics) recently was featured as a guest columnist in the Las Vegas Sun. In her piece, Blankenship discusses what Nevada can do to incentivize renewable energy. The piece was originally published Oct. 26. She is an undergraduate student pursuing two majors, chemistry and economics. She also is a Brookings public...
November 4, 2019
Jun Kang (Chemistry and Biochemistry) has been awarded a patent for the invention “Functionalized phosphonates via Michael addition.” This synthetic method enables the efficient synthesis of functionalized phosphonates under toxic metal-free conditions. This invention provides rapid access to diverse phosphorus-containing heterocycle compounds,...
October 1, 2019
Artem V. Gelis, Daniel Koury, Frederic Poineau, Kenneth R. Czerwinski (all Radiochemistry) are members of the research team whose noteworthy work recently was recognized in Angewandte Chemie, a leading weekly peer-reviewed scientific journal that is published on behalf of the German Chemical Society. The team, headed by Christopher Cahill from...
September 12, 2019
Art Gelis (Chemistry and Biochemistry) recently was published in Scientific Reports. His article, "Closing the Nuclear Fuel Cycle with a Simplified Minor Actinide Lanthanide Separation Process (ALSEP) and Additive Manufacturing," discusses his newly patented approach to the long-time technical challenge of recycling long-lived actinide isotopes...
August 14, 2019
Ashkan Salamat (Physics and Astronomy), Paul Forster, Frederic Poineau, and Keith Lawler (all Chemistry and Biochemistry) were awarded a $449,901 research grant from the National Science Foundation for "Expanding Known Binary Technetium Nitrides and Sulfides: A Computationally-Led Synthesis Program." Technetium is a radioactive element and its...