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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

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.

Bhagya De Silva portrait
People | January 17, 2019

Doctoral student Bhagya De Silva traveled more than nine thousand miles to mine for better Alzheimer's Treatments.

UNLV graduate in cap and gown in crowd
Campus News | December 31, 2018

A collection of stories highlighting UNLV students and faculty who made the news in 2018.

UNLV students at commencement
Campus News | December 14, 2018

UNLV president Marta Meana will highlight exceptional graduating students at commencement who embody the academic, research, and community impact of the Winter 2018 graduating class.

Chemistry In The News

Chemistry World
January 24, 2018

Tech red, an enigmatic technetium compound that has resisted characterisation for half a century, has been identified using chemical detective-work and computer modelling. The molecule’s unusual chemistry may explain why it has proven so difficult to unmask.1

Las Vegas Sun
December 20, 2017

San Diego native Jacqueline Phan passed on opportunities to study in California so she could contribute to biochemistry research here in Las Vegas.

November 17, 2017

The tiny nation of Denmark has just three stations for monitoring atmospheric radiation. Each week, scientists change out air filters in the detectors and take the used ones to a technical university near Copenhagen.

Chemical & Engineering News
October 30, 2017

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”

Entomology Today
October 30, 2017

It’s a beekeeper’s nightmare: She lifts the lid on her carefully tended hive and is greeted with a whiff of rotting flesh. Further inspection finds that the young bees of the colony, who should be plump, pearly-white larvae, have melted into a puddle of brownish goo at the bottom of their cells. This colony is infected with American foulbrood disease—most likely a death sentence.

Science Magazine
May 23, 2016

Efforts to improve safety standards and practices in academic labs are multiplying at universities and colleges across the country, but teaching safety as rules and compliance is insufficient, experts agree. Instead, students need to learn and practice a range of safety skills, according to guidelines for undergraduate education issued last year by the American Chemical Society (ACS). Among other skills, students must be taught how to understand categories of hazards, “recognize … hazards in laboratories, assess the risks from these hazards, know how to minimize the risks, and prepare for emergencies,” the guidelines say.

Chemistry Experts

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Recent Chemistry Accomplishments

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...
July 31, 2019
MaryKay Orgill and Sarah York (both Chemistry and Biochemistry) wrote a research article that was published in the Journal of Chemical Education and also was selected to be featured in American Chemical Society (ACS) Editors' Choice. The selection of these articles is based on recommendations by the scientific editors of ACS journals from around...
June 24, 2019
Mary Blankenship (Chemistry, Economics, and Brookings Mountain West) recently co-authored a brief featured on the Brookings Institution blog, the Brown Center Chalkboard. The piece discusses the shortage of STEM teachers and the wage penalties teachers face in STEM. The piece originally was published June 17. She is an undergradaute student...
May 28, 2019
Balakrishnan Naduvalath (Chemistry & Biochemistry) is part a research team that received the coveted Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI) award from the Department of Defense, Army Research Office. The interdisciplinary team from multiple institutions (Harvard; Stanford; University of Colorado Boulder; University of New...
April 11, 2019
Sajjad Ahmad (Civil and Environmental Engineering and Construction) and Jun Yong Kang (Chemistry) recently were selected for the Barrick Scholar Awards, which recognize UNLV faculty members who have produced a significant amount of high-quality, interdisciplinary research or creative output recognized by scholars and journals within and outside...