Accomplishments: Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

August 16, 2022
Cory Rusinek (Chemistry and Biochemistry) was awarded $315,000 from Batelle Savannah River Alliance, LLC for his project titled, "Long-term monitoring of pertechnetate and other radionuclides in groundwater using passive sampling and a novel elecrochemical sensor." The funding comes from the Minority Serving Institutions Partnership Program (MSIPP…
July 28, 2022
Harry Jang (Chemistry and Biochemistry) has been awarded a prize in the Innovations in Nuclear Technology R&D Awards sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, office of nuclear fuel and supply chain. Jang's award is in the Competition for Students at Universities with Less than $600 Million in 2020 R&D Expenditures. His award-winning…
July 26, 2022
Art Gelis, Dan Koury, and Kelly Seeley (all Chemistry and Biochemistry) recently were published in JACS, the Journal of the American Chemical Society for their work, "Transuranium Sulfide via the Boron Chalcogen Mixture Method and Reversible Water Uptake in the NaCuTS3 Family." This research, in collaboration with University of Columbia, South…
July 20, 2022
Mary Blankenship (The Lincy Institute, Brookings Mountain West, Economics, Chemistry) recently had her research on Twitter posts featured in a Las Vegas Review-Journal story and on a City Cast Las Vegas podcast episode. She collects and studies varying public responses on Twitter that occur after a mass shooting. After reviewing tweets responding…
July 4, 2022
Mary Blankenship (The Lincy Institute, Brookings Mountain West, Economics, Chemistry) recently had part one of a two-part report published in the Brookings Institution blog, Africa in Focus. The piece, "Russia’s Narratives about its Invasion of Ukraine are Lingering in Africa," analyzes Twitter data to examine the broader Russian narratives that…
April 30, 2022
Kwang Kim (Mechanical Engineering) and Dong-Chan Lee (Chemistry) are inventors of a patent, Fabricating Ionic/Polyimide Membranes with its issue number, US 11,312,851, recently granted by the , the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.   
March 8, 2022
Jun Yong Kang (Chemistry and Biochemistry) has been awarded a patent granted by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for the invention “Chiral n-heterocyclic phosphorodiamidic acids (NHPAS) and derivatives as novel bronsted acid catalysts” This invention describes new synthetic methods of novel NHPA organocatalysts, which enable efficient…
February 9, 2022
Brandon Williams (Chemistry and Biochemistry) and collaborators at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) published an article, "Steam Oxidation of Uranium Mononitride in Pure and Reducing Steam Atmospheres to 1200 °C.," in the Journal of Nuclear Materials. Williams is a first-year radiochemistry doctoral student. The research is a result…
November 1, 2021
Artem Gelis (Chemistry and Biochemistry) recently published an article, "Recovery of High Specific Activity Molybdenum-99 from Accelerator-induced Fission on Low-enriched Uranium for Technetium-99m Generators," in Scientific Reports. The work is a funded collaboration with Niowave and Argonne National Laboratory and has been accessed 889 times and…
October 20, 2021
James Louis-Jean (Chemistry), a doctoral candidate under the guidance of  S.M. Balasekaran, Paul Forster, and Frederic Poineau published an article in collaboration with the Vietnam University department of inorganic chemistry, "Structural and spectral studies of hydrated hexaamminecobalt(III)–hexafluororhenate(IV)" in the Journal of Fluorine…
May 10, 2021
Mary Blankenship (The Lincy Institute, Brookings Mountain West, Economics, Chemistry) recently had a report published in the Brookings Institution blog, Up Front. The piece, Assessing the Social and Emotional Costs of Mass Shootings with Twitter Data, analyzes emoji and hashtag usage on Twitter after mass shootings and finds that society is…
April 22, 2021
Gary Kleiger (Chemistry and Biochemistry) was awarded a four-year, $1.5 million R01 grant from the National Institutes of Health titled "How Ubiquitin-carrying Enzymes Contribute to Ubiquitin Ligase Specificity." He is the sole principal investigator on the grant. The funding will be used to explore how targeted protein degradation may lead to…