Accomplishments: Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

June 16, 2020
Vanessa Booth (Political Science),  Peter Grema (Economics), and Mary Blankenship (Chemistry and Economics) each received the Office of Undergraduate Research Summer Undergraduate Research Funding Scholarship for Summer 2020. With this funding, these students can continue their research on important public policy issues and scientific studies. 
June 16, 2020
Mary Blankenship (Chemistry and Economics) recently had an Op-Ed published in the Las Vegas Sun titled, "In an age of misinformation, fact-checking must be encouraged." In her piece, Blankenship discusses how "the pervasiveness of misinformation on social media makes it one of the great challenges of the 21st century." Blankenship is pursuing a double major in chemistry and economics, and recently completed a minor in Brookings public policy.
June 15, 2020
James Louis-Jean (Chemistry) recently was awarded first place in the 2020 Innovations in Nuclear Technology R&D Awards - Materials and Recovery Section sponsored by the Department of Energy's office of nuclear energy. His winning paper, "Preparation and Characterization of Benzotriazolium Perrhenate," was published in Inorganica Chimica Acta in 2019 and will be presented at the Innovations Awards session of the ANS winter meeting in Chicago in November. A radiochemistry Ph.D. student, Louis...
May 19, 2020
Jun Yong Kang and Paul Foster (both Chemistry and Biochemistry) have been awarded a patent (10,633,403) granted by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for the invention “N-Heterocyclic Phosphines." The chemical reagents, N-Heterocyclic Phosphines, enable a rapid synthesis of potential bioactive phosphorus-containing compounds and active pharmaceutical ingredients (API) under toxic metal-free conditions. This invention also describes efficient, mild, toxic metal-free synthetic methods of...
April 27, 2020
Cassara Higgins (Chemistry and Biochemistry) was recognized for a paper that she presented at the International Youth Nuclear Conference in Sydney, Australia, in March. A third-year student in the radiochemistry PhD program, Higgins wrote about "The Reduction of Uranium Hexafluoride with a Room Temperature Ionic Liquid (1-methyl-1-propylpiperidinium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide)." The paper was selected as being among the best at the conference and will be published in the Journal of...
March 30, 2020
Cory Rusinek (Chemistry) received an NIH/NV-INBRE Developmental Research Project (DRP) award. This NV INBRE DRP will use diamond microelectrodes for the detection of analytes associated with oxidative stress. In the long-term, this research hopes to lead to fundamental understanding of the role of oxidative stress at the cellular level and its effects on a variety of biochemical pathways. The DRP award is for up to two years and a total amount of $223,000.
March 27, 2020
Several faculty and staff members recently were recognized by the College of Sciences with the following awards: Distinguished Classified Staff Award Rychelle Tomlin, College of Sciences   Distinguished Professional Staff Award Martha Schumacher, College of Sciences   Distinguished Researcher Award Balakrishnan Naduvalath, Chemistry and Biochemistry   Distinguished Teaching Award Wanda Taylor, Geoscience   Distinguished Service Award Helen Wing, Life Sciences
March 26, 2020
Art Gelis (Chemistry) has been recognized for his article, "Closing the Nuclear Fuel Cycle with a Simplified Minor Actinide Lanthanide Separation Process (ALSEP) and Additive Manufacturing," which was among the top 20 downloaded chemistry papers for Scientific Reports in 2019. The recognition carries the designation of Top 100 in Chemistry in Nature Research. The paper was downloaded 2,717 times. Scientific Reports published more than 688 chemistry papers in 2019.
March 11, 2020
The CSUN Faculty Achievement Award recognizes faculty members for outstanding dedication to students through advising, classroom instruction, mentorship, or special events. Those receiving the award in 2020 are: William Ramsey, College of Liberal Arts, department of philosophy Caitlin Saladino, Greenspun College of Urban Affairs, Lincy Institute and Brookings Mountain West Brett Levner, College of Fine Arts, department of film Shubhra Bansal, Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering, department...
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 implementation in an industrial setting to simplify nuclear waste reprocessing. Gelis is director of UNLV's radiochemistry program.
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 policy minor.
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, which have received significant attention owing to their biological properties and pharmaceutical applications.