Accomplishments: Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

July 28, 2017
James Croft and Balakrishnan Naduvalath (Chemistry and Biochemistry) and a team of researchers recently published a paper, "Universality and Chaoticity in Ultracold K + KRb Chemical Reactions," in the journal Nature Communications. The team performed the first-ever quantum-mechanical simulation of the benchmark ultracold chemical reaction between potassium-rubidium (KRb) and a potassium atom, opening the door to new controlled chemistry experiments and quantum control of chemical reactions that...
June 20, 2017
Forty undergraduates recently were awarded scholarships through the office of undergraduate research's summer undergraduate research funding (OUR SURF) program. These scholarships support undergraduate research, scholarship, entrepreneurial, performance, or visual art projects in the summer months. A total of $39,000 in funding was contributed by the following 11 colleges/programs: Allied Health Sciences Community Health Sciences CSUN Engineering Fine Arts Honors Liberal Arts Nursing OUR-UNLV...
June 15, 2017
Monika Blum (Chemistry and Biochemistry) recently was profiled by the Advanced Light Source (ALS) at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Blum has been going to the ALS since she was a graduate student. She now is an associate research professor, working in professor Clemens Heske’s group, and oversees their synchrotron activities at the ALS. The group uses ALS Beamlines 8.0.1 and 9.3.1 to study materials for energy conversion (e.g., thin-film solar cells and materials for solar water...
May 1, 2017
Nemanja Novakovic (Sciences and Honors) is the 2017 UNLV undergraduate recipient of the Regents' Scholar Award. The award is bestowed upon one undergraduate student from each NSHE institution for their academic achievements, leadership ability, and service contributions. Each honoree receives a $5,000 stipend. Novakovic is pursuing a double major in biochemistry and biological sciences, with an emphasis in cell and molecular biology. He’s conducted applied bioinformatics and HIV research in the...
March 28, 2017
Jacqueline Phan and her mentor, Ernesto Abel-Santos (both Chemistry and Biochemistry), placed second and won the People's Choice Award in the three-minute thesis (3MT) competition at the Western Association of Graduate School's (WAGS) 2017 conference, earlier this month. In November, under professor Abel-Santos’ mentorship, Phan placed first in the 2016 Rebel Grad Slam — a 3MT competition in which UNLV graduate students showcased their research and scholarship — earning her, in part, funding to...
August 22, 2016
Daniel Mast and Bradley Childs (Chemistry) won awards in the 2016 Innovations in Fuel Cycle Research Awards sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), office of fuel cycle technologies. Mast was awarded a first-place prize in the open competition in the category of nuclear science and engineering. His award-winning research paper, “Equation of State for Technetium from X-Ray Diffraction and First-Principle Calculations,” was published in the Journal of Physics and Chemistry of Solids...
November 4, 2015
Biochemistry professor Ernesto Abel-Santos and former postdoctoral scholar Amber Howerton were recently issued patent #9,079,935, which describes a novel compound designed to prevent Clostridium difficile (C. diff) infections.
September 14, 2015
Frederic Poineau (Chemistry and Biochemistry) recently received a three-year, $640,000 Nuclear Energy University Programs (NEUP) grant. The grant supports his work investigating the thermochemistry of used fuel zirconium cladding components chlorides as well as their activation products and residual radionuclide metal chlorides. The research is to provide the Department of Energy-nuclear energy community with fundamental data that will support the development of a chlorination process for the...
August 3, 2015
Balakrishnan Naduvalath (Chemistry and Biochemistry) recently published an article titled, "The Geometric Phase Controls Ultracold Chemistry," in the July 30 issue of Nature Communications. The research demonstrates a new interference mechanism in ultracold chemical reactions, one which has important technological applications in precision measurements, sensing, and quantum computing. Other authors included UNLV postdoctoral student Jisha Hazra and Brian Kendrick of Los Alamos National...
April 1, 2015
Balakrishnan Naduvalath (Chemistry) coauthored a paper, Quantum Dynamics of CO-H2 in Full Dimensionality, that appeared in Nature Communications in March.
February 1, 2015
Ernesto Abel-Santos (Chemistry and Biochemistry) and his team have received a five-year, $3.25 million award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to develop a more potent and stable drug to prevent clostridium difficile, or C. difficile. The grant is an R01, or research project grant, which is the original and historically oldest grant mechanism used by NIH. It is considered one of the NIH's highly competitive awards.
September 1, 2014
Pradip Bhowmik (Chemistry) was named a 2014 Fellow of the American Chemical Society (ACS). Those selected have demonstrated outstanding accomplishments in chemistry and made important contributions to ACS, the world's largest scientific society. He was recognized at the ACS Fellows ceremony and reception in August during the society's 248th National Meeting & Exposition. The ACS Fellows Program was created by the ACS Board of Directors in December 2008 "to recognize members of ACS for...