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Jeffrey Buenaflor holding a molecular model
April 28, 2021
We’re delighted to share that Jeffrey Paz Buenaflor, who earned his PhD in chemistry in 2019 with Professor Christine Luscombe, is featured in The Minnesota Chemist as a member of the Joint Safety Team, a partnership between the University of Minnesota's Departments of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering & Materials Science and the Dow Chemical Company. The Joint Safety Team, many of whose members are active in the... Read more
Portrait of Emile Pitre
April 15, 2021
Emile Pitre, who earned an M.S. in chemistry from the University of Washington in 1969 with Professor Emeritus John Macklin, will be celebrated on May 12, 2021 as the 2020 winner of the Charles E. Odegaard Award by the UW's... Read more
ChromaTOF Tile example
April 6, 2021
A commercial version of software developed by the Synovec research group has been licensed and launched by LECO Corporation, a world leader in GC×GC-TOFMS technology, through CoMotion, UW's collaborative innovation hub. Professor Robert Synovec’s research group pioneered the development of experimental design driven, discovery-based data analysis software for comprehensive two-dimensional gas chromatography coupled with time-of-flight mass spectrometry (GC... Read more
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March 29, 2021
Over 100 UW graduate and professional programs have been ranked by U.S. News & World Report to be among the top 35 in the nation.Featured on UW News 
Illustration of light-driven electron transfer in a molecular complex
March 14, 2021
In a study published Feb. 15 in Nature Chemistry, a research team led by Professor and Chair Munira Khalil has for the first time captured the rapid motions of solvent molecules that impact light-driven electron transfer in a molecular complex. This information could help researchers learn how to control energy flow in molecules, potentially leading to more efficient clean energy sources. UW co-authors on the paper are Zachary Fox and James Gaynor, both doctoral alumni in chemistry;... Read more
Four members of the BlueDot team on UW's campus
March 10, 2021
Jared Silvia, who graduated from the University of Washingon in 2005 with degrees in chemistry and biochemistry, and Daniel Gamelin, Professor and Nicole A. Boand Endowed Chair in Chemistry, are quoted in a March 10, 2021 story titled "This technology collaborative promises a brighter future for solar" featured on Grist and published in partnership with VertueLab.  BlueDot Photonics is a UW spinoff from the Department of Chemistry working to... Read more
Varanasi snapshot
March 1, 2021
Affiliate Professor Usha Varanasi shares her story of how she became the first woman to lead one of NOAA’s nine major fisheries field installations in the ICES Journal of Marine Science Food for Thought: Luminaries Collection, a curated collection of articles written by distinguished luminaries in the field of Marine Science. Varanasi is not only an affiliate professor of chemistry but also an alumna of the University of... Read more
Portrait of Isiah Warner
February 23, 2021
One on One with Isiah M. Warner” was featured in C&EN on February 22, 2021. UW alumnus Professor Isiah M. Warner was interviewed about the importance of mentorship for C&EN by Devin Swiner, a cofounder of the #BlackinChem movement and PhD candidate at the Ohio State University. This... Read more
James Gaynor
November 6, 2020
Congratulations to Dr. James Gaynor '19 on winning the Carl E. Anderson Award for Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation in Laser Science from the American Physical Society. The award recognizes doctoral research in the Laser Science area and encourages effective written and oral presentation of research results; it carries a $1,000 prize. Dr. Gaynor completed his Ph.D. work on ultrafast vibronic phenomena directly revealed by multidimensional electronic-vibrational spectroscopy with Munira Khalil, ... Read more
Janet Kavandi in an orange space suit lifting the visor of her helmet
October 2, 2019
Janet Kavandi (PhD, Chemistry, 1990), who recently retired from a senior NASA post, went to space three times and added fairness to the astronaut selection process.Featured on The New York Times