Chemistry News & Events


Seminar Series

This series brings together students and faculty to discuss research in progress and hear talks by visiting scientists.

Spring speakers included:

  • Dr. Andrew Murkin, University of Buffalo
  • Dr. Maria Panteva, Rutgers University
  • Dr. Bruce Palfrey, University of Michigan
  • Dr. Ken Mills, Holy Cross
  • Dr. Greg Beutner, Bristol Myers Squibb
  • Dr. Daniel Weix, University of Rochester
  • Dr. Miriam Freedman, Penn State University
  • Brandon Nelson and Josh Goheen (Bucknell grad students)
  • Dr. Codrina Popescu, Colgate University
  • Sarah Bradley and Conor Flynn (Bucknell grad students)
  • CHEM 371 Student Presentations
  • Tyler Fulton (Bucknell BS/MS student)
View the full schedule

ACS Chapter News

The University’s student chapter of the American Chemical Society (ACS) hosted an event in the spirit of Halloween and National Chemistry Week: a night of spooky science education for children and families of Lewisburg, Pa.

Our ACS chapter recently received an Honorable Mention for its activities during the 2014-15 academic year.

Learn more about our ACS student chapter on the Bucknell In-Network or Facebook.

David Rovnyak

Professors David Rovnyak, Charles Clapp, Marie Pizzorno (biology), Thomas Selby, and Timothy Strein explore molecular interactions and share a Major Research Instrumentation award from NSF (learn more)

Project Title: MRI: Acquisition of Isothermal Titration Calorimeter to Characterize Molecular Interactions
Funding Agency: National Science Foundation (NSF)
Award Amount: $91,012
Award Period: 2013-2016

Robert Stockland, Jr.

Professor Robert Stockland is funded by NSF to develop a new method to synthesize functionalized nucleosides, molecules with potential applications in medicine (learn more)

Project Title: RUI: Synthesis of New P-Metallated Nucleosides
Funding Agency: National Science Foundation (NSF)
Award Amount: $163,534
Award Period: 2013-2016

Out of This World

Karen CastleNASA supports Associate Professor Karen Castle's study of the Martian atmosphere (learn more)

Project Title: Reducing Uncertainty in Martian Upper Atmospheric Non-LTE Models: Laboratory Measurement of Carbon Dioxide Vibrational Relaxation
Funding Agency: NASA
Award Amount: $178,854
Award Period: 2013-2016

Unravelling a Debate

Timothy StreinTim Strein and David Rovnyak, NSF-RUI "RUI: Molecular Characterization of Aggregation and Guest-Host Solvation by Bile Acids" $159,185, 2012-2015 (learn more)

Strein and Rovnyak received an award to investigate the precise functionality of bile micelles - electrically charged aggregates of naturally occurring molecules. "For 50 years, scientists have struggled to understand this important class of micelles," says Rovnyak. "We think we have begun to unravel the debate." The team hopes its findings might lead to improved applications such as chemical separations and drug delivery, and improve the understanding of bile in physiology.

Technology for the 21st Century

Charles ClappCharlie Clapp, NSF-RUI "RUI: Substrate Binding and Regiochemical Control by Soybean Lipoxygenase-1" $50,000, 2012-2015. (more)

Clapp and a group of undergraduate researchers are trying to determine how enzymes work so well at catalyzing reactions. The team is "tinkering with" a particular class of enzymes called lipoxygenases, which are found in soybeans. The researchers are altering the enzymes' DNA and changing the substrate - the molecule on which the enzyme acts - to identify the exact position on the molecule where the catalytic reaction takes place. "Catalysis is one of the most important technologies of the 21st century," Clapp says. "It can help us develop chemical products more efficiently and with fewer by-products."

Cloud Formation and Climate Change

Georeg SheildsGeorge Shields, NSF-MRI "MRI: Acquisition of High Performance Computers for the Molecular Education and Research Consortium in Undergraduate computational chemistry (MERCURY)" $200,000, 2012-2015. (learn more)

Shields, along with postdoctoral fellow Berhane Temelso and a group of undergraduate researchers are using high-speed computing to predict how and where water and other molecules will cluster to form clouds.

The results may help scientists understand how clouds will affect the pace of climate change.

Other Recent Awards

Rob Stockland, ACS-Petroleum Research Fund "P-H Activation Using Alkynylmetal Complexes: New Methodology for the Preparation of Metallopolymers" $65,000, 2012-2015.

George Shields, NSF, "RUI: Thermodynamics of Secondary Aerosol Formation: The Role of Binary and Ternary Nucleation" $315,000, 2012-2015 (learn more)

George Shields, NSF "Using Early Introduction to Undergraduate Research to Recruit, Retain, and Graduate More (science, technology, engineering, and math) STEM Majors". Principal Investigator: George Shields; Co-PIs: M. Lynn Breyfogle (mathematics), Dee Ann Casteel. $450,000, 2013-2018 (learn more)

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