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Webster Santos named Cliff and Agnes Lilly Faculty Fellow

    Webster Santos
(Sept. 29, 2014) Prof. Webster Santos has been named the Cliff and Agnes Lilly Faculty Fellow by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors. The Lilly Fellowship appointment is for three years. A member of the Virginia Tech faculty since 2006, Santos is an internationally recognized expert in drug discovery and drug development. His research, which focuses on the development of new drugs for cancer therapy, has implications for patients with three common cancers: breast, ovarian, and prostate. (read more...)

CHEM Welcomes Guoliang (Greg) Liu

    Greg Liu
(Sept. 15, 2014) The Department of Chemistry warmly welcomes its newest faculty member, Assistant Professor Guoliang (Greg) Liu. Greg earned his B.S. in Chemical Engineering at Zhejiang University (P.R. China), Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering at Wisconsin (working with Prof. Paul Nealy), and was a postdoc at Northwestern with Prof. Chad Mirkin.  Greg’s research interests are in nanoscience, and his goal is to use inorganic nanoparticles in polymer matrices to create novel nanocomposite materials. It is envisioned that these nanocompsites will have unique properties and find application in the area of renewable energy, chemical catalysis, etc. (more on Prof. Liu)

Prof. John Matson Receives Powe Junior Faculty Award

    John Matson
(Sept. 9, 2014) Prof. John B. Matson has received a highly-competitive 2014 Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award. This is the third consecutive year that a Chem faculty member from VT has won the award (Tijana Grove in 2012 and Amanda Morris in 2013).  The $5,000 Powe Award, which is matched by Virginia Tech, will be used by the Matson lab to pursue new synthetic routes to bottlebrush polymers. These specialized polymers have unique mechanical properties and are currently being studied as new elastomeric materials for applications in vibration-damping materials, as well as synthetic mimics of the shock-absorbing biopolymers present in human cartilage. Through this work, the Matson lab will develop methods to simplify their synthesis through a strategy that combines two powerful polymerization catalysts. (more on Dr. Matson)

Prof. D. Crawford Featured in C&E News

    Prof. Daniel Crawford
(Sept. 2, 2014) Recent NSF-funded work by Prof. Daniel Crawford and his colleague, Dr. Benjamin Pritchard, in reducing the redundancy of developing software for quantum chemical calculations is featured in the recent issue of C&E News (8/25/14).  Crawford, Pritchard, and their collaborators from Georgia Tech (C.D. Sherrill and E. Chow) are leading “Quantum Chemistry’s Modular Movement” via their research on the PANACHE (PArallel Numerical Approximations in CHemistry Engine) library, which is designed to accelerate the writing of new code for quantum chemical calculations.  The work is also directly connected to Crawford’s NSF-supported efforts to develop a Software Institute for chemistry, materials science, and biomolecular simulation (  Their work could enable chemists to eventually “pick and choose components when building software.”  Read the full story here.

Elements Newsletter Spring 2014

The Spring 2014 issue of Elements is available here!

Highlands in Chemistry Seminars

Fridays, 2:30 PM, 140 Hahn North

October 3
Scott Grayson

The complete Fall 2014 Highlands in Chemistry seminar schedule is available here.  

Rededication of Davidson Hall!

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