(April 20, 2010) Prof. Jason G. Gillmore (BS 1996, MS 1998) has received a CAREER Award from NSF. The accompanying $549,000 grant will support several educational initiatives as well as research program directed toward understanding and controlling the molecular electronic properties of a family of organic photochromes, dyes that undergo light-induced rearrangements, with ultimate applications in microfabrication and volume holographic data storage. Dr. Gillmore is Associate Professor of Chemistry at Hope College in Holland, MI. (more ...)
(March 13, 2009) Prof. Paul J. Chirik (B.S., 1995) has received the 2009 ACS Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award for his invention of organoiron compounds that catalyze diverse chemical reactions including hydrogenation, and for his discovery of zirconium complexes that disassemble atmospheric nitrogen -- both potentially energy-saving contributions. Paul is currently Debye Professor of Chemistry at Cornell University. (more on Chirik ...)
(March 19, 2009) Prof. Kevin A. Schug (PhD, 2002) has received the 2009 LCGC Emerging Leader of the Year for Chromatography Award, for his contributions to the field of LC-MS, especially the development of electrospray ionization (ESI) applications. Kevin is presently an Assistant Professor at the University of Texas at Arlington. (more on Schug ...)
(May 11, 2010) The Chemistry Department has received word of the death of Roy H. Bible, Jr., the founding Chairman of our Alumni Advisory Council. A 1948 VPI graduate and an Army veteran (World War II), Dr. Bible earned a doctorate at the University of Illinois. In 1952, he joined Searle (which eventually became Pfizer), where he remained until he retired in 2003. We will remember Roy for his sharp intellect, winning personality, and enviable energy. A full obituary was published in the May 10, 2010 issue of Chemical and Engineering News.