Congratulations to Colin Gould '15, winner of Brown's Outstanding Chemistry Student Award from the Rhode Island Section of the American Chemical Society. He will present his research poster, titled "Analysis of the 2-Methylisoborneol Synthase (SCO7700) Catalyzed Cyclization of 2-Methylneryl Diphosphate" at the ACS RI Chapter Poster Session & Awards Night.
The department extends congratulations to Prof. Kim, who has been promoted to Associate Professor of Chemistry with tenure as of July 1, 2015. Prof. Kim's bioinorganic research focuses on the role of iron-sulfur clusters in NO signaling and development of biomimetic catalysts for CO2 conversion.
"Silicon-based compounds are the backbone of modern electronics processing," said Kristie Koski, assistant professor of chemistry at Brown, who led the work. "Silicon telluride is in that family of compounds, and we've shown a totally new method for using it to make layered, two-dimensional nanomaterials."
Paul G. Williard, Professor at Brown University, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to do research at Université de Rouen, Rouen, France. Williard will work on a research project in collaboration with Profs. J. Maddaluno and H.
From News at Brown: New research at Brown University and in Japan suggests bacteria could be a rich source of terpenes, the natural compounds common in plants and fungi that are used to make drugs, food additives, perfumes, and other products. Using a specialized technique to sift through genomic databases for a variety of bacteria, the researchers found 262 gene sequences that likely code for terpene synthases — enzymes that catalyze the production terpenes. The researchers then used several of those enzymes to isolate 13 previously unidentified bacterial terpenes.
From News at Brown: Efflux pumps are surface proteins that prevent antimicrobial drugs from getting a foothold in a bacterial cell by identifying and pumping them out of the cell. New research suggests that small pieces of those drugs could keep the efflux pumps busy and allow the antimicrobial drugs to reach a critical mass inside the cell. Read the full press release and see the article published in ACS Infectious Diseases.
Each fall, the Department of Chemistry hosts a poster session where graduate students showcase departmental research. Annual poster prizes are awarded to students with best posters in four categories. Congratulations go out to this year's recipients.
On Saturday, September 27, graduate student Vale-Cofer Shabica of Prof. Richard Stratt's lab presented a talk at the "Research Matters!" symposium hosted by the Graduate School. Below is the video of his talk. Click here to read the original news item announcing Vale's selection to speak at the symposium.
Researchers from Brown and MIT have shown new details about how a promising new class of antibiotics attacks the bacterium that causes tuberculosis. The research could provide a blueprint for developing drugs aimed at fighting TB. Click here to read the full press release.