Two Chemistry graduate students, Sujat Sen (PhD '14) and Dan Liu (current) collaborated on a project through Brown's interdisciplinary Center for the Capture and Conversion of CO2. The results show how copper foam can be used to catalyze the conversion of CO2, and its results are published in the peer-reviewed journal ACS Catalysis.
Each summer at Brown, undergraduate researchers in the humanities, life sciences, social sciences, and physical sciences have the opportunity to present posters at the Summer Research Symposium. This year, 11 students from the Chemistry Department displayed their posters to hundreds of visitors. The students represent a range of fields in chemistry, from nanoscale materials to DNA repair.
"The discovery of buckyballs — soccer-ball-shaped molecules of carbon — helped usher in the nanotechnology era. Now, Lai-Sheng Wang’s research group and colleagues from China have shown that boron, carbon’s neighbor on the periodic table, can form a cage-like molecule similar to the buckyball. Until now, such a boron structure had only been a theoretical speculation. The researchers dubbed their newfound nanostructure 'borospherene.'"
Prof. Wes Bernskoetter and two chemical physics concentrators engaged young minds in chemistry at a science conference held at Vartan Gregorian Elementary School in Providence on June 11, 2014. Click on images to enlarge them.
In addition to celebrating their newly conferred Doctor of Philosophy degrees in chemistry, four graduate students received distinguished departmental awards: the Potter Prize and the Elaine Chase Leadership & Service Award.
THE POTTER PRIZE
Graduate students completing Ph.D. theses judged to be of outstanding merit are eligible for the Potter Prize. This prize is awarded annually to the most exceptional chemistry PhD dissertation as judged by a faculty committee. ($2,500).
On May 6, 2014, the department gathered to celebrate this past year's accomplishments of our students, faculty, and staff. The celebration began with conferral of undergraduate and graduate student awards followed by a reception.
Congratulations to all students who received awards.
The Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Students Abroad is a scholarship set up by the China Scholarship Council (CSC) to honor overseas Chinese students with outstanding academic accomplishments. Established in 2003, this award is developed to encourage research excellence and to recognize the achievements among Chinese students abroad. This award includes a 6,000-U.S.-dollar prize and a CSC-issued certificate. Recipients will be honored at an awards ceremony in May.