Past Spotlights


Dr. Wong-Ng portrait

Dr. Winnie Wong-Ng


Salem Lutfallah

Salim Lutfallah


Dr. Weiwei Xie

NSF Career Award

LSU Rainmaker Award


Dr. Wang with graduate student

NIH Grant



Dr. George Stanley

Research Summary


Vickie Thornton with chemistry staff

Staff Award


Professor Pojman

Professor John Pojman



Xin Gui in laboratory

Ludo Frevel Scholarship Award



Dr. Wang and graduate student

Career Award



students using benchtop NMR

Award Summary


Madalynn Marshall Receives DOE SCGSR AWARD

Madalynn Marshall in laboratory

Award Highlight


MARY L. GOOD, 1931-2019

Dr. Mary Good portrait


Professor McCarley Receives Patent for Microfluidic Device

Microfluidic device illustration

Patent Summary

Frank Froncek

Frank Fronczek in front of Xray machine

Named CSD Hero


Justin Ragains

Ragains research group

Receives NIH Grant

Zakiya Wilson-Kennedy

Wilson-Kennedy portrait

Receives NSF SOAR Grant 


Tuo Wang

Dr. Tuo Wang portraitReceives receives 2019-2020 Ralph E. Powe Award

Rendy Kartika

Kartika Research Group

Receives NIH Grant

Revati Kumar

Revati Kumar

2019 NSF Career Award

2019 ACS COMP Open Eye Award

George Stanley - 2018 Rainmaker

George Stanley and his wife with his award.

Rainmaker Award for Research and Creative Activity

Professor William A. Pryor

Picture of William Pryor as a Professor

Professor William A. Pryor (1929-2019)


GSSPC group in front of tiger stadium

"Artificial Molecular Machines and the Next Generation of Molecular Control" ACS Meeting: April 2nd in Orlando, FL

March 23rd TEDxLSU Speaker

Rolanda Wilkerson in lab

Dr. Rolanda Wilkerson, the Science of Beauty

Jim Robinson (1923-2018)

James William Robinson at a lake

James William Robinson was born in Kidderminster, England. He attended high school at the King Charles I Grammar School, endowed by Thomas Blount in 1566 “for the instruction of youth in good letters and manners.” Jim was proud to be the first alumnus of King Charles I to receive a PhD. He was an honorary life member of the Old Carolians Association for former pupils of King Charles I. He served in the British Royal Airforce as a pilot during World War II. He earned his degrees in Chemistry from the University of Birmingham, England: Bachelor of Science with Honours (1949), Doctor of Philosophy (1952) and Doctor of Science (1978). He began his career with the British Civil Service as a Senior Scientific Officer.

Superbug busters

Man in lab

Youtube video about combat superbugs

Dr. John Pojman Featured in "Strange Evidence"

Dr. John Pojman in lab

Featured in Episode 1 and 3 of "Strange Evidence" Season 2

Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Math, and Engineering Mentoring

Zakiya and Graca

White House Announces Two from LSU as Exceptional Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentors

Wang Group Uncovers Secrets

Tuo Wang

Wang Group Uncovers Secrets of the Fungal Cell Wall

New Patents!

Robert Hammer and Robin McCarley

Read More about our Two New Patents!

Weiwei Xie

Weiwei Xie

2018 Beckman Young Investigator Award

Distinguished Faculty Awards

group photo

Chemistry Graduates

Rolanda Wilkerson Featured in Pursuit Blog

Rolanda Wilkerson

Rolanda Johnson Wilkerson received her BS in Chemistry from Southern University and her PhD in Chemistry from LSU.

2018 Photo Competition

toyshot 2018 photo competition

CGSC Announces Winners

2018 Photo Competition

CoS Teaching Awards

CoS awards

College of Science Teaching Awards 2018

CoS Teaching Awards


ChemDemo 2017

chemdemo 2017

We are also pleased to announce that Cyril & Tuttle Vetter Alumni Professor George G. Stanley has been named the recipient of the 2018 LSU Outstanding Service Learning Faculty Award that recognizes "exceptional and sustained commitment to integrating quality service-learning activities in at least one academic course.” More details after the Awards Ceremony on May 2nd.

ChemDemo 2017


Dr H. Dupont Durst

dupont durst

H. Dupont Durst received his BS from LSU in 1965, engaging in undergraduate research, with Professor Bill Patrick, on the inorganic chemistry of soils. Durst describes “Dr Pat” as an “incredible man and a tremendous mentor.” Durst went on to earn an MS in Biochemistry at LSU, completing a thesis under the direction of Gerald Risinger, “On the Mechanism of the Thiamine Catalyzed Reductive Dimerization of Farnesyl Pyrophosphate to Squalene.”

Dr H. Dupont Durst


LSU GSSPC to Host Symposium at Spring 2019 ACS Meeting

gsspc team

Graduate Student Symposium Planning Committee (GSSPC): A team of 7 LSU Chemistry graduate students - Ashley Fulton, Peter Kei, Nichole Kaufman, Judith De Mel, Chris Sumner, Tia Vargas and Josh Lutz - put together a proposal for a symposium entitled “Artificial Molecular Machines and the Next Generation of Molecular Control.” They were selected in a nationwide competition by the current GSSPC from the University of Florida.

LSU GSSPC to Host Symposium at Spring 2019 ACS Meeting


NSF CAREER Award to Assistant Professor Daniel Kuroda

Daniel Kuroda

Assistant Professor Daniel G. Kuroda has received a 2018 NSF CAREER Award for his research project, “Molecular Characterization of Motions, Interactions and Structure of the Lithium Salts in Organic Solvents via Non-Linear Infrared Spectroscopy.” These prestigious early-career awards are given to “faculty who have the potential to serve as academic role models in research and education and to lead advances in the mission of their department or organization.”

NSF CAREER Award to Assistant Professor Daniel Kuroda


Kevin Smith to Receive 2018 Florida Award of the ACS

kevin smith

Professor Kevin Smith, LSU Foundation Distinguished Professor, has been named the recipient of the 2018 Florida Award of the American Chemical Society. This award was established in 1952 to recognize leadership and contributions toward the advancement of the profession of chemistry. Nominees must be residents of the Southeastern United States and must have made outstanding contributions to teaching, research, publications or service in advancing the profession.

2018 Florida Award of the ACS


Search for the next Patrick F. Taylor Patrick F. Taylor Chair in Environmental Chemistry

Patrick F. Taylor

Patrick F. Taylor Chair for the Environmental Impact of Hazardous Waste. The Department of Chemistry, housed within LSU’s College of Science, seeks to appoint a distinguished scientist to pursue an innovative research program in the development of technologies to monitor, treat, and reduce or eliminate hazardous environmental contamination, with the goal of sustainable chemistry and a scientific basis for alleviating state, national, and international environmental contaminant problems. The Chair was endowed by a generous gift from the late Patrick F. Taylor and matching funds from the State of Louisiana. The previous holder of the Chair was the late Professor Harold “Barry” Dellinger who represents the caliber of person we are seeking.

Chair in Environmental Chemistry


LSU Chemistry Social

LSU Chemistry Social March 20, 2018

LSU Chemistry Social


A Practical Beginner's Guide to Cyclic Voltammetry

Noemie Elgrishi

Assistant Professor Noémie Elgrishi’s, “A Practical Beginner’s Guide to Cyclic Voltammetry” with postdoctoral mentor Jillian Dempsey and other co-authors
Kelley Rountree, Brian McCarthy and Eric Rountree has just been named an Editors’ Choice article in the Journal of Chemical Education.

Cyclic Voltammetry


Nesterov Group: DOE Says Mission No Longer Impossible

Nesterov Group in lab

Nesterov Group: DOE Says Mission No Longer Impossible

Nesterov Group


2017 Benjamin P. Boussert Lecture

Emory Chan and his father 2017

On Friday, October 6th, Dr. Emory Chan delivered an elegant lecture titled, “High-Throughput Design of Doped Colloidal Nanocrystals.” He explained the energy transfer pathways of lanthanide-doped upconverting nanoparticles and we learned about the combinatorial synthesis of these carefully designed nanoparticles, using robots called WANDA and HERMAN.

2017 Benjamin P. Boussert Lecture


Celebrating 20 Years of ChemDemo

ChemDemo Fire Demo with Elgrishi

In Fall of 1997, Professors George Stanley and Pat Limbach began sending LSU students out into the community to teach a thematic set of scientific concepts to a class in a local school. The lessons featured exciting, hands-on demonstrations … and so was born ChemDemo.

Celebrating 20 Years of ChemDemo


Kenneth lopata - 2017 DOE early career awardee

Kenneth Lopata 2017 DOE awardee

Assistant Professor Ken Lopata has received an Early Career Award from the US Department of Energy (DOE). This program, now in its eighth year, supports the development of individual research programs of outstanding scientists, at universities and national laboratories, early in their careers and stimulates research careers in the disciplines supported by the DOE Office of Science. The grant is for $750,000 for a period of 5 years, starting September 2017, from the Basic Energy Sciences Division..

Kenneth lopata


Mario Rivera joins LSU

Mario Rivera and William Pryor

Following a nationwide search over the past couple of years, we are delighted to announce that Professor Mario Rivera will be joining LSU Chemistry in Spring 2018. He will be the inaugural William A. Pryor Chair in Chemistry. The chair honors the legacy of Professor Pryor’s research in the field of oxidative biology and free radicals. The primary criterion for the chair is that research interests lie at the interface of chemistry, biology and medicine, with clear relevance to human health.

Mario Rivera joins LSU


Super Science Saturday

SSS demo

Super Science Saturday (SSS) is a free Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education event for students in kindergarten to 12th grade, parents, and anyone interested in seeing science in action. SSS is sponsored by LSU Chemistry, the Baton Rouge local section of the American Chemical Society (ACS), and LSU Athletics.


Super Science Saturday


Chemistry Senior Carson Szot featured by COS Pursuit blog

Carson Szot

Carson Szot featured by COS Pursuit blog


Chemistry Senior Carson Szot

Emeritus Faculty Lunch

Emeritus Faculty

On Thursday, August 3rd, College of Science Dean, Cynthia Peterson, hosted a “lunch and learn" for emeritus and retired faculty. The event was held at the new LSU Foundation Center for Philanthropy on Nicholson Drive. The meeting was well-attended, with Chemistry proudly outnumbering the other departments. Over lunch, Dean Peterson introduced herself and shared the video of her TEDxLSU talk from earlier in the year titled “Science and All That Jazz”.

Emeritus Faculty Lunch

2017 ATCC Photo Contest

2017 ATCC Image of human HEp2 cells

Zehua Zhou’s winner image of the 2017 ATCC Photo Contest, which shows human HEp2 cells co-stained with endoplasmic reticulum (ER) tracker and a BODIPY synthesized in my laboratory by former PhD student Ning Zhao (graduated with PhD in December 2016, co-advised by Vicente and Smith).

2017 ATCC Photo Contest


Emanuel Waddell

Emanuel Waddell

2017 National President of NOBCChE


017 National President of NOBCChE

Dr. Claude J. Davis

Claude Davis

Principal Scientist and Brand Ambassador at Zatarain’s in New Orleans, LA


Dr. Claud Davis

LSU chemistry department develops fingerprint sampling technology

Murray Group in lab

Murray Group develops fingerprint sampling technology


Fingerprint Sampling Technology


LSU 2017 Spring Commencement

Graduates with their decorated caps


Graduates and their decorated caps: Elora Doskey, Sarah Hahn and Rebecca Moore



LSU College of Science Salutes 2017 Hall of Distinction Honorees

2017 Hall of Distinction Honorees


The LSU College of Science will induct four new members into its Hall of Distinction. This year’s class includes LSU Professor Emeritus in Geology & Geophysics Jeffrey Hanor, LSU Professor Emeritus in Chemistry Neil Kestner, LSU alumnus and NASA research scientist Donald Kniffen, and Director Emerita of LSU’s Center for Academic Success and retired chemistry professor Saundra McGuire. This year’s class includes LSU Professor Emeritus in Geology & Geophysics Jeffrey Hanor, LSU Professor Emeritus in Chemistry Neil Kestner, LSU alumnus and NASA research scientist Donald Kniffen, and Director Emerita of LSU’s Center for Academic Success and retired chemistry professor Saundra McGuire.

Hall of Distinction

A Celebration of the Contributions of the Coates Family

Coates Family

After much planning and anticipation, members of the Department of Chemistry, the Department of Physics & Astronomy, the Cain Department of Chemical Engineering and the LSU Graduate School gathered with descendants of Dean Charles E. Coates (1886-1939) for a special celebration on Thursday, March 16th, 2017.

Contributions of Coates Family

Rainmaker Awards


Rainmaker Awards: Emerging Scholor Winner Rendy Kartika. Mid-Career Scholor Donghui Zhang. Senior Scholar Kermit Murray

Each Spring, LSU’s Office of Research & Economic Development, in collaboration with the Campus Federal Credit Union and the Council on Research selects “rainmakers” at three different career stages. There are parallel awards...

Rainmakers Awards

Silver and Gold: Using Lasers and Nanoparticles to Improve Drug Delivery


Louis Haber in the lab

Visiting Louis Haber’s lab in the Department of Chemistry at LSU is like visiting a neighborhood lit up for the holidays. In the lab, a long table is adorned with hundreds of small metal stands holding mirrors of various shapes. Laser beams bend their way around the table like reflections...

Silver and Gold: Using Lasers and Nanoparticles to Improve Drug Delivery

December 2016 Graduates

2016 December Graduates

On December 16th, 7 BS, 2 MS Graduates and 10 PhD graduates of our Department were honored at a morning ceremony in the Maddox Fieldhouse. The commencement speaker was Boyd Professor Isiah M. Warner. Professor John Pojman represented the LSU Graduate Council, awarding all graduate level degrees.


Boussert Lecture

Boussert Family

On Friday, September 23rd, the Department of Chemistry hosted the 2016 Benjamin Pierre Boussert Lecture. The lecture was delivered by Professor Delia Milliron of the University of Texas at Austin. Delia and Benjamin were graduate students together in the Alivisatos Laboratory at UC Berkeley.


Dr. Saundra McGuire's receives an Award from the ACS - Congratulations!

Saundra McGuire

In recognition of her work and the thousands of students she has impacted, McGuire has been awarded the 2017 American Chemical Society, or ACS, Award for Encouraging Disadvantaged Students into Careers in the Chemical Sciences, sponsored by the Camille & Henry Dreyfus Foundation.


Barry Dellinger -Obituary

barry dellinger

LSU Chemistry mourns the passing of Harold Barry Dellinger, Professor Emeritus. 

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