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.
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
LSU GSSPC to Host Symposium at Spring 2019 ACS Meeting
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.
NSF CAREER Award to Assistant Professor Daniel Kuroda
Assistant Professor Daniel G. Kuroda has received a2018 NSF CAREER Awardfor 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.”
Kevin Smith to Receive 2018 Florida Award of the ACS
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.
Search for the next Patrick F. Taylor Chair in Environmental Chemistry
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.
A Practical Beginner's Guide to Cyclic Voltammetry
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.
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
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
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..
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.
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.
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”.
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).
LSU College of Science Salutes 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
A Celebration of the Contributions of the 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.
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...
Silver and Gold: Using Lasers and Nanoparticles to Improve Drug Delivery
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...
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.
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!
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.
Featured Publications of 2015-16
2015-2016 Publications from the department of Chemistry at Louisiana State University
Barry Dellinger -Obituary
LSU Chemistry mourns the passing of Harold Barry Dellinger, Professor Emeritus.