Past Spotlights 

Weiwei Xie

Weiwei Xie


Distinguished Faculty Awards

Distinguished Faculty Awards 2018


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

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CoS Teaching Awards

CoS awards

College of Science Teaching Awards 2018

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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.

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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.” 

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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 Search for the next 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.

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LSU Chemistry Social

LSU Chemistry Social March 20, 2018

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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.

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Nesterov Group: DOE Says Mission No Longer Impossible

Nesterov Group in lab

Nesterov Group: DOE Says Mission No Longer Impossible

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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.

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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. 



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..

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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.



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.




Chemistry Senior Carson Szot featured by COS Pursuit blog 

Carson Szot

Carson Szot featured by COS Pursuit blog



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”.


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).




Emanuel Waddell

Emanuel Waddell

2017 National President of NOBCChE




Dr. Claude J. Davis

Claude Davis

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




LSU chemistry department develops fingerprint sampling technology

Murray Group in lab

Murray Group  develops 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.


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.


Rainmaker Awards


Rainmaker Awards

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


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...


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.


Featured Publications of 2015-16

publications 2015-2016

2015-2016 Publications from the department of Chemistry at Louisiana State University


Barry Dellinger -Obituary

barry dellinger

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



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