Category: Conference

Professor Linda Doerrer Awarded Two-Year Grant from The American Chemical Society

December 6th, 2017 in ACS, Department, Doerrer, Linda, Grants, Grants & Funding, Recognition, Research

We are happy to announce that Associate Professor Linda Doerrer was recently awarded a $110,000, grant titled “Lanthanide-Based Polymerization Catalysts with Water Resistant Ligands” from The American Chemical Society. The funding, which will last for 2 Years, will help Professor Doerrer explore a family of O-donor ligands, both aryloxide and alkoxide, that are heavily fluorinated in order to further the development of more water-tolerant catalysts, which would be a boon to many industrial polymerization reactions.

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Congratulations to Dr. Doerrer for this exciting Award!

Boston University to Host the American Conference on Theoretical Chemistry July 16th-21st, 2017

June 2nd, 2017 in Conference, DOE, Faculty, Front Page









With a $10,000 grant from the Department of Energy (DOE), secured by Dr. David Coker, Boston University is pleased to host the 2017 American Conference on Theoretical Chemistry!

Held every three years since 1972, the ACTC is widely attended by chemists from both the United States and abroad. The meeting grew from the biennial Gordon Research Conference on Theoretical Chemistry, held from 1962-1970. Sharon Hammes-Schiffer, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, is the Chair of ACTC 2017. David Coker, Boston University, is the Deputy Chair and Local Organizer, and Todd Martinez, Stanford University, is the Vice Chair.

The lectures will be held at the Boston University Law School Auditorium, lunches will be at the George Sherman Union Back Court, and poster sessions will be held at Metcalf Hall in the George Sherman Union. For breakfasts and dinners, attendees will have many options of nearby restaurants. A boat trip and banquet will be held on Wednesday.

For more information and registration details click here.

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Professor Rosina M. Georgiadis’ use of “virtual machines” featured in Chemical & Engineering News

April 13th, 2017 in ACS, Faculty, Recognition, Software, Teaching, Undergraduate

Georgiadis helps students as they work with virtual machines in the classroom. Credit: Joseph Griffin/Digital Creative Associates

Georgiadis helps students as they work with virtual machines in the classroom.
Credit: Joseph Griffin/Digital Creative Associates

New approaches to undergraduate lab classes

Virtual machines, digital badges, and trips to the museum enrich the undergraduate lab experience.
When it comes to developing fresh educational approaches, college and university professors focus on the classroom and often neglect the laboratory. But, at the ACS national meeting, held earlier this month in San Francisco, attendees heard from professors who are working to improve the undergraduate laboratory experience.
Professor Rosina M. Georgiadis, along with Norman C. Lee and the staff at the Boston University Chemical Instrumentation Center, partnered with Agilent Technologies to use virtual machines in her classes to end the “round robin” student rotation approach to lab courses.  To find out more read the article here in C&EN by Celia Henry Arnaud titled New approaches to undergraduate lab classes: Virtual Machines, digital badges and trips to the museum enrich undergraduate lab experience.

Dr. Whitty to speak at DMCBB Basel Symposium 2016

May 11th, 2016 in Basel, Conference, Faculty, Whitty, Adrian

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Half-day symposium on

«Macrocycles in Drug- and Agrochemical Discovery»

Tuesday, May 24, 2016, 13:30 – 17:45

Big Lecture Hall, Department of Chemistry
University of Basel, St. Johanns-Ring 19 

This year’s annual symposium organized by the Division of Medicinal Chemistry & Chemical Biology of the Swiss Chemical Society is dedicated to the topic of Macrocycles in Drug- and Agrochemical Discovery.

This free event is gathering five globally renowned international experts in the field that will showcase the importance of this topic in drug discovery.

Dr. Whitty will start the day off with a discussion of his work on how proteins bind macrocycles.  For more information on the event click here.


BU Chemistry Alumni Gathering at the 250th Annual National ACS Meeting

April 26th, 2016 in ACS, Alumni, Alumni Event, Jeffries-EL Malika, Ziegler, Larry

BU Chemistry Alumni Gathering


In conjunction with the 250th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society (ACS) BU’s Chemistry department hosted an Alumni Reception at the beautiful Seaport Hotel.

The reception was a tremendous success attracting over 150 alumni, faculty, students and guests. Ann Cudd, the new Dean of the College of Art and Sciences was in attendance. One of the things that impressed greatly Dean Cudd was the interesting and varied career paths alumni have followed after leaving BU. One of the highlights of the event was the attendance of the esteemed Bassaam Shakashiri, member of the 1960 graduating class and past ACS president. His brand of fun science has brought many to the field of Chemistry. By far the best part of the gathering was having so many BU Chemistry graduates re-connecting with other alums, faculty, students and staff. BU’s Chemistry Department has produced some amazing graduates and it’s always great to create opportunities like this for them to stay connected.

Chemistry Chair Lawrence Ziegler surprised the guests by announcing the appointment Dr. Malika Jeffries-EL. Dr. Jeffries-EL will come to BU from Iowa State University where she is an Associate Professor of Chemistry. Her research focuses on the development of organic semiconductors–materials that combine the processing properties of polymers with the electronic properties of semiconductors. She will be an excellent addition to the Departments’ faculty and we are excited for her to join the Chemistry Faculty in January 2016.

Over two dozen of our undergraduate and graduate students presenting either talks or posters at the ACS National Meeting.  If you’d like to check out a list of the students and the projects they presented you can find them here.

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Department Chair Larry Zielgler and BU Alum and past ACS President Bassaam Shakashiri

Department Chair Larry Zielgler and BU Alum and past ACS President Bassaam Shakashiri



BU Chemistry's newest professor Dr. Malika Jeffries-EL and the new CAS Dean Ann Cudd

BU Chemistry’s newest professor Dr. Malika Jeffries-EL and the new CAS Dean Ann Cudd

Professor Jeffries-EL awarded funding for NSF Chemistry Early Career Investigator Workshop

January 27th, 2016 in Award, Conference, Faculty, Jeffries-EL Malika, NSF

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In an effort to develop the next generation of Chemistry researchers, the National Science Foundation Division of Chemistry has sponsored the proposal of Professor Malika Jeffries-EL and co-PI Jeff Moore for the University of Illinois-Urbana Champagne to hold an NSF Chemistry Early Career Investigator Workshop. The objective of these workshops is to provide early career chemist with networking opportunities and relevant information needed to better assess their research ideas, projects, and plans so as to more effectively compete for grant applications to the NSF CAREER program, other NSF programs and other federal agencies.

The 2016 NSF Chemistry Early Career Investigator workshop is a two-day event, to be held March 10th-11th 2016 in Arlington VA at the Hilton Garden Inn, which is close to the NSF headquarters, enabling the participation of many program officers. The location also provides attendees with the opportunity to visit the NSF and follow up with specific program directors before or after the workshop. Additionally, this location is close to the headquarters of other federal agencies such as the Department of Energy (DOE), National institute of Health (NIH), and various defense agencies enabling participation from members of these organizations.

The workshop is expected to have approximately 120 participants and will be open to investigators performing research in NSF-supported disciplines within the United States. While the workshop is primarily intended for junior faculty members, advanced graduate students, postdocs, and other research scientist may also apply.

For more information, including applications, visit the 2016 NSF Chemistry Early Career Investigator Workshop webpage.

Professor Perlstein to present at the 2016 Metals in Biology Gordon Research Conference

January 21st, 2016 in Conference, Perlstein, Deborah, Uncategorized

Associate Professor Debbie Perlstein is going to sunny Ventura, CA next week to present at the week long Metals in Biology Gordon Research Conference.  Her talk, which she will give on Tuesday evening, is titled “Piecing Together Apo-Target Recognition in Cytosolic Iron Sulfur Cluster Biosynthesis.”  For more information about Dr. Perlstein and her research please visit: Perlstein Faculty Page

Chemistry Alumnus Elected ACS President

November 18th, 2010 in ACS, Alumni, Front Page

Professor Bassam Shakhashiri

Professor Bassam Shakhashiri

Bassam Z. Shakhashiri, Professor of Chemistry and the William T. Evjue Distinguished Chair for the Wisconsin Idea at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, was elected 2011 ACS President-Elect. He will serve as ACS President in 2012 and Immediate Past President in 2013.   The ACS currently has more than 161,000 members. It is the world’s largest scientific society and one of the leading sources of authoritative scientific information.

Dr. Shakhashiri received his B.A. degree in chemistry from Boston University in 1960 (followed by an M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Maryland), and is a recipient of a Boston University Alumni Award.

An international leader in chemistry education, as ACS president, Dr. Shakhashiri’s aims include; enhancing the qualify and supply of chemistry teachers, increasing public and private support for research and education, promoting green chemistry and sustainable development, fostering international cooperation and collaboration in research and education, improving scientific communication within and among various cultures.

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Over 700 People from 40 Countries Gather in Boston to Share the Latest in Raman Spectroscopy

September 22nd, 2010 in Conference, Faculty, Front Page, ICORS, Ziegler, Larry

ICORS 2010 Laser ShowProfessor Larry Ziegler (BU Chemistry and the BU Photonics Center) and Professor Paul Champion (Northeastern Physics) co-organized the highly successful 22nd International Conference on Raman Spectroscopy (ICORS 2010

Held in Boston over five days,  (August 8 – 13), the conference was attended by over 700 people from 40 countries. This biennial meeting has not been held in the US since 1996 (Pittsburgh).  In the recent past ICORS has been hosted by different conference organizers in:

  • London (2008)
  • Yokohama (2006)
  • Gold Coast Australia (2004)
  • Budapest (2002)
  • Beijing (2000).

The meeting featured plenary, invited, and contributed lectures, as well as poster presentations dedicated on the light scattering phenomenon know as Raman scattering.  To learn about Raman scattering, click here.

Alumni & Friends Reception at ACS: August 23 2010

July 15th, 2010 in ACS, Alumni, Alumni Event, Conference

Explosion SculptureThe Chemistry Department invites alumni, faculty, and students to a reception during the Fall 2010 National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society in Boston, MA. Join us for an evening of light appetizers, drinks, and good conversation and a chance to catch up with friends at the Westin Waterfront Hotel beside the Boston Convention Center.

To attend, please register at the BU Alumni Website before August 16th.

Monday August 23rd 2010
5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Westin Boston Waterfront
Harbor Ballroom III
425 Summer Street
Boston, MA 02210

The Westin Boston Waterfront is beside the Boston Convention Center and a short walk from the World Trade Center Stop on the MBTA Silver Line.

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