Department of Chemistry News

UT Hosting Series of Camps for Engineers of Tomorrow

Budding engineers from as far away as Massachusetts will soon gather at UT as the College of Engineering hosts its annual summer enrichment programs. The programs are arranged according to grade level—beginning with seventh grade and running through high school—with the middle school courses serving as an introduction to engineering while the high school students deal with more in-depth engineering topics.

UT Hosts Second Annual STEM Symposium for High School Students March 29

Tennessee high school students interested in careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics are invited to a symposium sponsored by UT Libraries on Saturday, March 29. The second annual Big Orange STEM Symposium (BOSS): High School Outreach will be from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the John C. Hodges Library. The symposium is free, but participants are encouraged to register online.

U.S. News and World Report: Bill Gates’ Condom Campaign, An Effort to Save Lives in Africa

indexChemistry professor Jimmy Mays has responded to a challenge by Bill and Melinda Gates with a design that will encourage condom use in developing countries. He has received $100,000 from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for research and development of a prototype. Mays’s innovative condom design incorporates his work with superelastomers—polymers that can be repeatedly stretched further than existing rubbers without permanently deforming the shape of the material.

Professor Receives Gates Foundation Award to Reinvent Condom, Improve Global Health

Jimmy Mays in his lab with students.

Condoms have the power to make the world healthier by preventing disease and unplanned pregnancies, yet they are vastly underutilized. Chemistry Professor Jimmy Mays responded to a challenge from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation with a design that will encourage condom use in developing countries. He has received $100,000 from the foundation for research and development of a prototype.

WUOT: Spirits and Graves

In WUOT’s The Method series, Christine Jessel speaks to Jamie Adcock, professor emeritus in chemistry, about the science behind moonshine. To

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Professor to Present Annual “Magic of Chemistry” Show Tuesday

It’s National Chemistry Week, and at UT that means it’s time for Al Hazari’s annual Magic of Chemistry show. This year’s show—free and open to kids and adults—will be held from 7:00 to 8:00 pm on Tuesday, October 22, in Dabney-Buehler Hall, Room 555.

Professor and Student Develop Device to Detect Biodiesel Contamination

In 2010, a Cathay Pacific Airways plane was arriving in Hong Kong when the engine control thrusts seized up and it was forced to make a hard landing—injuring dozens. The potential culprit? Contaminated fuel. A professor and student team at UT has developed a quick and easy-to-use sensor that can detect trace amounts of biodiesel contamination in diesel.

Professors Receive NSF’s CAREER Award

Three professors at UT have received National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) awards. David Jenkins, an assistant professor in chemistry; Jaan Mannik, an assistant professor in physics; and Jeff Reinbolt, an assistant professor of mechanical, aerospace, and biomedical engineering, will use the monetary awards to support their research and educational activities.

Kovac Honored by the College of Arts and Sciences for STEM Education Efforts

Chemistry Professor Jeffrey Kovac has been honored for his contributions to STEM education by serving as director of the Tennessee Governor’s Schools for Sciences and Engineering and the Tennessee Science Olympiad State Tournament. Theresa Lee, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, recently presented Kovac with a plaque on behalf of the college.