Industrial and systems engineering’s James Ostrowski was selected for his research into complex algorithms, while chemistry’s Brian Long was chosen for his work on developing membranes for gas separations.
Department of Chemistry News
The Oak Ridge Associated Universities hosted a professional development workshop recently to show K-12 teachers new ways to teach science, technology, engineering and math, and provide an outlet for them to network with each other. UT’s Al Hazari led a class in educational science experiments based on color and taste called “colorful and sweet chemistry.” The Knoxville News
Zachary Ogburn, a second year chemistry graduate student, has developed a novel approach to monitor how microscopic algae adapt—a step that could help improve the marine environment.
Polymer nanocomposites mix particles billionths of a meter (nanometers, nm) in diameter with polymers, which are long molecular chains. Often used to make injection-molded products, they are common in automobiles, fire retardants, packaging materials, drug-delivery systems, medical devices, coatings, adhesives, sensors, membranes and consumer goods. When a team of scientists, including UT’s Alexei Sokolov, tried to verify
USA Today, Forbes and the News Sentinel recently highlighted the research of Neil Williams, a fourth-year chemistry doctoral candidate in professor Sheng Dai’s research group. Williams is part of a team at Oak Ridge National Laboratory that discovered a method for removing carbon dioxide directly from air.
A UT doctoral candidate will have a hand in organizing an international event on sustainable science. Roberto Federico-Perez was chosen to help coordinate the 2017 International Symposium on Green Chemistry, which aims to change deeply held practices in the field of chemistry.
Al Hazari visited with WBIR-TV Channel 10 to preview a part of his annual ‘Magic of Chemistry’ show.
UT researchers have identified a set of bacterial genes that may help them find ways to lessen the severity of the disease malaria. Their findings could also aid the research of fellow scientists working in malaria-stricken regions around the world.
Al Hazari, retired director of labs and lecturer in chemistry, will host the Magic of Chemistry show at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, October 18 in Room 555 of Dabney-Buehler Hall. He will introduce children and adults to the wonders of chemistry through a series of exciting and often explosive demonstrations.
Chemistry professor Janice Musfeldt has received a $1.6 million grant from the National Science Foundation to further the field of advanced materials.