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.
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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.
In WUOT’s The Method series, Christine Jessel speaks to Jamie Adcock, professor emeritus in chemistry, about the science behind moonshine. To listen to the full story, visit WUOT’s website.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Research and development efforts can be time-consuming.Many projects end up taking years to complete and most researchers at the Y-12 National Security Complex must divide their time between numerous projects. Y‑12’s formal partnership with UT offers a simple solution: graduate research assistants.
David Jenkins, assistant professor of chemistry, has received a National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award. The CAREER award is the NSF’s most prestigious honor for junior faculty who demonstrate outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations.
A piece by Jeremy Smith, UT-ORNL Governor’s Chair for Molecular Biophysics, and Alexei Sokolov, Governor’s Chair for Polymer Science, is currently the spotlight on the American Physical Society’s Physics page. Entitled “Elastic and Conformational Softness of a Globula Protein,” the piece examines certain protein behaviors such as why protein flexibility sometimes increases dramatically with temperature.