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Carbon-coated Iron Catalyst Structure Could Lead to More-active Fuel Cells

Andrew Gerwith and graduate student Jason Varnell developed a method to isolate active catalyst nanoparticles from a mixture of iron-containing compounds, a finding that could help researchers refine the catalyst to make fuel cells more active. 

Andrew Gewirth and Jason Varnell taken from photo by L. Brain Stauffer

Novel small-scale device on a benchtop has highly sophisticated optical diagnostics enabling investigators to see what is happening during the millionth of a second the charge is exploding, with unprecedented accuracy.  CREDIT: Bassett/Dlott

Shrinking the Inside of an Explosion

Will Bassett and Dana Dlott have changed the study of explosive charges by recreating the conditions in miniature, subsequently measuring with great accuracy what occurs and providing new insights in the field of energetic materials.

Illinois chemists among most highly cited

Prashant K. Jain, Jeffrey S. Moore, Catherine Jones Murphy and Ralph Nuzzo are among the most highly cited researchers worldwide.

Prashant K. Jain, Jeffrey S. Moore, Catherine Jones Murphy and Ralph Nuzzo photos

Andrew Gewirth and Nancy Sottos photo

Method opens a window on how stress and strain affect battery performance

Andrew Gewirth, Nancy Sottos and students have perfected a test providing knowledge of the mechanical, electrical and chemical forces within lithium-ion batteries.

Iron catalysts can modify amino acids, peptides to create new drug candidates

M. Christina White and graduate student Thomas Osberger led research finding that two small-molecule iron catalysts can oxidize chiral amino acids and peptides to an array of unnatural forms, giving researchers more options for developing drug candidates.

Chemists led by University of Illinois professor M. Christina White and graduate student Thomas Osberger found that two small-molecule iron catalysts can oxidize chiral amino acids and peptides to an array of unnatural forms, giving researchers more options for developing drug candidates. Photo courtesy of M. Christina White

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Prof. Joaquín Rodríguez-López was awarded the 2017 Royce W. Murray Young Investigator Award by the Society of Electroanalytical Chemistry (SEAC).

The distinction will be presented during the SEAC awards session in Pittcon 2017 in Chicago. The award recognizes accomplishments by researchers who are within the first ten years of their career.


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