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The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, centrally located on the beautiful Boulder Campus of the University of Colorado, is recognized internationally for its outstanding record in research, graduate education, and classroom teaching.

The faculty, staff, and students are dedicated to ensuring its continuing vitality and scientific leadership.

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2 Department Graduate Students Awarded Prestigious NSF Fellowships

April 9th,2014

2 Department Graduate Students Awarded Prestigious NSF Fellowships

Steven Strong from the Eaves Group and Allison Reed Harris from the Vaida Group have received a prestigious National Science  Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, which recognizes outstanding graduate students in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. Thirty CU-Boulder students were among the 2,000 fellowship winners announced by NSF earlier this month—the greatest number of fellows from any school in Colorado....

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Caruthers recipient of the 2014 ACS Award for Creative Invention

April 1st,2014

Caruthers recipient of the 2014 ACS Award for Creative Invention

  Marvin H. Caruthers is the recipient of the 2014 ACS Award for Creative Invention. The award recognizes a single inventor for the successful application of research in chemistry and/or chemical engineering that contributes to the material prosperity and happiness of people. The award consists of $5,000 and a certificate. Up to $1,000 for travel expenses to the meeting at which...

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Gordana Dukovic looking at how to use solar energy to produce fuels

March 3rd,2014

Gordana Dukovic looking at how to use solar energy to produce fuels

Assistant Professor Gordana Dukovic is all for using sunlight and solar panels to produce electricity that can power homes and buildings. But what she really wants to do is to better understand how to use sunlight to drive useful chemical reactions – essentially using solar energy to produce fuels rather than electricity. A fuel is basically a way of storing energy,...

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Gordana Dukovic has been awarded a Sloan Research Fellowship for 2014

February 18th,2014

Gordana Dukovic has been awarded a Sloan Research Fellowship for 2014

The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation announced that Dukovic was one of 126 people in the U.S. and Canada selected for one of the prestigious Sloan Research Fellowships in 2014. Awarded annually since 1955, the fellowships are given to early career scientists and scholars whose achievements and potential identify them both as rising stars and the next generation of scientific leaders. The...

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Graduation Pictures - Fall 2013

December 19th,2013

Graduation Pictures - Fall 2013

Congratulations to our Fall 2013 Chemistry and Biochemistry Graduating Class! We sincerely hope our graduates and their guests enjoyed the afternoon and that many memories were created. Thank you to all who attended and participated in this milestone celebration. As promised, we are happy to provide pictures of this wonderful event for viewing and downloading at no charge to you! For best...

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Prof. Jose Jimenez wins Ascent Award by AGU

November 7th,2013

Prof. Jose Jimenez wins Ascent Award by AGU

  The American Geophysical Union's (AGU) has awarded the "Ascent Award" to Prof. Jose-Luis Jimenez. The award "aims to reward exceptional mid-career scientists in the atmospheric and climate sciences," and recognizes Jose's use of innovative measurement technologies to "shift the paradigm underlying primary emission, secondary production, and chemical evolution of carbonaceous aerosols." For please visit AGU's website for more information on this...

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Paul Ziemann Joins Department Faculty

August 26th,2013

Paul Ziemann Joins Department Faculty

The department of Chemistry and Biochemistry would like to welcome Dr. Paul Ziemann​!   Dr. Paul Ziemann received a B.S. in Biology from the University of Connecticut, an M.S. in Chemical Oceanography from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Penn State, where he studied the formation and properties of metal oxide clusters with Professor Will Castleman....

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Gordana Dukovic named Beckman Young Investigator

August 15th,2013

Gordana Dukovic named Beckman Young Investigator

Gordana Dukovic, Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, has been named a Beckman Young Investigator by the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation. She is one of 7 early career faculty in the chemical and life sciences to receive this honor this year. The award will provide up to $750,000 over four years to support Professor Dukovic’s research...

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Maciej Walczak Joins Department Faculty

July 8th,2013

Maciej Walczak Joins Department Faculty

The department of Chemistry and Biochemistry would like to welcome Dr. Maciej A.Walczak​!   Dr. Maciej Walczak was born in Poland and received his undergraduate degree (maxima cum laude) from Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, Poland. In 2003 he moved to the University of Pittsburgh, where he worked on the synthesis and reactions of strained carbocycles. After graduating in 2009, he moved...

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Graduation Pictures - Spring 2013

May 20th,2013

Graduation Pictures - Spring 2013

Congratulations to our Spring 2013 Chemistry and Biochemistry Graduating Class! We sincerely hope our graduates and their guests enjoyed the afternoon and that many memories were created. Thank you to all who attended and participated in this milestone celebration. As promised, we are happy to provide pictures of this wonderful event for viewing and downloading at no charge to you! For best...

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Grant Accounting and Purchasing Specialist

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Colorado Boulder is seeking a full-time Grant Accounting and Purchasing Specialist to join our team. In general, this position is responsible for completing all purchasing, reimbursements, grant management/coordination, and to meet operational needs for the Division of Biochemistry within the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry. This position will be responsible, with oversight from the Director of Finance and Operations to reconcile all speedtypes within the Biochemistry Division.
For more information, please visit: www.jobsatcu.com/postings/77884
 

Assistant Professor Position in Biochemistry

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Colorado Boulder seeks to hire a tenure-track Assistant Professor in the area of biochemistry to begin in the Fall of 2014. The area of research interest is broadly defined to include all aspects of biochemical and biomolecular research, as well as emerging areas such as cellular imaging, chemical biology, and host-pathogen interactions. We welcome interdisciplinary applicants who plan to establish an innovative research program at the interface of the biological sciences, optics, physical sciences, computer science, and/or engineering, in order to address significant problems in biology or medicine.
Please go to https://www.jobsatcu.com, posting # F00797 for more information.

Assistant Professor Position in Atmospheric/Environmental Chemistry

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, and the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) at the University of Colorado Boulder invite applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the Assistant Professor level in Atmospheric/Environmental Chemistry. The successful candidate will teach undergraduate and graduate courses in his/her area of expertise and is expected to develop a vigorous, externally-funded research program. The research area is open within Atmospheric and Environmental Chemistry. Sub-disciplines of particular interest include retrieval and analysis of chemical measurements from satellite instruments, box / regional / global chemical transport modeling, chemistry in fog and cloud droplets, and application of isotope tracers. A PhD is required and postdoctoral experience is preferred. Review of applications will begin November 18, 2013, and applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
Please go to https://www.jobsatcu.com/postings/71231 for more information.
 
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Niels Damrauer Research Group

Photochemical Control of Electron-Transfer and Multielectron Chemistry using Shaped Light Fields and Molecular Structure

Research in my group involves a multifaceted approach that combines state of the art physical techniques, synthetic methodologies, and theoretical tools. The chemical questions we ask and answer lie primarily under the umbrella of physical inorganic chemistry with an emphasis on electron-transfer control, solar energy conversion, bioenergetic conversion, photocatalysis, and multielectron chemistry.One important physical tool that is used – adaptive femtosecond pulse shaping – is a powerful recent development in laser spectroscopy. Its importance stems from the use of an adaptive learning procedure which permits the control and study of complex systems. The starting point of our adaptive control research addresses whether shaped coherent light fields can change active mechanisms of electron transfer in model and biological systems, thus, controlling electron transfer rates, direction, and multi-electron transformations.The synthetic infrastructure built in our laboratories allows us to ask additional questions of photochemical reaction control that do not rely on the adaptive techniques. One such problem focuses on how excited-state motion in coordination complexes can be utilized to modulate – in a time-dependent fashion – the degree of coupling between an electron donor and an acceptor.

Vist the Damrauer Group's Website for more information.