Welcome to Chemistry and Biochemistry

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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Graduation Pictures - Spring 2014

July 17th,2014

Graduation Pictures - Spring 2014

Congratulations to our Spring 2014 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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Conference Travel - What you Need to Know

July 10th,2014

Conference Travel - What you Need to Know

We've received several questions lately about departmental travel procedures so we've updated the website with info to better serve your travel needs. Check out our Purchasing & ChemStores website under Questions for the details for what you need to know. The Top 3 Questions/Answers:   Do I need a Travel Authorization?Yes, you need to complete a SPA Travel Authorization Form for ALL of your...

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5 Chemistry and Biochemistry Members among 2014's list of Highly Cited Researchers

June 19th,2014

5 Chemistry and Biochemistry Members among 2014's list of Highly Cited Researchers

Four faculty in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry are listed among Thomson Reuters 2014 Highly Cited Researchers, ranking among the top 1% in citations in their respective fields. They include: Jose-Luis Jimenez Professor / CIRES Fellow Ekeley M329 303-492-3557 Jose.Jimenez@colorado.edu Jimenez Research Group Page     Rob Knight Professor / BioFrontiers JSCBB A418 303-492-1984 rob@spot.colorado.edu Knight Research Group Page     Arthur Nozik Research Professor Ekeley W145A 303-384-6603 Arthur.nozik@colorado.edu Nozik Research Group Page     Rainer Volkamer Associate Professor / CIRES Fellow Ekeley M325 303-492-1843 Rainer.Volkamer@colorado.edu Volkamer Research Group...

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Congratulations Tad Koch & Cort Pierpont on Your Retirement! Event Pictures now posted…

May 7th,2014

Congratulations Tad Koch & Cort Pierpont on Your Retirement! Event Pictures now posted!

A Blast into the Past  Left: Tad Koch, Right: Cort Pierpont The Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry would like to congratulate Tad Koch and Cort Pierpont on their coming retirement!  Thank you for your combined 86 years of service.  Their internationally recognized educational and research contributions over the years have served to foster innovation, collaboration, and will continue to make an impact...

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Jacquie Richardson awarded 2014 Campus Sustainability Award

May 5th,2014

Jacquie Richardson awarded 2014 Campus Sustainability Award

Jacquie Richardson has been awarded a Individual Achievement Award for Campus Sustainability for her efforts in making the Organic Chemistry labs more environmentally friendly. Jacquie took on the  responsibility of redistilling acetone, collected from many labs in the Chemistry Department.Reuse is  estimated to have saved the Chemistry Department $1500 in acetone purchases. She also has been  working to replace toxics used in...

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Wei Zhang sees great future in (malleable) plastics

April 24th,2014

Wei Zhang sees great future in (malleable) plastics

Researchers at CU-Boulder have discovered a new kind of plastic that can be reshaped or recycled either by heating or soaking in water. Wei Zhang, assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry at CU-Boulder Wei Zhang, assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry, led an interdisciplinary team of resear Zhang’s research group collaborated with a team led by H. Jerry Qi, a University of Colorado Boulder professor...

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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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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
 
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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.