May 11, 2020Texas A&M chemistry Ph.D. candidate Hannah F. Drake ’18 is one of 62 recipients nationwide of a U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science Graduate Student Research Program Award — the second consecutive Texas A&M student and Zhou Laboratory member to earn selection thus far in the program’s six-year history.
Apr 29, 2020Congratulations to Texas A&M University's latest National Academy of Sciences member, Distinguished Professor of Chemistry Karen Wooley — the most recent faculty member to earn the prestigious accolade while at Texas A&M since fellow Distinguished Professors Marcetta Darensbourg and Ron DeVore were elected to the Academy in 2017.
Apr 27, 2020In 1962, Texas A&M University’s first campus glassblower, Jack Shannon, inspired William “Bill” Merka to follow in his footsteps and take up the profession. Now, as a master scientific glassblower, Merka has been the university’s go-to man for all glassware needs for 35 years.
COVID-19 Clinical Trial
Apr 20, 2020As the first person to identify the experimental drug remdesivir as the only viable medicine for treating COVID-19 in a January research study, Texas A&M chemist Wenshe Ray Liu has two words to describe preliminary results from its use in a University of Chicago clinical trial: “quite exciting.”
Mar 27, 2020Congratulations to Texas A&M chemist Karen Wooley, one of seven faculty-researchers from Texas-based institutions elected as 2020 American Institute for Medical and Biomedical Engineering Fellows, among the highest professional distinctions accorded to a medical and biological engineer.
Mar 26, 2020Texas A&M chemists led by Wenshe Liu are seeking to stop COVID-19 and other coronaviruses in their cellular tracks by developing drugs capable of preventing the virus from replicating once inside its human host and also neutralizing its presence in human plasma.
Bioorthogonal TrailblazerStanford University organic chemist and National Academy of Sciences member Carolyn Bertozzi — who is known for founding the field of bioorthogonal chemistry — has been selected to receive the 2020 F.A. Cotton Medal for Excellence in Chemical Research, presented jointly by Texas A&M Chemistry and the Texas A&M Section of the American Chemical Society to honor the late Texas A&M chemist Albert Cotton.
Seeing the Light
Mar 20, 2020Joint work between the laboratories of Texas A&M chemists Matthew Sheldon and Dong Hee Son has resulted in a breakthrough in the decades-long global quest to identify techniques for ultrafast optical control of magnetism using a classic material, gold. Their work, published in "Nature Photonics," could lead to alternate ways to generate electricity from light and possible new strategies for solar energy.
Mar 19, 2020Using a clever strategy to “trick” the system so that only viruses containing peptides with noncanonical amino acids are capable of reproducing, the Wenshe Liu research group in Texas A&M Chemistry has found a way to stack the phage display libraries construction deck, effectively expanding the genetic code of bacteriophages and paving the way for new peptide-based therapeutics.
Engineering Energy Efficiency
Feb 27, 2020A multidisciplinary international team of scientists and engineers led by Texas A&M chemist Sarbajit Banerjee has discovered a neuron-like electrical switching mechanism in a solid-state material and how it reversibly morphs between conducting and insulating behavior on command, bringing researchers one step closer to developing brain-emulating materials for energy efficient computing.
The Human Element
Feb 13, 2020Professors get their fair share of requests from their students. Last spring, Texas A&M chemist Simon North received his most unique to date when two former students in his freshman chemistry course, Julia Santell '19 and Josiah Day '19, asked him to officiate at their August 17 wedding. The rest, as they say, is history — er, chemistry.
Solving the Plastics Problem
Oct 18, 2019Texas A&M University and Teysha Technologies have signed a sponsored research agreement to streamline the development of natural degradable polymers that break down in water as a possible solution to the global plastics pollution crisis currently weighing in at an estimate exceeding 10 million metric tons and growing.