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Chemistry News

  • 2020

    • 2020 New College of Arts and Sciences Faculty

      Welcoming New Faculty to the College of Arts and Sciences

      December 07, 2020

      Meet the new faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences, and please join us in offering them a warm welcome to our community!

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    • Drexel Chemistry Lab

      Chemistry Laboratory Specialist Helps Department Go Virtual

      September 28, 2020

      Drexel University’s Department of Chemistry maintains high-tech instrumentation facilities and laboratories to support the research enterprises of faculty and students. The department’s laboratory specialist, Alan Shaffer, is integral to the success of those enterprises — particularly in the challenging shift to remote teaching and learning. We spoke with Shaffer to learn more about the function of his role in the chemistry department.

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    • Jerica Wilson and DJ Hall - ChemGSA Presidents

      ChemGSA Presidents Past and Future Reflect on Chemistry Journey

      September 28, 2020

      We caught up with two presidents of the Chemistry Department Graduate Student Association (ChemGSA) — outgoing president DJ Hall, and new president Jerica Wilson — to get their views on chemistry, ChemGSA and their futures.

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    • Drexel University's 8th Annual Celebration of Faculty Authors -- June 2, 2020

      CoAS Shines at Annual Celebration of Drexel Authors

      July 22, 2020

      In June, Drexel University gathered virtually to recognize over 100 accomplished authors and editors in its eighth-annual Celebrating Drexel Authors event. Members of the College of Arts and Sciences featured prominently in the event, including professors, graduate students and alumni from across several departments.

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      CoAS Creates New Role: Associate Dean of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

      July 22, 2020

      The College of Arts and Sciences is pleased to announce that it will appoint an internal candidate to the new role of Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, with an expected start date of September 1, 2020. This new position will report directly to the Dean and become a member of the Dean’s Leadership Team, a group comprising Department Heads, Associate Deans and Directors.

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    • teacher stadning in front of classroom - drexel teaching academy

      Five CoAS Faculty Tapped for Inaugural Drexel Teaching Academy

      May 05, 2020

      Five faculty members from the College of Arts and Sciences are participating in the Teaching and Learning Center’s first Drexel Teaching Academy, a 10-week program designed to develop pedagogical experts across the University and foster an interdisciplinary community among faculty who already hold this expertise.

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    • Prairie Yang, Drexel Chemistry student

      Co-Op 100 Spotlight: Prairie Yang

      April 29, 2020

      For 100 years, Drexel has equipped students for the real world through our renowned cooperative education program, also known as Co-op. Drexel’s Co-op program provides students with up to 18 months of real-world work experience with industry leaders. This allows students to test-drive careers and see firsthand how the knowledge they've gained in the classroom can be applied in the field, while building an impressive résumé before graduation.

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    • Lee Hoffman

      Faculty Spotlight: Chemistry Prof Lee Hoffman, PhD

      April 29, 2020

      Lee Hoffman, PhD, is an assistant teaching professor in the Department of Chemistry at Drexel University. He is heavily involved with the general chemistry course sequence for both chemistry and non-chemistry science majors, including students from the Honors College, as well as with coordination and instruction of CHEM 425 (inorganic chem lab for graduating chemistry majors).

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    • Drexel University Science In Motion Van

      Drexel’s Science in Motion Program Helps Level the Playing Field

      April 29, 2020

      Drexel University’s Science in Motion (SIM) program is an innovative, basic education/higher education partnership, funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania since 2000, that provides equipment and materials for high school and middle school chemistry classes.

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      CoAS Accomplishments in Brief

      April 03, 2020

      We are pleased to recognize the recent grants, publications, presentations, awards and honors of the members of the College of Arts and Sciences.

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  • 2019

    • In celebration of both the International Year of the Periodic Table in 2019 and National Chemistry Week, students from two chemistry organizations unfurled a 100-foot-tall, 135-foot-wide handmade periodic table on Buckley Field.

      Drexel Chemistry Students Unveil East Coast’s Largest Periodic Table

      October 31, 2019

      In celebration of both the International Year of the Periodic Table in 2019 and National Chemistry Week, students from two chemistry organizations unfurled a 100-foot-tall, 135-foot-wide handmade periodic table on Buckley Field.

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      CoAS Accomplishments in Brief

      October 21, 2019

      We are pleased to recognize the recent grants, publications, presentations, awards and honors of the members of the College of Arts and Sciences.

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    • Book and notebook open on a table in a library

      Winter Courses

      October 18, 2019

      Explore creativity in research, the history of the Earth, globalization and more in these new and noteworthy winter courses!

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      Interdisciplinary Drexel Team Wins NSF Grant for Innovative Graduate Minor

      August 13, 2019

      An interdisciplinary team led by Chemistry Department Head Fraser Fleming, PhD, will use a $500K grant from the National Science Foundation to develop an innovative, interdisciplinary graduate minor.

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    • Drexel Dragon Logo Blue

      CoAS Accomplishments in Brief

      August 13, 2019

      We are pleased to recognize the recent grants, publications, presentations, awards and honors of the members of the College of Arts and Sciences.

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    • Korman Center at Drexel University

      Drexel Writing and Tutoring Centers Open in Korman

      July 23, 2019

      Drexel students now have access to a one-stop shop for academic support with Drexel’s new Writing and Tutoring Centers! In May, several of Drexel’s academic tutoring centers moved to the Korman Center, co-locating to support student academic success. Read on to learn more about these resources — and how you can take advantage of them!

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    • A photo of the Drexel Astronomy from the University's 1975 yearbook, courtesy of Drexel Archives.

      ‘Hidden Treasures’ Follow-Up: Drexel Alumnus and Professor Remembers the University’s Astronomy Society

      June 03, 2019

      In response to a previous article about the "hidden treasure" that is the University's observatory, an alumnus and current Drexel assistant clinical professor reminisced about what it was like being the vice president of Drexel's Astronomy Society when he was a chemistry major here at Drexel before graduating in the ’70s.

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      CoAS Students Receive University-Wide Awards

      May 23, 2019

      We are pleased to recognize the following College of Arts and Sciences students who have received university-wide awards.

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    • A controlled burn experiment at the Missoula Fire Sciences Lab in 2016

      Drexel Researcher Studies Effects of Forest Fires on Climate and Air Quality

      May 23, 2019

      Ezra Wood, PhD, associate professor of chemistry, and his research group are part of a multi-year project studying the atmospheric chemistry of smoke from forest fires. Wood shares some background information and updates on the project.

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      College of Arts and Sciences Faculty Awards

      May 21, 2019

      The mission of the College of Arts and Sciences and the University could not be accomplished without the dedication and support of our faculty members. It is their pursuit of excellence in teaching, research and scholarship that reinforces our position as a modern liberal arts college, and enhances our University’s reputation as a world-class research institution.

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    • Drexel Dragon Logo Blue

      CoAS Accomplishments in Brief

      April 01, 2019

      We are pleased to recognize the recent grants, publications, presentations, awards and honors of the members of the College of Arts and Sciences.

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    • Drexel Dragon Logo Blue

      Welcoming New Associate Deans in the College

      March 11, 2019

      The College of Arts and Sciences is pleased to announce the appointment of two new associate deans in graduate education and research.

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    • Kolkata, India - Drexel CoAS Majors Share Favorite Travel Destination

      Oh, the Places You’ll Go: 10 CoAS Majors Share Favorite Travel Destinations

      March 05, 2019

      Sure, you could complete your whole degree in Philadelphia, but why not take advantage of Drexel opportunities around the globe? With gorgeous photos, insider tips and stories from international locales, 10 College of Arts and Sciences students share the best place their major has taken them.

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    • Drexel College of Arts and Sciences Graduation

      Why Consider Graduate School?

      February 05, 2019

      When it comes to life after graduation, there are many exciting decisions to consider, from choosing where to put down roots, to applying for jobs and determining if graduate or professional school is right for you.

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    • Kiana Williams - Drexel Chemistry Student

      Rising Leaders: Kiana Williams

      January 25, 2019

      Kiana Williams has conducted research on cancer-causing enzyme misregulation, engaged patients in programming at a children’s hospital, and cared for infants with severe medical conditions. A mentor to underprivileged middle school students, Williams is a strong believer in inspiring people to work together — a motivation that underlies her goal of becoming a medical doctor.

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    • Drexel Dragon Logo Blue

      CoAS Accomplishments in Brief

      January 03, 2019

      We are pleased to recognize the recent grants, publications, presentations, awards and honors of the members of the College of Arts and Sciences.

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  • 2018

  • 2017

    • Drexel Chemistry Major Victoria Smith with a doctor and patient in a hospital in The Gambia

      Chemistry Major Provides Medical Care and Nutrition in the Gambia

      November 08, 2017

      It was 4 a.m. when Drexel Chemistry student Victoria Smith stepped off the plane in Banjul, the capital city of the Gambia. The lights in the terminal flickered and then shut off completely. Two minutes of complete darkness passed before the generator kicked on.

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    • Book and notebook open on a table in a library

      Winter Courses

      November 07, 2017

      How does gender affect the formation of knowledge? How can physics bridge communities? Discuss sociological contexts of global health, modern implications of Friedrich Nietzsche’s philosophy and more in these new and noteworthy winter courses.

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      College of Arts and Sciences Tenure, Promotion and Awards

      June 26, 2017

      The mission of the College of Arts and Sciences and the University could not be accomplished without the dedication and support of our faculty members. It is their pursuit of excellence in teaching, research and scholarship that reinforces our position as a modern liberal arts college, and enhances our University’s reputation as a world-class research institution.

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    • ira taffer

      25 Faces 25 Years: Ira Taffer

      June 06, 2017

      From the age of three, Ira Taffer knew that he wanted to be a chemist — at least, that’s how his mother tells it. What he may not have known was how big a role Drexel would play in shaping his path. He has been a student, co-op employer, Baiada Institute mentor, advisory board member, Alumni Association chair, and then, coming full circle in 2013, interim head of Drexel’s Department of Chemistry.

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    • Drexel Alumni Cynthia Maryanoff

      25 Faces 25 Years: Cynthia Maryanoff

      May 29, 2017

      Cynthia Maryanoff, BS ’72 is an organic process chemist, recipient of 2015 Perkin Medal, inventor on 67 U.S. or European patents and a coffee-farm owner.

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    • Monica Ilies Stem Award

      Chemistry Faculty Monica Ilies Receives Evidence Based Teaching Award in STEM

      May 26, 2017

      Monical Ilies, PhD, associate teaching professor in the Department of Chemistry has received the Evidence Based Teaching Award in STEM

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    • Provost Brian Blake with honoree Alison Kenner.

      Drexel Honors Outstanding Faculty Achievements at Year-End Awards

      May 25, 2017

      At the annual Faculty Recognition Awards Ceremony on May 24, Drexel acknowledged the faculty and staff members whose scholarship, service and teaching contribute so much to the University and its students.

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    • Marcellus Shale gas tower

      Methane Levels Have Increased in Marcellus Shale Region Despite a Dip in Well Installation

      February 09, 2017

      Despite a slow down in the number of new natural gas wells in the Marcellus Shale region of Northeast Pennsylvania, new research led by Drexel University finds that atmospheric methane levels in the area are still increasing. Measurements of methane and other air pollutants taken three years apart in the rural areas of Pennsylvania that have been the target of natural gas development over the last decade, revealed a substantial increase from 2012 to 2015.

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  • 2016

    • bulk photovoltaic effect

      Making a Solar Energy Conversion Breakthrough With Help From a Ferroelectrics Pioneer

      August 08, 2016

      Designers of solar cells may soon be setting their sights higher, as a discovery by a team of researchers has revealed a class of materials that could be better at converting sunlight into energy than those currently being used in solar arrays. Their research shows how a material can be used to extract power from a small portion of the sunlight spectrum with a conversion efficiency that is above its theoretical maximum — a value called the Shockley-Queisser limit. This finding, which could lead to more power-efficient solar cells, was seeded in a near-half-century old discovery by Russian physicist Vladimir M. Fridkin, PhD, a visiting professor of physics at Drexel University, who is also known as one of the innovators behind the photocopier. 

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  • 2015

    • Marcellus Shale region

      Drexel Researchers First to Detect Air Quality Effects of Natural Gas Extraction in Pennsylvania's Marcellus Shale Region

      May 19, 2015

      A team led by environmental engineers from Drexel University are the first independent researchers to take a closer look at the air quality effects of natural gas extraction in the Marcellus Shale region of Pennsylvania. The group used a mobile air quality monitoring vehicle to survey regional air quality and pollutant emissions at 13 sites including wells, drilling rigs, compressor stations and processing areas. Their work establishes baseline measurements for this relatively new area of extraction.

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