Recent News

Two Institute of Applied Life Sciences (IALS) researchers, organic and polymer chemist Thai Thayumanavan and professor of animal science Lisa Minter, have partnered with Anika Therapeutics Inc. of Bedford to co-develop a new product for treating the autoimmune disease rheumatoid arthritis.

The work is part of Phase II of a continuing relationship between IALS and Anika.

Thayumanavan and Minter say this next phase of the collaboration builds on Thayumanavan’s expertise in delivering molecules into cells in a targeted and specific way and Minter’s expertise in autoimmune disease. They and the company will focus on research to optimize a drug delivery system to advance a new therapy candidate.

Marvin D. Rausch Seminar in Organometallic Chemistry
Thursday, March 1, 2018
Professor Eric Jacobsen
Harvard University
Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology
Seeking Perfect Catalysts
Host: Michelle Farkas
11:30 a.m. LGRT 1634

Gabriela Weaver, vice provost for faculty development and director of the Institute for Teaching Excellence and Faculty Development, has been selected to attend the 2018 Higher Education Resource Services (HERS) Institute at Bryn Mawr College July 9-21. She was also awarded a CBL (Clare Booth Luce) Scholarship that provides full tuition, accommodations, meals and travel. A professor of chemistry, Weaver will be part of the HERS Luce Program for Women in STEM Leadership.

For the most part, fundamental surface science studies have focused on model systems where the surface of the metal is smooth and regular. On the other hand, it has long been suspected that the activity of “real” heterogeneous catalysts is dominated by reactions at step edges and other defect sites.

The dissociative chemisorption of methane on a metal catalyst is the rate limiting step in the steam reforming of natural gas, our primary source for the molecular hydrogen used in the Haber-Bosch process. In collaboration with the experimental group of Rainer Beck at the École Polytechnic Fédéral de Lausanne, we examined this reaction on a Pt surface containing step defects. We were able to differentiate between reactions at the step edges and the terrace sites, using both UHV molecular beam experiments and high-dimensional quantum scattering theory. Both approaches were also able to resolve the reaction probability with respect to the velocity and vibrational state of the methane molecule and the surface temperature, providing additional details about the reaction mechanism.

The editors of J. Chem. Phys., selected the paper to be promoted on their journal homepage and on the cover as a “Featured Article”.

Upcoming Events

Professor Sourav Saha
Clemson University
Thursday, March 22, 2018

“Stimuli-Responsive Functional Materials”

S. Thai Thayumanavan
11:30 am
LGRT 1634
Professor Alexander Deiters
University of Pittsburgh
Thursday, March 29, 2018

"Optochemical Control of Biological Processes in Cells and Animals"

Mingxu You
11:30 am
LGRT 1634
Professor Krishna Kumar
Tufts University
Thursday, April 5, 2018

“Molecular Design of Peptide and Carbohydrate Based Therapeutics”

Michelle Farkas
11:30 am
LGRT 1634
Moumita Ray
Dissertation Defense
Friday, April 6, 2018

“Co-engineering Proteins and Nanoparticles for Fundamental Study and Delivery Applications”

10:00 a.m.
ISB 329
Research Adviser:
Vincent M. Rotello
Five College Seminar – UMass Amherst host
Professor James Wells
Thursday, April 12, 2018
UMass Chemistry
11:30 am
LGRT 1634