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The Department of Chemistry at Portland State University maintains a teaching program of excellence at the undergraduate level and a graduate program emphasizing cutting-edge research.
The Department of Chemistry office (SRTC 262) is physically closed and personnel are working remotely. The Robertson Life Science Building, Science Research and Teaching Center, and Science Building I are badge access only. The Chemistry Stockroom is receiving and storing mail and packages. Our weekly seminar is cancelled and all Chemistry Departmental tutor room spaces will be closed until further notice.
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Research Funding

Assistant Professor Steve Reichow has received a 5-year $1.8M grant from the NIH, National Eye Institute. The Reichow Lab will apply the high-resolution imaging technology of CryoEM to elucidate the molecular basis of cataract formation - the leading cause of blindness worldwide. This work will be performed in collaboration with Professor Kirsten Lampi (OHSU).

In collaboration with colleagues from Auburn University and San Diego State University, Associate Professor Jack Barbera has received funding from the NSF – Improving Undergraduate STEM Education (IUSE) program. These funds will support development of the CHemistry Instrument Review and Assessment Library (CHIRAL), a web portal designed to build the assessment capacity of chemistry educators.

Associate Professor Jack Barbera has received funding from the NSF – EHR Core Research: Building Capacity in STEM Education Research (ECR: BCSER) program to serve as a professional mentor to the project’s lead Dr. Alena Moon from the University of Nebraska. This collaborative project will build PI Moon’s assessment instrument development and quantitative analysis skills through the creation of a novel concept inventory on light-matter interactions.

Associate Professor Dave Stuart has received funding from the NSF Division of Chemistry under the NSF program Chemical Structure, Dynamics and Mechanism B, to pursue research into the Solution-Phase Dynamics of l3-Iodanes and Relation to Reactivity. The Stuart research group will provide new fundamental understanding of the behavior of diaryliodonium salts in chemical reactions.

Departmental News

Assistant Professor Theresa McCormick delivered a TedX talk entitled Solar Fuels: Storing Energy from the Sun in which she describes what a fuel is and how solar fuels are made and used, as well as showcasing an exciting new solar fuel that can help move us toward sustainable energy.

Assistant Professor Steve Reichow will serve as co-investigator at the Pacific Northwest Center for CryoEM (PNCC), a state-of-the-art national center for cryo-electron microscopy (CryoEM) that has been established by the NIH to collect and process high resolution CryoEM data and ‘cross-train’ scientists from diverse backgrounds in the theory and practice of single particle CryoEM. Dr. Reichow has over a decade of experience in CryoEM and has been intimately involved with the initial stages of development and implementation of PNCC activities.

Assistant Professor Steve Reichow and Professor Gwen Shusterman were both recognized with 2019 John Eliot Allen Outstanding Teaching Awards from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The awards are named in honor of the Department of Geology's founding faculty member, who taught with distinction at Portland State for more than 35 years.

More departmental news is available through the University website's news feed; additional items are recorded on our In the News page.

Student & Alumni News

The Portland Section of the American Chemical Society recognized Leilani Lopez (Junior, Reichow group) with a scholarship that carries a stipend for the 2020-21 academic year and an additional travel grant to attend an ACS national meeting

Tendai Mafireyi (PhD candidate, Strongin Group) was awarded first place in the Chemistry Graduate division of the Oregon Academy of Science and Sigma Xi Columbia-Willamette Chapter 2020 Student Research Symposium for his poster entitled, Diselenide based probes for thioredoxin reductase detection.

Bassam Haddad (PhD candidate, Reichow Group) will be awarded an NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA). The award seeks to enable promising predoctoral students to obtain individualized, mentored research training from outstanding faculty sponsors while conducting dissertation research in the biomedical, behavioral, or clinical sciences. 

Leroy Sibanda (PhD candidate, Simoyi Group) won the top chemistry graduate student award at Sigma Xi's 2019 annual national conference. He presented research findings on his dissertation work entitled "A Mechanistic Investigation of Peptide S-nitrosation by Nitric Oxide Moieties: Implications for Biological Function".  The award comprises of a commemorative medal, certificate of recognition, a cash prize and Sigma Xi membership. 

Jiries Meehan-Atrash (PhD Candidate, Strongin Group) has been named a 2019 recipient of the ACS Elsohly Award for Excellence in the Field of Cannabis Chemistry. As part of the award, Jiries will receive free travel to the Spring 2020 ACS National Meeting where he will give an invited lecture on his work.


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