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New and Notable:

Hunter Chemists Develop Melanin-Like Materials with Tunable Properties (June 2017)

In this publication in Science, Prof Ulijn and his collaborators describe a family of melanin-inspired materials based on tripeptides containing tyrosine as precursors for polymeric pigments. Simply juggling the order of the peptides allowed tuning of the optical and electrical properties of the resulting polymers.

Press release: https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-06/casr-sdm053117.php

Work of Hunter Chemists featured as Frontispiece in Advanced Materials (June 2017)

The work was conducted by the group of Prof. Mike Drain. A unified theoretical framework to elucidate the growth mechanism of nanoparticles in surfactant free media is developed and it is applied to identify strategies for shape-controlled syntheses of gold nanoparticles. 

DOI: 10.1002/adma.201770146

Work of Hunter Chemists featured on the cover (Editor's Choice article) of Chemical Biology & Drug Design (April 2017)

The work was conducted by the group of Prof. Akira Kawamura. The work identified a cellular target of ginkgolide, which is a major chemical component of "memory-boosting" medicinal herb Ginkgo biloba

doi: 10.1111/cbdd.12883

Hunter Chemistry's Major II option 2 (Biochemistry) is now accredited by American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB)

The Biochemistry option from the Department of Chemistry at Hunter College of the City University of New York has received accreditation from the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB). The Chemistry Major II, option 2 Biochemistry track is the only ASBMB accredited program in CUNY, and one of only two in New York City.

A list of ASBMB accredited programs: https://www.asbmb.org/Accreditation/Schools