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New and Notable:

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: 

New paper on supramolecular biomaterials in Chem

In this publication in new Cell Press journal Chem, which was the result of close collaboration with Matt Dalby, University of Glasgow, Prof Ulijn describes the development of gels with tunable properties that mimic the nanofibrous structure and mechanical properties of biological tissue. These gels can be used to monitor stem cell differentiation and allow for the identification of molecules involved in differentiation.

Press release: 

doi 10.1016/j.chempr.2016.07.001

High-impact review article from Drain lab

The Drain lab pulished a review article on "sugar-coated" porphyrinoids in Chemical Reviews, which is the top chemistry journal (Impact factor 46.568 in 2014)

Chemical Reviews 2015;115(18):10261-306doi: 10.1021/acs.chemrev.5b00244

Breakthough in nanotechnology by the Matsui Group > See More

One of the smallest metal nanoparticles with amazing catalytic actitivies 

Nature Communication (DOI:10.1038/ncomms4870)

Professor Mandë Holford wins a Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award

Holford Homepage

Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award Program

Professor Mike Drain's Article is featured on the Cover of the Journal of Materials Chemistry A

The Drain Lab recently published a paper on the creation of an “urban leaf” as a transparent photovoltaic coating for windows. In an urban setting, the windows constitute the major surface area and therefore are an untapped architectural component that functional materials for photovoltaics can be deployed in cities such as New York.

Controlling Morphology and Molecular Packing of Alkane Substituted Phthalocyanine Blend Bulk Heterojunction Solar Cells J. Mater. Chem. A, 2013,1, 1557-1565

Professor Dixie Goss's  Article is featured in PNAS

Fe2+ binds iron response element-RNA, selectively changing protein-binding affinities and refulating mRNA repression and activation.  Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2012 May 29; 109(22): 8417-8422.

Metal-organic framework (MOF) swims like bacteria

A new hybrid biomimetic motor system was developed by a Hunter team led by Prof. Matsui. The work was published in Nature Material.  Read More..


Departmental Award Winners for the 2012 Academic Year:

Undergraduate Student Awards

Reynolds Award

Oksana Mashadova and Rosemery Membreno

Wijnen Award

Steven Cajamarca

Fannie Margolies Award

Elena Pires

Graduate Student Awards

Rose K Rose Teaching Award

Sohani Das Sharma and Xiaokan Zhang

Elion Award

Danae Fonseca, Elizabeth Wright and Melissa Deri

Departmental Teaching Award

Ruck, Alexander

Schectman Award

Fang, Justin