• 2018 JACS Young Investigators Virtual Issue banner

    August 6, 2018

    You are here

Professor Lu's research on cobalt featured in JACS virtual issue

The Journal of the American Chemical Society (JACS) has published an Americal Chemical Society select virtual issue based on the outstanding work of young investigators published in 2017 in its publication. One of the featured articles encompasses Professor Connie Lu's research on the "Stable Dihydrogen Complexes of Cobalt(−I) Suggest an Inverse trans-Influence of Lewis Acidic Group 13 Metalloligands." Co-authors of the article were graduate student Matthew Vollmer and Jing Xie, Ph.D.

Department of Chemistry team of teachers at University on the Prairie 2018 were from left Thorn Dramstad, Cindy Pyles, Aaron Massari, and Grace Gretz.
The Department of Chemistry's team of teachers at University on the Prairie 2018 were, from left, Thorn Dramstad, Cindy Pyles, Aaron Massari, and Grace Gretz.

Chemists lead University on the Prairie

For the 8th year in a row, members of the Department of Chemistry hosted the chemistry track of University on the Prairie. Professor Aaron Massari, graduate students Thorn Dramstad and Cindy Pyles, and undergraduate student Grace Gretz traveled to the University of Minnesota's Southwest Research and Outreach Center in Lamberton, MN, where they directed 50 budding scientists through a series of hands-on activities that explored extractions, separations, and other analytical techniques.

CTC hosts Undergraduate Computational Chemistry Consortium

The Department of Chemistry's Chemical Theory Center hosted the two-day 31st Midwest Undergraduate Computational Chemistry Consortium (MU3C) Conference, July 23-24, 2018. Participants attended a variety of workshops, including presentations by Department of Chemistry professors Christopher Cramer, Laura Gagliardi, and Donald Truhlar. 

In memoriam: Alumnus Thomas B. Brill

Alumnus Thomas B. Brill, who earned his doctorate in chemistry from the University of Minnesota in 1970, passed away on July 23, 2018. You can read about him and funeral arrangements on the University of Deleware website.

Annual Safety Event, Aug. 15

The Joint Safety Team's annual safety event will cover three safety issues encountered in the laboratory—toxicity, flammability, and reactivity. The event will also feature Ecolab and Sherwin-Williams.

Minnehaha Falls
Minnehaha Falls

Chemistry Catalyst 2018, Aug. 30

The annual Chemistry Catalyst at the Minnehaha Falls pavilion is open to all chemistry personnel, including graduate students, undergraduate researchers, visiting researchers, post-doctoral researchers, staff, and faculty. Families are welcome. Please RSVP and volunteer.

Employment/Research Opportunities

  • University of St. Thomas: adjunct faculty in chemistry
  • Amherst College: assistant professor in experimental physical chemistry. Review of applications begins, Friday, Sept. 14
  • Normandale Community College: two chemistry faculty teaching positions. beginning in the fall of 2018 
  • Rutgers University: assistant professor, associate professor or professor (FASN – Physics). Position closes, Sunday, Sept. 30
  • Chart Industries: bachelor's level chemist

Information about these and other employment and research opportunities is available in the white jobs book located in 139 Smith Hall.


    • Communications
    • 137 Smith Hall, 207 Pleasant St SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455
    • Eileen Harvala, Communications Coordinator
    • harva015@umn.edu
    • (612) 624-0831