Merrick Pierson Smela named a Churchill Scholar
A Chemist for Cambridge

Read a great story, "A Chemist for Cambridge," and accompanying Q&A, on Alumnus Merrick Pierson Smela, an award-winning student whose honors include a Churchill Scholarship. This scholarship enables him to study at the University of Cambridge’s Churchill College, where he will enroll in a Master of Philosophy degree program. At Cambridge, he’ll tackle how to coax human stem cells into producing egg cells. 

Metal-organic frameworks catalyze the hydrolysis of chemical nerve agents

Detailed mechanistic scheme for the aqueous remediation of the CWA Sarin, which belongs to the G-series of nerve agents, catalyzed by defective metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) with open Zr metal sites in their Zr6 nodes

Phosphorous-based chemical warfare agents (CWAs) are volatile chemicals known to inhibit acetylcholinesterase by phosphonylating its catalytic serine-203 –OH group, which leads to accumulation of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine in receptors and consequences of overstimulation, including death. Mohammad Momeni, Ph.D., a post-doctoral scholar working with Professor Christopher Cramer, has characterized a detailed mechanistic scheme for the aqueous remediation of the CWA Sarin, which belongs to the G-series of nerve agents, catalyzed by defective metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) with open Zr metal sites in their Zr6 nodes.

Safety Note

DCHAS Lab Risk Assessment Video graphic

The American Chemical Society Division of Chemical Health & Saftey has produced a Lab Risk Assessment Video. The video is available under the Resources & Important Links section of the department's safety webpages.

Finance Notes

Don't rotate your charges. Recent instances have revealed that some groups were rotating charges between different accounts such as charging one grant for a recurring expense one month, and then another grant for the same expense the next month. This is not an allowable practice. If a purchase is used for multiple projects, the correct method is to estimate what proportion of an expense should be charged to respective projects. In other words, divide the expense among the different account strings on each transaction. 

Use your purchasing agent. Route all purchases through your group's assigned purchasing agent. Each lab has one to two people who are authorized to purchase for the group. Use their experience to avoid delivery delays and billing errors. They have completed purchasing training and a departmental orientation, and can work with you to process your request. 

If you have questions, please consult with staff in the Chemistry Finance and Payroll office, 141 Smith Hall.

Employment/Research Opportunity

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA): biologist/microbiologist/physical scientist/chemist with the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics, Risk Assessment Division. Deadline: Wednesday, June 26. A number of chemistry and chemical engineering positions are also available. 

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

Contact

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    • Eileen Harvala, Communications Coordinator
    • harva015@umn.edu
    • (612) 624-0831