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November 10, 2015
CMU chemistry students bring home more awards

Maxwell Hogue with his award in front of his posterMaxwell Hogue, a senior chemistry-physics double major, won a best poster award at the 11th Annual Midwest Carbohydrate and Glycobiology Symposium in Cleveland, OH, on October 24, 2015. His poster describes the research he did in the lab of Ben Swarts, assistant professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at CMU.  The research focused on new methods to synthesize inositol derivatives that will be useful for studying bacterial physiology and pathogenesis.

Photo of Bailey Urbanek with her award in front of her posterBailey Urbanek, a senior biomedical sciences major, won first prize poster at the American Chemical Society Midland Section Fall Scientific Meeting at Saginaw Valley State University, October 24, 2015. Bailey works in the lab of Ben Swarts, assistant professor of Chemistry and Biochemistryat CMU.  Her poster describes new compounds that inhibit bacterial biofilm formation.

Photo of Brent Biligian with his award in front of his posterBrent Piligian, a junior biomedical sciences major, won second prize poster at the American Chemical Society Midland Section Fall Scientific Meeting at Saginaw Valley State University, on October 24, 2015. Brent does research in the lab of Ben Swarts, assistant professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at CMU. His poster described a new chemistry-based approach for studying interactions occurring between biomolecules in cells.

Honey Madupalli, a PhD student in the Science of Advanced Materials program at CMU, won third prize poster at the American Chemical Society Midland Section Fall Scientific Meeting at Saginaw Valley State University, on October 24, 2015. Honey is a member of Mary Tecklenburg’s lab in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. She presented a poster describing an improved material to facilitate surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS), which is an important molecular detection technique.

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November 9, 2015
CMU has strong showing at this year's Michigan Microscopy and Microanalysis Society Meeting
Both CMU biology graduate student, April Llacqua, and CMU chemistry & biochemisty graduate student, Swati Naik, brough awards home from this year's Michigan Microscopy and Microanalysis meeting.  Llacqua, studying in Cynthia Damer's lab, won Best Biology Student presentation while Naik, studying with Gabriel Caruntu, won Best Materials/Physical Science Student presentation.  In addition to the two awards, six CMU students were also there to present their research.​

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November 9, 2015
Celebrating National Chemistry Week at Central Michigan University
​By Uyen Huynh

Students in a row behind counter celebrating National Chemistry Week
Last week, American Chemical Society - Student Chapter at Central Michigan University celebrated Chemistry in the annual National Chemistry Week. ACS student members organized a week of fun activities to provide students on campus, ACS members, faculty & staff, and members of the community opportunities to get connected and appreciate the wonders of chemistry through hands-on demonstration, games, and freebies.

Students celebrating National Chemistry WeekOn Monday, the celebrations started with the Periodic Table Game. Students were asked to correctly point out the elements' symbols on the periodic table given their full names. The game gained tremendous attention from many students who wanted to challenge their knowledge and memories on all 118 elements and win delicious Chemistry Cookies.

Additionally, a scavenger hunt also started at the beginning of the week. Every day, a new riddle involving Chemistry was distributed, participations were asked to solve the riddle using basic Chemistry knowledge in order to find the location of the new clue on the next day. Second place winner of the scavenger hunt, James Robison (CMU chemistry graduate student) said that the hunt was very fun; it required him to freshen up on basic Chemistry and that he would love to do something like this again next year.

Students celebrating National Chemistry WeekFrom Tuesday to Thursday, ACS student members gave out cotton candy and on Thursday night, CMU students volunteered to teach chemistry demonstrations to students from the Saginaw Chippewa Tribal College of Mount Pleasant, MI. The activities included invisible ink, iodine clock reaction, density column, acid/ base column, liquid nitrogen demonstration, and the most loved, liquid Students celebrating National Chemistry Weeknitrogen ice cream. The Tribal College's students expressed their excitement for gaining hands-on experience as they plan to in turn do the science demonstrations during family events happening next month during Native American Heritage Month festivities.

Students celebrating National Chemistry WeekFriday was designated to celebrate student accomplishments at the Annual Chemistry and Biochemistry Awards & Scholarships Reception.  Hosted by the student members at a local restauraunt all the student ACS award winners from the 2014-15 year were acknowledged with certificates as well as a wonderful CMU throw blanket.  Following the recognition of the scholarship winners a special tribute was given for Professor David Ash the former department chairperson who after leading the department for 10 years has moved on to Vice President of research and Dean of Graduate Studies at CMU.
Students celebrating National Chemistry Week 

Last but not least was the student adventure to join with the Midland local section for the Annual Fall Scientific Meeting.  It was hosted by Saginaw Valley State University and featured workshops, seminars, and poster session.  The morning started with talks by researchers from Michigan State, University of Michigan, and BASF.  The 70+ poster - poster session with prizes and networking was an excellent opportunity for several CMU students to showcase their research projects.

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​​October 12, 2015
International CMU student earns 2 research poster awards at SciX conference

CMU international CMU M.S. in Chemistry Student, Swati Naik, recently earned two awards for her research poster "Non-hydrolytic Processing of Transition Metal-Doped ToiO2 Nanostructures for Photocatalytic Applications".

Swati and her co-author, CMU Chemistry & Biochemistry faculty member Gabriel Caruntu, brought home outstanding student research poster awards both from the Society for Applied Spectroscopy (SAS) and from the Federation of Analytical Chemistry and Spectroscopy Societies (FACSS) at the national SciX conference in Providence Rhode Island.

Swati is finishing her MS in Chemistry and will be pursuing her Ph.D. in the Science of Advanced Materials Program at CMU.


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CMU Receives $492,285 National Science Foundation Major Research Instrumentation Program Grant 

A team of researchers from the Central Michigan University Biology and Chemistry & Biochemistry departments has been awarded a $492,285 grant from the Major Research Instrumentation Program at the National Science Foundation.  Jennifer Schisa, professor of biology lead the project, with contributions from Gabriel Caruntu, associate professor of chemistry & biochemistry, Brad Fahlman, professor of chemistry & biochemistry, Eric Linton, associate professor of biology, and Joanne Dannenhoffer, professor of biology. 

The grant funds will be used to purchase a Hitachi Model HT7700 120kV high-contrast/high-resolution digital transmission electron microscope (TEM).  The new TEM will be housed in the Microscopy Facility of the new Biosciences building on the campus of Central Michigan University, and will replace the outdated Philips CM-10 that has been in use since 2001.

The new HT7700 TEM will be configured with a newly developed, high-resolution objective lens (EXALENS), a STEM system with EDS (energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy), and for Selected Area Electron Diffraction (SAED) to analyze crystals.  These capabilities will allow faculty and student researchers working with nanomaterials and polymers to collect their data on campus rather than having to travel to an outside institution.

"The HT7700 TEM will greatly improve the research capabilities of faculty and student researchers in the biology and chemistry & biochemistry departments, and in the Central Michigan University College of Medicine," said Caruntu.

"It is a unique instrument in its ability to provide both high-resolution and high-contrast imaging.  Therefore, a single TEM cam image biological and materials science specimens equally well," said Schisa.  "The new TEM has state-of-the-art imaging technology that will allow biology researchers to substantially increase the quality and quantity of images of low-contrast biological samples."

"Materials science researchers working on nanotechnology-related projects need electron microscopy to visualize the morphological characteristics of the materials they prepare," said Caruntu. "As the surface/volume ratio increases dramatically upon scaling down the material, this knowledge is essential in understanding the role of surface on the macroscopic properties of materials."

The new instrument will not only allow for a level of research that previously did not exist at CMU, but it will enable the training of the next generation of scientists in modern methods used in analysis of biological and materials science samples.  The new TEM will be used by student researchers and in courses that serve undergraduate students, Biology Master's students, and Ph.D. students in the Science of Advanced Materials program.  All students will receive hands-on training so that they can independently operate the instrument and collect and analyze data.  Use of the TEM by undergraduate and graduate students will also add value to their research experiences at CMU, and make them more competitive in landing STEM-related jobs in a very technology-savvy job market.

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​The chemistry behind the colors - CMU chemist explains how fireworks light the sky
June 30, 2015 - As festivals and backyard barbecues spread across Michigan, the sky fills with pyrotechnic 'stars' to celebrate summer.  Central Michigan University chemistry professor Gabriel Caruntu explains the science behind the colors of fireworks.

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Kelsey Charnawskas performing chemistry experimentKelsey Charnawskas ('15) Takes Home Outstanding Chemist Award
April 15, 2015 – The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry recently announced that Kelsey Charnawskas ('15) took home this year's award for Outstanding Chemist.  Kelsey, who is currently completing her student teaching prior to graduating in May, plans to teach chemistry in high school and inspire students to become future scientists.



Temitope Nathan named 2015 Outstanding Organic Chemistry Undergraduate

March 26, 2015 - ​The Chemistry & Biochemistry Department at CMU is proud to announce that Temitope Nathan has been named the 2015 Outstanding Organic Chemistry Undergraduate.

Temitope, who comes to CMU from Lagos, Nigeria, is a biochemistry major/mathematics minor, and plans on becoming a medical scientist. 

When asked what his most notable Organic moment or success was, he said, "finally purifying 22mg of a Tre-DNP compound after working on its synthesis for about a month."

Temitope was chosen as the 2015 Outstanding Organic Chemistry Undergraduate based on his performance in the classroom, in the research lab, and for his potential in organic chemistry.

Please help us congratulate Temitope on his outstanding work.  ​


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Amanda Clark ('15) Takes Home Outstanding Biochemist Award

March 23, 2015 - The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry recently announced that Amanda Clark (’15) took home this year’s award for Outstanding Biochemist.  After graduation Amanda, who plans to pursue a Ph.D. and conduct research on cancer treatments, will be the first CMU Chemistry graduate to continue their education at Harvard.
 

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Chemistry Professor Receives This Year's Student Choice Award.

March 4, 2015 - It is our great pleasure to announce that Chemistry Professor, Dr. Matt O'Dell, has been chosen as this year's recipient of CMU's Student Choice Award. 

Each year, the Excellence in Teaching Committee student members ask the student body to nominate professors they feel are worthy of the Student Choice Award.  Students are asked to nominate a professor they feel is knowledgeable in their subject, a positive role model, excellent at engaging students, accessible, respectful and inspiring.  

Dr. O'Dell will be presented with a plaque of appreciation in front of his class.  

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Chemistry lab awarded $420,085 grant

​​(Reproduced from a CM Life article, February 9th, 2015)

February 9, 2015 - Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry Assistant professor, Benjamin Swarts was awarded a $420, 085 grant from the National Institute of Health to aid his lab in researching an efficient way to help fight tuberculosis.

The project, titled "Chemoenzymatic Synthesis of Trehalose Analogs as Tools for Investigating Mycrobacteria," involves the development of a new method for synthesizing derivatives of a special sugar called trehalose.  

The compounds created will help researchers understand how bacterium makes trehalose and uses it during the infection process.

With the collaboration of Peter Woodruff, an assistant professor at the University of Southern Main, and the work of recent  Central Michigan University graduate Douglas Wing and senior Bailey Urbanek, their research published in August helped support the approval of the grant.

"In the U.S. we don't think much about tuberculosis," Swarts said.  "It's pretty well controlled here, but it's a problem in developing parts of the world and there is also the issue of it becoming more resistant to drugs and the threat it poses by spreading through world-wide-travel."

According to the World Health Organization's latest report on tuberculosis, TB remains one of the world's deadliest communicable diseases.  In 2013, an estimated 9 million people developed TB and 1.5 million died from the disease.

Swarts said because trehalose is absent from humans but is essential for the bacterium, it is a very attractive target for tuberculosis drug and diagnostic development.

The lab's research could lead to new insights for better diagnosing and threating people infected with Mycobacterium tuberculosis.

"We're looking for a better way to target the bacterium," he said. "They have the trehalose, we don't. If we can target just that we will better detect it."

The grant is also being used to help equip the biosafety level 3 lab in the future Biosciences Building.  

Swarts said the lab will enable him and his students to do research on the bacteria itself rather than model organisms, which will provide data that will be more relevant to clinical translation.

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​Amanda Clark nominated to compete for Goldwater Scholarship

February 19, 2014 - Amanda Clark, a junior amanda-clarkfrom Three Oaks, Mich. majoring in biochemistry, has been nominated to compete for a Goldwater Scholarship.

Clark is a 2013 McNair Scholar and vice president of the CMU student chapter of the American Chemical Society. She has been working with associate professor of chemistry Choon Lee, on research involving the synthesis of antioxidant dendrimers - repetitively branching molecules - since January 2012. The goal of her most recent project was to synthesize a second-generation dendrimer.

Clark evaluated the pro-oxidant effects of the dendrimer, but was not able to full test its antioxidant capacity. She is currently redesigning her compound to make it more soluble in biocompatible solvents in hopes that it can someday be used to help treat cancer and other diseases.

"I enjoy research because of its challenges. It is thought provoking and very difficult, but I enjoy the amount of knowledge that I am gaining from this experience," Clark said.

Clark's interest in cancer medications stems from a very personal connection to the disease - when she was 15, she lost her father to lung cancer. Two years later, Clark was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma. After experiencing the side effects of chemotherapy medications herself, she was inspired to help develop medications with fewer adverse effects.

Clark has been in remission since undergoing chemotherapy, but she will never forget her battle with cancer. "I keep the memories with me as motivation for what I want to help discover someday," she said.

Clark plans to earn a Ph.D. in chemistry and pursue a research career in academia. She hopes to pass along her enthusiasm for science to future students, and conduct research that aids in the development of new cancer treatment medications.

The Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program was established by Congress in 1986 to honor Barry Goldwater, who served for 56 years as a soldier and U.S. Senator. Scholarships are awarded each year to 300 college sophomores and juniors committed to pursuing research careers in mathematics, engineering or the natural sciences.

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Du's research on glucose poly(ortho esters) featured as cover story of Angewandte Chemie

February 13, 2014 - Assistant professor of chemistry and Science of Advanced Materials research scientist Wenjun Du recently had his research featured as the cover story on the journal, Angewandte Chemie.

"Synthesis of Highly pH-Responsive Glucose Poly(orthoester)" - hypothesizes that pH-responsive polymers have great potential in biomedical applications, including targeted drug delivery.

Since tumors and inflammatory tissues tend to have low pH values and existing pH-responsive materials, such as polyketal copolymers, had known limitations and were falling short in terms of treating conditions optimally, Du and his research colleagues synthesized a glucose poly(orthoester) as a highly pH-responsive polymer to address these issues. Their research demonstrates the first, successful creation of a new class of sugar-based polymers, in which the sugar units are connected through orthoester link

ages.

Ths new discovery has broad applications and may be useful in the synthesis of highly pH-responsive materials that could selectively and rapidly deliver drugs to diseased tissues with low pH values.

Du and his team plan to continue their study of glucose poly (ortho esters), with additional research studies already underway in his laboratory.

Angewandte Chemie is one of the premier chemistry journals in the world. It is the only journal in the field that delivers a mix of review articles, highlights and communications weekly, and also regularly publishes Nobel lectures in chemistry and related fields.

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Tomasik receives $565,000 grant from National Science Foundation for STEM education research

November 22, 2013 - Central Michigan University assistant professor of chemistry Janice Hall Tomasik recently received a $565,000 grant from the National Science Foundation's Transforming Undergraduate Education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (TUES) Phase II program to support work exploring the impacts of research-based environmental experiments on students and faculty at CMU, Saginaw Valley State University and Delta College.

Along with CMU associate professors of chemistry Dale LeCaptain and Anja Mueller, Tomasik and research colleagues - David Karpovich and Tami Sivy from SVSU, and Jay Vanhouten and Bernadette Harkness from Delta College - will develop new laboratory activities for undergraduate STEM courses. 

The new labs will involve authentic hands-on research experiences for students, as they investigate the environmental health of the watershed in the central Michigan area and on Beaver Island in northern Lake Michigan. Students in courses including Biology, Biochemistry, General and Analytical Chemistry, and Ecology will perform investigations both onsite at local sources and in laboratories on each campus, using state-of-the-art equipment and procedures. 

Students will share their findings between the three institutions and with the public at an annual student research summit made possible by a portion of the grant. 

Tomasik and researchers will investigate the impacts of the research-based experiences on students and faculty in multiple disciplines and at each type of institution - a research-intensive university, a predominantly undergraduate institution, and a community college. Their research will shed light on best practices for incorporating research-based environmental activities into courses at each type of institution, and their work will serve as a model for other programs. 

They will share their findings and host a workshop at national conferences at the end of the research study.

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Senior and chemistry major Geoffrey Bourdon receives scholarship

October 22, 2013 - Congratulations to Geoffrey Bourdon, pictured third from left, receives the O'Connell Family Endowed ScholarshipCMU senior and chemistry major Geoffrey Bourdon, who is the recipient of the Dr. Barbara Leiting-O'Connell Family Endowed Scholarship. A native of Muskegon, Mich., Geoff plans on pursuing a Ph.D. in chemistry after graduating in May 2014 and ultimately wants to have a career as a chemistry professor. The award will help him cover some of his tuition expenses during his last year at CMU.

Established in 2007 by Dr. John O'Connell, '83, in memory of Dr. Barbara Leiting-O'Connell, this scholarship is awarded annually to a full-time junior or senior with a signed chemistry major and a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher. Preference is given to students desiring to attend graduate school and who demonstrate financial need.

Click here to explore all available scholarships to CST students.

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From Chippewa to Tiger: CMU graduate receives prestigious TigersTeach Noyce Scholarship and heads to Clemson University

June 4, 2013 - 2010 CMU graduate and Ashley Morganchemistry major/mathematics minor Ashley Morgan has received a prestigious TigersTeach Noyce Scholarship to attend a very competitive MAT Secondary Education (Math Science) program at Clemson University in Clemson, S. Car.

The MAT program is a technologically rich program in which students master the fundamentals of teaching and become skilled at motivating and helping students learn either science or mathematics at deep levels. The program addresses content directly related to the secondary classroom, educational foundations and specific teaching methods that reflect current research in the field.

As a TigersTeach scholar, Ashley will participate in immersion activities, become a learning assistant and an active member of Clemson University's student chapter of the National Science Teachers Association. She is also committed to teaching in a high-needs school district for two years after graduation.

Clemson University's Robert Noyce TigersTeach Scholarship seeks to encourage talented science, engineering and mathematics majors and professionals to become secondary mathematics and science teachers. Funded by a five-year, $1.2 million grant from the National Science Foundation Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program, it is a collaboration between Clemson's colleges of Health, Education and Human Development; Engineering and Science; and Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences. School districts in Greenville, Anderson, Oconee and Pickens counties are partners in the project.

Students in TigersTeach will learn from veteran scientists and teachers, participate in professional conferences and work with local schools and agencies.

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American Chemical Society brings regional meetin

g to CMU

Chemists gather to discuss sustainability; special exhibits open to the public

May 17, 2013 - About 600 chemists Central Michigan Universitygathered at Central Michigan University for the Central Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society May 15 through 17. CERM was held at CMU for the first time in the meeting's 44-year history and was hosted by the Midland Section of ACS.

Chemists attending the conference represented university and college chemistry faculty, chemists from business and industry, and undergraduate and graduate chemistry students from across the Great Lakes and northeastern U.S., according to Philip Squattrito, chairman of the 2013 CERM and CMU chemistry professor.

The theme of the 2013 CERM was "Building Blocks for a Sustainable World," with presentations given on topics such as chemistry and global health, water quality and biogeochemistry. A Thursday symposium observed the 150th anniversary of the discovery of organosilicon compounds, as well as the 70th anniversary of Dow Corning Corp., which manufactures them into products. Organosilicon compounds have many uses in household compounds, such as caulk, and industrial applications including as surfactants in agriculture.

Open to the Public

While the conference was a paid, pre-registered event, three chemistry-related art and history special exhibits are open to the public in the Park Library and the Clarke Historical Library.

On display in Park Library's Baber Room is "Images of The Dow Chemical Company from the Brush of Arthur Knighton-Hammond," a commissioned exhibit on loan from the Dow Foundation. The paintings (circa 1920-21) depict the early years of the Dow plant in Midland.

The Clarke Historical Library features special exhibits on "Drilling for Brine: The Dow Chemical Plant in Mount Pleasant, 1903-1930" and the history of the Midland Section of ACS. The discovery of brine relatively rich in bromine in Mount Pleasant and Midland, convinced Herbert H. Dow to establish chemical processing plants in both locations.

Summer hours of the Clarke Historical Library are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Park Library's summer hours are 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, and 1 to 10 p.m. on Sunday.

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Chemistry major and Science of Advanced Materials student Phillip Medina receives a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship

April 30, 2013 - Senior and chemistry Phillip Medinamajor Phillip Medina recently received a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. This highly competitive, multi-year award will provide him with $30,000 per year to help cover his graduate school expenses.

Medina will continue his education at CMU and has already enrolled as a graduate student in the Science of Advanced Materials (SAM) program, where he plans to continue his research on lithium-ion batteries with chemistry professor and SAM researcher Bradley Fahlman, searching for methods to increase the potential capacity of the batteries through the use of porous silicon and vertically aligned nanowires.

The National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) helps ensure the vitality of the human resource base of science and engineering in the United States and reinforces its diversity. The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees at accredited U.S. institutions. 

NSF received over 13,000 submitted applications for the 2013 competition. Medina was one of only 2,000 recipients who received an award.

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Mueller develops water filtration method targeting contaminants

April 25, 2013 - CMU associate Anja Muellerprofessor of chemistry, Anja Mueller, has developed a water filtration method that targets contaminants including perchlorates in water - a technology that currently does not exist on the market. Perchlorates have been linked to certain cancers and developmental delays and are extremely dangerous to pregnant women and infants. Mueller developed a patent for the filtration technology and partnered with CMU Research Corporation to license and commercialize the product, which is expected to hit stores later this year.

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Howell receives international award for work in thermal analysis

April 22, 2013 - Central Michigan Bob HowellUniversity professor of chemistry and polymer science Bob Howell has received the 2012 North American Thermal Analysis Society Award for Outstanding Achievement in thermal analysis research.

"Thermal analysis has to do with just the response of materials to a change in temperature," Howell said. "You can learn about the structure of the material based on the way it responds, and so that's the fundamental technique."

Howell applies his research in a number of ways, focusing primarily on studying polymer degradation at different temperature ranges. For example, his research to address the issue of foul taste and brown streaking in milk jugs - and his proposed solution - helped reduce the cost of milk production and was considered particularly noteworthy by the society. 

The solution to issues with milk containers linked back to Howell's research with The Dow Chemical Co., where in the mid-1980s he was asked by Dow to experiment with using polymeric materials in food packaging, and successfully adapted the materials to stop the streaking.

​Most containers are made with different layers of various polymer materials, each with a different composition. The elimination of the streaking allows the milk to be stored at room temperature. "Because no oxygen gets in, the milk doesn't spoil," Howell said.

Howell has also worked to remove odors from degrading polystyrene, the plastic material used in packaging food, such as cookies and pastries.

The Outstanding Achievement award from NATAS is unique to a university of CMU's size. Given annually, it recognizes distinguished achievement in the field of thermal analysis, including but not restricted to thermogravimetry, differential thermal methods and effluent gas analysis. The award recipient must have performed outstanding work in the utilization, creation or refinement of thermal techniques of generally wide interest and impact. 

Howell is the 44th recipient of this award, which represents the highest honor bestowed by the Society.

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Fahlman selected to be Contributing Editor for InterNano

April 11, 2013 - Professor of chemistry Bradley Fahlmanand Science of Advanced Materials researcher Bradley Fahlman has been selected to be a Contributing Editor for InterNano, a project of the National Nanomanufacturing Network. Fahlman will generate original content about topics in nanomanufacturing and write expert reviews based on relevant and recent news in the industry.

Nanomanufacturing is the controllable manipulation of materials structures, components, devices and systems at the nanoscale (1 to 100 nanometers) in one, two and three dimensions for large-scale reproducibility of value-added components and devices. It remains the essential bridge between the discoveries of the nanosciences and real-world nanotechnology products.

The National Nanomanufacturing Network (NNN) is an alliance of academic, government and industry partners that cooperate to advance nanomanufacturing strength in the U.S. and serves as a catalyst for progress by facilitating and promoting workshops, roadmapping, inter-institutional collaborations, technology transition, test beds and information exchange services.