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10/01/2012

John Brady Wins Fluid Dynamics Prize

Brian Bell
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09/03/2012

Showing the Way to Improved Water-Splitting Catalysts

Kimm Fesenmaier

Robust catalysts are needed to drive the water-splitting reaction. Now Caltech chemists have determined the mechanism by which some highly effective cobalt catalysts work.

08/23/2012

Learning One of Cancer's Tricks

Kimm Fesenmaier

Caltech researchers have shown for the first time that a specific sugar, known as GlcNAc ("glick-nack"), plays a key role in helping cancer cells grow rapdily and survive under harsh conditions. The finding suggests new potential targets for therapeutic intervention. 

08/13/2012

Caltech Chemist Wins ASBMB Young Investigator Award

Brian Bell

The American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB) named Caltech chemistry professor Shu-ou Shan a recipient of the 2013 Young Investigator Award. 

 

07/11/2012

New Professor Practices the Art of Organic Chemistry

Kimm Fesenmaier

Gregory C. Fu, a new faculty member and the Altair Professor of Chemistry at Caltech, uses his intuition and creativity to develop new chemical reactions that make chemical conversions more efficient.

07/09/2012

New Class of Catalysts Opens Up Green Route to a Range of Chemical Products

Kimm Fesenmaier

Caltech chemists in the lab of Nobel laureate Bob Grubbs have developed a new class of catalysts that will increase the range of chemicals that can be synthesized using environmentally friendly methods.

07/06/2012

Notes from the Back Row: "Making Molecules"

Douglas Smith

"I grew up cooking, waiting tables, and doing dishes in the family diner in Chicago," says Jonas Peters. These days, as Caltech's Bren Professor of Chemistry, Peters is more an executive chef than a spatula jockey: he coordinates the menu and helps dream up the recipes for new molecules, but his students whip them up and wash the glassware.

06/28/2012

Zooming in on Single Cells

Katie Neith

Last fall, assistant professor of chemistry Long Cai received a New Innovator Award from the NIH—funding meant to both stimulate highly innovative research and support promising new investigators. Just nine months later, Cai has published the first results of his supported research.

06/05/2012

Caltech Chemical Engineers Devise New Way to Split Water

Kimm Fesenmaier

Providing a possible new route to hydrogen-gas production, researchers at Caltech have devised a series of chemical reactions that allows them, for the first time, to split water in a nontoxic, noncorrosive way, at relatively low temperatures.

 

05/02/2012

Building a Research Program from the Ground Up

Douglas Smith

What's it like to build an entire research program from scratch? It's all about becoming part of a community, according to three brand-new professors who chat about their experiences in "From the Ground Up," an article in the Spring 2012 issue of Caltech's Engineering & Science magazine.