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Reisman Wins ACS Award

Brian Bell
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Caltech Again Named World's Top University in Times Higher Education Global Ranking

Kathy Svitil
The California Institute of Technology (Caltech) has been rated the world's number one university in the 2012–2013 Times Higher Education global ranking of the top 200 universities.

John Brady Wins Fluid Dynamics Prize

Brian Bell
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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.


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. 


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. 



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.


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.


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.


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.