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Organic Chemistry

IU chemists produce star-shaped macromolecule that grabs large anions


Chemists at Indiana University Bloomington have created a symmetrical, five-sided macrocycle that is easy to synthesize and has characteristics that may help expand the molecular tool box available to researchers in biology, chemistry and materials sciences. Full Story >>

Filming bacterial life in multicolor as a new diagnostic and antibiotic discovery tool

Amino Acids

An international team of scientists led by Indiana University chemist Michael S. VanNieuwenhze and biologist Yves Brun has discovered a revolutionary new method for coloring the cell wall of bacterial cells to determine how they grow, in turn providing a new, much-needed tool for the development of new antibiotics. Full Story >>

IU chemists Carlson, Skrabalak named Cottrell Scholars

Erin Carlson and Sara Skrabalak

Erin E. Carlson and Sara E. Skrabalak, assistant professors of chemistry at IU Bloomington, are among the 11 recipients in 2012 of Cottrell Scholar awards, a highly selective program that recognizes early-career researchers and promotes outstanding teaching. Carlson also has been awarded a 2012 National Science Foundation Faculty CAREER Award, the foundation's most prestigious award in support of junior faculty. Full Story >>

IU chemists develop new "light switch" chloride binder

Folding chloride receptor

Chemists at Indiana University Bloomington have designed a molecule that binds chloride ions -- but can be conveniently compelled to release the ions in the presence of ultraviolet light. Reporting in the Journal of the American Chemical Society today (online), IU Bloomington chemist Amar Flood and Ph.D. student Yuran Hua explain how they designed the molecule, how it works and, just as importantly, how they know it works. Full Story >>

New sustainability teaching awards recipients announced

Ballantine Hall

Two new teaching awards related to sustainability and environmental literacy -- the Sustainability Course Development Fellowships and the Sustainability and Environmental Literacy Leadership Award -- have been awarded to IU Bloomington faculty by the Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs.

IU Bloomington chemist VanNieuwenhze helps land $38 million NIH grant

Michael VanNieuwenhze

A consortium of scientists including Indiana University Bloomington chemist Michael VanNieuwenhze has helped secure a $38 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to research fats, cholesterols, and other lipids. Full Story >>