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Better radiological images, with half the radiation

A decade ago, Northwestern chemistry professor Mercouri Kanatzidis and other scientists discovered that cesium lead bromide, a material being studied for applications in solar cells, has the ability to detect high-energy X-rays and gamma rays. The material offered promise in a number of potential applications, including biomedical imaging, such as CT and SPECT scans, and the detection of nuclear materials. After spending years developing the material, improving the purity and scaling it up in the lab, the scientists reached a turning point. 

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Weinberg College faculty recognized for excellence in teaching

Todd Gingrich, Katie Gesmundo and Emily McClure among those recognized by the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences and the Office of the Provost for their excellence in teaching.

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Developing Next-Generation Nanomaterials for Medical Applications

News Medical interviewed Chad Mirkin at Pittcon 2023 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania about his work in the field of nanomaterials. 

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Recent Honors


Feda Jarad receives Weinberg College's Community Excellence Award. 

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Zoha Syed (Farha) recieves the 2023 Anna Louise Hoffman Award for Outstanding Achievement in Graduate Research.

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Community Spotlight


The faculty, students, alumni, and staff who comprise our department are dedicated to outstanding research and scholarship.

Spring Newsletter


Welcome to our Spring Newsletter! One of the warmest Chicago winters in decades has ushered in early spring flowers and the transition to a new season. Blessedly, the last several months have felt like a return to pre-pandemic times: the resumption of special events; the familiar rhythm of teaching and learning; the continued production of breakthrough research; and the hosting of visiting speakers. Besides our community stories, this newsletter also highlights pieces related to honoring seminal work in the past and anticipating breakthrough results in the future. 

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Our Research


Research at the Department of Chemistry is innovative, collaborative and interdisciplinary by nature.

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