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Chicago technology tested to remove "forever chemicals" from water

Local scientists have recently secured additional funding to advance technologies aimed at eliminating toxic "forever chemicals" from the Great Lakes. This funding will support the testing of Will Dichtel's latest technology, which utilizes a material derived from corn. This innovative approach rapidly binds PFAS as water flows through it, and it is a crucial component of the Current's ReNEW initiative.

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Breakthrough in Targeting ‘Undruggable’ Proteins Promises New Horizon for Neurodegenerative Disease Treatment

Nathan Gianneschi, along with researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, has recently unveiled a revolutionary Proteomimetic Polymer Technology in Advanced Materials. This study introduces a pioneering approach to combat neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and ALS. By utilizing artificial proteins made with precision polymers, this research aims to transform therapeutic development and address the critical challenge of oxidative stress in neurodegenerative conditions. Discover more on how this could shape the future of neurodegenerative disease treatment.


IMSERC expands research capabilities

Integrated Molecular Structure Education and Research Center (IMSERC), a core facility of Chemistry, is excited to announce some significant new services. Dr. Songi Han's arrival this fall provided IMSERC with the ability to reconfigure space for the Han Lab's equipment and expand capabilities. These outstanding upgrades and additions have resulted in improved analytical access for NU Chemistry faculty and students.


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Recent Honors


Kenneth Poeppelmeier received the 2023 Fray International Sustainability Award

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In Memoriam


With sadness, the Department announces the passing of Eberhard E. Zwergel, retired Senior Chemistry Lecturer.

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Winter Newsletter


Happy New Year and welcome to our Winter newsletter! We look forward to building on our full and rewarding 2023 that included research gains in energy and catalysis, cancer vaccines, and electronic and photonic devices. We also hosted many distinguished guests who delivered inspiring lectures in honor of our eminent emeriti faculty. Please enjoy the profiles of members in our community who make our Department so special as well as recent news of our impact on important societal problems in sustainability and human health. Finally, 2024 marks 50 years after our dear colleague Mark Ratner helped to introduce the pioneering concept of molecular electronics, which paved the way for our leading role in establishing nanotechnology years later. I hope you enjoy our latest happenings.

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