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Vertical electrochemical transistor pushes wearable electronics forward

A transdisciplinary Northwestern University research team has developed a revolutionary transistor that is expected be ideal for lightweight, flexible, high-performance bioelectronics.

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Now on the molecular scale: electric motors

Electric vehicles, powered by macroscopic electric motors, are increasingly prevalent on our streets and highways. These quiet and eco-friendly machines got their start nearly 200 years ago when physicists took the first tiny steps to bring electric motors into the world. Now a multidisciplinary team led by Northwestern University has made an electric motor you can’t see with the naked eye: an electric motor on the molecular scale.

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C&EN’s Year in Chemistry 2022

A team of Northwestern University chemists, led by William Dichtel and alum Brittany Trang, have discovered a way to break down some of the most durable persistent organic pollutants under mild conditions. Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), often referred to as “forever chemicals” due to their persistence, have been accumulating in the environment and human bodies at an alarming rate, largely due to their durability. C&EN includes the findings in their Year in Chemistry 2022 which covers the year's most exciting chemistry trends and discoveries.

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Faculty Honors


Neil Kelleher recieves the 2023 Pittsburgh Analytical Chemistry Awardestablished to recognize a scientist’s significant contributions to the field of Analytical Chemistry


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Shana Kelley and Xiaoyu Zhang recieve Chemistry of Life Processes Institute’s Cornew Innovation Awards. Each year, the Chemistry of Life Processes Institute’s Executive Advisory Board selects a few exceptional high-risk, high-reward research projects to receive $50,000 to kickstart their research. This year’s recipients are pushing the boundaries of biology and paving the way for more effective and targeted therapies for cancer and other diseases.


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Winter Newsletter

Happy New Year! May your 2023 be a year filled with peace, fulfillment, strong community, and scientific discoveries with societal and environmental impact. Northwestern Chemistry rounded out another eventful year in 2022, from welcoming new teaching-line faculty to honoring inorganic chemistry leaders with special symposia to sustained recognition of our highly cited researchers. Our people spotlights feature the breadth and depth of members who make our Department special. Our research highlighted in the press showcase discoveries from gene editing to efficient solar cells to microbes on Mars. Please enjoy our Winter newsletter as we look forward to what this next year will bring.

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