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The Department of Chemistry at Case Western Reserve University offers a dynamic and cutting-edge educational experience in the chemical sciences. Relationships across disciplines include close collaborations with the departments of Biochemistry, Biomedical Engineering, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, Macromolecular Science & Engineering, Molecular Biology & Microbiology, Pharmacology, and Physics.

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Graduate Program Named One of the 2017 Top Graduate Schools for Chemistry

Date posted: February 21st, 2017

The 2017 Top Graduate Schools by the SR Education Group represent colleges and programs all across the nation and are based completely on student feedback. Due to extremely high student satisfaction ratings, Case Western Reserve University made the rankings at 9th in Master’s in Chemistry Degrees! …Read more.

Dr. Emily Pentzer, Outstanding Professor Award Recipient

Date posted: December 7th, 2016

The Outstanding Professor Award is determined by a conglomerate of engineering organizations (SWE, NSBE, SHPE, TBP). It is awarded to a professor who demonstrates excellence in teaching and mentorship. Dr. Emily Pentzer was presented at the 2016 Faculty Appreciation Dinner with this award for her dedication to her teaching and students.  …Read more.

Emeritus Professor Barry Miller awarded Edward Goodrich Acheson Award

Date posted: September 27th, 2016

Emeritus Professor Barry Miller is this year’s recipient of the Electrochemical Society’s Edward Goodrich Acheson Award. This biennial award is given to recognize members of the Electrochemical Society for their “conspicuous contribution to the advancement of the objectives, purposes, and activities of the society (ECS)”. …Read more.

Dr. Mary Barkley, Department of Chemistry Chair, Awarded Distinguished University Professorship

Date posted: August 30th, 2016

As chair of Case Western Reserve University’s Department of Chemistry, Mary D. Barkley guides others to academic success by blending leadership, research and life skills. The M. Roger Clapp University Professor of Arts and Sciences was recognized for that guidance by being chosen as one of this year’s four Distinguished University Professors, a title acknowledging the outstanding contributions of full-time, tenured professors with exceptional academic records of research, scholarship, teaching and service. …Read more.

Dr. Blanton S. Tolbert, First Recipient of the Morton L. Mandel Award

Date posted: August 9th, 2016

The newly endowed Morton L. Mandel Award is an annual award to honor and reward outstanding faculty members of the Department of Chemistry, the discipline in which Morton Mandel earned his bachelor’s degree. …Read more.

Rekha Srinivasan Wins the J. Bruce Jackson, MD, Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Mentoring

Date posted: May 6th, 2016

The J. Bruce Jackson, M.D. Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Mentoring recognizes the positive impact Case Western Reserve University faculty and staff have on the lives of students.

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Nature Communications Publishes Work from Crespo Group

Collaborative work from the Crespo Group titled “The origin of Efficient Triplet State Population in Sulfur-Substituted Nucleobases” was recently published in Nature Communications. This work is part of an international, multi-group collaboration between the Crespo Group and theoretical chemists from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Madrid, Spain and the University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria.



Crespo Group – Research Highlighted by the News Media

The Crespo Research Group’s recently published work, Unintended Consequences of Expanding the Genetic Alphabet (J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2016, 138, 11447), has been recently highlighted in Nature’s Research Highlights, the American Chemical Society Office of Public Affairs’ Weekly Press PACs, and among other news media.Graduate student Marvin Pollum and undergraduate student Brennan Ashwood led the investigation, whereas Minh Lam, Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine at Case Western Reserve and Steffen Jockusch, Associate Research Scientist in the Department of Chemistry at Columbia University also contributed to the research effort.

Crespo Group – Research Highlighted by Royal Society of Chemistry

The Crespo Research Group’s recently published work, Photochemical etiology of promising ancestors of the RNA nucleobases, in a high-profile themed collection on the “Prebiotic Chemistry and the Molecular Origins of Life” was highlighted by the Royal Society of Chemistry in the Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics journal.

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