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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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CWRU Chemistry is now on Facebook!

Date posted: July 13th, 2017

Be sure to “Follow” us on Facebook to receive updates of departmental events, information, and more! Check us out at: …Read more.

Carlos Crespo-Hernández achieves breakthroughs in photochemistry while nurturing aspiring scientists

Date posted: June 6th, 2017

Crespo-Hernández provides hands-on research experience to economically disadvantaged and underrepresented students through Project SEED, a nationwide initiative funded by the American Chemical Society.

Department welcomes our 2017 NSF REU in Chemistry fellows!

Date posted: June 2nd, 2017

The department welcomes 6 students for our 2017 NSF REU in Chemistry program who will be involved in an intensive hands-on 10-week research program. Each fellow is assigned to a PI and will conduct summer research resulting in a written report and poster presentation at CWRU’s Support of Undergraduate Research and Creative Endeavors (SOURCE) Intersections.  …Read more.

Dr. Rekha Srinivasan receives The James Stephen Swinehart Fellowship

Date posted: June 1st, 2017

Dr. Rekha Srinivasan’s passion in organic chemistry and belief in undergraduate education made her the first recipient of the newly endowed professorship, The James Stephen Swinehart Fellowship. Dr. Srinivasan was recognized during our Department of Chemistry Undergraduate Academic Awards Ceremony this past May. …Read more.

Mandel Award for Outstanding Chemistry Faculty recipient Dr. John Protasiewicz

Date posted: April 3rd, 2017

For John Protasiewicz, going green is about more than sustainability. It signals a supportive, more collaborative approach—something altogether different from the high-stress, pressure-cooker environment evoked by bright red. It represents one of many reasons why Protasiewicz won the Mandel Award for Outstanding Chemistry Faculty this year. …Read more.

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.

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Tolbert Group publishes significant insights in Rules of RNA specificity of hnRNP A1

The Tolbert Group earlier this year contributed significant insights into the combinatiorial factors that determine how hnRNP A1 identifies functional binding sites in vivo. Their work was published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS) earlier this year. Click here to read their findings in, “Rules of RNA specificty of hnRNP A1 revealed by global and quantitative analysis of its affinity distribution” in PNAS.

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.

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