UF Chemistry Team Uses Light to Create Gold Nanoparticles
University of Florida researchers are once again setting a gold standard in scientific innovation—this time literally. A team led by Associate Professor of Chemistry David Wei has made a breakthrough in nanotechnology by discovering that gold can be used in crystals grown by light to create nanoparticles. This technology has major implications for industrial catalysis and cancer treatment and could improve the function of pharmaceuticals, medical equipment and solar panels. The findings were published July 4 in Nature Materials.
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Daniel Aldridge and Nicholas Pasternack
Two UF students have received the prestigious Frost Scholarship, which funds an intensive Masters-level course for graduating seniors in the State University System of Florida to study at the University of Oxford. The scholarship covers 100 percent of tuition and academic fees and includes a grant for living costs. Out of ten students selected from the state of Florida, Daniel Aldridge and Nicholas Pasternack will represent UF, to study immunology and neuroscience, respectively.
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UF Paleogeology Discovery Published in Nature Communications
Andrea Dutton Uses Paleothermometer to Explain What Killed the Dinosaurs
University of Florida geochemist Andrea Dutton and colleagues at the University of Michigan have utilized a new technique of analysis to reconstruct Antarctic ocean temperatures that support the idea that the combined impacts of volcanic eruptions and an asteroid impact brought about one of Earth’s biggest mass extinctions 66 million years ago.
UF Nanochemistry Team Published in Nature Materials
David Wei Leads Team that Grows Gold Nanoparticles with Light
A team led by Associate Professor of Chemistry David Wei has made a breakthrough in nanotechnology by discovering that gold may be used in crystals grown by light to create nanoparticles. This technology has major implications for industrial catalysis and cancer treatment and could improve the function of pharmaceuticals, medical equipment and solar panels.
Professor of Chemistry Receives Nyholm Prize
George Christou Discovered Single-Molecule Magnets
UF chemistry professor George Christou has received acclaim for his discovery of single-molecule magnets and metal-oxo clusters—microscopic, long-lasting substances with applications to medical, computing, and industrial technologies. The United Kingdom’s Royal Society of Chemistry awarded Christou the 2016 Nyholm Prize for Inorganic Chemistry for his pioneering work.
Professor of Chemistry Receives IUPAC Award
Brent Sumerlin Builds
One step to improving drug delivery for patients is to build
smart proteins that can be released into the body as slowly and specifically as needed. Prof. Brent Sumerlin is doing just that, and has received the prestigious Hanwha-Total IUPAC Young Scientist Award for his work.
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Professor of History Luise White Awarded National Humanities Center Fellowship
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A Chemical Bond
UF alum Joseph Hernandez shows $10 million worth of appreciation.
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Gravitational waves detected 100 years after Einstein’s prediction
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