SERMACS 2019 – Chemistry on the Coast

Georgia Southern Chemistry faculty and students presented their research at the 71st South Eastern Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society (SERMACS) held in Savannah, GA from October 20-23. The meeting was a huge success with several wonderful student posters and a National Chemistry Week outreach event by the river. We are proud of our faculty and students for their hard-work and dedication in chemistry research and education.


Chemistry at STEMFEST-2019

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The Chemistry and Biochemistry Department made a presence at GSU’s yearly StemFest. Our undergraduate student chapter of the American Chemical Society (SAACS) had two booths with demonstrations of their traditional “Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream” and “Alkaseltzer Rocket”. Way to go, guys!

Dr. Carpenter receives COSM Excellence in Teaching Award- 2019

Dr. Suzanne Carpenter, an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry is the recipient of this year’s award for Teaching Excellence from the College of Science and Mathematics (COSM). Dr. Carpenter has over 30 years of experience in Chemistry instruction. She had taught numerous courses in the discipline of chemistry including Organic Chemistry, General chemistry, Biochemistry and Medicinal Chemistry. Hearty congratulations to Dr. Carpenter on her achievement and hard work.

Dr. Wu wins the University Excellence in Research Award 2019-20

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Dr. Ji Wu (second from the right) with President Nivens and other award winners.

Dr. Ji Wu has recently won the 2018-19 Georgia Southern University Excellence in Research Award. Dr. Wu’s research involves synthesizing novel nano-materials that aim to solve world-class challenges in energy, environmental and medical sciences. Nanomaterials that have the potential to increase the efficiency of lithium ion batteries, act as biological and ionic sensors are recently synthesized in his lab.

Dr. Wu has mentored 32 undergraduate and 5 graduate students since 2013, resulting in 24 peer-reviewed journal articles and 24 presentations at various local and national conferences. Additionally, one United States Patent with Georgia Southern research student listed as the co-inventor has been allowed for issuance in 2019. Dr. Wu is also interested in the development of novel programmable drug delivery systems for efficient disease treatments utilizing light, pH and electricity as the stimulus to control the systems. 

Hearty Congratulations to Dr. Ji Wu for winning the award!

Professor wins Jean Dreyfus Lectureship Grant

Dr Arpita Saha was recently awarded a prestigious Jean Dreyfus Lectureship Grant for Undergraduate Institution for 2019 by Camille and  Henry Dreyfus Foundation for an amount of $18,500. The intent of this award is to bring to campus a world leading researcher in the chemical sciences. On behalf of Georgia Southern University, College of Science & Mathematics, Dr Saha is inviting Dr Sharon Hammes-Schiffer, John Gamble Kirkwood Professor of Chemistry from Yale University in fall 2019. Congratulations to Dr Saha!



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