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Andrey Vilesov of chemistry and physics found that quantum vortices, or whirlpools, form in spinning helium nanodroplets in unprecedented quantities. Photo by Rico Mayro Tanyag.

Discovery in Helium Droplets

August 28, 2014

Liquid helium, when cooled down nearly to absolute zero, exhibits unusual properties that scientists have struggled to understand: it creeps up walls and flows freely through impossibly small channels, completely lacking…

Oleg Prezhdo, a native of Kharkiv, Ukraine, joins the USC Dornsife Department of Chemistry this Fall as professor of chemistry. His research centers on efficient and cheaper solar energy production and biological nanotechnology. Photo by Peter Zhaoyu Zhou.

An Energetic New Professor

August 7, 2014

Growing up in Kharkiv, Ukraine, Oleg Prezhdo loved mathematics, not unlike his mathematician mother. But ultimately, his physical organic chemist father encouraged him to pursue chemistry. Prezhdo earned his Ph.D. in…

G.K. Surya Prakash, director of the USC Loker Hydrocarbon Research Institute at USC Dornsife, and new 2014 fellow of the American Chemical Society, has significantly advanced methanol chemistry and has helped the world develop viable alternatives to fossil fuels. Photo by Peter Zhaoyu Zhou.

Prakash Named ACS Fellow

July 14, 2014

G.K. Surya Prakash, George A. and Judith A. Olah Nobel Laureate Chair in Hydrocarbon Chemistry, professor of chemistry and director of the USC Loker Hydrocarbon Research Institute at USC Dornsife, has been named a fellow of…

Sri Narayan focuses on the fundamental and applied aspects of electrochemical energy conversion. Photo by Gus Ruelas.

Plugging into a New Battery

July 1, 2014

Scientists at USC Dornsife have developed a water-based organic battery that is long lasting and built from cheap, eco-friendly components. The new battery, which uses no metals or toxic materials, is intended for use in power…

The four 2014 USC Dornsife Scholars, who earned their bachelor's degrees May 16, were each awarded $10,000 to be used for graduate or professional school studies.

USC Dornsife Scholars

May 16, 2014

The USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences is pleased to announce the class of Dornsife Scholars for 2014. The four outstanding graduating USC Dornsife seniors were selected based on their academic achievements…

The highest academic degree is a doctorate. This year, 203 doctoral students earned their Ph.Ds at USC Dornsife.

Our Dazzling Doctorates

May 15, 2014

Jia Liu: Dancing Through Darkness Jia Liu. Photo by Lizzie Hedrick. At age 6, Jia Liu was preparing for her first televised performance with an elite dancing school in Inner Mongolia. As a reward for her success, her…

USC President C. L. Max Nikias congratulates Nobel laureate Arieh Warshel, Distinguished Professor of Chemisty, on Warshel's Presidential Medallion during the April 8 awards ceremony. Photo by Steve Cohn.

Academic Honors Convocation

April 29, 2014

The 33rd annual Academic Honors Convocation celebrated stellar USC students, faculty and administrators at Town & Gown. USC President C. L. Max Nikias presented the Presidential Medallion, the university’s highest…

Arieh Warshel poster contest winners from left: 1st place, 11th grader Raqibul Mollah, 17; 2nd place, 9th grader Jin Yi Wu, 14 and 3rd place, 9th grader Alexandra Canjura, 14. They display their winning posters at Bravo Magnet High School on March 25, 2014. Photo by Gus Ruelas.

Warshel Inspires Students

April 11, 2014

Since receiving the 2013 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, Distinguished Professor of Chemistry Arieh Warshel of USC Dornsife is making an impact on neighborhood students. This year, Warshel’s transformative research in…

Mark Thompson, professor of chemistry at USC Dornsife, and a pioneer in researching organic LEDs and organic solar cells, has received the Richard C. Tolman Medal for his outstanding contributions to chemistry. Photo by Max Gerber.

Color Him Smart

April 1, 2014

Chemist Mark Thompson’s innovative research into color technology has resulted in the development of energy efficient displays for smartphones. Thompson’s work in organic LEDs and organic solar cells has earned…

Anna Krylov, professor of chemistry at USC Dornsife, is spearheading an effort to end gender discrimination at scientific conferences. Photo courtesy of Anna Krylov.

Petitioning Against Discrimination

March 21, 2014

When Anna Krylov saw the initial program for a leading international conference in quantum chemistry to take place next year in Beijing, China, she sighed. She was disappointed, but not surprised. The list of 24 invited…