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Charles McKenna, professor of chemistry and vice dean for natural sciences in USC Dornsife (third from left), wears his decoration recognizing him as a <em>Chevalier</em> (Knight) in the <em>Ordre des Palmes Académiques</em> (Order of Academic Palms), with (from left) incoming USC Dornsife Dean Steve Kay; USC Executive Vice Provost Michael Quick; and Chi Mak, professor and chair of chemistry in USC Dornsife. Photo courtesy of the Consulate General of France in Los Angeles.

Academic Accolades from France

September 28, 2012

Charles McKenna, professor of chemistry and vice dean for natural sciences in USC Dornsife, has been named a Chevalier, or Knight, in the Ordre des Palmes Académiques (Order of Academic Palms) by the prime minister of…

Susumu Takahashi, assistant professor of chemistry in USC Dornsife, was lead author of the recent <em>Nature</em> paper describing how he and his multiuniversity team developed the world’s first free-electron laser-powered EPR spectrometer. The laser (shown here) is based at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Photo by Susumu Takahashi.

Laser-ing in on Molecules

September 24, 2012

By using this high-powered laser, which is based at the University of Californa, Santa Barbara, scientists were able to dramatically boost the effectiveness of EPR spectroscopy. Led by USC Dornsife, a multiuniversity team has…

Philip J. Stephens, professor emeritus of chemistry, was a USC Dornsife faculty member for more than 40 years. Photo by Alexandra Bissonnette.

In Memoriam: Philip J. Stephens, 71

August 7, 2012

Philip J. Stephens, professor emeritus of chemistry in USC Dornsife, who invented and developed two major techniques for characterizing molecular structure, has died. He was 71. Stephens died July 31 in Los Angeles after a…

Sri Narayan, professor of chemistry in USC Dornsife, tests one of his iron-air batteries by using it to power a fan. Photo by Dietmar Quistorf.

Breaking the Barriers for Low-Cost Energy Storage

August 6, 2012

A team of researchers has developed a cheap, rechargeable and eco-friendly battery that could be used to store energy at solar power plants on rainy days. Led by Sri Narayan, professor of chemistry in USC Dornsife, the team…

G. K. Surya Prakash and Sri Narayan recently were recognized for their contributions to the field of chemistry. Parkash photo by Phillip Channing.

Chemistry Professors Elected to Prestigious Science Societies

June 28, 2012

Two stars of the USC Loker Hydrocarbon Research Institute have been recognized for their ongoing achievements with elections to academic societies. G. K. Surya Prakash, director at the institute, was elected as a fellow of…

Matthew Pratt, assistant professor of chemistry and biological sciences in USC Dornsife, has been named a 2012 Damon Runyon-Rachleff Innovator for his discovery of a possible link between metabolism and protein modification in cancer. Pratt's focuses on understanding how chemical modification affects the function and expands the diversity of proteins, which participate in nearly all operations in a cell. Photo by Ben Pack.

Risk and Reward

June 8, 2012

The Damon Runyon Cancer Foundation supports young scientists with creative, groundbreaking ideas leading to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer. Unlike many larger organizations, it funds research in its earliest…

A USC Dornsife student on a scientific dive in Guam with a Hawksbill sea turtle in the foreground during a past Maymester trip. Photo by Gerry Smith.

Taking the Plunge

May 23, 2012

USC Dornsife students are diving into this year’s Maymester courses. After taking a Spring semester course on the physics, physiology, safety and methodology of scientific diving, 26 undergraduates will dive in the…

A USC scientist treats a glass slide with nanocrystals. Photo by Dietmar Quistorf.

USC Researchers Develop Path to Liquid Solar Cells

April 26, 2012

Scientists at USC have developed a potential pathway to cheap, stable solar cells made from nanocrystals so small they can exist as a liquid ink and be painted or printed onto clear surfaces. The solar nanocrystals are about…

Still images and videos of arsenic sulfide nanofibers growing under a microscope help Ian McFarlane and Julia Lazzari-Dean to better understand the microbes’ properties and potential applications. These materials could hold the key to creating new nanomaterials that do jobs not yet imagined.

Energy in a Bottle

April 22, 2012

    Undergraduate researcher: Julia Lazzari-Dean Major: Chemistry Year: Sophomore Student funding sources: Provost’s Undergraduate Research Fellowship and Women in Science and…

The diamond in the center measures 1 mm X 1 mm. Photo courtesy of Delft University of Technolgy/UC Santa Barbara.

Quantum Computer Built Inside a Diamond

April 5, 2012

Diamonds are forever — or, at least, the effects of this diamond on quantum computing may be. A team that includes scientists from USC has built a quantum computer in a diamond, the first of its kind to include…