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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…

Anna Krylov is professor of chemistry in USC Dornsife and the paper's co-corresponding author. Photo by Phil Channing.

A Paradigm Shift in Understanding Chemical Reactions

March 22, 2012

Scientists at USC and Lawrence Berkeley National Lab have discovered a new route by which a proton (a hydrogen atom that lost its electron) can move from one molecule to another — a basic component of countless …

Ray Irani was appointed the Judge Widney Professor of Chemical Engineering and Chemistry. He was named to the National Academy of Engineering in February.

Ray Irani Named Judge Widney Professor

March 22, 2012

Trustee Ray R. Irani Ph.D. ’57, executive chairman of Occidental Petroleum Corp. and namesake of the university’s Ray R. Irani Hall, was appointed the Judge Widney Professor of Chemical Engineering and Chemistry…

Professor Ada Yonath discusses the chicken-or-the-egg conundrum at a USC event. Photo by Dennis Martinez.

Nobel Laureate Visits USC, Inspires Students

March 2, 2012

Ada Yonath, one of just four women ever to win the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, told USC students last month what it takes to be a successful scientist: curiosity, passion and perseverance. Yonath, professor of structural…