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  • The Department of Chemistry's Homecoming Celebration was held on October 16, 2009.  See the photos at our ECU Chemistry Alumni page on Facebook

  • Congratulations to Andrew Morehead for being awarded a grant entitled "Application of Calibrated Peer Review" to Improving the Writing and Critical Reading Skills of MS and PhD Students in the Department of Chemistry."

  • The Department of Chemistry is pleased to announce that we will be participating in the Spring Career Fair on February 13, 2008 from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM. The location is in the Greenville Convention Center. You need to register with Career Services (through the Career Connections link) to participate. A number of potential local area employers will be invited to participate. Act now to ensure your place at this event.

    Employers:  click for information for employers wishing to attend the Spring Career Fair.

  • Southern Testing & Research Laboratories in Wilson, NC (a division of Microbac Laboratories, Inc.) has made an unrestricted gift to the East Carolina University Department of Chemistry.  This gift will be used to help equip undergraduate teaching laboratories with more modern analytical equipment and supplies for undergraduate laboratory experiments.  The Department of Chemistry is very pleased that Southern Testing & Research Laboratories has made this gift and it opens the door to future cooperation between the Department of Chemistry and a local business that employs Chemistry graduates.

Microbac Presentation

Mr. Robert W. Dermer, Managing Director, Microbac Laboratories, Inc. (Southern Testing & Research Division, Wilson, NC) presents a check for unrestricted funds to Dr. Keith Holmes of the ECU Department of Chemistry.

  • Announcement of Gift in Kind Received from GSK

    The East Carolina University Department of Chemistry is delighted to announce the generous contribution of analytical equipment primarily for use by the department's undergraduate laboratories and undergraduate and graduate students.  Approximately 70 pieces of equipment have been donated and are being put into service in the department's various laboratories.

    This gift has been conservatively estimated in excess of $50,000.

    GSK's contribution is gratefully acknowledged by the Department of Chemistry and is an excellent example of a major pharmaceutical company working to help improve educational opportunities for and preparation of the future workforce of eastern North Carolina.

  • Announcement of Gift in Kind Received from DSM The East Carolina University Department of Chemistry is delighted to announce the generous contribution of analytical equipment for use by the department's undergraduate laboratories. The following instruments generously donated include: one FT-IR unit, two HPLC units (one with gradient capability) with UV/PDA detectors, two GC units, and two UV/Visible spectrophotometers. This gift has been estimated in excess of $100,000. DSM's contribution is gratefully acknowledged by the Department of Chemistry and is an excellent example of a regional industrial partner working to help improve educational opportunities for the future workforce of eastern North Carolina.

  • Meet the new faculty joining the Department of Chemistry in the fall, 2007.

  • Andrew Morehead has been awarded a 2007/2008 College Research Award for his proposal entitled "Mechanistic Investigation of Rhodium-Catalyzed Ring Forming Reactions Leading to Indanones and Tetralones."

  • Metrics, Inc. Supports ECU's Chemistry Department Mr. Phil Hodges, CEO of Metrics, Inc., a Greenville Contract Pharmaceutical Development company, has made a commitment to fund five undergraduate Teaching Assistants for fall 2007 and spring 2008 semesters.  Mr. Hodges is a graduate of ECU and an Outstanding Alumni Recipient.  Metrics, Inc. is a continuing supporter and employer of ECU's graduates.  The Department of Chemistry expresses its sincerest thanks to Metrics, Inc. for its support of our undergraduate Teaching Assistants.

  • Sandoz Inc. Provides Support for ECU Chemistry Department The Sandoz Inc. site in Wilson, NC, and Sandoz Inc. corporate office have made a major contribution of 24 computer-to-lab experiment interfaces plus ancillary equipment to ECU's undergraduate chemistry laboratory program.  The existing computer/experiment interface units (used for many of our general chemistry laboratory experiments) are old and many have failed.  This caused students to have to work in groups of three or four instead of individually in undertaking several critical laboratoray experiments.  Thus, significant "hands on" time for each student performing these experiments could not be achieved. With this contribution, Sandoz Inc. has provided the chemistry students at ECU with an invaluable tool for improving our undergraduate students' educational experience, and the Sandoz collaboration with ECU is most gratefully acknowledged.

  • Tim Romack's research is featured in the newest issue of Pieces of Eight.

  • Several faculty in the Department of Chemistry are recipients of 2007/2008 Research Development Awards from the Division of Research and Graduate Studies!  They are: Toby Allen, $19,980, "Hosts for an Uninvited Guest:  Binding PFOS with Designed Ligands" Allison Danell, with David Collier (Pediatrics), $20,000, "Organophosphate Pesticides and Obesity" Yumin Li, $19,880, "Viral Membrane Fusion and the Dengue Virus"

  • Yumin Li was also awarded a 2007/2008 Research and Creative Activity Grant from ECU's Faculty Senate for her proposal entitled "Rational Drug Design of Cardiac Troponin Ligand:  A Computational Approach to Treat Cardiomyopathy".  Unfortunately, Dr. Li had to decline the award because of her 2007/2008 Research Development Award. 

  • Colin Burns won a Board of Governors Distinguished Professor for Teaching award for 2007!

  • Bob Morrison has received the 2006 Distinguished Professorship in the Harriot College of Arts and Sciences.  This professorship is conferred upon a professor whose career exemplifies a commitment to and a love for knowledge and academic life, as demonstrated by outstanding teaching/advising, research/creative productivity, and professional service.

  • Allison Danell has been awarded a 2006/2007 College Research Award.

  • Andy Sargent, Gerald Micklow, Paul Fletcher, Jason Bond, and Ernie Marshburn received a $400,000 National Science Foundation grant for the purchase of a high performance computing cluster environment in support of scientific and engineering applications.


In the News:  2006

  • ECU has received a Faculty Recruitment Grant from the North Carolina Biotechnology Center to recruit Dr. Rickey Hicks as the new chairperson of the Department of Chemistry.  The award is $150,000 with 100% institutional matching. 

  • The ECU Tai Chi Club recently planted a golden rain tree in memory of our former Department of Chemistry chairperson, Dr. Chia-yu Li.

  • The 2nd edition of "Practical Guide to Chemometrics," edited by Paul Gemperline, recently was published by CRC Press. 

  • Yumin Li was awarded a $38,218 Research Corporation grant for Molecular Dynamics studies on S100 proteins and rational drug design.

  • Allison Danell was awarded a 2006/2007 Research Development Award from the Division of Research and Graduate Studies for her proposal entitled "Determining Biomolecule Structure during Electrospray Ionization Mass Spectrometry Analysis."

  • Brian Love's work on the synthesis of hyperparasite fungal metabolite analogues has been funded by PhytoMyco Research Corporation.  He is receiving $112,801 in support.

  • Paul Gemperline received a $20,014 grant from Sandia National Laboratories to fund his proposal entitled "Molecular Kinetic Fitting of Time-Dependent Hyperspectral Fluorescence Image Data."

  • Brian Love is a recipient of a grant from the Leo W. Jenkins Cancer Center to support oncology-focused research

  • Andy Sargent and Frank Yang both received Research and Creative Activity Grants from the Harriot College of Arts and Sciences for 2006!

In the News:  2005

  • In memoriam:  Chia-yu Li

  • In a moving and emotional presentation, Mr. Phil Hodges, CEO and President of Metrics, Inc., and a chemistry alumnus, presented a donation of $7120 to Professor Chia-yu Li for the scholarship that bears his name.  The donation was a combined effort from the employees, management, and board of Metrics, Inc.  The Chia-yu Li Scholarship was established by friends, students, and colleagues of Dr. Li in recognition of his dedication, devotion, and service to the Department of Chemistry and the University as a faculty member since 1972 and in his role as departmental Chair for 18 years.  A letter accompanying the donation states:  "We do this to honor a man who has been a great educator and friend to us, as well as chairman of this great department."

  • The College of Education is honoring Dr. Chia-yu Li in the Educators Hall of Fame.  The annual induction ceremony honors professionals who have made distinguished contributions to the field of education.  UNC President Molly Corbett Broad and ECU Chancellor Steve Ballard will speak at the October 8, 10 a.m. ceremony at A. J. Fletcher Recital Hall.  Accompanying the nomination is a significant gift to the Educators Hall of Fame Scholarship Endowment in Dr. Li's honor.  Please congratulate Dr. Li for this distinguished honor!

  • Frank Yang has won the University's  2005 Achievement for Excellence in Research/Creative Activity 5-Year Achievement Award.

  • Colin Burns and Yumin Li have been awarded 2005/2006 College Research Awards.

  • Andrew Morehead and Allison Danell received a National Science Foundation grant to purchase two new mass spectrometers for teaching and research use.

  • Several Department of Chemistry faculty were awarded Research and Creative Activity Grants from the Harriot College of Arts and Sciences:  Toby Allen, Yumin Li, and Andrew Morehead.

In the News:  2004

  • Kwang Hun Lim received a $45,000 Cottrell College Science Award from Research Corporation.

  • Andrew Morehead received a $228,000 grant from the National Science Foundation.

  • Kwang Hun Lim has been awarded a 2004/2005 College Research Award.

  • Several Department of Chemistry faculty were awarded Research and Creative Activity Grants from the Harriot College of Arts and Sciences:  Colin Burns, Kwang Hun Lim, Tim Romack and Frank Yang.

In the News:  2003

  • Colin Burns has been awarded a $19,147 grant from the American Cancer Society.

  • Paul Gemperline has been awarded a $31,900 grant from the National Science Foundation.

  • Frank Yang received the 2003 Scholar-Teacher Award from the Harriot College of Arts and Sciences.

  • Paul Gemperline received the 2003 Eastern Analytical Symposium Award for Achievements in Chemometrics.  EAS is the second largest conference and exposition in the US for analytical chemists and those in the allied sciences.  Dr. Gemperline's award is one of the top awards in the world for chemometrics!