Chemistry and Biochemistry

Department News

Health Alert: COVID-19 (coronavirus) Information

Due to COVID-19, we are practicing social-distancing.

 Until further notice, The Chemistry and Biochemistry Department Office will be working remotely.

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  • Stay healthy and continue learning Virtual/remote instruction for all classes and exams!

Congratulations Dr. Michael Page!

Dr. Michael Page and Alejandro Covarrubias were awarded funding to establish a new Black Achievement Success Engagement (BASE) program through the Kellogg Legacy Endowment.

In Memoriam: Dr. George Gutnikov

We are saddened to share the news of Dr. George Gutnikov's passing on January 3, 2021. Dr. Gutnikov served as Professor in the department for over 45 years beginning in 1970. Dr. Gutnikov was part of a trio of faculty who built the legacy of our program that features a full suite of upper-division analytical courses.

Dr. Chantal Stieber receives grant award

Congratulations to Dr. Chantal Stieber  on receiving an ARI grant award!

Project Title: Iron and Nickel Catalysts for Mitigating Denitrification 

Award Agency: CSU Agricultural Research Initiative 

Amount of Award: $74,026.00   

Two more great publications by Dr. Mogul!

Dr. Rakesh Mogul expands upon the enzymology and ecology of soil catalasas through developement and application of a simple kinetic model and field-amenable assay based upon volume displacement.  In this article, "Simple kinetics, assay, and trends for soil microbial catalases" with the website, ScienceDirect.

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Dr. Rakesh Mogul describes a simple procedure for quantifying endospore abundances in ancient and organic-rich permafrost.  In this article, "Quantification of endospores in ancient permafrost using time -resolved terbium luminescence" with the website, ScienceDirect. 

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Ernie Simpson Memorial In Memoriam: Dr. Ernie Simpson

You will be deeply missed Professor Emeritus Ernie Simpson!

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Desiree Tax COS Spring 2020 Staff Awardee Desiree Tax - College of Science Spring 2020 Staff Awardee

Our very own Chemistry Technician, Desiree Tax, was named the College of Science Spring 2020 Staff AwardeeThank you for your dedication to the Chemistry department and all your hard work. Congratulations Desiree!


Some more great research work from Dr. Mogul!

Dr. Rakesh Mogul discusses the "discovery of phosphine clouds on Venus and what the future exploration of Venus could look like" in the article "What the future of Venus exploration could look like following major discovery" with the website, The Verge.

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Congratulations on your recently published paper!!

A big collaboration within the Chemistry Department (Dr. Chantal Stieber, Dr. Kathryn McCulloch, Dr. Gregory Barding, Dr. Yan Liu, Master's student Jacob Brannon and undergraduate student Isaac Ramirez) just published the paper "Teaching Crystallography by Determining Small Molecule Structures and 3-D Printing: An Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory Module".  Congratulations to all of you!!

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Congratulations Dr. Mogul!

You will want to watch Dr. Mogul's interview "Countdown to Mars"  with the Astrobiology Program at NASA!

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Chemistry faculty are equipped to lead in virtual learning!

Several of our Chemistry faculty signed on to learn how to make video tutorials in preparation for virtual learning. Dr. Yan Liu, Dr. Alex John and Dr. Jodye Selco are now all equipped and ready to lead.

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Congratulations to Dr. Alex John and his group!!

On having one of thier recent articles published online.  Three of our very own CPP Chemistry Major undergratudate students contributed to this article; Israel Silva Jr, Timothy C. Siu and Maiko Lunn.

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Welcome  to Dr. Mahendran Adaickapillai!!

Our newest  member of Chemistry and Biochemistry. Dr. Adaickapillai will begin teaching Organic Chemistry in Fall 2020.

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