Chemical education researchers at UVa focus on transforming STEM instruction at the undergraduate level by studying faculty and teaching assistants.
Crystal growth theory predicts that heterogeneous nucleation will occur preferentially at defect sites, such as the vertices rather than the faces of shape-controlled seeds. Platonic metal solids are generally assumed to have vertices with nearly identical chemical potentials, and also nearly identical faces, leading to the useful generality that heterogeneous nucleation preserves the symmetry of the original seeds in the final product.
Prof. Rebecca Pompano's lab was just funded by the NIH NIBIB with an R03 award of $142,543 over two years. In collaboration with the Landers lab, they are building a microchip to help researchers efficiently decorate proteins with useful fluorescent groups, without trial and error.
The Chemistry Department announces the selection of Dr. Jill Venton as the new Department Chair. She will assume the role on August 25, 2019 at the start of the new academic year. Dr. Venton is the Principal Investigator on two NIH RO1 grants studying neurochemical changes in the brain. Her group develops tiny electrochemical sensors and then uses them to understand how the brain changes during diseases such as stroke, Parkinson’s disease, and opioid use disorder. She earned her Ph.D. at UNC-Chapel Hill in 2003 and was a postdoc at University of Michigan.