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Chemistry and Biochemistry

Message from the Department Chair


July 11, 2018:  Dr. Joseph Teprovich has received a 2018-2019 Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity Award from CSUN for a project titled “Development of safe and high energy density all solid-state lithium ion batteries”.  The $5,000 award will fund research and enable students to gain hands on experience in the synthesis, characterization, and evaluation of the materials utilized in this emerging class of energy storage devices. Congratulations, Joe!

July 11, 2018: Dr. Li Ye has been awarded a 2018-2019 Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity Award from CSUN. The award, worth $5,000, will fund research into the evaluation of learner-centered assessments on student learning and academic achievement in chemistry. This provides valuable seed funds for obtaining preliminary data in advance of seeking larger extramural grant.  Congratulations, Li!

July 1, 2018: Dr Fischhaber has been elected for a five-year term as Deputy chair of the Faculty Consensus Group (FCG) and Strategic Planning Council (SPC) for CSUPERB (the CSU Program for Education and Research in Biotechnology). The FCG and SPC are the organizational arms of CSUPERB and are composed of representatives of all 23 campuses in the CSU system. The position of Deputy Chair is a demanding and high-profile one.  Congratulations on your new position, Paula!

July 1, 2018: Dr Ravinder Abrol has been awarded a RGS Summer Seed Grant award from CSUN. The award, worth $3,000, funds a short-term project, titled  “Structural and Evolutionary Bioinformatics of G Protein-Coupled Receptor Signaling” that should help in the collection of preliminary data to support a proposal for a larger extramural grant. He will present the results of the work at a mini-symposium to be held in the Fall. Congratulations, Ravi!

June 15, 2018: Dr. Joseph Teprovich has received a $25,000 contract for a project titled “Material Development and Characterization for Energy Storage and Conversion Devices” with the DOE’s Savannah River National Laboratory.  This project will focus on the synthesis and characterization of new materials with applications in non-platinum group metal fuel cell catalysts and surface plasmon initiated photochemistry.