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Chemistry

Iron could be key to less expensive, greener lithium-ion batteries, research finds

What if a common element rather than scarce, expensive ones was a key component in electric car batteries?

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Chemistry

Research explores ways to mitigate the environmental toxicity of ubiquitous silver nanoparticles

A collaborative team co-led by a College of Science researcher have taken a key step toward closing the knowledge gap with a study that indicates silver nanoparticles’ shape and surface chemistry play key roles in how they affect aquatic ecosystems.

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Events

2024 F.A. Gilfillan Lecture: Wei Kong's bold journey in molecular imaging

Wei Kong enjoys taking the road less traveled, and she is not timid in making bold decisions to get oriented and reoriented. On May 13, 2024, she will present the 2024 F.A. Gilfillan Memorial Lecture, titled “Which way up: Using field orientation to see the unseen.”

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OSU Press Releases

Oregon State researchers advance pigment chemistry with moon-inspired reddish magentas

CORVALLIS, Oregon – An Oregon State University researcher who made color history in 2009 with a vivid blue pigment has developed durable, reddish magentas inspired by lunar mineralogy and ancient Egyptian chemistry.

Mas Subramanian, distinguished professor of chemistry, and collaborators at OSU report the findings of the study, funded by the National Science Foundation, in the journal Chemistry of Materials.

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Faculty and Staff

Subramanian elected a Fellow of the Neutron Scattering Society of America

Oregon State University Distinguished Professor and Milton Harris Professor of Materials Science, Mas Subramanian, has been elected a fellow of the Neutron Scattering Society of America for “his insightful application of neutron scattering to provide far-reaching insights into materials chemistry.”

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Faculty and Staff

Mas Subramanian advances pigment chemistry with moon-inspired reddish magentas

Mas Subramanian made color history in 2009 with a vivid blue pigment has developed durable, reddish magentas inspired by lunar mineralogy and ancient Egyptian chemistry.

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Chemistry

Researchers make key advance toward removing pesticide from groundwater

Scientists led by an Oregon State University chemistry researcher are closing in on a new tool for tackling the global problem of weedkiller-tainted groundwater.

Kyriakos Stylianou of the OSU College of Science led an international team that identified a material known as a metal-organic framework, or MOF, that showed an ability to completely remove, and also break down, the oft-used herbicide glyphosate.

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News

At the end of the rainbow: The neverending frontier of color

In 2023, there were an estimated 1.5 million animal species on Earth– only one is truly blue.

The Obrina Olivewing butterfly is the only observed animal that internally produces a blue pigment; the scales of other blue butterflies are complex structures that only refract blue light.

But blue’s rarity is not limited to the organic world.

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Chemistry

Three Department of Chemistry faculty awarded endowed positions

Congratulations to three Department of Chemistry faculty members awarded endowed positions, recognizing their exceptional contributions to solving major challenges in material science currently facing humankind. May Nyman is the Terrence Bradshaw Chemistry Professor; David Ji is the Bert and Emelyn Christensen Professor; and Chong Fang is the Patricia Valian Reser Endowed Faculty Scholar.

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Graduate students

Treating everyone: Martin O’Neill fellow aims to improve drug accessibility

Shaping challenges into opportunities is what chemistry Ph.D. student Abdikani Omar Farah has done nearly all of his life. After growing up in East Africa and experiencing firsthand what it meant to lack access to medicine, Farah now wants to use his career to fill this drug scarcity and give back to his communities.

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Materials Science

College of Science researchers find a better way to capture carbon from industrial emissions

Researchers in the College of Science have demonstrated the potential of an inexpensive nanomaterial to scrub carbon dioxide from industrial emissions. The findings, published in Cell Reports Physical Science, are important because improved carbon capture methods are key to addressing climate change, said Oregon State's Kyriakos Stylianou, who led the study.

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OSU Press Releases

College of Science researchers help develop electrolyte enabling high efficiency of safe, sustainable zinc batteries

Scientists led by an Oregon State College of Science researcher have developed a new electrolyte that raises the efficiency of the zinc metal anode in zinc batteries to nearly 100%, a breakthrough on the way to an alternative to lithium-ion batteries for large-scale energy storage.