In The News

March 2019

Graduate student, Bo Wang, successfully defended his Ph.D. dissertation!

Chemistry department staff members, Walter Pons and Xiaodong Zhang, celebrated milestone anniversaries with Tulane University.  Walter Pons celebrated his 20th anniversary and Xiaodong Zhang celebrated his 15th anniversary working for Tulane.

Walter and Xiaodong Anniversary (2)

December 2018

Graduate students, Rebecca Dupre, Karolina Kosakowska, and Layla Qasim all successfully defended their Ph.D. dissertations. 

August 2018

The chemistry faculty received a combined 12 new grants this summer.


Granting Organization

Project Name

Busschaert, Nathalie Louisiana Board of Regents Development of Synthetic Hosts
Grayson, Scott M Louisiana Board of Regents Improving Polymer Stability
Gibb, Bruce NIH-Natl Institute of General Medical Sciences Ion-Ion Interactions
Pascal, Robert Anthony Jr. National Science Foundation Close Non-Bonded Contacts
Gibb, Bruce Louisiana Board of Regents BOR Recruitment of Grad/18-23
Donahue, James P National Science Foundation Synthesis and Mechanistic
Rubtsov, Igor V Tulane University C/S MRI: Develop of fully
Gibb, Bruce National Science Foundation Supramolecular Assembly- Gibb
Rubtsov, Igor V National Science Foundation MRI:Develop of fully automated
Gibb, Bruce National Science Foundation Cavitands and Self-Assembled
Grayson, Scott M National Science Foundation Collaborative Research 2018-21
Donahue, James P National Science Foundation QLC: Eager

April 2018

The Louisiana Board of Regents (BOR) Industrial Ties Research Subprogram recently recommended for funding a joint research project between Advano, LLC and investigators at Tulane University to develop novel silicon nanoparticle based anodes for lithium ion batteries.  Although LIBs are one of the fastest growing global industries, the lack of access to nanoscale silicon at commercial scale is an increasing problem for battery companies.  When formally approved by BOR, the $257,400 grant will run for three years under the guidance of Profs. Brian S. Mitchell and Mark Fink in the departments of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and Chemistry, respectively, and Dr. Shiva Adireddy, Chief Technology Officer at Advano.  Advano - led by founder and CEO Alexander L. Girau - is an early-stage engineered materials company that is accelerating the renewable energy revolution. The company produces "drop-in" nanosilicon-based additives that improve the energy density of lithium-ion batteries without increasing the cost, enabling the adoption of electric vehicles, flexible electronics, and practical stationary storage.  Advano licenses technologies developed in the labs of Profs. Mitchell and Fink, who will pursue a new generation of surface-functionalized silicon nanoparticles that are optimized for high volume manufacturing.  This project will produce significant near-term economic development and build upon the existing strengths of the Louisiana economy in the energy sector.

March 2018

Dr. Bruce Gibb has been elected as a fellow of the prestigious Royal Society of Chemistry for his research into "aqueous supramolecular chemistry."  See what Tulane University had to say here

May 2016

Aditya Kulkarni was selected to present a talk at an NSF Workshop on on Photocatalysis, Photoconversion and Photoelectrochemistry: Fundamentals, Techniques, and Applications for the 21st Century, held May 21-23 2016 in Santiago, Chile.  His talk covered the topic of interfacial photocatalysis and was presented to a group of Photochemists and Photophysicists from North and South America. 

Drs. Rubtsov and Schmehl received an NSF award for developing ways of modulating rates of electron transfer in molecules. The international team involves collaborators at Duke, Xavier and University of Cyprus. The project targets gaining a better control over electron transfer process and may result in developing novel photo switches involving electron transfer.

Chemistry held its annual Graduating Seniors Send Off Luncheon on Friday the 13th on the Stern Patio. We congratulate the outstanding graduates that received awards.

  • America Institute of Chemists,Emma Johnson
  • American Chemical Society,Livia Linden
  • Ann Hero Northrup Prize in Chemistry,Sara Hays
  • Merck Index,Benjamin Sketchler

February 2016

"The Global Energy Challenge: Energy for 1(x6 Billion)" was the talk in McAlister Auditorium on Valentine's night. Daniel G. Nocera, Patterson Rockwood Professor from Harvard University is the 2016 Jonassen Lecturer. Professor Nocera gave a public lecture, Sunday, February 14 at 6:00PM, and a second lecture Monday, February 15, after a coffee reception in Richardson 117 titled, "The Artificial Leaf: Authentic Artificial Photosynthesis"

July 2015

 Xavier's President, Professor Reynold Verret and Tulane Professors, Mike Herman, Larry Byers and Brent Koplitz




Xavier's President, Prof. Reynold Verret, visited his Chemistry Department colleagues and friends! 

As of July 1, Alex Burin is now a full professor in the Department of Chemistry. Alex joined the Tulane faculty in 2003, and his theoretical work has had a major impact in chemistry, physics, and engineering. Congratulations, Professor Burin!

 June 2015

Bruce Gibb receives NSF award for research into "Nano-Containers for Novel Separations and Reactions".

 Scott Grayson and Henry Ashbaugh (Chemical Engineering) lead PI receive National Science Foundation REU award,  "REU Site: Summer Materials Research at Tulane (SMART)".

 Scott Grayson receives National Science Foundation MSN award, "Novel Amphiphilic Polymers to Elucidate the Effect of Architecture on Micellization".

 Igor Rubtsov and Alex Burin receive National Science Foundation award for "Studying energy transport in molecules, including the ballistic transport."

 May 2015

Scott Grayson lead PI on a Louisiana Board of Regents award, "Nano-materials Separation and Characterization Equipment".

 April 2015

Brent Koplitz awarded Louisiana Board of Regents grant to fund two, 4 year Graduate Student Fellowships in Chemistry.

 March 2015

Janarthanan Jayawickramarajah lead PI on a National Institute of Health (S10), award, "Acquisition of Surface Plasmon Resonance Biosensor: Enhancing Biomedical (Bio)-Molecular Recognition Projects".

 January 2015

Bruce Gibb lead PI on a National Science Foundation workshop award, "Accelerating our Understanding of Supramolecular Chemistry in Aqueous Solutions: A Workshop Proposal".

  August 2014

SMATDAP-Tulane University-Scott Grayson, Bruce Gibb, Henry Ashbaugh, Wayne Reed





Bruce Gibb and Scott Grayson are the Department of Chemistry recipients of a multi-PI, NSF EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement (RII) Track-2 award, "The Smart MATerial Design, Analysis, and Processing (SMATDAP)  Consortium: Building next-generation polymers and the tools to accelerate cost-effective commercial production".
(Photo courtesy of Paula Burch-Celentano)

Henry Ashbaugh (Chemical Engineering) and Bruce Gibb receive NSF award, "Capacious Deep-Cavity Cavitand/Hydrophobic Guest Assemblies with Tunable Interior Volumes" .

May 2014



At the Tulane University Commencement ceremony, Scott Grayson, associate professor of chemistry, received the Suzanne and Stephen Weiss Presidential Fellowship that honor faculty members who have a sustained record of effective, inspiring and distinguished teaching. Recipients receive a special medal, $5,000 a year for four years, and permanent designation as a Weiss Fellow.  (Photo courtesy of Paula Burch)

April 2014


russ schmehl researcher award



April 10th, Professor Russell Schmehl was awarded the 8th Annual "Outstanding Researcher Award" by the School of Science Engineering with  a ceremony and followed by a reception..

Congratulations to Clara Nyby who won the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship to perform "Spectroscopic study of structure-dependent energy transport along polymer chains"

January 2014

Professor Bruce C. Gibb is the new (co) Editor-in-Chief for Supramolecular Chemistry (Taylor and Francis).

Mardi Gras Symposium 2014 to be held at Tulane on Feb. 28th.  Seven speakers: J. Fraser Stoddart (Northwestern University), Eric Anslyn (UT Austin), Normand Voyer (Laval University), Bradley Smith (University of Notre Dame), Philip Gale (University of Southampton, UK), Thorfinnur Gunnlaugsson (Trinity College Dublin), and Jonathan Sessler, (UT Austin) headline this one-day symposium.For more information see the symposium website here:  Mardi Gras Symposium 2014


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