Binghamton University Chemistry Department

Professor Whittingham Wins Nobel Prize in Chemistry

Distinguished Professor M. Stanley Whittingham and two others awarded the 2019 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for development of lithium-ion batteries.


The undergraduate program in chemistry offers BA and BS degrees with a BS/American Chemical Society certification option and with BS/emphases in biological and materials chemistry. The graduate program offers MA, MS and PhD degrees for students who are innovative, competitive and highly motivated in the traditional areas of analytical, inorganic, organic and physical chemistry, as well as other relevant interdisciplinary subjects.


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Solmaz lab
Solmaz lab

The Solmaz lab (Binghamton University) has published a collaborative paper with the Wang lab (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute) and the Trybus lab (University of Vermont) in the prestigious journal eLIFE. In the paper, a cargo-recognition alpha-helix was identified in the protein Nup358, which is required for activation of a transport pathway that is essential for brain development. 

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Angewandte Chemie

The Hirschi Lab

The Hirschi lab (Binghamton University) and the Arnold lab (Cal Tech) were recently featured by Ben List  in SynFacts for their biocatalytic study involving 'Enzymatic Nitrene Insertion into C-H Bonds for the Synthesis of Enantioenriched Amides.'

The article was originally featured as a "Hot Paper" in Angewandte Chem. Int. Ed. 


Alexsa Silva has received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service. Congratulations Alexsa!

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Vanessa Mai, who is earning a MS in chemistry under Assistant Professor Huiyuan Guo, took first prize and the people's choice prize for her presentation "Identify if your Skincare Routine is the Problem" at the Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition held in the Mandela Room during Research Days, April 27.

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Star Award
Congratulations Jessica on receiving the Binghamton University STAR Award! The STAR award recognizes, affirms and supports examples of outstanding quality service by any faculty or staff member within the Binghamton University community.


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Professor J Hirschi
The Hirschi Lab was recently awarded an NIH R15 grant through NIGMS. This proposal utilizes experimental and computational methods to gain unprecedented insight into the reactivity of radical intermediates; insight that is crucial to the success of two classes of photocatalytic reactions that convert feedstock chemicals to high-value pharmaceuticals. The information obtained from the proposed studies provide a blueprint for the discovery of new photocatalytic reactions and facilitate the utilization of existing technologies for the synthesis of medicinally relevant molecules.

Image: Dominic Caracciolo, CEO of DomCat Technologies and Chemistry graduate student of Binghamton University (left), and Tony Frontera, Hot Spot Entrepreneur-in-Residence/Adjunct Lecturer of Binghamton University Entrepreneurship and Innovation Partnerships (right) at the FuzeHub event at Turning Stone Casino.
Dominic Caracciolo, CEO of DomCat Technologies and Chemistry graduate student of Binghamton University (left), and Tony Frontera, Hot Spot Entrepreneur-in-Residence/Adjunct Lecturer of Binghamton University Entrepreneurship and Innovation Partnerships (right) at the FuzeHub event at Turning Stone Casino.
Binghamton University smart energy start up wins competition

FuzeHub Commercialization Competition is intended to help small-sized manufacturing and technology companies strengthen their “go-to-market” strategies as they move from new product/production method to marketplace.  Dominic Caracciolo, CEO of DomCat Technologies, a recent startup spinoff from Zhong Research Group at Binghamton University, and Chemistry graduate student, successfully pitched at this event and won $50,000 for DomCat to pursue commercialization of a patented fuel cell catalyst technology developed at Binghamton University.  This entrepreneurship effort was built upon the team’s initial pitch experience at FuzeHub 2018 and accelerated by recent market findings from the projects funded by NSF I-Corps and Binghamton University XCEED. DomCat’s team is excited about winning the competition and ready to pursue the business plan and bring the fuel cell technology to the clean and sustainable energy market. 

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Jie Xiao Image Credit: Jie Xiao.


Jie Xiao came abroad to Binghamton to study chemistry with Distinguished Professor M. Stanley Whittingham. Read more here: LEADING BATTERY RESEARCHER JIE XIAO

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Dr. Swierk

 John Swierk’s research group has been awarded an NIH grant.

John Swierk’s research group has been awarded an NIH grant (1 R15 GM140404-01) dealing with tattoo photochemistry ($450,480 in total). Despite the growing popularity of tattoos and massive economic footprint of laser tattoo removal, how light changes tattoos and what corresponding risks are introduced are poorly understood. Over the next 3 years, the Swierk group plans to map out what tattoo inks photodegrade into and what risks those photodegraded products pose to humans. Studies are also planned to understand how laser tattoo removal degrades tattoos, which may lead to better and more effective methods. Collaboration with Prof. Laura Rhoads (SUNY Potsdam) will allow the group to study the photochemical effects of tattoo in model biological systems.”

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Chemical Reviews

Fang Group

Having prepared for a long time, Fang group recently published a comprehensive review article, “Noble-Metal Based Random Alloy and Intermetallic Nanocrystals: Syntheses and Applications” in the prestigious ACS journal, Chemical Reviews (Impact Factor 2019: 52.758) that receives exceptionally high citation numbers. The article outlines random alloy and intermetallic nanocrystals from their structure, synthesis to their applications, and addresses their prospects and current challenges in terms of the controlled synthesis. This article, as part of thematic issue “Advanced Materials and Methods for Electrocatalysis by Transition Metals”, was invited by the Chem. Rev. editors and has been prepared since last fall.

“Noble-Metal Based Random Alloy and Intermetallic Nanocrystals: Syntheses and Applications”, Ming Zhou, Can Li, and Jiye Fang, Chem. Rev., 120 (2020).

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Professor Eriks Rozners

Eriks Rozners wins the 2021 Melville L. Wolfrom Award

Eriks Rozners, Professor and Chair of Chemistry has been selected to receive the 2021 Melville L. Wolfrom Award from the Division of Carbohydrate Chemistry, American Chemical Society. The Melville L. Wolfrom Award recognizes individuals who have provided outstanding service to the Division of Carbohydrate Chemistry and the field of carbohydrate chemistry. Professor Rozners will receive the award during the ACS National Meeting next March in San Antonio.


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