Charlie Liotta: The Man, The Myth, The Legend

This week people from across the country will gather at Georgia Tech to honor Charlie Liotta, Regents Professor Emeritus in the School of Chemistry and Biochemistry and his 50 years of teaching and research.

Wu wins NSF CAREER Award

School of Chemistry and Biochemistry Assistant Professor Ronghu Wu has been awarded the National Science Foundation’s most prestigious award for early-career faculty.

Shades at the Touch of a Switch

School of Chemistry and Biochemistry and Materials Science and Engineering Professor John Reynolds and colleagues develop technology for manually switchable glasses from “normal” to “cool.”

Colorful and Dynamic Workshops

School of Chemistry and Biochemistry Professor Rigoberto Hernandez and Research Scientist Kyril Solntsev are organizing unique workshops in the mountains.

Seminars & Events

Physical Division Seminar - Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 11:00am - MoSE 3201A
Prof. Thomas Rauchfuss - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Colloquium - Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 4:00pm - MoSE G011
Dr. Pamela Chang - Yale University - School of Medicine
Special Seminar - Monday, March 9, 2015 - 4:00pm - MoSE 1222
Meeting - Thursday, March 12, 2015 - 11:00am - MoSE 2100F

Featured Research

Article Title
Research Authors
Bennett, Rachel V.., Fernandez, Facundo M..
Mass Spectrometry Imaging of Small Molecules (2015), Vol. 1203, 79-89
Miscellaneous Details
NSF Center for Chemical Evolution (CHE-1004570)

As a part of a methods book on imaging small molecules using mass spectrometry, Rachel Bennett and Facundo Fernandez contributed a chapter describing how to image prebiotically-relevant molecules on reactive granite surfaces using desorption electrospray ionization mass spectrometry imaging (DESI-MSI). The development of this methods is an example of innovative research going on at the Center for Chemical Evolution to study the role of surfaces in the production of small biological molecules. The results of this method were originally published in Analytical Chemistry (2013, 85, 1276), showing selective production of nucleobases and their derivatives from the thermal decomposition of formamide in the presence of a heterogeneous granite surface. Using this method, heterogeneous catalytic surfaces used in a variety of applications may be analyzed in their natural state for reactivity without additional extraction steps.

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