Departmental News Fall 2014

Author: Rebecca Hicks

It has been a busy year for the department. We are especially grateful to all the donors who have financed efforts here on campus to enable us to be leaders in science. We are also proud of the accomplishments of our staff and faculty in furthering this mission.


The William K. Warren Foundation made a most generous $3.5 million gift that will endow the new Read More

The Benchmark: 7 Questions for Prof. Prashant Kamat

Author: Rebecca Hicks



Prashant V. Kamat is the Rev. John A. Zahm, C.S.C. Professor of Science in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and Radiation Laboratory and Concurrent Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering. A native of Binaga, India, he earned his masters (1974) and doctoral degrees (1979) in physical chemistry from the Bombay University, and he completed postdoctoral fellowships at Boston University (1979-1981) and University of Texas at Austin (1981-1983) before joining Notre Dame in 1983. For nearly three decades, he has worked to build bridges between physical chemistry and materials science by developing advanced nanomaterials for cleaner and more efficient light energy conversion. He is the deputy editor of the Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters, a member of the advisory boards of the journals Langmuir, Research on Chemical Intermediates, Applied Electrochemistry, and Interface. He was awarded the Honda-Fujishima Lectureship in 2006, the Chemical Research Society of India medal in 2011, and the ACS Langmuir Lectureship in 2014 and is among the most cited chemists as identified by Thomson Reuters. Prof. Kamat is a Fellow of the Electrochemical Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the American Chemical Society. Read More

Student & Alumni News Fall 2014

Author: Rebecca Hicks

Student and Alumni Awards

We are excited to announce the establishment of the Distinguished Graduate Alumnus Award. This award is intended to recognize those who personify Notre Dame’s tradition of excellence through personal achievement, professional accomplishment, or community service. Alumni having graduated with an M.S. or Ph.D. five (5) years prior to nomination are eligible. More information is available Read More

Faculty News Fall 2014

Author: Rebecca Hicks



We extend a warm welcome to Jon Camden, the newest member of our faculty. Prof. Camden’s research focuses on investigating the optical properties of nanoparticles, developing ultrasensitive detection methods, and determining the fundamental dynamics of simple chemical reactions. Prof. Camden received his B.S. in chemistry and music from Notre Dame and his Ph.D. from Stanford University under the advisement of Prof. Richard Zare. He then completed his postdoctoral work at Northwestern University under Profs. George Schatz and Richard Van Duyne before joining the faculty at the University of Tennessee as an assistant professor in 2008. Read More

Research in the News Fall 2014

Author: Rebecca Hicks

A number of research projects in the department have garnered national and international attention over the past year.



Profs. Norm Dovichi and Paul Huber reported the proteomics of developing Xenopus embryos. This is the largest developmental proteomics data set for any organism. More information can be found in the article “ Read More

Welcome from the Chair Fall 2014

Author: Rebecca Hicks

Dear Alumni,



I am pleased to share with you the latest edition of the departmental newsletter. There are many exciting items to report. I would especially direct your attention to the departmental news section for information regarding new facilities, including the Warren Family Research Center for Drug Discovery and Development and the new Molecular Sciences and Engineering Building. I would also like to alert you to the new Distinguished Graduate Alumnus Award. If you would like to nominate someone for this award, please see the Student & Alumni News section for further details. This is a wonderful opportunity to honor those alumni who are making an impact in the world. Read More

Research in the News

Author: Rebecca Hicks

We are excited to report that multiple research projects in the department have garnered media attention. These projects include a low-cost analytical tool for use in under-developed regions and a new HPV test.


Marya Lieberman’s work on the PADs Project
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Departmental News

Author: Rebecca Hicks

chemistry_close_up_presidential_team_irishThe administrative and service staff of the department received a 2013 Presidential Team Irish Award. The award is given to faculty and staff teams who demonstrate the University’s five Core Values of integrity, accountability, teamwork, leadership in mission and leadership in excellence. The Chemistry & Biochemistry staff will be recognized during a television timeout at the Nov. 23 game against BYU. The staff provides outstanding assistance to one of the largest units on campus. Consisting of nine members with approximately 200 years of service at the University, the team assists approximately 330 citizens of the Department (faculty, technical staff, graduate students, postdocs, majors and student workers). The Team Irish award is wonderful recognition of their hard work and dedication. Read More

Student & Alumni News

Author: Rebecca Hicks

Our students and alumni continue to make us proud, from our recent graduates at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, to student and alumni award recipients. This year we had a record number of graduates, and we are happy to celebrate this milestone with them.

Student and Alumni Awards

William Hergenrother Read More

The Benchmark: 7 Questions for Prof. Xavier Creary

Author: Rebecca Hicks


In this issue, we feature 7 questions for Professor Xavier Creary.


Xavier Creary, Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, received his B.S. from Seton Hall University in 1968 and his Ph.D. from The Ohio State University in 1973. After a year as a postdoctoral fellow with J.F. Bunnett at the University of California, Santa Cruz, he joined the faculty at Notre Dame in 1974. Professor Creary’s research interests are a blend of synthetic and mechanistic organic chemistry directed toward the study of novel reaction mechanisms and reactive intermediates. Read More