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Potential solar cell material can be both hard and insulating - Article featured on C&EN
Pyramid-shaped inorganic layers of a hybrid perovskite thin film are joined by organic ligands, some with carbon chains and some with benzene rings.

2D hybrid perovskite breaks the usual correlation between properties

Novel Method for Modifying Polymers Holds Promise for Innovation in Materials Design
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The new technique holds significant promise for enhancing the properties of polymers, which are essential in numerous industrial applications.

Research at its core

UNC Research Core Facilities are shared services that enhance and expand the collaborative capabilities of Carolina’s research enterprise.

A UNC-CH Course Recently Received the UNC System’s Prestigious Undergraduate Research Program Award

In an effort to redesign the Chemistry Department’s Course-based Undergraduate Research Experience (CURE), Dr. Jade Fostvedt, in collaboration with the Chemistry Department’s Dr. Michel Gagné, Dr. Jillian Dempsey, and Dr. Kathleen Nevins, set out to create a new project for CHEM 550L, a capstone synthetic chemistry laboratory course, and the proposed course was one of the recipients of the UNC Systems Research Program Award.

Department of Chemistry Announces 2024 Faculty Promotions

The Department of Chemistry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is pleased to announce the promotion of...

Dreyfus Award Winner Developing Special Molecules to Combat Malaria
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Joining the fight against the scourge of malaria-carrying mosquitoes is Sidney Wilkerson-Hill, a UNC assistant professor of chemistry, who was recently recognized as a 2024 Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar by The Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation.

ter Horst selected for the 2024 MolSSI ACT-CMS Faculty Fellows
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Marc ter Horst, UNC Chapel Hill Research Professor in the Department of Chemistry’s NMR Lab, has been selected to be part of the first Molecular Sciences Software Institute (MolSSI) Accelerating Curricular Transformation in the Computational Molecular Sciences (ACT-CMS) Faculty Fellowship.

A Row Over a Physical Phenomenon, an Overdue Admission and Validation for a UNC Scientist

How molecules interact and pack closely together to generate microscopic collective behavior will help scientists make sense of the different structures and phases they see in the simplest liquid crystal.

Research

Fluorescence shadow imaging of Hypsibius exemplaris reveals morphological differences between sucrose- and CaCl2-induced osmobiotes

Herein, an approach for discriminating between tardigrade morphological states is developed and utilized to compare sucrose- and CaCl2-induced tuns, using the model species Hypsibius exemplaris.

Architectural Editing of Polyesters and Polyurethanes via Palladium(II)-Catalyzed [3,3]-Sigmatropic Oxo-Rearrangements

Herein, we disclose a backbone rearrangement approach to tune the short-chain branching of polymers.

Reductive Dynamic and Static Excited State Quenching of a Homoleptic Ruthenium Complex Bearing Aldehyde Groups

A new homoleptic Ru polypyridyl complex bearing two aldehyde groups on each bipyridine ligand, [Ru(dab)3](PF6)2, where dab is 4,4′-dicarbaldehyde-2,2′-bipyridine, was synthesized, characterized, and utilized for iodide photo-oxidation studies.

Valence can control the nonexponential viscoelastic relaxation of multivalent reversible gels

Here, we propose a model where the relaxation of polymer gels in the dilute regime originates from elementary events in which the bonds connecting two neighboring cross-linkers all disconnect.

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