Department News

Alex Miller wins Laboratory Safety Institute Graduate Research Faculty Safety Award

We are excited to announce that Dr. Alex Miller has been awarded the ACS Laboratory Safety Institute Graduate Research Faculty Safety Award.

Frank Leibfarth awarded UNC Hettleman Prize

Frank Leibfarth has been selected to receive the 2022 Ruth and Phillip Hettleman Prize for Artistic and Scholarly Achievement. The award is in recognition of his research contributions to the fields of polymer stereochemistry and polymer functionalization.

Welcome our Newest Faculty

We are so pleased to announce our new faculty members: Erin Baker, Jade Fostvedt, Megan Jackson, and Huong Kratochvil, and we hope everyone will welcome them to our department.

A circuitous path
Brian Hogan stands on first floor of Murray Courtyard. Kenan, Murray, Venable and Caudill buildings are visible in the background.

Brian Hogan's journey to becoming a teaching professor in the College of Arts and Science's chemistry department has been anything but a straight path. But through perseverance and an ask for help, the Tar Heel found a way to quiet the doubt that lingered in the back of his mind.

Research

Emergence and Breaking of Duality Symmetry in Generalized Fundamental Thermodynamic Relations

This theory provides a de-mechanized foundation for classical and nanothermodynamics and offers a framework for distilling emergence from large data, free from underlying details.

Controversy Continues Over Whether Hot Water Freezes Faster Than Cold

Decades after a Tanzanian teenager initiated study of the “Mpemba effect,” the effort to confirm or refute it is leading physicists toward new theories about how substances relax to equilibrium.

Sloppy gear mechanism for coupled stochastic transportation: From antiequilibrium flow to kinetic selectivity

Here, using a simple kinetic model, we present a counterintuitive antiequilibrium phenomenon in the passive transportation of particles through a narrow tube.

High-throughput discovery of fluoride-ion conductors via a decoupled, dynamic, and iterative (DDI) framework

Fluoride–ion batteries are a promising alternative to lithium–ion batteries with higher theoretical capacities and working voltages, but they have experienced limited success due to the poor ionic conductivities of known electrolytes and electrodes. Here, we report a high-throughput computational screening of 9747 fluoride-containing materials in search of fluoride-ion conductors.

Our Faculty

Faculty in the Department of Chemistry at the University of North Carolina help define solutions to the pressing scientific problems of the day. A significant and key component of our department’s strategic plan is to cultivate the next generation of scientific leadership. Faculty, from our assistant professors to our most senior and distinguished colleagues, are international leaders in their subfields, garnering local, national, and international recognition and accolades commensurate with their excellence in research and teaching.

Our Graduate Students

Our graduate students form the next generation of scientific leaders. As a department, we seek to recruit and mentor a diverse cohort of students dedicated to excellence in the classroom and research laboratory. The creativity, drive, collegiality, and accomplishments of our graduate students in tackling difficult scientific problems are significant reasons why UNC is an international leader in chemical research.

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