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USC Chemistry Startup Gains Traction on†Path from Lab to†Commercialization
Greenhouse gases and plastic waste are the targets of a USC chemistry startup.
Postdoctoral scholar and Catapower Inc. director Zhiyao (Yao) Lu describes the companyís technology as a molecular robot that turns vegetable oil into renewable fuels and biodegradable plastic.
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Powering Next-Generation Solar Energy
Professor Oleg Prezhdo researches tiny crystals that could be the key to more affordable and scalable solar energy.
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Chemistry Professor Helps Achieve Breakthrough in DNA Sensing in Lifelike Environments
Using a quantum sensing technique that leverages imperfections in diamonds, an international team of researchers including chemistry professor Peter Qin has reported the magnetic resonance measurement of individual DNA molecules at ambient temperatures in liquid for the first time. The teamís work, led by Professor Jiangfeng Du from the University of Science and Technology of China, has been published in the September 2018 issue of Nature Methods. The work opens new avenues to study biomolecules and understand mechanisms of life processes and human disease.
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Seminar / Events

10/15/2018: Physical-Theoretical
Professor Ziad Ganim
Department of Chemistry, Yale University
"Force-Detected Absorption Spectroscopy in Solution With Optical Tweezers"
12:00 p.m., Seaver Science Auditorium

10/16/2018: Inorganic
Professor Daniel Shoemaker
Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Illinois
"In Situ Synthesis and Discovery of Functional Inorganic Materials"
12:30 p.m., Seaver Science Auditorium

10/17/2018: Organic-Materials
Professor Adelina Voutchkova
Department of Chemistry, George Washington University
"Value-added Chemicals from CO2 and Biomass via Transfer Hydrogenation from Glycerol"
12:00 p.m., Olah Library

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