The Chemistry Department at UMass Boston has hired a new Professor to expand the scope of green chemistry research conducted here. Professor Niya Sa integrates green chemistry with the fields of electrochemistry and analytical chemistry. She received her PhD in analytical chemistry from Indiana University-Bloomington. Afterward she did postdoctoral work in the Center for Electrical Energy Storage at Argonne National Laboratory (Sep. 2017)
The New England Scientists and Teachers for Sustainability (NESTS) received the 2017 Beacon Graduate Student Organization Award at UMass Boston. NESTS also cohosted a Green Chemistry Workshop in fall 2016 with Pfizer and NSYCC, which has been nominated for the “Outstanding Sustainability Activities Award” at the 19th Annual ChemLuminary Award Ceremony on August 22, 2017 in Washington DC. NESTS is a graduate student organization dedicated to the advancement of green chemistry and sustainable practices.
At the 254th ACS National Meeting in Washington DC, two UMass Boston chemistry graduate students, Ray Borg and Meredith Ward, organized a Presidential Symposium entitled “Chemistry in an Evolving Political Climate: Research Priorities and Career Pathways in Public Policy” (Aug. 2017)
Prof. Dowling received a three year, single PI grant for $445,367 from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to study the heterocyclization domain within non ribosomal peptide synthetases, which are responsible for making a family of natural products with potential as therapeutic compounds.
Prof. Wei Zhang was invited to give a talk at the 5th Symposium on Global Green Chemistry Centers (G2C2) in Melbourne, Australia (Aug. 2017)
Graduate student Raymond Borg was invited to speak at a special green chemistry symposium for the International Younger Chemists Union at the IUPAC 49th General Assembly Conference in São Paulo, Brazil. He presented NESTS to give a talk “Breaking Bad Chemistry Habits: Establishing A Green Chemistry Initiative” (July 2017)
Profs. Jason Evans, Wei Zhang and visiting professor Gagan Dhawan were invited to give green chemistry lectures to visiting undergraduate students from Kyunghee University, South Korea. Profs. Jason Evans and Gagan Dhawan, and Jerry Gilligan gave lectures to students from Changzhou University, China (July 2017)
Prof. Wei Zhang was invited to give a summer mini-course one green chemistry at Shannxi Normal University in China (July 2017)
During the summer trip in China, Prof. Wei Zhang gave several green chemistry and organic synthesis talks at Shanghai Institute of Technology, Shanghai Normal University, Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry, Zhejiang Normal University, Juhua Group Corporation, Tianjin University, Renmin University of China, and Shannxi Normal University (July, 2017)
Prof. Zhang was appointed as a guest professor at Zhejiang Normal University to conduct research and education on fluorine and green chemistry. He was also appointed as an international collaborator at Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry to conduct research on organofluorine chemistry (July 2017)
PhD student Alex Muthengi received a travel grant from ACS Green Chemistry Institute Pharmaceutical Roundtable to attend and give a talk at the 21st Annual Green Chemistry & Green Engineering Conference in Reston, Virginia (June 2017)
Prof. Wei Zhang gave an invited talk “Efficient and Greener Synthesis of Heterocyclic Molecules with Biological Interest” at the Baruch S. Blumberg Institute in Doylestown, Pennsylvania (March 2017), and a similar talk at the City University of New York, Brooklyn College, Brooklyn, New York (May 2017)
The New England Scientists and Teachers for Sustainability (NESTS, formerly UMass Sustainable Scientists) is now a recognized professional association on the UMass Boston campus.
The American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) has announced the pending induction of Rami Elhayek, Ph.D., Director of Research & Discovery, Ocular Therapeutix Inc, to its College of Fellows. Dr. Elhayek was nominated, reviewed, and elected by peers and members of the College of Fellows for pioneering work in bioresorbable hydrogels in medical devices and sustained drug delivery. Dr. Elhayek received his PhD in Green Chemistry from UMass Boston in 2008 and since then has served in the chemistry department as an adjunct professor, helping with the Analytical Chemistry Sequence. Dr. Elhayek will be inducted into the AIMBE on March 20, 2017.
Profs. Jason Evans and Wei Zhang were invited to give green chemistry lectures to visiting undergraduate students from Changzhou University, China (Nov. 2016).
During a trip to China, Prof. Zhang gave three green and medicinal chemistry related talks at Changzhou University, Changzhou Institute of Engineering and Technology, and Shanghai Institute of Technology (Nov. 2016).
Adjunct Prof. Berkeley Cue received the 2016 John Ziergiebel ‘73 Lifetime of Distinguished Leadership and Community Service Award from the Student Senate at UMass Boston, and the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Chemistry Department.
Professor Neil Reilly received American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund for a research on gas-phase spectroscopic detection and analysis of reactive hydrocarbons implicated in fossil fuel combustion and pyrolysis.
Prof. Jonathan Rochford was invited to give two talks. In June, he spoke at the 20th Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference in Portland, OR on “Turning on the protonation-first pathway for electrocatalytic CO2 reduction;” and in October spoke at the Northeastern Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society in Binghamton, NY on “Tuning the Catalytic Active Site of Mn(I) and Re(I) Polypyridyl Catalysts for CO2 Reduction.”
The Center for Green Chemistry & Green Engineering at Yale and the Center for Green Chemistry at University of Massachusetts Boston co-organized a one-day Green Chemistry Workshop “Innovation, Design, and Green Chemistry at UMB” on Sept. 18 at UMass Boston. Distinguished UMB alumni Drs. Paul Anastas, John Warner, Berkeley Cue, Amy Cannon, and Nicholas Anastas gave keynote speeches and participated in a panel discussion. Talks from academic, industrial, government, and NGO representatives and a poster session by local college students gave cutting edge green chemistry presentations. This workshop was held to celebrate 25th year of green chemistry and recognize important contribution from UMB and its alumni. It is also part of Yale/UMB collaboration on green chemistry. Prior to this event, Yale hosted a 3-day Green Chemistry Workshop for UMB faculty and students. (UMB alumni award recipients Berkeley Cue, Nicholas Anastas, Amy Cannon, and John Warner (starting 2nd from left) along with Paul Anastas (left) and Robert Carter and Wei Zhang (right) (Keynote speaker Prof. Paul Anastas)
UMB graduate students Daniela Graf Stillfried, Anne Kokel, Miao Liu, Sumerya Gokalp, Syeda Akhter and undergraduate Marc Legris joined with Prof. Wei Zhang attended a 3-day Green Chemistry Workshop at the Center for Green Chemistry & Green Engineering at Yale from Aug. 31 to Sep. 2, 2016
UMB graduate students Ray Borg and Maria Kipreos are hosting a symposium at the 252nd ACS National Meeting in Philadelphia titled, “Green Chemistry Innovations & Opportunities in Industry for Young Professionals” (Aug. 2016)
Prof. Rochford gave an invited talk at the 2016 ACS Green Chemistry and Engineering Conference symposium “CO2Utilization by Design: From Molecular Surfactants to Surface Chemistry” taking place on July 14th titled “Turning on the protonation-first pathway for electrocatalytic CO2 reduction”(July 2016)
Prof. Jason Evans and Prof. Wei Zhang were invited to give green chemistry lectures to visiting undergraduate students from Kyunghee University, South Korea (July 2016)
PhD student Shuai Liu received a travel grant to attend the symposium Innovations in Chemistry towards Sustainable Urban Living, May 11-13 in Univ. of Toronto. The event is organized by the student group of Green Chemistry Initiative at Univ. of Toronto. Shuai was also attended 2016 American Chemical Society Summer School on Green Chemistry & Sustainable Energy at the Colorado School of Mines. (June 2016)
Ray Borg has been selected to attend 2016 American Chemical Society Summer School on Green Chemistry & Sustainable Energy in June at the Colorado School of Mines. (June 2016)
PhD student Alex M. Muthengi received a travel grant to attend Chemistry Graduate Student Symposium at the University at Buffalo, May 16-18, 2016. He presented a poster on the application of green organic synthesis for medicinal chemistry application.(May, 2016)
Dr. Hailemichael Yosief gave an invited talk on application of green synthetic methods for making new bromodomain inhibitors at the New England Regional SACNAS Conference in Boston. Undergraduate students Chisom Udengwu and Jeremy Hyatt presented posters at the Northeast Student Chemistry Research Conference at UMass Boston. Both of their projects are related to atom economy synthesis. (April 2016)
UMB hosted the 17 Annual Northeast Student Chemistry Research Conference (April 2016)
Dr. Buzz Cue received the 2016 John Ziergiebel '73 Lifetime of Distinguished Leadership and Community Service award. (April 2016)
Ken Tue Ngo, a Ph.D. student working with Prof. Jonathan Rochford, has been selected to receive the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) award. Ken will spend 12 months working with staff scientist Dr. David C. Grills at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) on the project “Elucidation of CO2 Reduction Mechanisms by Pulse Radiolysis with Time-Resolved Infrared Spectroscopy”. The selection of Ken for the SCGSR award is in recognition of outstanding academic accomplishments and the merit of the SCGSR research proposal, and reflects his potential to advance his Ph.D. studies and make important contributions to the mission of the DOE Office of Science.
Nicholas Lee was awarded a MS degree, his thesis title is: “Exploring Alternative Cobalt Redox Mediators and β-diketonate Non-innocence Ligands for Applications in Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells"
UMB graduate students have started a UMass Sustainable Scientists Group and have hosted two green chemistry trivia events during Spring 2016
Dr. Paul Anastas, the Teresa and H. John Heinz III Chair in Chemistry for the Environment at Yale University has been awarded the 2016 Royal Society of Green Chemistry Award
Prof. Wei Zhang was invited to give the opening-session plenary speaker at the 1st International Conference on Applied Chemistry at Hurghada, Egypt. During the trip, he also visited Sohag University to give a seminar “Green Chemistry at UMass Boston” and another invited talk “Fluorous Technology for Medichem and Organocatalysis” at Weizmann Institute in Tel Aviv, Israel.(Feb. 2016)
Kenny Pham defended his master thesis "Synthesis of Fluorinated Compounds by One-Pot Reactions and Asymmetric Organocatalysis" in March 2016. Xin Huang defended his PhD thesis "Organocatalysis for Michael Addition-based Transformations Involving Fluorination and Other Asymmetric Reactions" . Both of their works are focused on the development of new methods for atom- and pot-economic organic synthesis. (Feb. 2016)
Profs. Berkeley Cue and Wei Zhang have been appointed to the International Advisory Board of the Drug Discovery & Therapy World Congress (DDTW) 2016. This is the third year they are serving on the board since they co-chaired a green chemistry session for DDTW in 2013.
The UMass Boston ACS Chapter, advised by Prof. Jonathan Rochford, was certified for the Green Chemistry ACS Student Chapter for the third year running (Oct. 2015)
The ASBMB Undergraduate Chapter, advised by Prof. Daniel Dowling, did an outreach event with local 8th graders at the Dever-McCormack Middle School that focused on photosynthesis, and understanding that CO2 is a greenhouse gas that gets converted to sugars, using model kits to build these molecules (Oct. 2015)
Prof. Berkeley Cue was an advisor to co-editors Peterson and Manley for their book recently published by the Royal Society of Chemistry, titled “Green Chemistry Strategies for Drug Discovery” (Oct. 2015)
Prof. Wei Zhang served as an organizing committee member for the 2nd Int. Conference on Past and Present Research Systems of Green Chemistry held in Orlando FL (Sep. 2015)
Prof. Wei Zhang received 2015 International Fluorous Technology Award at the Sixth International Symposium on Fluorous Technologies in Como, Italy. This award recognizes his contributions to the field of fluorous chemistry including applications in medicinal and green chemistry. He presented a plenary talk “Fluorous Technologies for Medicinal Chemistry and Organocatalysis” at the conference (Aug. 2015).
Prof. Zhang was invited by the editor of C&EN News to provide commentary on 2015 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards (C&EN News, Aug. 24, 2105, p32-35)
The Center for Green Chemistry hosted the Third Annual Symposium and Workshop of the Global Green Chemistry Centres (G2C2) in Aug. 2015. Delegations from the ACS Green Chemistry Institute, University of York’s Green Chemistry Centre of Excellence (UK), and center directors from universities in US, Tanzania, UK, Brazil, Singapore, Nigeria, China and Mexica were attended. Guest speakers from the Royal Society of Chemistry, Green Chemistry and Commerce Council (GC3), Beyond Benign, Sigma Aldrich, Ely Lilly were also attended. This event is built on the success of the last two G2C2 meetings in Delhi (2013) and Cape Town (2014).
At the Third G2C2 Symposium and Workshop held at UMass Boston in Aug. 2015, our faculty and graduate students made following presentations:
- Prof. Berkeley Cue, “An Analysis of the Adoption of Green Chemistry by Big Pharma, Bio Pharma, and Generic Drug Sectors: Barriers, Perceived and Real, and Ways to Overcome Them”
- Prof. Wei Zhang, “Green Chemistry at UMass Boston"
The following postdoc and graduate students made poster presentations:
- Liu, S.; Yosief, H.; McKeown, M. R.; Fu, H.; Buckley, D. L.; Justin, R. M.; Qi, J.; Bradner, J. B.; Zhang, W. “Biased Multicomponent Reactions to Develop Novel Bromodomain Inhibitors”
- Huang, X.; Pham, K.; Yi, W.-B.; Zhang, X.; Clamens, C.; Hyatt, J. H.; Jasinski, J. P.; Tayvah, U.; Zhang, W. “Recyclable Organocatalyst-promoted One-pot Asymmetric Synthesis of Spirooxindoles Bearing Multiple Stereogenic Centers”
- Zhang, X.; Zhi, S.; Wang, W.; Shuai, L.; Jasinski, J. P.; Zhang, W. “One-pot Double [3+2] Cycloadditions for Diastereoselective Synthesis of A Novel Triazolobenzodiazepine-Fused Polycyclic Skeleton” (received the Best Poster Award)
At the 250th ACS National Meeting in Boston, our faculty and graduate students made following green chemistry related presentations:
- Rochford, J., Ngo, K. T., Narayanan, R. P., Mahanti, B., McKinnon, M. “Ligand cooperativity in electrocatalytic CO2 reduction by Mn(I) and Re(I) tricarbonyl complexes”
- Ngo, K. T., Narayanan, R. P., Mahanti, B., Reed, B., Groysman, S., Rochford, J. (oral) “Electrocatalytic reduction of CO2 with manganese catalyst supported by pendant Bronsted-Lowry acid ligands”
- Lee, N. A., Ngo, K. T., Gilligan, G. E., Anzalone, Z., Lamberto, M., Rochford, J. “Photoelectrochemical characterization of non-innocent ligand ruthenium beta-diketonate complexes in dye-sensitized solar cells”
- Huang, X.; Yi, W.-B.; Zhang, W. “Asymmetric Synthesis of Organofluorine Compounds with Recyclable Fluorous Organocatalysts”
- Zhang, W. “Green Synthesis of Diverse Heterocyclic Scaffolds”
- Narayanan, R. P., Ngo, K. T., Reed, B., Groysman, S., Rochford, J. “Bis(aldimino)pyridine nickel complexes as electrocatalysts for the reduction of CO2”
- McKinnon, M., Ngo, K. T., Narayanan, R. P., Rochford, J. “Electrocatalytic CO2 reduction and redox non-innocence of Mn(I) tricarbonyl oxyquinolate complexes”
- Ngo, K. T., Mahanti, B., Lee, N. A., Rochford, J. “Photochemistry and redox non-innocence of electron rich fac-Re(I) tricarbonyl beta-diketonate and oxyquinolate complexes: A fundamental study toward the application of CO2 reduction”
- Lee, N. A., Ngo, K. T., Gilligan, G. E., Anzalone, Z., Lamberto, M., Rochford, J. “Photoelectrochemical characterization of ruthenium flavanoid complexes in a dye-sensitized solar cell”
- Gilligan, G. E., Lee, N. A., Bag, S., Rochford, J. “Structure-activity properties of curcuminoid ruthenium polypyridyl photosensitizers in dye sensitized solar cells”
- Qian, J.; Yi, W. Huang, Y.; Zhang, J.; Cai, C.; Zhang, W. “One-Pot Synthesis of 3,5-Disubstituted and Polysubstituted Phenols”
- Liu, S.; Yosief, H.; McKeown, M. R.; Fu, H.; Buckley, D. L.; Justin, R. M.; Qi, J.; Bradner, J. B.; Zhang, W. “Biased Multicomponent Reactions to Develop Novel Bromodomain Inhibitors”
Prof. Jonatan Rochford group presented following posters at the international conferences in July 2015:
- Ngo, K. T., Narayanan, R. P., Mahanti, B., McKinnon, M., Reed, B., Groysman, S., Rochford, J. “Non-innocent ligand redox-cooperativity in electrocatalytic CO2 reduction by manganese(I) and rhenium(I) oxyquinolate tricarbonyl complexes”. Organometallics Gordon Research Conference, Salve Regina, Newport, RI, USA
- Ngo, K. T., Lee, N. A., Rochford, J. (poster) “Exploring heteroatom variation & redox non-innocence in isothiocyanate free ruthenium(II) photosensizers”. 21st International Symposium on the Photochemistry and Photophysics of Coordination Compounds, Krakow, Poland.
- Ngo, K. T., McKinnon, M., Narayanan, R. P., Rochford, J. (poster) “Non-innocent ligand redox co-operativity in CO2 reduction by manganese(I) and rhenium(I) oxyquinolate tricarbonyl complexes”. 21st International Symposium on the Photochemistry and Photophysics of Coordination Compounds, Krakow, Poland
UMass Boston graduate students Maria Kipreos and Ray Borg collaborated with National Presence Younger Chemist Committee member Wasiu Lawal to host a green chemistry symposium at the 250th ACS National Meeting in Boston. The symposium is titled “Careers for Young Professionals in Green Chemistry: Breaking Bad Chemistry Habits” (Aug. 2015)
Prof. Wei Zhang was invited to deliver the opening Plenary Lecture “Green Chemistry at UMass Boston” at the 5th International Conference for Young Chemists in Penang, Malaysia. The theme of this conference is Green Chemistry towards a Sustainable Tomorrow (Aug. 2015)
Prof. Berkeley Cue was a keynote speaker in the Pharmaceutical Green Chemistry session of the 19th Green Chemistry and Engineering Conference in North Bethesda, MD. His talk was “The ACS Green Chemistry Institute Pharmaceutical Roundtable: A Perspective from One of Its Founders” (Jul. 2015)
- UMass Boston’s ACS Student Chapter has earned the Green Chemistry Chapter Award for the second year in a row.
- UMass Boston will host the 3rd Workshop of the Global Green Chemistry Centres (G2C2) on Aug. 20-21, 2015. This event is co-organized by the University of York, ACS Green Chemistry Institute, and UMass Boston.
- Faculty and student from our department will present following talks at the 250th ACS National Meeting in Boston, August 16-20, 2015. “CO2 reduction and utilization symposium” by Prof. Jonathan Rochford; “Green Synthesis of Diverse Heterocyclic Scaffolds” by Prof. Wei Zhang; and “Asymmetric Synthesis of Organofluorine Compounds with Recyclable Fluorous Organocatalysts” by Xin Huang (Prof. Zhang’s group.)
- Graduate students Meaghan McKinnon and Sabrina Akhter were accepted to and will attend the ACS Summer School on Green Chemistry & Sustainable Energy at the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colorado in July 2015.
- Berkeley W. Cue will give the opening keynote talk at the 19th Green Chemistry and Engineering Conference in North Bethesda, MD on July 15th titled, "The ACS Green Chemistry Institute Pharmaceutical Roundtable: A perspective from one of its founders."
- Berkeley Cue and Prof. Wei Zhang are serving on the international advisory board of Drug Discovery & Therapy World Congress in Boston. The event will be held July 22-25 in Boston.
- Prof. Wei Zhang gave an invited talk “Recyclable Organocatalysis for Organofluorination and Other Asymmetric Synthesis” at the Green Chemistry Session of Northeast Regional ACS Meeting, Ithaca College, NY in June 2015.
- PhD student Shuai Liu received the travel scholarship to attend 2015 Green Chemistry Symposium organized by Green Chemistry Initiative at the University of Toronto in May 2015
- As part of a series of Earth Day events in April organized by the Office for Sustainability at Harvard University, Prof. Zhang was invited to give a talk on green chemistry at the Chemistry and Chemical Biology Department at Harvard on April 16, 2015. See an article from about his talk.
- Undergraduate students Anthony P. Tran and Jeremy H. Hyatt of Prof. Zhang’s group presented two posters on recyclable organocatalysts for asymmetric synthesis at the 21st Annual Massachusetts Statewide Undergraduate Research Conference at UMass Amherst on April 24, 2015.
- At 2015 Northeastern Student Chemistry Research Conference and Career Symposium at Tufts University on April 18, 2015, Felix Nampanya of Hannah Sevian’s group presented a poster on a design of greener kinetics reaction for undergraduate chemistry laboratories. Xin Huang and Shuai Liu of Prof. Zhang’s group presented two posters on green organocatalysis and medicinal chemistry.
- Javier Reinoso of Hannah Sevian’s group presented a poster on the use of green indicators for undergraduate chemistry laboratories. This work was presented at SACNAS regional meeting at Boston College in March 2015.
- ACS GCI Pharmaceutical Roundtable celebrates 10 years of achievements in Feb. 2015. UMass Boston alumni Berkeley Cue and Paul Anastas were highlighted in the video.
- Jonathan Rochford gave a talk on “Metal ligand cooperativity in solar energy conversion and catalytic CO2 reduction” at Bridgewater State University, MA on Feb. 20, 2015.
- The University of Massachusetts Boston was proud to announce the opening of the Integrated Sciences Complex on campus in early 2015. This state of the art building now houses many of our research and undergraduate teaching labs.
- During his recent trip to China, Prof. Zhang gave a series invited talks on recyclable organocatalysis for asymmetric synthesis and compound library synthesis at Wuhan University, Hangzhou Normal University, Zhejiang University, Huaiyin Normal University, and Suzhou University (Nov. & Dec. 2014).
- Prof. Zhang was invited to give two talks “Streamlined Fluorous Synthesis of Diverse Heterocyclic Scaffolds” and “Recyclable Organoctalysis for the Synthesis of Asymmetric Fluorinated Compounds” at BIT's 5th Annual International Congress of Medichem, Suzhou, China (Nov. 2014).
- Korea Science Academy of Kaist (KSA) sent a group of high school students to Boston for science workshops at MIT, Tufts University, Boston University, and UMass Boston. Prof. Wei Zhang was invited to give seminars on the topic of green chemistry (Oct. 2014).
- Berkeley Cue and Prof. Wei Zhang are serving on the international advisory board of 2015 Drug Discovery & Therapy World Congress in Boston. They will co-chair a session on “Green Techniques for Medicinal Chemistry” (August 2014).
- Graduate student Shuai Liu is the recipient of a green chemistry graduate scholarship designated by Dr. John Warner as part of his 2014 SCI Perkin Medal Award (August 2014)
- Graduate student Courtney Ngai (Prof. Hannah Sevian’s lab) received a travel scholarship from NSF and attended and presented a poster called “Chemical Identity: What is this substance?” at the Gordon Research Conference on Green Chemistry in Hong Kong (August 2014).
- Prof. Wei Zhang was invited to give a talk called “Recyclable Organocatalysis for Asymmetric Fluorination” at the 2nd Annual Symposium and Workshop of the Global Green Chemistry Centres in Cape Town, South Africa (August 2014).
- Graduate student Caitlin Pollock, together with team members Yuan Xia and Shiva Dastjerdi, published the first issue of the UMass Boston Green Chemistry Newsletter (July 2014)
- Graduate student Maria Kipreos (Prof. Michele Foster’s lab) received the travel award and attended the ACS Summer School on Green Chemistry & Sustainable Energy at the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colorado (July 2014).
- Prof. Wei Zhang was invited to give a talk called “Recent Development on Green Solvents for Industrial Applications” at the ASC Sustainability Forum - A Supply Chain Discussion of Trends and Market Drivers in Baltimore, MD (July 2014).
- Graduate student Xin Huang received a travel scholarship from NSF and attended and presented a poster called “Recyclable Organocatalysis for Asymmetric Synthesis” at the 18th Annual Green Chemistry & Green Engineering Conference in North Bethesda, MD (June 2014).
- John Collins (Prof. Michelle Foster’s lab) defended his PhD thesis, “Tuning Carbon Microstructure for Advancing Electrochemical Energy Storage” (June 2014).
- Prof. Wei Zhang was invited to give a seminar “Recyclable Organocatalysts for Asymmetric Synthesis” at Shanghai Institute of Technology, China (June 2014).
- Prof. Wei Zhang was invited to give a talk on “Fluorous Technologies for Green Organic Synthesis and Catalysis” at the Next Steps in Green Chemistry Research Workshop, organized by the Green Chemistry Initiative at the University of Toronto (May 2014).
- UMass Boston alumnus John Warner, president and chief technology officer of the Warner Babcock Institute of Green Chemistry, received 2014 SCI Perkin Medal Award for his outstanding work in applied chemistry and industry leadership (May 2014).
- Prof. Wei Zhang was invited to give seminars on green organocatalysis at the Shanghai Institute of Materia Medica and Jiangxi Science and Technology Normal University, Jiangxi, China (April 2014).
- Prof. Wei Zhang was invited to give a seminar on “Recyclable Organocatalysts for Asymmetric Synthesis” at National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan (March 2014).
- Asha Kadam (Prof. Wei Zhang’s lab) defended her PhD thesis, “Green Techniques to Improve Grignard Reactions and Synthesize Heterocyclic Molecules” (February 2014).
- Profs. Martin Thuo and Wei Zhang were invited to give green chemistry seminars to visiting undergraduate students from Kyung Hee University, South Korea (January 2014).
- Prof. Berkeley Cue was appointed as a member of the editorial board of the journal ACS Sustainable Chemistry and Engineering.
- Nicholas Anastas is on the editorial advisory board of a new journal, Current Green Chemistry.
- Prof. Wei Zhang will serve as a co-chair for the session “New Green Techniques for Medicinal Chemistry” of PacificChem 2015, Hawaii.
- Prof. Wei Zhang serves as a co-chair for the session “Smart Materials for Environment and Climate Changes” of the BIT's 3rd Annual Congress and EXPO of Advanced Materials-2014, Chongqing, China.
- PhD student Asha Kadam and Prof. Wei Zhang were panelists for the GC3 Green Chemistry Innovation Webinar "Advancing Green Chemistry Innovation in the Pharmaceutical Industry: The GCI Pharmaceutical Roundtable's Research Grant Program," presented by Julie Manley (Dec. 12, 2013).
- Undergraduate students Xiaohan Wang and Yingzhao Zhao attended the “12th Annual Undergraduate Symposium on Sustainability and the Environment” at the Bridgewater State University and presented a poster “Organocatalytic Synthesis of Asymmetric Fluorinated Compounds” (Dec. 7, 2013).
- Nicholas Anastas organized the first Green Toxicology Information Day at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (November 2013).
- Prof. Wei Zhang delivered an invited talk, “Solvent Screening and Performance Evaluation of the Grignard Reaction,” at the 4th Annual Congress of International Medichem (ICM2013), Hainan, China (November 2013).
- Prof. Wei Zhang gave a plenary talk, “Recyclable Fluorous Asymmetric Organocatalysis,” at the International Workshop on Organofluorine Chemistry 2013, Nanjing, China (Sept. 12-14, 2013).
- The UMass Boston ACS Chapter advised by Prof. Jonathan Rochford was certified as a Green Chemistry ACS Student Chapter.
- Several graduate students from the department attended the Boston Symposium on Organic & Bioorganic Chemistry at the Merck Research Laboratories in Boston. Xin Hung presented the poster “Organocatalytic Synthesis of Asymmetric Fluorinated Compounds” (Oct. 16, 2013).
- The research article “Comparative Performance Evaluation and Systematic Screening of Solvents in a Range of Grignard Reactions,” published by Prof. Wei Zhang’s group, is selected as a "hot paper" by Green Chemistry.
- Profs. Berkeley Cue and Wei Zhang have been appointed to the Drug Discovery and Therapy World Congress 2014 International Advisory Board (September 2013).
- Prof. Jonathan Rochford received an NSF grant “SusChEM: Solar CO2 Reduction (SCO2RE) with Non-Innocent Ligand Transition Metal Photocatalysts” (August 2013).
- Prof. Berkeley Cue received a 2013 Environmental Merit Award from U.S. EPA Region 1. He was among 28 recipients across New England recognized for their significant contributions to environmental awareness and problem-solving. Dr. Nicholas Anastas, leader of EPA’s New England Green Chemistry Initiative, presented the award to Prof. Cue (June 26, 2013).
- Prof. Wei Zhang and graduate student HyeJin Cho gave a half-day green chemistry workshop to 120 visiting students from Busanil Science High School, South Korea (June 10, 2013).
- Profs. Wei Zhang and Berkeley Cue served as co-chairs for the session “Green Techniques for Organic and Medicinal Chemistry" at Drug Discovery & Therapy World Congress 2013, Boston. Thirteen speakers from academic, industry, and government office spoke in the session (June 4-6, 2013).
- Prof. Berkeley Cue delivered a talk “Green Chemistry Opportunities in Drug Discovery” at Drug Discovery & Therapy World Congress 2013, Boston (June 4-6, 2013).
- Prof. Wei Zhang delivered a talk “Recyclable Fluorous Organocatalysis” at Drug Discovery & Therapy World Congress 2013, Boston (June 4-6, 2013).
- Dr. Nicholas Anastas delivered a talk “Toxicology and Sustainable Molecular Design: The Essential Role of Toxicology in Designing Safer” at Drug Discovery & Therapy World Congress 2013, Boston (June 4-6, 2013).
- Prof. Wei Zhang gave an invited seminar “Fluorous-based Green Organic Synthesis” at Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA (April 4, 2013).
- PhD student Stanley Vasconcelos from University of San Paulo completed two months training on green and medicinal chemistry in Prof. Zhang’s lab. It was supported by the joint grant “Santander - Top USA Massachusetts Program” awarded to the University of Massachusetts Boston and Universidade de Sao Paulo (March 2013).
- Prof. Zhang was recently appointed as the coeditor-in-chief for a new journal, Current Green Chemistry. This journal will be launched by Bentham Science Publishers in 2014.
- Professor Nicholas Anastas leads the New England Green Chemistry Initiative directed out of EPA Region 1 New England.
- Barbara Mello, a senior undergraduate student working with Prof. Jonathan Rochford, has been accepted into the Department of Energy-funded Science Undergraduate Summer Internship program at Brookhaven National Laboratory. She will investigate solar driven conversion of CO2 to reduced carbon feedstocks as part of a collaboration between Prof. Rochford and Dr. David C. Grills at Brookhaven National Laboratory.
- The Department of Chemistry and College of Science and Mathematics celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Green Chemistry Program at UMass Boston. Drs. John Warner and Amy Cannon were the invited speakers at the event (Dec. 4, 2012).
- Prof. Wei Zhang was invited to visit Tohoku University in Japan and gave a seminar “Integrated Fluorous and Green Organic Synthesis” (Nov. 29, 2012).
- Zijuan Zhang defended her PhD (Green Chemistry Track) thesis, "Development of Fluorescence Probes for Cancer Cell Lines and Research on Catalytic Reactions" (Nov. 2, 2012).
- Prof. Berkeley Cue spoke to the UMass Boston Chemistry Club (Nov. 19, 2012).
- Prof. Nicholas Anastas organized and hosted the Green Chemistry Success Showcase held at EPA Region 1 (Oct. 24, 2012).
- Prof. Berkeley Cue was an invited speaker in a green chemistry session at the American Association for Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS) national meeting in Chicago (Oct. 15, 2012).
- Prof. Berkeley Cue spoke at the 10th anniversary celebration of Pfizer’s green chemistry program and received one of their Green Chemistry awards for 2012 (Oct. 11, 2012).
- In the 4th quarter of 2012, Prof. Berkeley Cue was presented with an award for his contributions to creating and leading the ACS Green Chemistry Institute’s Pharmaceutical Roundtable.
- Prof. Berkeley Cue attended and chaired the fall 2012 meeting of the American Chemical Society’s Green Chemistry Institute Governing Board on Oct. 8-9, 2012 where he was presented a recognition for his nine years of service to the ACS GCI. His tenure as governing board member and chair ended at the end of 2012.
- Prof. Berkeley Cue attended US EPA Region 1’s New England Green Chemistry Initiative Large Workgroup Meeting in Boston. He is a member of the business working group (Sept. 18, 2012).
- Prof. Deyang Qu organized the 6th U.S.-China Electric Vehicles and Battery Technology Workshop. The event was hold at UMass Boston, co-hosted by Argonne National Laboratory, and sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy and China’s Ministry of Science and Technology (Aug. 23-24, 2012).
- Prof. Berkeley Cue was appointed to the international advisory committee for the 6th International Conference on Green and Sustainable Chemistry at Nottingham, England (August 2012).
- Prof. Berkeley Cue was appointed to the editorial advisory board of the American Chemical Society’s new journal, ACS Sustainable Chemistry and Engineering (August 2012).
- A joint grant, “Green Chemistry and Medicinal Chemistry Collaboration of University of Massachusetts Boston and Universidade de Sao Paulo,” submitted by Prof. Wei Zhang and Prof. Helio Stefani, was funded by Santander - Top USA Massachusetts Program. Prof. Zhang made the first visit to the collaborator at Sao Paulo after attending the fourth International IUPAC Conference on Green Chemistry in Foz do Iguacu (August 2012).
- At the ACS national meeting in Philadelphia, Prof. Wei Zhang presented a talk titled “Green Chemistry Program at UMass Boston” in the Green Chemistry Commitment Session (August 2012).
- Steven Cullipher (PhD student from Prof. Hannah Sevian’s group) received a travel award to attend the 2012 Green Chemistry Gordon Research Seminar (GRS) in Lucca, Italy. He also attended the Gordon Research Conference and presented a poster called “Initial Stage Development of a Learning Progression for Future Green Chemists: Evaluating Student Reasoning of Benefits, Costs and Risks in Chemical Design.” (July 2012).
- Prof. Berkeley Cue is an invited speaker at the Academy of Management annual meeting in Boston on August 3, 2012.
- Prof. Berkeley Cue is an invited speaker at the Biologics EH&S and Sustainability Roundtable at Biogen Idec headquarters in Cambridge on July 11, 2012.
- Prof. Berkeley Cue participated in the 16th Green Chemistry and Engineering Conference in Washington, DC June 18-20 by chairing two sessions on pharmaceutical industry applications of green chemistry and engineering principles.
- At the 16th Green Chemistry and Engineering Conference in Washington, DC June 18-20, Prof. Wei Zhang gave an invited talk, “Solvent Screening and Performance Evaluation of the Grignard Reaction." This project was sponsored by a grant from the ACS Green Chemistry Institute Pharmaceutical Roundtable.
- An article about the UMass Boston green chemistry program and the related research projects from Prof. Wei Zhang’s lab appeared In a recent issue of Green Process and Synthesis (June 2012).
A book titled Green Techniques for Organic Synthesis and Medicinal Chemistry has been published by Wiley. Profs. Wei Zhang and Berkeley Cue are the editors of this book. This 27-chapter book has 65 contributing authors, representing experts from academia, industry, and non-government organizations (June 2012).
- UMass Boston chemistry department alumna Dr. Amy Cannon received the EPA New England 2012 Environmental Merit Award (Apr. 2012).
- Prof. Berkeley Cue participated in a green chemistry workshop co-sponsored by the University of Connecticut Innovation Connection and the Chemical Innovation Institute at the United Technology Center (Apr. 19, 2012).
- Prof. Berkeley Cue chaired the American Chemical Society Green Chemistry Institute's Spring 2012 Governing Board Meeting in Washington, DC (Apr. 10-11, 2012).
- Prof. Berkeley Cue gave an invited seminar titled "Application of Green Chemistry Principles to the (Re)Design of Drug Manufacturing Processes Illustrated by Pfizer Examples" to the Chemistry Department at George Washington University (Apr. 9, 2012).
- Prof. Wei Zhang was appointed to be an Advisory Board member of the ACS Green Chemistry Institute, Curriculum Committee (Feb. 2012).
- Prof. Wei Zhang gave a presentation titled “Green Chemistry PhD Program at UMass Boston” at the Green Chemistry Commitment Summit in Boston (Jan. 10, 2012).
- Prof. Berkeley W. Cue published an article about ACS Green Chemistry Institute Pharmaceutical Roundtables in C&EN News (Volume 89, Issue 48, November 28, 2011, p. 42).
- UMass Boston and Nanjing University of Science and Technology signed an agreement on collaboration of green chemistry research and education (Nov. 21, 2011).
- During a recent trip in China and Hong Kong, Prof. Wei Zhang delivered green chemistry talks at Suzhou University, Beijing Institute of Petrochemical Technology, and Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (Nov. 28 to Dec. 2).
- Prof. Jonathan Rochford and Helen Zhao were invited to attend an NSF-funded workshop organized by the International Materials Institute for Solar Energy and the Environment (IMI-SEE) on dye-sensitized solar cells co-sponsored and hosted by Xiamen University, China. (Oct. 24 to 28, 2011).
- The Rochford Research Group ran a very successful solar cell workshop for high school teachers titled "Artificial Photosynthesis - A Workshop in Solar Cell Design" as part of the NESACS Connections In Chemistry 2011 event at Burlington High School, Burlington MA (Oct. 24, 2011).
- Prof. Wei Zhang was recently appointed as an editor of a new journal "Green Processing and Synthesis." This journal will be launched in 2012 by De Gruyter (Germany).
- UMass Boston chemistry department alumni Dr. Berkeley W. Cue and Dr. John Warner were recently named the American Chemical Society (ACS) Fellows for their distinguished contributions to green chemistry.
- Prof. Wei Zhang joined the faculty advisory board of Green Chemistry Commitment, an organization to implement green chemistry throughout educational institutions.
- Prof. Wei Zhang was invited to give a talk at the 2011 Fall ACS meeting titled "Green chemistry programs at the University of Massachusetts Boston."
- Dr. Berkeley W. Cue, a UMass Boston chemistry department alumnus, received the 2011 GC3 Champions Award for his service to the Green Chemistry and Commerce Council. This award was established in 2011 to recognize outstanding contributions to advancing green chemistry through the GC3. Dr. Cue is a founding member of and advisor to this organization.
- Profs. Rochford and Qu are invited to host a panel discussion "Towards a Sustainable Energy Future" at education night for the 915th meeting of the Northeastern Section of the American Chemical Society (May 12, 2011).
- Undergraduate students Hara Chowdhury, Cuiyun Zhao (Rochford group), Weihong Zhou, Ryan Gianatassio, Richard Madden (B. Torok group), Trinh Dinh, Stephanie Bellinger, Weiyi Li, Sargis Ohanyan, Yu Wang, Tao Xu, Hong Zeng (Zhang group) presented 11 posters at the 17th Annual Massachusetts Statewide Undergraduate Research Conference at UMass Amherst (Apr. 22, 2011).
- Prof. Wei Zhang received the 2011 ACS Green Chemistry Institute Pharmaceutical Roundtable grant on Grignard Reaction Research (Apr. 19, 2011).
- Asha Kadam received a travel grant from the ACS Green Chemistry Institute to attend the 15th Annual Green Chemistry Conference in Washington, DC (Apr. 19, 2011).
- Dr. Paul Anastas, a UMass Boston chemistry department alumnus and professor at Yale University, received the Rachel Carson Environmental Award.
- Dr. Berkeley W. Cue, a UMass Boston chemistry department alumnus, has been appointed chair of the American Chemical Society's Green Chemistry Institute governing board. He also became an adjunct professor in our department.
- The Chemistry Department has an open position for green chemistry-related senior faculty.
- Dmitry Borkinhas defended his PhD thesis "Synthesis and Biological Applications of Heterocyclic and Organofluorine Compounds." He will continue his career as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Michigan (Apr. 12, 2011).
- Shan (Jackie) Ding defended her MS thesis "Microwave-Assisted and Fluorous Benzaldehyde-Based Synthesis of Heterocycles" (Apr. 8, 2011).
- Justin Whitfield defended his PhD thesis “Non-covalent Manipulations of Cyclic Pi Systems for Green Chemistry Transformations” (Apr. 4, 2011).
- Aditya Kulkarnihas defended his PhD thesis "Heterogeneous Catalytic Processes for the Synthesis and Functionalization of N-Heterocycles and Fine Chemicals." He will continue his career as a postdoctoral fellow at the Loker Hydrocarbon Research Institute, University of Southern California (Apr. 1, 2011).
- Prof. Wei Zhang gave a seminar titled "Fluorous Technologies for Organic and Green Chemistry Applications" at The University of Rode Island (Feb. 28, 2011).
- Prof. Bela Torok guest edited a Special Issue for Current Organic Synthesis on "Green and Sustainable Organic Synthesis."
- Prof. Wei Zhang has been appointed Editorial Advisory Board of ACS Combinatorial Science (Jan. 1, 2011).
- Prof. Bela Torok was appointed as a Regional Editor for the Letters of Organic Chemistry, published by Bentham Science (Dec. 20, 2010).
- Prof. Jonathan Rochford participated the New England Green Chemistry Networking Forum and presented a poster "Green Chemistry at UMass Boston" (Dec. 16, 2010).
- Prof. Wei Zhang gave an invited talk "Fluorous-based green organic synthesis" at PacifiChem in Hawaii (Dec. 15-21, 2010).
- Prof. Wei Zhang was invited to participate in a green chemistry tour Green Chemistry Tour in Germany. This event was sponsored by German Academic Exchange Service (DDAD) (Dec. 5-11, 2010).
- Prof. Wei Zhang received a Visiting Lecture Award and presented three lectures at National Tsing Hua University, National Chiao Tung University, and National Taiwan University on fluorous chemistry and green chemistry (Nov. 24-26, 2010)
- UMass Boston hosted the 3rd International Symposium on Green Processing in the Pharmaceutical & Fine Chemical Industries (Sept. 30 to Oct. 1, 2010).
- Prof. Wei Zhang received a conference grant from NIH to support the Green Chemistry Symposium that will be held at UMass Boston (Sep. 2010).
- Prof. Timothy Dransfield gave a seminar "The Chemistry of Air Pollution: The Fate of Volatile Organic Compounds" at Boston University (Sept. 15, 2010).
- The Chemistry Department offered a green chemistry summer course to 40 undergraduate students from Kyung Hee University, South Korea (June 25 to July 19).
- Ms. Sarah Ruthven, Editor of Green Chemistry (RSC) visited the chemistry department and Center for Green Chemistry (June 18, 2010).
- In a C&EN article, Prof. Wei Zhang commented on a recent Science paper which reported a novel and green organocatalyst for asymmetric oxidation (June 14, 2010).
- Professors Bela Torok and Wei Zhang presented green chemistry lectures at the 16th Annual Meeting and Short Course of the North Atlantic Chapter of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (June 2, 2010).
- Senior undergraduate student Ryan Fitzgerald presented a poster “Green techniques for regioselective synthesis of drug-like molecules” at Massachusetts Statewide Undergraduate Research Conference (April 23, 2010).
- Prof. Oliver Kappe from University of Graz (Austria) was invited to present “Recent Advances in Microwave-Assisted Organic Synthesis” (April 12, 2010).
- A paper titled “Enantioselective alpha-Chlorination of Aldehydes with Recyclable Fluorous (S)-Pyrrolidine-Thiourea Bifunctional Organocatalyst” was published in Synlett (2010, 433-436). This paper talks about metal-free and recyclable green catalysis. It is a joint work of Nanjing University of Science and Technologies, University of Pittsburgh and Prof. Wei Zhang’s group.
- UMass Boston hosted the 16th Annual Northeastern Section Undergraduate Day. Dr. Berkeley Cue gave a keynote speech and Prof. Wei Zhang gave a talk “Research with Green Chemistry Tools” (Feb. 27, 2010).
- Starting in 2010, Prof. Zhang is serving on the Editorial Advisory Board of Journal of Combinatorial Chemistry published by ACS.
- Prof. Bela Torok has recently been appointed to the editorial board of Current Organic Synthesis.
- Prof. Bela Torok is currently organizing/guest editing a special issue for Current Organic Synthesis on "Contemporary Sustainable Methods in Organic Synthesis."
- Prof. Sivappa Rasapalli from University of Massachusetts Dartmouth was invited to give a seminar titled “Synthesis and Methodology Inspired by Marine Natural Products” (Dec. 9, 2009).
- Prof. Oliver Reiser from Universität Regensburg was invited to give a seminar titled "Crossing boundaries between Organic, Inorganic and Material Chemistry: Catalysis as the core technology towards the development of sustainable chemical processes” (Oct. 15, 2009).
- Visiting PhD student Liang Wang from Nanjing University of Science and Technology finished his 6-month training in Prof. Zhang’s lab. A green chemistry paper based on his work has been accepted for publication in Synlett (Oct. 2009).
- Prof. Roman Dembinski from Oakland University was invited to give a seminar titled “Electropilic cyclizations as a tool in the synthesis of heterocycles and modified nucleosides” (Oct. 8, 2009).
- Prof. Wei Zhang was invited to speak about “Combinatorial Fluorous Technologies for Green Chemistry Applications” at the 2nd International Symposium on Combinatorial Sciences in Biology, Chemistry, Catalysts and Materials, Beijing, China (Sept. 19-22, 2009).
- Prof. Wei Zhang was invited to speak about “Fluorous Green Chemistry” at the 3rd International Symposium on Fluorous Technologies, Jackson Hole, WY. (Aug. 23-28, 2009).
- As of Aug. 16, 2009, Prof. Hannah Sevian is on a leave of absence from the University of Massachusetts Boston to serve a rotation as a Program Director in the Division of Undergraduate Education at the National Science Foundation in Arlington, VA.
- Prof. Wei Zhang’s critical review article "Green Chemistry Aspects of Fluorous Techniques – Opportunities and Challenges for Small-Scale Organic Synthesis" was featured on the cover of the journal Green Chemistry (2009, 11, 911-920).
- Omar De Paolis from Prof. B. Torok's group defended his MS thesis titled "Synthesis of N-heterocycles via heterogeneous catalytic domino approaches" (July 8, 2009).
- President Barack Obama nominated Paul Anastas, a UMass Boston alumnus and professor at Yale University, as an Assistant Administrator for the Office of Research and Development at the EPA (June 2009).
- Prof. Wei Zhang was invited to speak on “Green Chemistry Techniques for Small-Scale Organic Synthesis” at the 13th Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference, College Park, MD (June 23-25, 2009).
- Mr. Wei Shi from Prof. Qu's group defended his green chemistry PhD thesis titled "Fitting Impedance Spectra and Calculations of Penetration Depth" (May 7, 2009).
- Prof. Michael Pollastri from Boston University was invited to give a seminar titled “Technology-enabled medicinal chemistry for biological target validation: What can chemistry do for you?” (April 15, 2009).
- UMass Boston alumni and former Pfizer VP Dr. Berkeley Cue visited UMass Boston and gave a seminar titled “Green Chemistry in the Pharmaceutical Industry: A Model for Sustainability” (Feb. 18, 2009).
- Prof. Dransfield gave a seminar titled “Gas-Phase Chemistry: Still Hiding Some Surprises” at Colby College’s Chemistry Department (Feb. 13, 2009).
- Prof. Wei Zhang gave a seminar titled “Green Chemistry Aspects of Fluorous Technologies” at Warner Babcock Institute for Green Chemistry (Dec. 3, 2008).
- Ms. Shainaz Landge from Prof. B. Torok’s group defended her green chemistry PhD thesis titled “Synthesis of N-Heterocycles, Schiff’s-Bases and Organofluorine Compounds by Microwave-Assisted Approaches” (Nov. 21. 2008).
- Prof. Wei Zhang participated in the 10th Green Chemistry Gordon Conference and presented a poster “Green Chemistry Aspects of Fluorous Technologies” (Aug. 3-8, 2008).
- Prof. Wei Zhang gave a talk on “Fluorous Separation and Recycling Technologies for Green Organic Synthesis” at ACS 12th Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference, Washington, DC (June 24-26, 2008).