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Listen to some reflections on nanoscience in this podcast from Prof. Kolasinski.

ACS Award for Excellence in Chemistry

Knorr Award

Senior Erica Knorr was awarded the Scholastic Achievement Award by the Philadelphia Section of the American Chemical Society. Congratulations

Alchemists host Chem Craze

Students in Chemistry lab
Students working in Chemistry lab at WCUPA

The Alchemist kicked off another year of events by hosting a group of 42 middle and high school students. The group brought together by YMWIC literally mixed it up with the Alchemists. Thank you to Kelsey Dittmar, Teague Smith, Savannah Fay, John Griffith, Lidia Gebre, Olivia Kimber, Erica Knorr, Zane Christmyer, Zach Karounos, Piper Johnson, Regan Gillespie, Hannah Evanik, Jackie Dipietro and Vishal Forde, who all attended.

NSF Grant Awarded

Professor Kurt Kolasinski was awarded $168,927 by the National Science Foundation for a research projected titled Regenerative Electroless Etching for the Production of Si Nanostructures. The grant will help to fund student researchers as they investigate ReEtching and MACE for the production of porous silicon, silicon nanowires and hierarchical silicon nanostructures.


Best Post Award - ACS YCC 2018

Bret Unger

Bret Unger was awarded the Best Undergraduate Poster Prize and the Drexel University Best Inorganic Poster Prize at the ACS Younger Chemists Committee Poster Session (ACS YCC 2018) at Temple University for work titled "Metal Assisted Catalytic Etching (MACE) of Silicon: Which Way is Up?" His co-authors were Shannon Knight, Teresa Lee, Dr. Shawn Pfeil and Prof. KW Kolasinski.

Best Poster Award - PSST 2018

Shannon Knight

Shannon Knight (B.S. and B.S.Ed. 2017) was awarded the Best Poster Prize at the Porous Semiconductor Science and Technology 2018 Conference (PSST 2018) in La Grande Motte, France for work titled "Crystallographically defined silicon macropore membranes." Her co-authors were Bret Unger and Prof. KW Kolasinski.


The National Institute of Justice

Joshi research group publishes the first Library of Microcrystalline Tests for Novel Psychoactive Substances as a product of a research grant awarded by the National Institute of Justice.


Philadelphia Section Award

Left to right: Melissa B. Cichowicz, Deborah Cook (Chair of the Philadelphia Section of the ACS), Kurt Kolasinski, and Elizabeth Wagoner (Chair-Elect)
Pictured left to right: Melissa B. Cichowicz, Deborah Cook (Chair of the Philadelphia Section of the ACS), Kurt Kolasinski, and Elizabeth Wagoner (Chair-Elect)

Professor Kurt Kolasinski has been named the 2017 recipient of the Philadelphia Section Award presented by the Philadelphia Section of the American Chemical Society. This Award recognizes an individual "who, by conspicuous scientific achievement through research, has made important contributions to man's knowledge and thereby aided the public appreciation of the profession."


New John R. and Laurie S. Townsend Chemistry Scholarship (since 2018)

The John R. and Laurie S. Townsend Chemistry Scholarship is to be awarded to a student who majors in one of the five chemistry degrees program with at least 60 credit hours and 22 chemistry credits completed at WCU and a GPA of 3.25 or above. Applications can be found here.


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