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Nanoparticle system captures heart-disease biomarker from blood for in-depth analysis

August 6, 2020

An effective test of cTnI variations could one day provide doctors with a better ability to diagnose heart disease, the leading cause of death in the U.S.

Bioenergy research discovery paves way to production of new hydrocarbon

July 17, 2020

A team of researchers have described a pathway for furan fatty acid production in bacteria and other cells. This long chain fatty acid could substitute for petroleum-based products including fuel, engine lubricant, medicines and food additives.

New approach for breaking plastics down shows promise for ‘upcycling’ them

June 25, 2020

“Thirty percent of our plastic is ending up in the environment," says chemical and biological engineering Professor George Huber. "The current plastic infrastructure is not sustainable right now.”

School of Pharmacy team produces hand sanitizer for UW Health

April 10, 2020

The school's Zeeh Pharmaceutical Experiment Station started production on March 20 and, in less than a week, provided more than 100 gallons of vitally important sanitizer.

Mimicking enzymes, chemists produce large, useful carbon rings

December 19, 2019

The work may represent preliminary progress toward deciphering just how enzymes, honed by evolution, so efficiently produce natural compounds.

‘Christmas in the Lab’ celebrates 50 years of chemistry and comedy

December 2, 2019

What began as a holiday treat for long-suffering freshman chemistry students has turned into a 50-year tradition for chemistry Professor Bassam Shakhashiri.

Can ‘smart toilets’ be the next health data wellspring?

November 14, 2019

Wearable, smart technologies are transforming the ability to monitor and improve health, but a decidedly low-tech commodity — the humble toilet — may have potential to outperform them all.

Lifelike chemistry created in lab search for ways to study origin of life

November 14, 2019

The work is far from jumpstarting life in the lab. Yet, it shows that simple laboratory techniques can spur the kinds of reactions that are likely necessary to explain how life got started on Earth some four billion years ago.

Sen. Tammy Baldwin takes in ‘locally sourced science’ at Morgridge Institute

October 10, 2019

Forward-thinking science and childhood memories came full circle on Wednesday for U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin, who visited a lab at the Morgridge Institute for Research that is carrying on the inspired legacy of her grandfather, David E. Green.

150 years ago, periodic table brought order to the chemical universe

October 1, 2019

"You could say that we take the periodic table (of the elements) for granted," says UW–Madison chemistry instructor Matt Bowman. "But I could not imagine chemistry without it.”

Remembering Heidi Dvinge

September 26, 2019

On Sept. 20, Professor Heidi Dvinge passed away unexpectedly. Her colleagues describe her tragic loss as “devastating.”

New faculty focus: New chemists join UW

September 19, 2019

The Chemistry Department has welcomed new faculty members with specialties ranging from quantum chemistry to STEM education. Read Q & A's with them in this New Faculty Focus.

Relieving two headaches with one process

July 1, 2019

A team of UW–Madison researchers has been awarded a patent for a method to synthesize acetaminophen — the active ingredient in Tylenol — from a natural compound derived from plant material.