A team including Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute researcher Gaetano Montelione has identified the design principles for creating large “ideal” proteins from scratch, paving the way for the design of proteins with new biochemical functions. The results were published today in Nature Communications. ...read more
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a new drug for treating schizophrenia and bipolar I disorder that includes samidorphan, a new chemical entity discovered at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. ...read more
Using a nanopore, researchers have demonstrated the potential to reduce the time required for sequencing a glycosaminoglycan — a class of long chain-linked sugar molecules as important to our biology as DNA — from years to minutes. ...read more
Envisioning an animal-free drug supply, scientists have — for the first time — reprogrammed a common bacterium to make a designer polysaccharide molecule used in pharmaceuticals and nutraceuticals.  ...read more
Armed with evidence that a specific site on heparan sulfate — known as the 3-O-sulfate group — is critical to the transfer of harmful tau proteins in the brain, a research program funded by the NIH’s National Institute of Aging is scrutinizing the interactions between heparan sulfate and tau, determining how misfolded tau spreads in the brain, and developing strategies to block it. ...read more

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The 6th annual Future Leaders Series meeting is coming up! This event is an opportunity for Ph.D. students expected to graduate in 2021 to present their work at our next local section meeting being held on Wednesday, January 20th, 2021 (6:00 – 9:00PM). Faculty are encouraged to nominate their Ph.D. students for consideration by Sunday, Jan, 10th, 2021. Selected speakers will be notified by Wed, January 13th, 2021.  We are looking for 3-4 speakers to present.
See Professor Shelley's interview in the Spectroscopist Inside section starting on page 42:  https://rpi.app.box.com/s/fcx7ubkqj7ainzfxuts8goniu522pnm8  
RPI Chemistry's student-athlete Mikaela DiBello has been named to the 2018-19 Goodle Cloud Academic All-America Division III At-Large Second Team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).   https://rpiathletics.com/news/2019/6/20/field-hockey-dibello-and-maxfiel...  
Jessica Hellinger is recipient of a 2019 Society for Applied Spectroscopy Undergraduate Student Award.  This award recognizes her project to siimultaneously obtain elemental and small molecule information with a novel plasma source, the Solution Cathode Glow Discharge (SCGD), via optical emission spectroscopy and mass spectrometry.  This award will be presented at the SciX Conference in Palm Springs, CA, in October 2019.  
Congratulations, Montwaun Young! Montwaun was named a recipient of the 2019 Outreach Volunteers of the Year award for the Eastern New York Local Section. This award recognizes countless hours of dedication to chemistry outreach. To read more and see all awardee's individual profiles please visit the ACS website (https://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/membership-and-networks/ls/grantsawar...).

In the News

  • For healthier lakes, rivers, and drinking water, hold the salt

    February 6, 2019 -

    Rick Relyea, an environmental scientist at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, is tackling similarly thorny questions in upstate New York’s Lake George, which has been called the Queen of American Lakes. Relyea leads the Jefferson Project, a collaboration among RPI, IBM, and the FUND for Lake George, a nonprofit focused on conserving the lake. The project has outfitted the lake with more than 500 “smart” environmental sensors during the past four years to monitor human influence on it. Over the past four decades, according to data from the Lake George Offshore Chemical Monitoring Program, chloride levels have tripled in Lake George, adding to other environmental effects on the lake. These effects include the rise of invasive species and the delivery, through stormwater runoff, of pollutants and nutrients that can stimulate algal blooms. Because it’s hard to tease apart the impacts of these various stressors on the lake’s water quality and wildlife, Relyea’s team has done a bevy of experiments in the lab and in large outdoor tanks to isolate and examine the consequences of increasing salt.

  • At age 15, RPI grad preps for med school

    January 2, 2019 -

    Julian DuPont has been tutoring and mentoring fellow college students in organic chemistry ever since he was a freshman, which sounds thoroughly ordinary until one considers the point spread.

  • Scientists are developing greener plastics – the bigger challenge is moving them from lab to market

    August 16, 2018 -

    Synthetic plastics have made many aspect of modern life cheaper, safer and more convenient. However, we have failed to figure out how to get rid of them after we use them.