Departmental News


June 19

The department celebrated Pam's retitrement today.







May 4

Dr. Stach's retitrement party was held today. 



April 17

The Chemistry and Biochemistry Department announced the recipients of 2011-2012 student awards and the annual Award Ceremony as well as secnior poster session was hold today.



Best Freshman Chemistry Award: Jeffrey Smeenge & Tyler Doyon 

Best Organic Chemistry Award: Yusheng Zou 


Best Inorganic Chemistry Award: Brian Farnham 

Best Biochemistry Award: Sarah Richards & Brian Farnham 


Best Lab Assistant Award: Christina Niles

Best Service Award: Dale Flanagin & Logan Shephard 

Best Research Award: Logan Shephard 

Outstanding Graduating Senior Award: Kristopher Keipert










March 31

Dr. Stach is going to retire at the end of the spring semester after serving the University of Michigan - Flint for 24 years. Deaprtment of Chemistry and Biochemistry will hold a party to celebrate his significant service to students, faculty, the department, the university, and the community between 1pm and 4pm on May 4, 2012. Here is the invitation. If you think you could come, please email Karol Scheitler.


February 15

Historical pictures-do you know anyone in these photos?







May 1

Congrulations to our graduates:Trisiani Affandi (The Maize and Blue Distinguished Scholar Awardee),Andrew Dyer, Ryan Kelly, Ian Luther, Ashley McQuarters.



April 20

The annual Award Ceremony as well as secnior poster session are hold today.







April 5

The Chemistry and Biochemistry Department announced the recipients of 2010-2011 student awards:

Best Freshman Chemistry Award: Yusheng Zou


Best Organic Chemistry Award: Kaytie Weierstahl

Best Analytical Chemistry Award: Ashley McQuarters

Best Physical Chemistry Award: Kristopher Keipert

Best Lab Assistant Award: Trisiani Affandi

Best Service Award: Ryan Kelly

Best Research Award: Ashley McQuarters

Outstanding Graduating Senior Award: Ashley McQuarters


March 25-30

Three faculty and seven students attended 241st American Chemical Society National Meeting at Anaheim, CA. The Chemistry Club won the Outstanding Student Chapter Award from ACS again. In addition, our faculty and students presented six posters at this meeting.



January 29

The Chemistry Club attended the 4th annual Battle of the Chemistry Clubs at the University of Detroit Mercy and took home the Silver Separatory Funnel trophy. Through this competition, all club members enjoyed the opportunity to compete against other chemistry clubs as well as get to know other ACS student affiliated members over lunch and between events.














January 26 

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry sadly announces that Dr. Harry Blecker,  Professor Emeritus in Chemistry, passed away on January 24th in Frankfort, Michigan. Dr. Blecker was the first professor hired by the University of Michigan-Flint in 1957 to create a Science Department and retired in 1989. He was chair of the department of chemistry for most of his tenure at the university and taught organic chemistry.  He was instrumental in hiring the original faculty members who formed and developed the department.  After he retired, the department set up, in his honor, the Harry Blecker Scholarship that is now given to undergraduate chemistry, biochemistry majors and chemistry/biochemistry graduate students.

The service will be held this Saturday, January 29th, 11:00 am at Trinity Lutheran Church in Frankfort, Michigan (955 James St., Frankfort, 49635).  There will be another service in the spring (when the ground is not frozen).  The family has requested that those desiring may make contributions to the Harry H. Blecker Scholarship Fund at the University of Michigan-Flint.  The fund benefits Chemistry/Biochemistry students.




November 11

The Chemistry Club will host another seminar on November 11, 2010:

Title - Modeling the Active of Bacterial Nitric Oxide Reductase.

Presenter - Dr. Nicolai Lehnert

Location - 350 French Hall.

Time - 2:30pm on November 11, 2010.

The abstract can be foundhere.




October 14

The Chemistry Club and the Detroit Section of the American Chemical Society will present a seminar on October 14, 2010:
Title - Leadership Skills for Technical People: Persuade Others to Help You get the Job Done.
Presenter - Dr. Norm Howe
Location - Michigan Rooms A-B.
Time - 6:00pm on October 14, 2010.
The abstract can be found here.



April 21

The Chemistry and Biochemistry Department announced the receipients of 2009-2010 student awards:


Best Freshman Chemistry Award: Simhadri Botta

Best Organic Chemistry Award: Kristen Drier 

Best Analytical Chemistry Award: Christopher Hnatyk


Best Physical Chemistry Award: Saed Isaac & Michael Stogsdill

Best Biochemistry Award: Teresa Clark

Best Lab Assistant Award: Cristina Dobson 

Best Service Award: Ashley McQuarters & Danielle Borgerding

Best Research Award: Alexander Findlater 

Outstanding Graduating Senior Award: Saed Isaac  




April 1

Chemistry Club went to Ann Arbor campus and attended the seminar given by Prof. Mark Gordon (Dr. Song's postdoct advisor and George and Alex's PhD advisor). Then, Chemistry Club visited Prof. Lehnert's lab and had the dinner with his group.





March 19~24 

Eleven students and two faculty attended 239th American Chemical Society National Meeting at San Francisco, CA. Our students presented eight posters and the Chemistry Club received the student charpter award from ACS.




February 15

Prof. Nicolai Lehnert will vist our campus on Feb. 15 and give a presentation at 11am at Happenings room. The title of his presentation is "The Spectroscopic Properties and Electronic Structures of Ferric-Heme Nitrosyls: Significance for Nitric Oxide Transport and Catalysis". Here is the link of his website.

After his talk, Chemistry Club will have the lunch with Prof. Lehnert. If you are interested in his research or the graduate porgram at UM Ann Arbor, please join us at noon.



February 8

Prof. Tischler will give a research talk at 11am at Happenings room on February 9, 2010. 




January 30


Chemistry Club participated the 3rd Annual Battle of Chemistry Clubs, which was hold at Saginaw Valley State University and won the 2nd place among six participating clubs from University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, Central Michigan University, University of Detroit Mercy, Alma College, University of Michigan-Flint, and the host, Saginaw Valley State University. University of Detroi Mercy and University of Michigan-Flint were the winners of 2008 and 2009, respectively. More photos can be found here.




January 12


Undergraduates Sought for Nanoscale Device Research

The University of Massachusetts Amherst is seeking applications for the 2010 Nanotechnology Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) program. Applications are due by February 28, 2010. Selected students will spend 10 weeks, from June 1 to August 1, 2010, engaged in cutting-edge nanoscale device development research projects with faculty mentors and graduate student lab mates. Funding from the National Science Foundation provides each student with a $3,400 stipend, lodging, travel to campus, and a number of activities and events outside the lab. Women and persons from underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply. Contact the SURE program director at massnanotech@research.umass.edufor additional information.







April 20

Annual Award Ceremony was held today.




The Chemistry and Biochemistry Department announced the recipients of 2011-2012 student awards and the annual Award Ceremony as well as secnior poster session were hold on April 17.

Best Freshman Chemistry Award:

Best Organic Chemistry Award: Yusheng Zou 

Best Analytical Chemistry Award:

Best Physical Chemistry Award:


Best Lab Assistant Award:

Best Service Award: 

Best Research Award: 

Outstanding Graduating Senior Award: Kristopher Keipert



May 4