Department News and Events Archive





Prof. Mace has received a prestigious NSF CAREER award, given to junior faculty that exemplify outstanding research and education. More>>


Prof. Kounaves has received the ACS Kavli Award for Innovations in Chemistry, which was presented at the April National Meeting in Orlando. More>>


Prof. Mace has been named an "Emerging Investigator" by the RSC journal Analytical Methods. More>>

Profs. Charles Sykes and Maria Flytzani-Stephanopoulos have been awarded the American Chemical Society Catalysis Lectureship for their "groundbreaking research". More>>

Prof. Kumar has been elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry for his "contributions to the chemical sciences." More>>

Congrats to Eric High of the Utz group, winner of the Mort Traum Award for top student presentation at the AVS International Symposium. More>>


Kudos to Karen O’Hagan, recipient of a Tufts Distinction Award, for her dedicated outreach efforts. More>>




Congratulations !!! to Professor Yu-Shan Lin on being awarded tenure and promotion to Associate Professor. More about Prof. Lin's research. HERE>>


Dr. Sarah Iacobucci is the recipient of the 2018 Multicultural Service Award for work with dialogue groups and racial justice issues. More>>


Prof. Elena Rybak-Akimova, who dedicated her life to small-molecule binding and activation and to sharing her passion for science with students, passed away on March 11. More>>


Prof. Sykes & coworkers' cover paper in Nature Catalysis shows for the first time that CO can be converted to CO2 at a single Pt atom. More>>


Prof. Kounaves' paper in PNAS shows that indigenous microbes in the hyperarid Atacama Desert could serve as a model for life on Mars. More>>


Congratulations !!! to Professors Sam Thomas and Art Utz on their promotion to Full Professor. More>>


Prof. Sykes' paper in Nature Chem shows how an innovative Pt/Cu alloy catalyst can convert methane in shale gas into hydrocarbon fuels. More>>


Prof. Mace received an award from the Gates Foundation for inovative field analysis of blood samples. More>>


Katie Sicinski (Kumar Group) a winner of Tufts 2017 $100K New Ventures Competition participated in the California Roadshow. More>>


Dr. Pamuk-Turner has recieved the TCU Senate 2018 Professor of the Year Award for teaching excellence More>>



Dr K M Abraham (PhD’73) is recipient of the "GSAS Outstanding Career and Service Achievement Award” More>>

Chemistry undergrads Jasper Du (Kumar Group) and Yimin Zhang (Thomas Group) were awarded top prizes at the 19th Annual NSCRC. More>>


The Chemistry Department has received a 2017 Beckman Scholars Program award. Thanks to Prof. Kritzer for taking the lead. More>>


Prof. Mace Group's development of an inexpensive paper-based device for red blood cell assays has been highlighted in C&EN. More>>


Prof. David Walt was elected a member of the National Academy of Medicine. More>>


Prof. David Walt was the recipient of the 2017 Kathryn C. Hach Award for Entrepreneurial
Success. More>>




Dr. Diren Pamuk-Turner after returning to Tufts as a lecturer is now working with students and linking chemistry with visual art. More>>


Felicia Lucci of the Sykes research group was named a 2016/17 MRS Congressional Science and Engineering Fellow. More>>


Prof. Utz has been named a Fellow of the American Vacuum Society for pioneering work in reaction dynamics of molecules at surfaces. More>>


Prof. Shultz's paper in PNAS describes a new way to isolate and study single-crystal ice surfaces. More>>


Profs. Kounaves & Sykes have been named Fellows of the Royal Society of Chemistry for their "contributions to the chemical sciences." More>>


Prof. Walt is the recipient of the Ralph N. Adams Award and was honored with a symposium at Pittcon-2016. More>>




Sykes & Flytzani-Stephanopoulos (CBE) Groups publish joint Nature Com paper on cost effective & efficient hydrogenation catalyst. More>>


Julia Rogers (Lin Group) and Michael Bird (Kritzer Group) receive ACS Undergrad Poster Awards. More>>


Sykes Group paper in Nature Materials shows the first observation of elements transforming at the atomic scale. More>>


Prof. Lin was the recipient of the 2015 ACS OpenEye Outstanding Jr. Faculty Award in Computational Chemistry. More>>

Prof. Kumar was the recipient of the 2015 Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Faculty
Mentoring Award. More>>

Felicia Lucci
of the Sykes research group was selected as a U.S. delegate to the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting. More>>


Prof. Scheck has recieved the Smith Family Award for excellence in biomedical

research. More>>



Prof. Walt was named a University Professor, a title currently held by only three other Tufts University faculty. More>>


Prof. Walt is the recipient of the 2014 New England Section of the American Chemical Society Esselen Award for Chemistry in the Public Interest. More>>


Prof. Kounaves has been elected an AAAS Fellow in recognition of his contributions to analytical chemistry and planetary science. More>>


Prof. Shultz named an ACS Fellow in recognition of her contributions to aqueous interface science, the profession, and community. More>>





Prof. Kenny is the recipient of the 2013 ACS Environmental Division Keynote Lecture Award. More>>


Prof. Rybak-Akimova's group research is featured in the JACS-IC Virtual Issue on metalloenzyme models. More>>


Prof. Thomas is the recipient of the 2013 Tufts Teaching with Technology Award. More>>


Profs. Yu-Shan Lin, Krishna Kumar, and Sam Kounaves mentioned in Chemical & Enginerring News.


Sykes Group discovery of the molecular cork effect for hydrogen spillover and storage has been published in Nature Materials. More>>


Prof. Walt has been elected a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. More>>


Prof. Kritzer is recipient of the 2013 Tufts UNITE (Undergraduate Initiative in Teaching) Award for exceptional teaching & advising. More>>

Shuai Nie
is awarded NEACS's Levins Prize for Outstanding Performance by a Grad Student. More>>


Melissa Liriano was awarded a 3-year NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. More>>


Prof. Shultz is featured in the Chemical Heritage Foundation's "Stories from the Field". More>>

Prof. Walt has received the 2013 ACS Award in Spectrochemical Analysis. More>>

Prof. Kounaves is featured in Chemical & Engineering News. More>>

Prof. Kumar
elected AAAS Fellow for his contributions to the field of chemical biology. More>>

April Jewell receives Hoffman and Traum awards at American Vacuum Society meeting. More>>

Prof. Walt leads NRC report to lay out road map for improving glyco-science research. More>>



Prof. Todd Pagano, Tufts Chemistry graduate alum, receives 2012 U. S. Professor of the Year award. More>>


Featured: Profs Thomas in the J. of Materials Chemistry Blog; Kounaves in Chemistry World, & Sykes in C&EN.


Prof. Sykes is the recipient of the 2012 the American Vacuum Society Peter Mark Memorial Award for his pioneering atomic-scale studies of chirality, catalysis, and molecular rotation. More>>


Prof. Thomas has received a prestigious NSF CAREER award, given to junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research and education. More>>


Prof. Shultz was elected as a 2011 Fellow of the AAAS. She will be recognized at the Fellows Forum to be held on February 18th during the AAAS Annual Meeting in Vancouver. More>


Prof. Sykes named the recipient of a Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award for his  continuing outstanding contributions to both research and teaching in the chemical sciences. More>





Dr. Ted Pagano, former Tufts Chemistry PhD graduate, has received the ACS "Award for Encouraging Disadvantaged Students into Careers in the Chemical Sciences" sponsored by the Camille & Henry Dreyfus Foundation. More>


Prof. Kumar receives the Indian Society of Chemists and Biologists (ISCB) award for excellence in the area of chemical sciences. More>


Prof. Kritzer received NIH Director's New Innovator Award, designed to support creative new investigators who propose innovative projects with potential high impact. More> 




C&EN Highlights Prof. Thomas Publication
Angewandte Chemie has highlighted research by Prof. Samuel Thomas and Postdoc Dr. Simone Friedle that describes a new strategy using light to control contact electrification. Read further.

Prof. Walt Receives ACS Award for Creative Invention
The ACS 2010 Award for Creative Invention to Prof. David Walt recognizing his application of research in chemistry/chemical engineering that contributes to the material prosperity and happiness of people. Read Further

Prof. Thomas Receives DARPA Young Faculty Award
Prof. Thomas is one of 20 young scientists to receive this honor and funding aimed at engaging and funding rising research stars. Read further.


Prof. Kritzer Receives 2009 Smith Family Award for excellence in biomedical research. Prof. Kritzer is one of a handful of recipients to win a three year grant from the Smith Family Foundation aimed at supporting promising junior faculty.

Chemistry Department Receives 2009 GAANN Award
A new 3-year award from the U.S. Department of Education provides fellowships for Tufts Chemistry Ph.D. students, including supplemental funds for professional development and research work.

Prof. Shultz Part of US Delegation
Thirty chemists from China, Germany, Japan, the U.K., and the U.S. met on July 23–25 in  southern Germany to discuss the state of solar energy research and energy alternatives to fossil fuels. Read further.

NASA Award to Prof. Kounaves
Prof Kounaves has received a 2009 NASA Achievement Award for "outstanding performance in the planning and execution of the science for the Phoenix Mars mission" and a group achievement award for "development and operation of the Phoenix spacecraft leading to the first landing in the Martian arctic".

April Jewell, received a 2009 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. This NSF award provides for three years of support for graduate study leading to research-based doctoral degree and is intended for students who are in the early stages of their graduate study.

Ashleigh Baber
, G10, a chemistry graduate student, has been selected to attend this year’s Nobel Laureate Meeting. Each year since 1951, Nobel Prize winners in chemistry, physics and physiology/medicine have met with students from around the world to discuss the important issues facing their fields of study. Baber is one of 74 doctoral students from the United States selected to attend this distinguished gathering of scholars, which will take place in Lindau, Germany, from June 28 to July 3.


Prof. Kounaves Receives the "
Massachusetts Columbus Quincentennial Award"
Established in celebration of the spirit of exploration & discovery, Prof. Kounaves was awarded the 2008 MCQA for his work on the Mars Lander, "in recognition of his innovative achievement and its significance to the Commonwealth."

Prof. Rybak-Akimova on JOC Cover
The research performed by Prof. Elena Rybak Akimova and group members is featured on the front cover of the July issue of the Journal of Organic Chemistry.   The research focuses on large macrocyclic hosts capable of size and shape selective binding of anions.

Prof. Sykes Gets Usen Appointment
Prof. Charles Sykes has been appointed to the Usen Family Career Development Professorship. This is a faculty development chair that is designated to recognize an especially worthy junior faculty member.




2007 GAANN Award to Tufts Chemistry Funds Fellows
A $633,000, 3-year award from the U.S. Department of Education provides fellowships for seven Tufts Chemistry PhD students, including supplemental funds for professional development and research work.