Recent graduates from Professor Jay Rasaiah’s research group, Dr. Mohsen Farshad and Dr. Dylan Suvlu have taken postdoctoral positions. Mohsen has joined the research group of Professor Michael L. Klein at Temple University and Dylan is a postdoctoral fellow at MIT with Professor Adam Willard. Their recent publications are listed below.

Ms. Charitha Perera, a graduate student in Professor Jay Rasaiah’s research group has recently published a paper. She has also been invited to speak on her research at Saint Amselm College in NH on Friday April 9th. The title of her talk will be “A Density Functional Study of Water Splitting Reaction Pathway on ZnO Nanoclusters.”

The Department of Chemistry wishes to extend sincere congratulations to Dr. Natalie Machamer for receiving the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Outstanding Lecturer Award for 2021.  CLAS celebrated its faculty achievement awards at a virtual ceremony on May 6th.

Congratulations Natalie!



Department Student Awards/Student Symposium 2021

Peng Cheng, a senior double major in CHY and Math, won the UMaine Student Symposium 2021 Undergraduate Award for the Physical and Mathematical Sciences category in a virtual ceremony on April 16th.  Peng’s presentation was entitled, “Surface Modification of Cellulose Nanofibrils Using Water Soluble Monomers and Subsequent Surface Polymer Characterization.”  Peng is advised by Dr. William Gramlich.

Chelsea Sainsbury, senior in the Gramlich group, was recognized as the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Outstanding Senior Award for the Department of Chemistry in a virtual awards ceremony on April 19th.

Pradnya Rao, a Ph.D. in the Tripp research group, was the winner in the graduate division for Physical Sciences.  Her presentation was entitled, “Colloidal Interactions to Generate Latex Coated Pigment for Paper Coating Applications.”

Faculty Mentor Award

JayIt is with great pleasure that we announce that Dr. Jay Rasaiah has been selected by the Graduate Student Government (GSG) as one the recipients of the 2020-2021 Graduate Faculty Mentor Award!  The Graduate Faculty Mentor Awards are given each year to outstanding mentors of graduate students at the University of Maine. This is an opportunity for graduate students to help recognize their mentor for their support and advice.  The award was presented at a virtual ceremony on April 28, 2021.
Congratulations Jay!

Brian FrederickDr. Brian Frederick was awarded a Faculty Mentor Impact Award during Maine Impact Week April 12-16, 2021.  Students were asked to nominate faculty members who had an important impact on them and Dr. Frederick was nominated by a senior, Sam Bonnevie.  Congratulations Brian!


The Grand Challenge – Remote Chemistry Labs for 1,000 UMaine students.

Chemistry is an experimental science, which is best taught by doing Chemical hazards and specialized equipment tether chemistry lab courses taught at the University of Maine to sophisticated teaching labs in highly supervised, well ventilated environments.  When COVID-19 hit last spring, it prompted a grand challenge: could the introductory general and organic chemistry lab courses be shifted online, in a cost effective, safe manner, while preserving an active, hands-on experimental approach?

Click here for the UMaine news article.

Department mourns long-time Professor, mentor, and friend.

It is with deep sadness that the Department of Chemistry mourns the loss of long-time colleague, Dr. Raymond Fort Jr.  His obituary is here.  Memorial contributions in his name can be made here.

Meet the Class of 2021