Congratulation Dr. Ramesh Giri !!

for NSF CAREER award from National Science Foundation (NSF)

Sustainable chemistry is one of the fascinating sciences meant for the development of the environmentally benign processes, products and the chemicals. As a part of the developing the sustainable processes, Dr. Ramesh Giri, an assistant professor at the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, University of New Mexico (UNM) has been working for the development of the transition metal-catalyzed organic transformations and investigating their reaction mechanisms. These research interests set by Dr. Giri and his team has been supposed to overcome the existing chemical problems of broader applicability. For instances, energy, materials, health, environment, etc.

Recently, his project on the development of a new technique for the cross-coupling reactions was selected for the CAREER award from National Science Foundation (NSF). NSF CAREER award is the prestigious awards in support of junior faculty that comes with a federal grant for research and education activities for five consecutive years. The award worthy $ 675,000 for five years is definitely going to booster the research work led by Giri.

Giri supposes the development of tandem and multi-component couplings with base metals and organic electronic donors has a huge impact in the pharmaceutical industry and the chemical world as a whole. He explains the reactions are widely used in the pharmaceutical industry for the production of marketed drugs, where palladium is used widely. But, for the development of the cost-effective processes, copper is used as catalyst, he explains.

Giri Research Lab (Photo: University of New Mexico)

Copper and Palladium belong to the transition metal (d-block) of the periodic table, however, they behave the different ways in the synthesis reactions. Indulging copper in the synthetic reactions and investigating the reaction mechanism is a difficult task. This is where a challenge lies, says Giri.

The NepaChem team wishes Dr. Giri and his team, all the success in the forthcoming days.

This post is based on the news report from University of New Mexico. Click here

Refer to the publications by Dr. Giri research group here.

NSF encourages submission of CAREER proposals from junior faculty members at all CAREER-eligible organizations. NSF Career award is the prestigious award given to early career scientists by United States National Science Foundation. Click here for details.


Dr. Sushila Maharjan wins Elsevier Foundation award

Photo taken from Dr. Maharjan's Facebook profile.

Dr. Sushila Maharjan from Nepal is one of the five women biologists from developing countries to win prestigious Elsevier 2016 Awards for early career researchers. This award was given for her work in biochemistry and biotechnology category. Her research seeks to identify bacterial strains from the soil of high-altitude regions of Nepal for possible new drugs such as antibiotics. 

Dr. Maharjan completed her MSc in chemistry from Tribhuvan University and PhD from Sun Moon University, South Korea. She is a research director of industrial microbiology at the Research Institute for Bioscience and Biotechnology RIBB, Nepal and according to her LinkedIn profile she is working at Seoul National University, South Korea as postdoctoral fellow.

As published in TWAS news release she said “ "The most rewarding part of my research is to find novel drugs and antibiotics from Streptomyces bacteria of Nepal that have great potential to combat the emerging drug and antibiotic resistant diseases worldwide," .

Other winners are from Indonesia, Peru, Uganda and Yemen.

According to the news released today- The Elsevier Foundation Awards are given to early career women scientists in the developing world in recognition of research that has strong potential health and economic benefits. The Elsevier Foundation awards are given in partnership with the Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD) and The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) for the advancement of science in developing countries. The five winners will receive their awards on February 13th during a ceremony at the Gender & Minorities Networking Breakfast at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Annual Meeting in Washington D.C. The prize includes USD $5,000 and all-expenses-paid attendance at the 2016 AAAS Annual Meeting. 


Periodic table: are you better than a 3-year-old?

In our school, we had to memorize the first 20 elements in periodic table: name, symbol, and atomic number. Now, may be I can not name these 20 elements!

But this adorable 3-year-old girl, Brielle, has become an expert on the periodic table.

She can recite the entire periodic table of elements.
She appeared in Ellen Show and surprised everyone. When Ellen showed her the symbol of some random elements, Brielle said the correct name and little bit of explanation/application of the elements.

That was extraordinary for a 3-year-old kid.

Enjoy the YouTube video of the show below.


Postdoctoral Position in Organic/Polymers Chemistry in Vermont USA

The research group of Professor Severin Schneebeli at the University of Vermont (UVM) Chemistry Department is looking for a postdoctoral researcher with a Ph.D. degree in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, or related fields, with a strong background inorganic/polymers synthesis. Expertise in nanoscale characterization and molecular modeling will be a plus. 

She or he will be working on research projects to develop new, innovative methods of nanostructure/polymer synthesis (e.g. via chirality-assisted synthesis (CAS) and self-replication), in collaboration with scientists from the UVM Materials Science Program, and the Vermont Advanced Computing Core (VACC). 

Qualified applicants should send a CV with a publication list as well as the names and contact information of three references to severin.schneebeli@uvm.edu. Applications will be considered until the position is filled. 

More information about the Schneebeli group and the Department of Chemistry can be found at
www.uvm.edu/mesosynthesis/ and www.uvm.edu/~chem/


Public attitudes to chemistry: RSC science communication competition 2015 and win £500

If you are passionate about writing science and making video, you may win £500 from Royal Society of Chemistry.

What to write?

An 800 word long essay about public attitudes to chemistry. May cover topics like:

- Chemistry is something you do at school, not something you do in your everyday life
- How chemistry relates to energy, environment, food & water
- Emotional responses to chemistry
- Unpicking the confusion between pharmacists and chemists
- Why chemists think the public are more negative about chemistry than they actually are

A less than 2 min video.


8 January 2016 11.59 pm GMT


- Receive £500
- Be published in Chemistry World 
- Have the opportunity to take part in a special assignment with Chemistry World 
The four remaining finalists will receive £250.
For details click here