Nobel Prize in ChemistryDavid MacMillan awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry
Light-initiated radical reactionUsing light-initiated radical reaction to break the carbon-heteroatom bond
TETRAAMINE-FUNCTIONALIZED METAL ORGANIC FRAMEWORKSDiscovery of a new material that could capture more than 90 percent of CO2 emitted from industrial sources
BIODEGRADABLE PLASTICSNew process makes ‘biodegradable’ plastics truly compostable
PRIESTLEY MEDALPaul Alivisatos awarded Priestley Medal
CRISPR for Sickle Cell CorrectionFDA approves first test of CRISPR to correct genetic defect causing sickle cell disease
ARTHUR C. COPE AWARDJohn Hartwig receives the Arthur C. Cope Award
EINSTEINIUMFirst measurements of Einsteinium
Nobel Prize in ChemistryJennifer Doudna awarded Nobel Prize in Chemistry
2020 Global Energy PrizePeidong Yang awarded 2020 Global Energy Prize
DiscoveryCreation of blue light-emitting diode (LED) from valid perovskite.
Scientists finally crack nature’s most common chemical bondJohn Hartwig and colleagues determine how to break the carbon-hydrogen bond
BiohybridHybrid system covers C0s into building blocks for organic molecules
Helmholtz MedalGabor Somorjai awarded the Helmholtz Medal
German Chemical Society Gold MedalYaghi awarded German Chemical Society Gold Medal
New ways to pluck water from desert airYaghi advances patents for water harvesting systems from the air.
Wolf Prize in MedicineJennifer Doudna receives 2020 Wolf Prize in Medicine
New discovery facilitates design of synthetic proteinsof synthetic material that is as effective as naturally occurring proteins in transporting molecules through membranes
Charles Stark Draper Prize for EngineeringJean Fréchet awarded Charles Stark Draper Prize for Engineering
$25 million for new College of Chemistry buildingAlumnus Terry Rosen, the CEO of Arcus Biosciences, and his wife, Tori, have donated $25 million for a building to be named in honor of Terry Rosen’s beloved mentor and former chemistry dean, Clayton Heathcock.
UC BERKELEY GENE THERAPY SPINOUT TARGETS $100 MILLION IPO4D Molecular Therapeutics Inc., founded by David Schaffer and David Kirn wants to raise $100 million in the latest Bay Area biotech initial public offering.
MSSE ProgramNew Master of Molecular Science and Software Engineering program launched.
UC holds largest CRISPR-Cas9 patent portfolioEver growing and extensive portfolio covers compositions and methods for the CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing technology, including targeting and editing genes and modulating transcription in any setting, such as within plant, animal and human cells.
Welch AwardThe Welch Foundation has announced that Drs. Armand Paul Alivisatos and Charles M. Lieber are the 2019 recipients of the prestigious Robert A. Welch Award in Chemistry.
Ruben MedalClayton Radke awarded the Ruben Medal.
Lifetime Achievement AwardProfessor William Lester awarded the International Association of Top Professionals (IAOTP) prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award for 2019 for his outstanding leadership and commitment to the field of chemistry.
Nano Research AwardOmar M. Yaghi, the James and Neeltje Tretter Chair receive the award for pioneering a new field of research known as reticular chemistry
Artificial photosynthesis frameworkUC Berkeley and Lawrence Berkeley Lab has uncovered new insight into how to better control cobalt oxide, one of the most promising catalysts for artificial photosynthesis.
Frontier Medicine 67M launchFrontier Medicines has announced the launch of a new startup with Dan Nomura to actively develop medical treatments for currently “undruggable” diseases.
Graduate Life Committee Diversity InitiativeChem graduate students launch Graduate Life Committee diversity initiative.
DIC Wang AwardDouglas Clark receives DIC Wang Award for Excellence in Biochemical Engineering
MOF water harvesting technologyResearch from the lab of Omar Yaghi at UC Berkeley on water harvesting from desert air technology has been featured as one of the top 10.
Drug SpongeA drug sponge developed by Nitash Balsara and fellow UC Berkeley chemical engineers could sop up the residual drug, lessening side effects.
Wolf PrizeJohn Hartwing awarded the 2019 Wolf Prize.
King Faisal Prize in ScienceProfessor Jean M. J. Fréchet professor emeritus and Allen Bard, Professor of Chemistry at UT Austin have been named co-Laureates of the 2019 King Faisal Prize in Science.
Sacker Prize in ChemistryChristopher Chang, Professor of Chemistry and Molecular and Cell Biology awarded the 2019 Raymond and Beverly Sackler International Prize in Chemistry from Tel Aviv University.
150TH ANNIVERSARY OF PERIODIC TABLEPeriodic table turns 150 years old.
Sung Hou Kim named Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).
WILHELM EXNER MEDALPaul Alivisatos awarded 2018 Wilhelm Exner Medal for pioneering research in nanoscience.
CHAN ZUCKERBERG BIOHUB INTERCAMPUS RESEARCH AWARDDavid Schaffer receives Chan Zuckerberg Biohub Intercampus Research Award.
NOBEL PRIZE IN CHEMISTRYChemistry Nobel goes to UC Berkeley Ph.D. Frances Arnold.
TETRAHEDRON PRIZEJohn Hartwig awarded 2018 Tetrahedron Prize for Creativity in Organic Chemistry.
CREATION OF QUANTUM BLUEProfessor Paul Alivisatos along with Ph.D. chemistry students Arunima Balan, Joseph Swabeck, and artist Olga Alexopoulou create new pigment color using quantum dot technology.
CRACKING THE CODE TO SOOT FORMATIONMartin Head-Gordon and colleagues discover mechanism for soot formation, solving longstanding scientific mystery.
AICHE WILLIAM H. WALKER AWARDEnrique Iglesia receives 2018 AIChE William H. Walker Award
KAVLI PRIZE IN NANOSCIENCECRISPR-Cas9 inventor Jennifer Doudna awarded the 2018 Kavli Prize in Nanoscience.
HELMHOLTZ INTERNATIONAL FELLOW AWARDRichard Saykally receives Helmholtz International Fellow award.
TURNING CHEMICAL BONDS INSIDE OUTThe Richmond Sarpong Research Group develops new approach to the deconstructive functionalization of cyclic amines.
ENI ENERGY AWARDOmar Yaghi wins 2018 Eni Energy Transition Award.
2018 DARPA YOUNG FACULTY AWARDMarkita Landry awarded DARPA Award for her project: Brain Chemical Signaling: A New Input Signal for Brain-Computer Interfaces.
SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING HUB DEVELOPMENTBASF donates $7 million toward construction of new UC Berkeley science and engineering hub.
COPPER REGULATES SLEEP IN ZEBRAFISHThe Chris Chang research team shows metal may play sleep role through an enzyme responsible for synthesis of norepinephrine.
CLARK KERR AWARDC. Judson King recognized with the 2018 Clark Kerr Award.
ACADEMY OF ARTS AND SCIENCESProfessors Dean Toste and Birgitta Whaley elected to the prestigious American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
ROYAL SOCIETY OF CHEMISTRY AWARDChemistry Professors Christopher Chang, John Hartwig, Daniel Neumark, and Dean Toste named winners of the 2018 Royal Society of Chemistry Awards.
ACTINIDE ACTS AS ELECTRON DONORThe Arnold Research Group develops thorium-aluminum complex in which for the first time an actinide element donates electrons when bonding with a metal.
NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCEKristie Boering elected to NAS
SCIENTISTS PRINT ALL-LIQUID 3-D STRUCTURESProfessor of Chemistry Phillip Geissler develops a way to print 3D constructs using water and oil.
WOLF PRIZEThe Wolf Prize in Chemistry awarded to Omar M. Yaghi for “pioneering reticular chemistry via metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) and covalent organic frameworks (COFs).”
NEW MATERIAL FOR SMART PHOTOVOLTAIC WINDOWSPeidong Yang and colleagues make thermochromic windows with perovskite solar cell.
Novartis-Berkeley Center for Proteomics and Chemistry Technologies
Novartis/UC Berkeley pact betting Berkeley scientists like Daniel Nomura will speed its search for the Achilles’ heels of hard-to-treat diseases.
Copper is key in burning fatChris Chang and Sumin Lee carry out experiments to find proteins that bind to copper and potentially influence the storage and burning of fat.
MacArthur FellowPeidong Yang
L’ORÉAL-UNESCO FOR WOMEN IN SCIENCE AWARDJennifer Doudna
FE. O. LAWRENCE AWARDCarolyn Bertozzi Peidong Yang
QUANTUM SPEED LIMITK. Birgitta Whaley establishes quantum speed limit.
BERKELEY CATALYST FUND (BCF)Berkeley Catalyst Fund to benefit entrepreneurial startups begins.
NEW ADVISING CENTERQue Family Undergraduate Advising Center is established.
ENI AWARDJay Keasling
HEVESY MEDALHeino Nitsche
CARACalifornia Research Alliance (CARA) by BASF is founded.
ENRICO FERMI AWARDCharles Shank
WELCH AWARDRobert Bergman
ENI AWARDFrances Arnold (Alumna)
SYNTHETIC ANTIMALARIAL DRUGJay Keasling’s 2001 discovery leads to first synthetic antimalarial drug on the market.
JAPAN PRIZEJean Fréchet
NATIONAL MEDAL OF TECHNOLOGY & INNOVATIONFrances Arnold (Alumna)
EINSTEIN PROFESSORSHIP, CHINESE ACADEMY OF SCIENCESAlexis T. Bell
HEINZ AWARDJay Keasling
ENI AWARDEnrique Iglesia
CRISPRJennifer Doudna discovers CRISPR, revolutionary method for splicing DNA.
WOLF PRIZEA. Paul Alivisatos
PRIESTLEY MEDALAhmed Zewail (pdoc)
ENI AWARDGabor Somorjai
BCGCBerkeley Center for Green Chemistry is founded.
HEVESY MEDALDarleane Hoffman
DEPARTMENT OF CBEChemE department is renamed the Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering.
PRIESTLEY MEDALGabor A. Somorjai
LAWRENCE BERKELEY NATIONAL LABA. Paul Alivisatos is named Director of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
WELCH AWARDWilliam H. Miller
E. O. LAWRENCE AWARDEA. Paul Alivisatos
BP & BERKELEY BIOFUELSBP selects Berkeley to lead $500M biofuels effort.
NOBEL PEACE PRIZESusan Solomon (alumna)
WELCH AWARDDaniel E. Koshland, Jr. (alumnus)
ANTI-MALARIA DRUGJay Keasling engineers the production of artemisinic acid.
FE. O. LAWRENCE AWARDRichard Saykally
CHEMICAL BIOLOGYChemical Biology program is founded.
PRIESTLEY MEDALDarleane C. Hoffman
NANOPLASMONIC STRUCTURESPeidong Yang
NOBEL PRIZEAhmed Zewail (pdoc)
Wolf PrizeGabor Somorjai
KYOTO PRIZEKurt Wüthrich (pdoc)
TAN KAH KEE HALLNamed in honor of the late Tan Kah Kee (1874-1961), a pioneering industrialist and philanthropist in China and Singapore who devoted his wealth to promoting education.
NOBEL PRIZEMario Molina (alumnus)
MACARTHUR FELLOWMichael Marletta
HEINZ AWARDAndrew Grove (alumnus)
NOBEL PRIZERobert F. Curl, Jr. (alumnus)
WOLF PRIZEPeter G. Schultz
E. O. LAWRENCE AWARDRobert Bergman
WOLF PRIZEAhmed Zewail (pdoc)
NATIONAL MEDAL OF TECHNOLOGY & INNOVATIONGordon Moore (alumnus)
WOLF PRIZEAlexander Pines
1990’sOPTIMIZED DYES FOR DNA SEQUENCING Richard A. Mathies and Donald Glaser UNNATURAL AMINO ACID INCORPORATION Peter Schultz QUANTUM DOTS A. Paul Alivisatos #b0c5de Alivisatos
NOBEL PRIZEThomas Cech (alumnus)
PRIESTLEY MEDALGeorge C. Pimentel
E. O. LAWRENCE AWARDAlexander Pines
E. O. LAWRENCE AWARDSung-Hou Kim
ORGANOMETALLIC CHEMISTRYRobert Bergman helps develop field of organometallic chemistry, C-H bond activation
NOBEL PRIZEYuan T. Lee
WELCH AWARDGeorge Pimentel
E. O. LAWRENCE AWARDC. Bradley Moore
PRIESTLEY MEDALHenry Taube (alumnus)
E. O. LAWRENCE AWARDWilliam H. Miller
E. O. LAWRENCE AWARDKenneth Raymond
WELCH AWARDKenneth S. Pitzer
NOBEL PRIZE & WELCH AWARDHenry Taube (alumnus)
WOLF PRIZEGeorge Pimentel
E. O. LAWRENCE AWARDYuan Tseh Lee
CHIRONChiron is co-founded by Berkeley professor Edward Penhoet.
1980’sJOHN PRAUSNITZ Molecular thermodynamics DAVID GRAVES AND DENNIS HESS Establish plasma processing of materials JEAN FRÉCHET Polymer formation, photolithography C. JUDSON KING Separation processes
PRIESTLEY MEDALGlenn T. Seaborg
FIRST FEMALE FACULTY MEMBERJudith Klinman becomes the first woman faculty member in the physical sciences at UC Berkeley.
PRIESTLEY MEDALMelvin Calvin
WELCH AWARDNeil Bartlett
PERIODIC TABLESeaborgium Identified
QUANTUM MECHANICAL & SEMICLASSICAL THEORIESWilliam Miller develops quantum mechanical and semiclassical theories
E. O. LAWRENCE AWARDJoseph Cerny
NOBEL PRIZEGeoffrey Wilkinson (pdoc)
PRIESTLEY MEDALHarold C. Urey (alumnus)
E. O. LAWRENCE AWARDDavid Shirley. Shirley becomes director of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory from 1980 to 1989, and spearheads the Advanced Light Source Facility.
CETUSCetus, first biotech company, is co-founded by Berkeley professor Donald Glaser.71
OZONE LAYERHarold Johnston shows that supersonic transport can deplete Earth’s ozone layer.
ELECTROCHEMICAL ENGINEERINGCharles Tobias makes advances in electrochemical engineering.
CHEMICAL KINETICSYuan Tseh Lee discovers chemical kinetics
PRIESTLEY MEDALKenneth S. Pitzer
INTELIntel Corporation is co-founded by alumni Gordon Moore and Andrew Grove.
E. O. LAWRENCE AWARDJohn Rasmussen
HILDEBRAND HALLNamed in honor of Joel H. Hildebrand.
PRIESTLEY MEDALJoel H. Hildebrand
LATIMER HALLLatimer Hall replaces Chemistry Auditorium. Latimer Hall is where Seaborg and colleagues discover transuranium elements and more than 100 isotopes. PSL HALL (renamed Pimentel Hall in 1994)
E. O. LAWRENCE AWARDLeo Brewer
NOBEL PRIZEMelvin Calvin
NOBEL PRIZEWillard F. Libby (alumnus)
CHEMICAL LASERGeorge Pimentel
HIGH-TEMPERATURE CHEMISTRYLeo Brewer
STATISTICAL THERMODYNAMICSKenneth Pitzer
GIAUQUE HALLNamed in honor of Nobel Prize winner William F. Giauque.
NOBEL PRIZEGlenn T. Seaborg and Edwin McMillan
CALIFORNIUMCalifornium, useful for medical diagnostics, is identified.
NOBEL PRIZEWilliam F. Giauque
LEWIS HALLNamed in honor of G. N. Lewis.
NOBEL PRIZENobel in Chemistry is awarded to Berkeley professors John Northrop and Wendell Stanley.
CHEMICAL ENGINEERINGChemical Engineering program is founded.
PLUTONIUMGlenn Seaborg and colleagues produce plutonium using the cyclotron.
CALVIN CYCLE: PHOTOSYNTHESISMelvin Calvin discovers Calvin Cycle in photosynthesis, using carbon-14 as molecular tracer.
NUCLEAR MEDICINENuclear medicine field is founded by John Lawrence, director of Donner Lab.
NOBEL PRIZEHarold C. Urey (alumnus)
CHEMICAL THERMODYNAMICSWilliam Giauque develops chemical thermodynamics.
DEEP SEA DIVINGJoel Hildebrand formulates mixture of helium and oxygen for deep-sea diving.
ACIDS AND BASESG. N. Lewis makes breakthroughs in acids and bases.
HYDROGEN BONDINGWendell Latimer discovers hydrogen bonding.
GILMAN HALLicon name=”building” prefix=”fas”] Named for Daniel Coit Gilman, president of the University of California from 1872 to 1875.
CHEMICAL BONDINGG. N. Lewis discovers chemical bonding.
ELECTROSTATIC PRECIPITATORFrederick Cottrell invents the electrostatic precipitator.
THE OLD CHEMISTRY BUILDINGIn 1890 a handsome, dedicated brick building was constructed for the college on what is now the site of Hildebrand Hall. In time it came to be known as “The Old Chemistry Building,” and when it finally fell to the wrecker’s ball to make room for more modern facilities in 1966, its cupola was preserved.
FOUNDING OF THE COLLEGE OF CHEMISTRYChemistry has been part of Berkeley since the University’s founding in 1868.