Nobel Laureate Ahmed Zewail to be Caltech Commencement Speaker

Renowned chemist and Nobel laureate Ahmed Zewail, Linus Pauling Professor of Chemistry and professor of physics at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), will be the speaker for Caltech's 117th annual commencement ceremony, which will take place at 10 a.m. on June 10 of this year.

Arnold Wins Draper Prize

Frances Arnold has been named co-recipient of the Charles Stark Draper Prize by the National Academy of Engineering. She was awarded the $500,000 prize—the engineering profession's highest honor—for a method called directed evolution, used worldwide to guide the creation of certain properties in proteins and cells, allowing the engineering of novel enzymes and biocatalytic processes for pharmaceutical and chemical products.

Caltech/JPL Experiments Improve Accuracy of Ozone Predictions in Air-Quality Models

A team of scientists led by researchers from Caltech and JPL have fully characterized a key chemical reaction that affects the formation of pollutants in smoggy air. The findings suggest that in the most polluted parts of Los Angeles—and on the most polluted days in those areas—current models are underestimating ozone levels, by between 5 to 10 percent.

NIH Awards $11.5 Million for New Caltech-Led Membrane-Protein Center

The National Institutes of Health has awarded $11.5 million to a consortium of research institutions led by the California Institute of Technology for the creation of a center for the study of membrane-protein structures.

Caltech Researchers Design a New Nanomesh Material

Computers, light bulbs, and even people generate heat—energy that ends up being wasted. Thermoelectric devices, which convert heat to electricity and vice versa, harness that energy. But they're not efficient enough for widespread commercial use or are made from expensive or environmentally harmful rare materials.

Now, Caltech researchers have developed a new type of material—a nanomesh, composed of a thin film with a grid-like arrangement of tiny holes—that could lead to efficient thermoelectric devices.

Caltech Chemists Develop Simple Technique to Visualize Atomic-Scale Structures

Researchers at Caltech have devised a new technique—using a sheet of carbon just one atom thick—to visualize the structure of molecules. The technique, which was used to obtain the first direct images of how water coats surfaces at room temperature, can also be used to image a potentially unlimited number of other molecules, including antibodies and other biomolecules.

"The Impact That Our Students Have on the World Is Remarkable"

Professor Jacqueline Barton, chair of Caltech's Division of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, talks about the divsion's science, culture, and contributions and how the division's graduate students are the bonds that hold it all together.

Caltech-led Team Gets up to $122 Million for Energy Innovation Hub

As part of a broad effort to achieve breakthrough innovations in energy production, U.S. Deputy Secretary of Energy Daniel Poneman announced an award of up to $122 million over five years to a multidisciplinary team of top scientists, led by Caltech, to establish an Energy Innovation Hub aimed at developing revolutionary methods to generate fuels directly from sunlight.  

Something in the Air

For the past month, Caltech scientists have been zigzagging across the Los Angeles basin. Using an orange and white DeHavilland Twin Otter aircraft packed with instruments, the researchers have been sampling the air, measuring particles and pollutants to help policymakers improve air quality and dampen the impacts of climate change.

Adaptable, New Building is Catalyst for Discovery

Caltech is opening the new Warren and Katharine Schlinger Laboratory for Chemistry and Chemical Engineering. The state-of-the-art, sustainable Schlinger Laboratory will provide a custom-designed, adaptable facility for a number of Caltech's chemists and chemical engineers, and will house synthetic chemistry and chemical engineering, enabling new research in catalysis, materials, and the atmosphere. 

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