Department of Chemistry

PsychLight Sensor to Enable Discovery of New Psychiatric Drugs

April 28, 2021
A genetically encoded fluorescent sensor to detect hallucinogenic compounds has been developed by researchers at the University of California, Davis. Named psychLight, the sensor could be used in discovering new treatments for mental illness, in neuroscience research and to detect drugs of abuse.

Chemistry and Physics Professors Receive NSF CAREER Awards

April 09, 2021
Two rising stars in the sciences have received prestigious CAREER awards from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The NSF Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) program recognizes junior faculty who conduct outstanding research, are excellent educators and include education or community outreach in their work.

A New Natural Blue for Food Coloring

April 07, 2021
A natural brilliant blue coloring has been discovered by an international team of researchers including chemists at the University of California, Davis.

In Memoriam: Marilyn Olmstead

October 08, 2020
Marilyn Olmstead, a leader in X-ray crystallography and a stellar teacher who shared her passion for chemistry with thousands of students, died September 30. She was 76. 

$1M Grant for UC Davis-Led Online Learning Project

March 24, 2020
With most teaching going remote because of COVID-19, a new grant for the UC Davis LibreTexts project will help bring personalized online learning to students around the world.

David Britt Wins Prestigious Royal Society of Chemistry Award

May 07, 2019
UC Davis Distinguished Professor of Chemistry R. David Britt has been named winner of the prestigious Bioinorganic Chemistry Award from the Royal Society of Chemistry for developing state-of-the-art spectroscopic methods to characterize the active sites of metalloenzymes.