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+ Nanotech leads the way to low-cost solar cells + Enlisting a virus to help mimic photosynthesis + Is the solar power future already here?

The art of the practical: A Berkeley chemist sculpts new metallic complexes

Saving energy, saving lives: An alumna earns recognition for her work at LBNL

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California leads the fight against global warming with new legislation and research


As you can see, our journal has a new name. We hope you’ll agree that Catalyst captures the College of Chemistry’s spirit as an agent of change. Whether altering how students understand the physical world, how scientists approach the thorniest of questions, or how human society harnesses the world’s physical properties to improve modern life, the college has both a history and future of encouraging progress.

CHARLES B. HARRIS Dean and Gilbert N. Lewis Professor

With its new look, this publication aims to give you, our readers, a more lively and vivid picture of the college community. I am happy to note that advances in printing and production make this redesigned and more colorful journal no more expensive to produce than its predecessor. Both this issue and the previous one are dedicated to exploring the college’s contributions to addressing global warming, a topic that is increasingly on the public’s mind. Here in California, a piece of groundbreaking legislation on climate change was recently approved by the state legislature and signed by the Governor. Assembly Bill 32, the Global Warming Solutions Act, calls for returning the state’s global-warming emissions to their 1990 levels by the year 2020. Since carbon dioxide emissions increase about 2 percent each year, restoring future levels to those of 30 years earlier is a major undertaking. Moreover, the leadership role that California has taken on this issue may encourage other states to follow suit.

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takes place and how it can be tackled. Our faculty and students — together with colleagues at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory — are hard at work helping to provide an accurate and detailed picture of atmospheric change, develop viable alternatives to fossil fuels, improve solar power technology, create more efficient batteries for electric-powered vehicles, and reduce the harmful emissions produced by existing technology. All these endeavors are made possible by our partnerships with both the state and federal governments and the private sector. This work takes place alongside contributions by other Berkeley faculty members from a variety of disciplines who address climate change. Researchers elsewhere on campus have developed the most sophisticated model available for understanding the relationship between energy policy and the economy — the Berkeley Energy and Resources (BEAR) model. This model formed the basis of a key study on the potential economic benefits of limiting global-warming emissions, which was presented to the California legislature prior to the passage of AB32. The study found that the legislation, once implemented, could boost the annual gross state product by $60 billion and create 17,000 new jobs. Whether or not this comes to pass, campus researchers continue to work hard to develop rigorous, innovative approaches to taming global warming. We hope that this inaugural issue of Catalyst will interest and excite you, and that the work of our faculty and students will give you reason to feel hopeful about a situation whose solution requires extraordinary creativity and commitment.

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The future of Chemical Engineering My warmest greetings to friends, colleagues, and alumni from my office here in 101C Gilman Hall! I have recently returned from a year in Germany and am humbled by the prospect of serving as chair of our department. I am also thrilled to be part of this great community of scholars and its network of friends that spans many decades. Chemical engineering as a discipline has a long and compelling history of responding to society’s needs. For example, after it was observed that a mold inhibited bacterial growth in a Petri dish, practitioners of the nascent field of biochemical engineering developed the technology to economically produce millions of pounds per year of penicillin.


Materials such as PVC, nylon, polyethylene, and polystyrene were once novel materials that were hard to manufacture and inaccessible to the everyday consumer. Thanks to the work of chemical engineers, these materials have transformed consumer products, creating jobs for the hundreds of thousands who produce them. Chemical engineers painstakingly employed molecular transformations and sophisticated separations of crude oil to manufacture complex chemicals and fuels to assemble our energy economy, thereby providing for much of the world’s material wealth and well-being. The future of our discipline depends upon our ability to continue to respond to society’s most pressing needs: energy, environment, health, and economic prosperity. The world’s changing energy economy requires startling new innovation, in everything from hydrogen storage and generation, renewable energy and fuels, to electrochemical systems for batteries, fuel-cells, and photovoltaics. A quick glance at the web sites of my colleagues here at Berkeley demonstrates exciting new prospects. Already we are envisioning how the tools of molecular and cellular biology will introduce geneticallybased, personalized medicines, while at the

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same time synthesizing new drugs to combat diseases that kill millions. New industries need new tools. Berkeley faculty, and others, are responding to industry changes with innovation and imagination, pushing development in sensors, micro-fluidic devices, and reactive plasmas, to name a few, to their limits. There is no end to the extraordinary ideas fermenting in our discipline. We have every reason to be excited and optimistic for our future. I see, however, two dark clouds on the horizon that concern me. These clouds are not about the development or employment of our technical skills, but rather the context in which our skills are presented to society. In 1993 Mike Duncan (Cornell University) and I wrote that the practice of chemical engineering requires four elements: • knowledge of the fundamental sciences of biology, chemistry, mathematics, and physics • ability to analyze by applying tools of engineering science • ability to conduct innovative, creative, and adaptive chemical design • ability to confidently apply these skills in a context of moral and ethical values It is that last ability that concerns me. Even as I type this editorial, the media headlines are ripe with greed, exploitation, lawlessness, and corruption at all levels in our society. As a UC faculty member, I witness the seeds of ethical dysfunction in our classrooms and laboratories: cheating. It’s not the fact that cheating is present amongst our students — this has been

JEFFREY A. REIMER Chair, Professor of Chemical Engineering, Warren and Katharine Schlinger Distinguished Professor

present since the invention of exams. Rather it is my experience that cheating is increasingly taken by students as a normal way of doing business. And why shouldn’t they think so, when leaders of enterprise, government, and media appear to exhibit such behavior themselves? Such behavior in the chemical engineering discipline will severely limit our ability to provide substantive solutions to the world’s most pressing problems. Finally, it is not lost on our students that chemical engineering largely serves a global system that controls a significant amount of the world’s wealth. When I teach freshman seminars, or our introductory class (ChE 140), the teenagers in these courses are very much aware that two billion people in this world live on fewer than two dollars a day. While they are excited at the prospect of making about eighty times that amount as a starting chemical engineer, they tend to associate many of the world’s political problems with these differences in wealth. They expect the chemical engineering discipline to provide enough prosperity in the worldwide economy to reduce that wealth difference and ameliorate these problems. Has that expectation been fulfilled historically? Will it be in the future? Our discipline is privileged to be at the forefront of providing solutions and transforming societies worldwide. We have our historical legacy of service and innovation, the capacity to engage some of the world’s

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best students, and the imagination for future ideas that can change the world. We will fall short of these lofty dreams, however, if we fail to ask difficult questions about our professional conduct in a global economy. We will also shortchange our future if current students are not asked to consider the cultural, social, moral, and spiritual influences that frame how they conduct their professional lives, both now and as future engineers. Such considerations by our students may require substantive changes in undergraduate chemical engineering education. I am anxious to hear your thoughts; please feel free to e-mail me at by jeffrey reimer

Prausnitz wins lifetime achievement recognition In September 2006, chemical engineering emeritus professor John Prausnitz received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Northern California section of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). Prausnitz was cited for his “illustrious 50–year career at UC Berkeley, for excellence in teaching and research, and for his path-breaking contributions in application of thermodynamics to modern chemical process design.” Prausnitz was also honored in March 2006 by the journal Fluid Phase Equilibria in its

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first issue “to honor an individual of significance in the areas of the Journal.” According to journal coeditor and former student John P. O’Connell (Ph.D. ’67), “John Prausnitz’s work resulted in one of the great paradigm shifts in the chemical sciences and engineering. He created the discipline of molecular thermodynamics for chemical technology.” Prauznitz himself explains by example. “Nature gives us mixtures,” he says, “but we need pure substances. Therefore, we require separations — whether it’s removing impurities from natural gas, distilling pure nitrogen or oxygen from the air, or separating complex proteins from solutions. To separate gases and solutions effectively, you have to know molecular thermodynamics.” Prausnitz has published over 660 papers, coauthored a major textbook and made hundreds of presentations all over the world. Honors include the 2003 National Medal of Science and election to the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Although often acknowledged for the depth of his scholarship in chemical engineering, throughout his five decades at Berkeley Prausnitz has also maintained his broad knowledge of other disciplines. He is a Renaissance man, with interests that span theology, literature and art. Since his retirement, Prausnitz has been working with chemical engineering col-

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league and former UC Provost Jud King, the Director of the Berkeley Center for Studies in Higher Education, on ways to incorporate perspectives from the humanities and social sciences into the chemical engineering curriculum. At the September award ceremony for his AIChE lifetime achievement award, Prausnitz spoke on a topic of special interest, “Chemical Engineering and the Postmodern World” (see below for more on this topic). “Chemical engineering needs to be reinvented if it is to survive,” says Prausnitz. “Because our task is to serve society, our attitudes and our activities need to adjust to what a changing society expects and demands, even if these expectations and demands are not always consistent with our traditional beliefs.”

Prausnitz on requirements for effective chemical engineering in the postmodern world More emphasis on quality control to assure process and product safety and reliability. More “green” chemistry to avoid pollution. More attention to “human” needs of employees and coworkers. Open honesty when there is a problem of public concern. In this day of instant information, any cover-up is counterproductive. A much increased effort to communicate through the media what chemists and chemical engineers do, how they do it, and why. Build bridges to nonscientists. Listen with empathy and respond with humility when those who are “not like us” reveal their discomfort with science and their fear of technology. Do not assume that “we” are smarter than “they.” source: john prausnitz, “chemical engineering and the postmodern world,” trans IChemE, vol 79, part a, october 2001.

JOHN PRAUSNITZ Professor Emeritus of Chemical Engineering

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Chemistry has had an outstanding year

By all measures the department has had an outstanding year. The awards and honors that have come to our faculty and students are noted here (see next page). Suffice it to say that you should have every reason to remain proud of Berkeley Chemistry.


The coming year will be one of change, especially with regard to facilities. To start, new Stanley Hall will be ready for occupancy around mid-February. Several chemistry faculty members and their research groups will be moving into the building, including yours truly. So space — a commodity that is always one of our most difficult challenges — will open up. We have three faculty searches underway — in chemical biology, materials chemistry and inorganic chemistry. The Helios Project at LBNL will move into high gear this year. Co-directed by chemistry professor Paul Alivisatos and chemical engineering professor Jay Keasling, Helios will bring interdisciplinary teams together to work on science directed towards carbon-neutral energy production. The Molecular Foundry at LBNL opened this past year. The foundry is a user facility charged with providing support to research in nanoscience underway in academic, government and industrial laboratories around the world. Chemistry professor Carolyn Bertozzi is the foundry director. The American Chemical Society national meeting, held in September in San Francisco, provided us the chance to hold a reception for Berkeley alumni. It was a fun night at the City Club of San Francisco and a great opportunity to catch up with old friends College of Chemistry, UC Berkeley


I find it hard to believe that a year has passed. A former chair told me shortly after I began last year that the first year would be difficult. He was correct, but I never associated this particular colleague with a penchant for understatement! Among other things, he said survival of the first year is equal to success. So I am writing another column and that must mean something! and, even better, to hear first hand the successes of our alumni. In my last column, our assistant professors began to introduce themselves. This time it’s Chris Chang’s turn; his story appears below. There will surely be many challenges and rewards in the coming year. Stay tuned! by michael marletta

Chris Chang Like many Caltech undergraduates, I went to college intending to be an engineer. Luckily for me, I was drawn into chemistry after taking a class with John Bercaw and then starting research in Harry Gray’s lab in my sophomore year. After graduating in June 1997, I went off to France for nine months as a Fulbright scholar with JeanPierre Sauvage, making catenanes, rotaxanes, trefoil knots, and other molecular machines. I then started graduate school in fall 1998 at MIT, where my Ph.D. studies with Dan Nocera focused on using proton-coupled electron transfer as a way to develop synthetic metal catalysts for oxygen reduction and evolution reactions. After finishing my Ph.D. in August 2002, I made the short trip over to Building 18 for a postdoc with Steve Lippard, where I was first exposed to research at the chemistry/biology interface by studying zinc in cellular systems. After finishing my postdoc, I joined the Berkeley faculty in July 2004. My laboratory is a make-and-measure group that combines a broad range of inorganic, organic, and chemical biology approaches to solve scien-

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tific problems at the molecular scale. Our current efforts are focused on two areas of research, neuroscience and renewable energy. In the neuroscience arena, we’re interested in understanding the chemistry of how the brain works in stages of health, aging, and disease. We’re particularly fascinated by the roles of hydrogen peroxide and oxidation biology as physiological regulators of the cell (see photo on next page), as well as the good and bad contributions of metal ion balance to neurological health and neurodegenerative disease. To better understand these processes,we’re building new synthetic tools to watch, in real time, the chemistry of living cells (and, ultimately, living organisms) using molecular imaging. Our work in the energy field is focused on catalysis, and we’re developing systems for hydrogen production, water oxidation, and other basic reactions using cheap and abundant first-row transition metals. The ultimate goal is to couple these systems to light-harvesting components to produce fuels and renewable chemical feedstocks from sunlight. Berkeley has been a wonderful and exciting place to be, and I can’t believe we’ve already been here for two years. Faculty colleagues and friends, students, and staff have all

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Recent Awards Chris Chang has won a 2006 Packard Foundation Fellowship for Science and Engineering. This award allows the nation’s most promising professors to pursue research early in their careers with few funding restrictions and limited paperwork requirements. Nominations are reviewed by an advisory panel of distinguished scientists and engineers. The panel then selects, on average, 16 Fellows to receive individual awards of $625,000, payable over five consecutive years. Matt Francis has been recognized with a GlaxoSmithKline Chemistry Scholar Award. The award provides a $40,000

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unrestricted gift over a two-year period. Francis will be invited to GlaxoSmithKline during the award period to present his work at a chemistry scholars symposium.

Phillip Geissler has won a 2006 award from the Hellman Family Faculty Fund. Established by F. Warren Hellman in 1995, the fund supports the research of promising assistant professors. For many past recipients, the fund has played a critical role in their careers — leading to publication, important new contacts, research funding from other sources, or new research directions.

P e r o x y f l u o r - 1 ( P F 1 ) , is a new chemical tool developed by Chris Chang for imaging hydrogen peroxide in living cells. Rat brain hippocampal neurons loaded with PF1 glow bright green when undergoing peroxide-triggered oxidative stress.

Judith Klinman has been selected to receive the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology–Merck Award, in recognition of her outstanding contributions to research in biochemistry and molecular biology. According to the announcement, “Dr. Klinman has made deep and extensive contributions to understanding the mechanism of enzyme action throughout her

career and has been an exemplary scholar, teacher, and colleague.” She will be the first woman scientist to receive this highly prestigious award.

Michael Marletta , Chair of the Department of Chemistry, has won the American Chemical Society’s 2007 Repligen Award in Chemistry of Biological Processes. The award recognizes Marletta’s demonstration that nitric oxide is an intermediate in the formation of nitrite and nitrate in macrophages. The award also recognizes his characterization of the mechanism for the formation of NO. “This work places Marletta in the forefront of the world’s finest mechanistic biochemists,” states the award announcement.

Gabor Somorjai has been awarded the

A s s i s t a n t P r o f e s s o r C h r i s C h a n g tells us how his intellectual journey brought him to the College of Chemistry (see story on previous page). Chang recently won a Packard Foundation Fellowship (above) and gave a standing-room-only lecture during Homecoming (see page 19).

2007 Irving Langmuir Prize in Chemical Physics from the American Physical Society. The prize was established to recognize and encourage outstanding interdisciplinary research in chemistry and physics, in the spirit of 1932 Nobel Laureate Irving Langmuir. Earlier in the year, in February, Somorjai was also selected as the recipient of the 2006 Remsen Award by the Maryland Section of the American Chemical Society. He was recently honored by a five-day symposium at the ACS meeting.

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The art of the practical Michelangelo, the great Renaissance artist, understood that sometimes less is more. About his sculpture he was reported to have said, “The idea is there, locked inside. All you have to do is remove the excess stone.”


That’s a sensibility that chemistry professor Jeff Long can appreciate. “I think I was drawn into chemistry through an appreciation of the intricate geometries and appealing symmetry that so often occur in inorganic compounds,” says Long. “That, together with a realization that endless new variations of these structures could be created using simple synthetic methods. This type of synthesis is still something of an art form. For me, the best moment is when the crystal structure of a new compound you’ve struggled to create first appears on the computer screen, and you look at it, rotate it around, and realize you are the first person ever to see it.” Although Long finds the aesthetic qualities of his work pleasing, his interest isn’t esoteric. He focuses on vital practical problems, including hydrogen storage for fuel-cell vehicles and the synthesis of molecules that may lead to new assays to detect the infectious agents called prions. Long can trace his interest in chemistry back to his boyhood in the town of Rolla, about 100 miles southwest of St. Louis, MO. Rolla, with a population of 16,000, is home to the local University of Missouri campus where Long’s father is a chemistry professor. Both father and son share an interest in inorganic chemistry, including transition metal complexes. Family connections in upstate New York led Long to pursue his undergraduate education at Cornell University in Ithaca. After graduating in 1991, he moved on to graduate school in chemistry at Harvard, where he earned his chemistry doctorate in the lab of Richard Holm. At Harvard, Long developed techniques for breaking down College of Chemistry, UC Berkeley

the bonds connecting certain transition metal clusters in solids, rendering them into a soluble form. After a one-year postdoc at Harvard, Long accepted a faculty position and came to Berkeley in 1996, but he first completed another one-year postdoc with the research group of Paul Alivisatos, where he worked on new methods for synthesizing silicon, iron, and cobalt nanocrystals. Long and his research group are designing new inorganic coordination compounds. These compounds typically involve transition metal ions bound by ligands that act as Lewis bases and donate their free pairs of electrons to the Lewis acidic metals. Coordinate bonds form, and the resulting materials are called coordination complexes, or, when connected in an extended structure, coordination solids. Prussian blue (Fe4[Fe(CN)6]3 • 14H2O)9 is the oldest of the coordination compounds. First synthesized as a pigment in 1704, it is named after the Prussian army uniforms that were colored with the dye. The compound contains a cubic lattice that alternates iron ions with cyanide ligands. Prussian blue gets its intense blue color from the way the electrons are confined in the lattice, which causes it to strongly absorb red light at around 680 nanometers. Long has taken the basic structure of Prussian blue and replaced some of the iron ions and their surrounding cyanide ligands with clusters of rhenium and other metals, expanding the compound’s ability to hold water or other guest molecules within the lattice.

Jeff Long displays a sample of Prussian blue watercolor paint. One of the oldest coordination complexes, this pigment is still popular among artists for its intense blue color.

As the Long group has become more skilled at expanding the structures of metal-cyanide frameworks, the extreme porosity and tunable nature of these complexes have led to their ability to absorb molecules of specific size and shape. The group’s goal is to create compounds that can act as chemical sensors and catalysts. Long is also striving to use these porous coordination solids to store hydrogen. He is a member, along with College of Chemistry faculty members Paul Alivisatos, Jean Fréchet and Martin Head-Gordon, of the Berkeley Hydrogen Storage Program. Initiated in late 2004 and funded by the Department of Energy and the auto industry, this program is working to develop practical methods for storing hydrogen in fuel-cell vehicles. “To get decent range between fill-ups, you’d like to be able to store about 5 kilograms

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of hydrogen in the tank,” says Long. The problem is that, at room temperature and one atmosphere of pressure, 5 kilograms of hydrogen occupy a volume of 56,000 liters. The solutions available today are not attractive. Hydrogen can be stored in a passenger vehicle under extreme pressure or liquefied and stored at very low temperatures. But both of these storage methods require expensive and bulky storage tanks, and the energy cost of compressing or cooling the gas uses up a significant share of its energy content. The DOE has set rigorous standards for hydrogen storage to be met by 2010. Included are requirements that the storage medium hold six percent of its weight in hydrogen at normal vehicle operating temperatures, with storage tank pressures of less than 100 atmospheres. To meet these goals, Long is exploring the possibility of storing hydrogen in porous metal-organic frameworks that can have surface areas of up to 8,000 square meters per gram. Long’s group has achieved the weight and pressure goals, but only at the temperature of liquid nitrogen (77 Kelvin). “Our next step is to tune the structures to create more sites that strongly bind hydrogen, making the storage feasible at more practical temperatures,” says Long. Long’s research has also taken an unexpected turn, at the request of a Nobel Laureate. UC San Francisco’s Stanley Prusiner, who won the Nobel Prize for his discovery of prions, contacted Long three years ago to collaborate on prion research. Prions are infectious agents that — unlike bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites — contain no DNA. They are best known as the cause of “mad cow disease,” or bovine spongiform encephalopathy, and the human illness Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease.

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During his research to develop assays to test for the presence of prions, Prusiner discovered that infectious prions could be selectively precipitated by certain inorganic complexes called polyoxometalates, spherically-shaped compounds that might typically contain phosphorus, tungsten and oxygen. Prusiner sought out Long to help him understand the mechanism by which precipitation occurs and to find related polyoxometalates with greater specificity. “This is a very different area of science for me,” says Long, “but Stan Prusiner has been extremely patient and helpful in filling me in on the biological background of our work together.” For now Long and Prusiner share a postdoctoral researcher who moves back and forth between the two labs, and Long travels to the Parnassus campus of UCSF every few months to meet with Prusiner. They have shown that different polyoxometalates can either encourage or suppress the precipitation of infectious prions, for reasons they do not yet fully understand. These polyoxometalates can potentially help us understand the structure and conformation of prions, and may be useful in assays capable of detecting extremely low levels of prions. “Who knows,” says Long, “perhaps someday the polyoxometalates that suppress prion aggregation might even be part of a treatment for prion diseases. But we know very little about the toxicity of these compounds, so any treatments are many years away.” The Bay Area has proved to be a fruitful home for Long. “I haven’t been back to

9 By modifying the crystalline structure of substances like sodalite, Long can create super-porous materials that can store hydrogen for fuel-cell vehicles or act as high-surface-area catalysts.

Rolla for years,” says Long. “I don’t miss those hot muggy summers. When I want to talk chemistry with my father, he enjoys coming out here to visit me.” In the lab, Long is still fascinated by the search for interesting, symmetrical complexes that might have useful properties. The aesthetic and practical considerations go hand in hand. “In inorganic synthesis, there are so many unknowns,” says Long, “so many new directions and unexplored possibilities. Picking real-world problems helps us channel our efforts more effectively.”

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How energy is measured DOE estimates that the energy in the sunlight that strikes the earth in one hour is 430 billion billion (430 x 1018) joules, while the total amount of energy consumed in the year 2005 by humankind was 410 billion billion (410 x 1018) joules — but that latter figure is rising rapidly. One joule is equivalent to the work done by lifting 102 grams (about the weight of a small apple or 37 pennies) a vertical distance of one meter against Earth’s gravity. The watt is a measure of power (work done or energy transferred per unit of time) and is equal to one joule per second. Outside of the laboratory, electrical energy is usually measured not in joules, but in kilowatt-hours (kwh). One kwh is exactly 3.6 million joules. Joules and kilowatt-hours measure quantities of energy, while watts measure how quickly the energy is produced or consumed. If we start with the figure for annual global energy use of 410 billion billion joules and divide it by the number of seconds in a year (31,536,000), we can calculate that the average rate of energy consumption of humankind is 13 terawatts (trillion watts). With about 6.5 billion people on the planet, average rate of power usage is equivalent to 2000 watts per person. And that’s just an average figure — in the United States and Canada, we use about five times that much per person, almost double the amount per person in Japan or European countries with similar climates and standards of living.

The world does not face a shortage of energy. What humankind lacks are good techniques for energy conversion. The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that more energy from sunlight strikes the Earth in one hour than all the energy consumed on the planet in a year. Yet this vast resource remains largely untapped — solar power provides less than two-tenths of one percent of the world’s electricity. Most experts agree that global warming is one of the world’s most daunting problems. In the September 2006 issue of Scientific American, devoted to energy and global warming, author Gary Stix writes, “Preventing the transformation of the earth’s atmosphere from greenhouse to unconstrained hothouse represents arguably the most imposing scientific and technical challenge that humanity has ever faced.” Solar power is one of the most promising potential solutions. According to the recent DOE study, Basic Research Needs for Solar Energy Utilization, “Sunlight is a compelling solution to our need for clean, abundant sources of energy in the future. It is readily available, secure from geopolitical tension, and poses no threat to our environment through pollution or to our climate through greenhouse gases.” The DOE study goes on to say that almost all of the arable land on Earth would need to be covered with the fastest-growing known energy crops to produce the amount of energy currently consumed from fossil fuels annually. By comparison, covering one-sixth of one percent of the land on Earth with 10 percent efficient solar panels would provide 20 terawatts of power, nearly twice the world consumption rate of fossil energy and the equivalent of 20,000 gigawatt nuclear fission plants. If solar power is such a great solution, then why don’t we see more of it? The problem is primarily cost. Berkeley’s energy expert Dan Kammen estimates that with current technology, solar-generated electricity is about five times more expensive to produce than electricity generated by fossil fuels — about 25 cents per kilowatt-hour for solar electricity versus about 5 cents per kilowatt-hour for fossil fuel electricity. To encourage the transition to solar power, the cost of solar will have to be driven down by new technologies, even as the cost of fossil fuels continues to rise. Here in the College of Chemistry, several faculty members and postdoctoral, graduate and undergraduate students are working on new solar power technologies. In the pages that follow, you will meet two faculty members, Paul Alivisatos and Matt Francis, and learn about their research. We’ll tell you about Berkeley’s long and distinguished history in the area of light-harvesting, including the work of two Nobel Laureates. Finally, we’ll share with you the thoughts of emeritus professor John Hearst, who has recently installed solar power on his home rooftop. “Solar power will not be the only solution to global warming,” cautions Alivisatos, Berkeley chemist and Associate Director of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. “There are large roles to be filled by biofuels and hydrogen, wind and nuclear power, carbon dioxide storage and improved energy conservation. “But even so, it’s an exciting time to be involved in solar power research,” says Alivisatos. “There is both a tremendous need, and tremendous potential. Global warming is one of the biggest problems the world faces, and solar power will have to be part of the solution. I suspect those of us who work on solar power will be busy for a long time.” Fall 2006 Catalyst


Nanoscale research yields new techniques for low-cost solar cells Postdoc Neil Fromer (left) and grad student Ilan Gur discuss lab results with Paul Alivisatos (right). Fromer and Gur are coauthors with Alivisatos on a recent Science magazine article that describes their efforts to create a new type of solar cell.



o discover how nanotechnology can help make cost-effective solar power a reality, a good place to start would be to gather some leading experts in the field. You could begin with a prominent nanoscientist from the UC Berkeley Department of Chemistry. Next you could turn to Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and invite the Associate Lab Director for Physical Sciences. For good measure, include the Director of the Inorganic Nanostructures Facility at the Molecular Foundry, the lab’s new state-of-the-art nanofabrication center, and the Co-director of the Helios Project. From the private sector, you could tap the scientific founder and member of the scientific advisory board of Nanosys, a Palo Alto, CA, firm pioneering the commercial application of nanostructures, including solar cells. Fortunately, you won’t require a very large conference room for this meeting, since you have invited only one person — Paul Alivisatos. But you may have a hard time pinning him down. Alivisatos earned his chemistry Ph.D. at Berkeley in 1986 under the supervision of Charles Harris. After a postdoctoral appointment at Bell Labs, Alivisatos returned to the Berkeley chemistry department in 1988, where he has remained, helping to make the Bay Area a center of discovery in nanoscience and nanotechnology. He has turned his skills to helping make cheap, abundant solar power a reality.

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When it comes to solar power, “cost really matters,” says Alivisatos. “We need an order of magnitude improvement in several areas to make solar power competitive with existing power plants. Solar cells must be efficient and durable, and capable of being produced by inexpensive manufacturing methods that are scalable to very high production levels. Nanoscience can help do that.” While conventional photovoltaic semiconductor solar cells are durable and efficient, their production fails the requirement of being inexpensive and scalable. Even the simplest semiconductor solar cell must be fabricated using clean rooms and tightly controlled temperatures and vacuum conditions, much like the fabrication of computer processors. Although silicon is abundant in the Earth’s crust, the extremely purified version needed for computer chips and solar panels is in short supply, and prices have been rising. Alivisatos and his colleagues are working on a new type of solar cell that performs like a traditional cell but can be installed in lightweight, flexible plastic rolls. This technology has the potential to provide low-cost solar power through existing, inexpensive manufacturing techniques. But making these new solar cells will require the ability to manipulate matter on the scale of one to one hundred nanometers. “The ability to work at the nanoscale is critical for the development of

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new solar technologies,” says Alivisatos, “because it is at that scale that photons of light must be harnessed to produce a flow of electrons.” Alivisatos’s latest solar cell is based on years of experience building nanocrystals of different sizes and shapes. In earlier research he developed a technique for growing semiconductor nanocrystals in elongated rods. Prior to that work, nanocrystals had always been grown as simple spheres. Using rod-shaped nanocrystals rather than spheres provides a directed path for electron transport to help improve solar cell performance. The newest solar cell is created by adding semiconductor nanorods of cadmium telluride to a solvent and coating the solution onto a transparent conducting substrate of indium tin oxide. After the first layer has been heated to drive off the solvent, a second layer of cadmium selenide is deposited, followed by a reflecting and conducting backing of aluminum. When excited by light, electrons migrate along the length of the nanorods to the conducting layers, where the electrons are gathered. “By varying the size of the nanoparticles, we can tune the responsiveness of the solar cells to different frequencies of light,” says Alivisatos. “Our goal is to tune the size of the nanorods to capture as much energy as possible from the Sun’s spectrum.” Although Alivisatos and colleagues have made tremendous progress, the efficiency of the new cell is low at about 3 percent, compared to the 15–20 percent efficiency of the best commercially available solar panels. Neil Fromer, a postdoctoral researcher in the Alivisatos lab and a co-author of their paper in Science magazine that describes the new solar cell, helps put this in perspective: “In many ways, conventional solar cells are based on computer chip processing technology, which has kept the cost too high for most consumers,” says Fromer. “The challenge has been to keep the relatively high efficiencies but drive the cost down. We are approaching the problem from the other end. We are making solar cells that are cheap to mass produce but relatively less efficient, and we are working to drive the efficiency up.” Another problem to overcome is the scarcity and toxicity of some of the raw materials used in alternative solar cells. “High efficiencies have been attained with cells made from a material called CIGS — copper indium gallium diselenide,” says Fromer. “One problem is that indium is rare, and there is not nearly enough of it to meet the growing demand for solar panels.” One surprise is that the new solar cell is very robust. “Some alternative solar cells are sensitive to photo-oxidation,” says Alivisatos. “Exposure to harsh sunlight degrades them. But aging seems to improve the performance of our new cell.” “Our success with nanorods and solar cells highlights one advantage of working at the nanoscale,” say Alivisatos. “You can change the properties of materials not just by changing their chemical composition, but also by changing their size. This gives you an

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How to make a nanotech solar cell Using spin deposition, layers of cadmium telluride and cadmium selenide nanoparticles are sandwiched between layers of aluminum and the transparent conductor indium tin oxide (ITO). A layer of glass is added to protect the cell. When exposed to light, current flows between the aluminum and ITO conductors. Solar cells like these have the potential to be inexpensive and durable.

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added dimension to your toolbox when it comes to creating new materials and devices. “I see nanoscience not as a specific science, but as a scientific movement, a way of disciplines working together,” concludes Alivisatos. “It’s been exciting to apply these new techniques to an important problem, and I hope our research will help lead to the day when stable and low-cost solar power panels cover rooftops everywhere.”

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How big is a nanometer? One meter is 39.37 inches, about 10 percent longer than a yard. A nanometer is one-billionth of a meter. A human hair is 100,000 nanometers thick. E. coli bacteria are about 250 nanometers wide and 1000 – 2000 nanometers long. The wavelength of visible light ranges from 400 to 700 nanometers. A typical capsid of the tobacco mosaic virus measures 18 by 300 nanometers. The nanorods in solar cells devised by the Alivisatos group are 5 by 30 nanometers. It takes 20 hydrogen atoms, but only 3 uranium atoms, to span one nanometer. A nanometer is equal to 10 angstrom units. Fall 2006 Catalyst


An old viral friend takes on a new role



rom the window of his seventh-floor office in Latimer Hall, Matthew Francis can look across the street and see the place where experiments, conducted over five decades ago, laid the foundation for his own research. In the late 1940s and 1950s, the site that Francis views from his window was home to the UC Virus Laboratory, directed by Nobel Laureate Wendell M. Stanley. Stanley came to Berkeley’s biochemistry department in 1948 after winning the Nobel Prize in Chemistry at Rockefeller University in 1946. It is hard to imagine that Stanley could have foreseen, many years later but only a few hundred yards away, how the fruits of his research would develop in the hands of a talented young chemist. What Stanley and Francis have in common is the subject of their research — the tobacco mosaic virus (TMV). While Stanley attempted to understand the nature of viruses by determining the structure of TMV, Francis is using the structure of the protein coat of TMV and other viruses as scaffolds for building nanoscale devices. The possibilities range from drug delivery systems that target tumors to photovoltaic cells that mimic the natural efficiencies of photosynthesis. Many viruses house their genetic material — either DNA or RNA — inside a protein coat called a capsid. The capsid protects the virus’s genetic code and helps the virus identify and infect cells. The TMV capsid consists of 2,134 molecules of a complex protein that wrap like a corkscrew, forming a long helical tube about 18 nanometers wide and 300 nanometers long, with a hollow channel running through the center that is 4 nanometers wide. Among viruses that produce capsids, TMV has several advantages for researchers. It’s harmless to animals, including humans, and large quantities of the virus can be grown in the lab by infected tobacco plants. The complexity and repetitive nature of the TMV

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capsid have made it a favorite among scientists since the time of Stanley, and Francis is no exception. “There is a tremendous potential to build nanoscale devices with unique properties,” says Francis, “but working at this length scale is really difficult. We need to find patterning techniques that can position molecules and nanoparticles with exquisite resolutions — less than five nanometers in feature size. We don’t have the techniques to do this consistently from the top down. Yet trying to build from the bottom up, molecule by molecule, presents its own complications.” For Francis, the solution has been to let nature build the scaffold — with a little help. He has created a mutant of TMV with residues of the amino acid cystine bioengineered onto the capsid surface. These residues are spaced about two nanometers apart, suitable for efficient energy transfer between light-harvesting chromophores such as chlorophyll. “In photosynthetic bacteria, there are over 200 chromophores that can supply energy to each reaction center, dramatically improving the overall rate of photosynthesis,” says Francis. “These light-harvesting pigments can absorb energy from different parts of the sun’s spectrum.” Francis has been successful in getting several analogs of these molecules to chemically bond to the cystine residues on the TMV capsid. The spacing is critical because, in a plant, photons captured during photosynthesis are passed down a chain of chromophores to a reaction center using a process called fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET). FRET is the molecular equivalent of the oldfashioned bucket brigade of fire fighters. If the line is spaced too tightly, passing the bucket can be difficult, and the end result is spilled water. If the line is too spread out, the buckets can’t make it from one person to the next. The same is true for the spacing of light-harvesting chromophores. Too close, and the

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Professor Matt Francis uses the capsid of the tobacco mosaic virus as a nanoscale scaffold to precisely position donor chromophore molecules that harvest photons of light and funnel them to acceptor molecules.

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In the lab, Francis discusses progress on tobacco mosaic virus scaffolds with grad student Rebekah Miller.

When Francis is not working in his lab, he is busy spreading the word about the potential of nanotechnology. He has discovered a unique vehicle for community outreach — speaking at several Bay Area organizations, including Rotary clubs. “It is clear that the members are VERY interested in learning about nanotechnology,” says Francis. “I’ve had more questions at these speaking engagements than at many of the seminars I have given at academic institutions.” In those rare quiet moments in his office, Francis can look out his window to the site of the old UC virus lab and ponder that chain of scientific developments that has led to his research program. A new laboratory is nearing completion at the site, a multi-story life sciences research center that will house QB3, one of the California Institutes for Science and Innovation. The new lab’s emphasis on multidisciplinary research would have pleased the Nobel Laureate who investigated TMV here over 50 years ago. Its name — Stanley Hall.

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Viruses, photosynthesis and the Nobel Prize research group coalesced into what would ultimately become the current Department of Molecular and Cell Biology.

Wendell Meredith Stanley (1904-1971) was the father of Berkeley biochemistry. In 1935, Stanley, then at the Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research, crystallized the tobacco mosaic virus, transforming the study of viruses as large molecules. During World War II, Stanley’s insight into viruses as the cause of infectious disease informed the development of an influenza vaccine. He won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1946 for his research on the tobacco mosaic virus. Shortly after the war, Stanley’s drive to understand the secrets of viral structures led him to UC Berkeley, where he founded the Virus Laboratory. He spearheaded the construction of the biochemistry and virology laboratory building that would eventually be renamed in honor of Stanley himself. An innovative administrator, Stanley purposely combined the two units to encourage the sharing of ideas, a precursor to the cross-disciplinary research that will take place in the new Stanley Hall and that is essential to today’s bioscience and bioengineering efforts. In 1954, Stanley and his collaborators made another biochemical breakthrough that helped save millions of lives. For the first time, an animal virus — specifically, polio — was crystallized for study. Understanding the structure of the virus for polio helped enable researchers to develop a vaccine against it. The following decade, Stanley’s

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photon transfer is quenched. Too far, and the photons can’t bridge the gap, and the photonic wire is broken. The two-nanometer spacing on Francis’s modified TMV capsid allows FRET to transfer energy between the chromophores bonded to the cystine residues. Francis and colleagues have also learned how to modify surface locations on the TMV capsid tubes, allowing them to be interfaced with polymers, carbon nanotubes and the surfaces of specialized materials to create segments with different functionality. One possibility is a flexible photovoltaic film — a synthetic leaf — that mimics the light-harvesting techniques of plants. “We’re still a long way from producing commercial solar cells,” says Francis. “We first need to do more fluorescence studies to gain further understanding of the energy transfer in this system, and we need to focus on attaching synthetic functionalities to the lightharvesting rods to gather electrons efficiently. However, we consider this tunable capsid-based system to be a great start.”

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By the 1930s, scientists were aware that plants took in carbon dioxide and water and released oxygen. In that decade, radioactive isotopes were first used as tags to trace organic molecules through chemical processes. However, the first radioisotope tracers decayed too quickly to last through the full photosynthesis reaction. Using the newly-discovered Carbon 14 as a tracer, Melvin Calvin and his colleagues followed the entire path of carbon through photosynthesis. From the absorption of atmospheric carbon dioxide to its sunlightfueled conversion via chlorophyll into carbohydrates and other compounds, the researchers shed light on the whole photosynthesis question. “If you know how to make chemical or electrical energy out of solar energy the way plants do it — without going through a heat engine — that is certainly a trick,” Calvin once said. “And I’m sure we can do it. It’s just a question of how long it will take to solve the technical question.” Calvin won the 1962 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, but the breakthroughs of “Mr. Photosynthesis,” as TIME magazine nicknamed him, continue to illuminate biology’s chemical underpinnings. Fall 2006 Catalyst


Chemistry Emeritus Professor John Hearst inspects some of the 24 solar panels he recently installed on his roof.


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hemistry Emeritus Professor John Hearst will always be an innovator. During his 35 years at Berkeley, he helped educate and launch the careers of dozens of chemists, including Nobelist Thomas Cech. Along the way, he co-founded Cerus Corporation, a company that makes products to ensure the safety of blood transfusions. But Hearst is also a person who can take the long view. His house in the Berkeley hills is a good example. “We bought this place in the early 1970s for $80,000,” says Hearst. “It was a little dilapidated — the floor in the living room sloped 13 inches from one corner to the other.” Hearst and his wife, artist Jean Hearst, have spent 30 years restoring their serene and elegant Mediterranean mini-villa. Hidden above the wisteria vines that have grown over the years is the latest addition to the house — a 24–panel solar power system. In the midst of the excitement about new types of photovoltaic cells, it’s easy to forget that this is not a technology that is hovering somewhere in the future. Residential solar power is here today, and the state of the art is very good, if still not cost-effective for many homeowners. On a sunny California summer day, each of Hearst’s 24 panels can produce almost a kilowatt-hour of power. “But realistically, anything over 20 kwh is a good day,” says Hearst.

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A residential solar power system costs about 25 cents per kilowatt-hour over the life of the system, which is usually assumed to be 30 years. That’s still more than much of the power purchased from a local utility. “I didn’t do this to save money,” says Hearst. “It’s really a political statement about how it’s possible to fight global warming now and meet my electricity needs without burning fossil fuels. But with electricity costs rising, I expect to break even during the lifetime of the system.” In Hearst’s “grid-tied” system, the direct current produced by the panels is fed into an inverter that converts it to 110 volt alternating current. This electricity is then fed into a special meter that can run in both directions, keeping track of the net production or consumption of the house and the solar panels. The electrical grid becomes the storage battery for the excess power from the system. The meter runs backwards during the summer months when the house is a net producer of electricity, and forward during winter when the house is a net consumer. Once a year Hearst settles with the electric utility. Most systems are designed to break even over the course of a year, since in California, electric utilities won’t buy the excess power produced by home solar power systems.

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“Contrast this approach to Germany’s,” says Hearst, “where utilities are required to buy back excess solar energy from households. In Germany, home owners have every incentive both to install the maximum number of solar panels their roofs can hold, and to conserve electricity as well, since they can sell the excess. “For me, the next step is to buy a plug-in hybrid car when they become available in the next several years,” says Hearst. Plug-in hybrids have extra batteries that can be charged using household current. Once charged, they can be driven 30-50 miles or more under electric power before the batteries are drained and the engine kicks in, and the car runs like a conventional hybrid. “Most of my driving needs are on short trips around town,” adds Hearst. “With a plug-in hybrid car, my solar panels will provide not only all the electricity I want for my house, but they will meet most of my driving needs as well — all without burning any fossil fuels. And this is using technology that is available now and without any lifestyle sacrifices. Solar power is a great solution to the problem of global warming, not somewhere in the distant future, but right now.”

“I didn’t do this to save money,” says Hearst. “It’s really a political statement about how it’s possible to fight global warming now.” Hearst cites his own house as an example of what can be done with existing technology. But he believes that even if state and federal governments provided better incentives to apply current technology, the incentives would help the United States but wouldn’t begin to solve the global problem. “There are over one billion people in China and another billion in India, and they want automobiles and televisions, too,” says Hearst. “There are not enough resources on earth to give the rest of the world what the United States has. There are two possibilities — either tune down standards of living, or find technical solutions. “Ultimately,” says Hearst, “we need technical solutions that make solar panels like mine affordable everywhere on the planet, not just in countries like the United States. “I guess there is a third possibility as well,” says Hearst. “Do nothing and let global warming run its course. But that will result in a reduction of well-being for the whole planet in ways that are dangerous and unpredictable.”

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How a semiconductor solar cell works At the heart of conventional semiconductor solar cells are two separate layers of materials, an n-type semiconductor and a p-type semiconductor. In the n-type semiconductor, silicon is doped with elements like arsenic or antimony, neighboring elements just to silicon’s right in the periodic chart. These dopants create a crystal that has extra electrons rattling around its structure, even though there is no net electrical charge. Similarly, the p-type semiconductor consists of silicon doped with an element like boron or aluminum, neighbors to its left in the periodic table. This creates a crystal structure with “holes” where electrons would otherwise be if it were a pure silicon crystal. As the electrons in a p-type semiconductor move throughout the crystalline structure in one direction, the locations of the holes shift in the opposite direction. Both electrons and holes are said to migrate through the semiconductor material. A solar cell is a sandwich of n- and p-type semiconductors. In the absence of light, a solar cell acts more like an insulator, with the electrons bound to the atoms. But when the solar cell absorbs photons of light, the electrons get an energy boost and jump to a state where they can shake loose from the atoms and flow like the electrons in a conductor. The excited electrons migrate to the n-type semiconductor and are collected and sent down a wire to power a light bulb, radio or other device. The holes migrate to the p-type semiconductor where they draw the electron flow back to the solar cell.

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Solar power research in the College of Chemistry In addition to Paul Alivisatos and Matt Francis, several other college faculty members work on solar power, from fundamental research on the chemistry of photosynthesis to the search for inexpensive alternatives to today’s solar cells.


Chris Chang One way to make hydrogen a carbon-neutral fuel is to use water as the main chemical feedstock and sunlight as the energetic input. The goal of Chang’s solar power research is hydrolysis — splitting water into hydrogen and oxygen by developing synthetic platforms inspired by biological systems. In the natural cycling of water and oxygen via photosynthesis and respiration, nature provides a conceptual framework for the design of synthetic systems to achieve hydrolysis. Nature uses inorganic catalysts to perform these reactions, and the Chang group studies these as an inspiration for catalysts that can be used for practical solar-powered hydrolysis in the hydrogen economy. Graham Fleming A solid understanding of photosynthesis is likely to be of crucial importance in meeting our energy needs. “Understanding how plants convert sunlight into usable energy is a fascinating challenge with very practical applications,” says Graham Fleming. Fleming is the Melvin Calvin Distinguished Professor of Chemistry at UC Berkeley. In addition, he is Deputy Director of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and is the Berkeley director of the California Institute for Quantitative Biomedical Research (QB3). Fleming’s research group explores the interactions College of Chemistry, UC Berkeley

between chromophores and the nanoscale engineering principles of natural photosynthetic light-harvesting systems. These processes are ultrafast and require the use of femtosecond spectroscopy (a femtosecond is one billionth of one millionth of a second). Fleming is helping to unravel the complex chemistry that nature has perfected over three billion years to harness solar energy. “If we can follow the steps in transferring energy from donor to acceptor molecules,” says Fleming, “we might be able to design new and much more efficient strategies for synthetic light harvesters.” Jean Fréchet Like inorganic semiconductorgrade silicon used in conventional solar cells, organic materials can also harness the sun’s energy. Organic materials are inexpensive, easy to work with, and given the tools of organic synthesis, completely customizable. Jean Fréchet, the Henry Rapoport Professor of Organic Chemistry, and his research group are interested in understanding the relationship between structure and function in polymers and in synthesizing new materials for use in organic photovoltaics. “Our ultimate goal is to control bulk material properties and manipulate the nanoscale environment in which these materials interact, to create efficient organic solar cells,” says Fréchet.

Recent efforts of the Fréchet group focus on photovoltaic cells made from a thin film of electron-donating polymers and electron-accepting fullerene (C60) derivatives. These solar cells are attractive because of the ease of producing the raw materials and the potential for solution-based manufacturing, both of which may lead to low production costs. Rachel Segalman Rachel Segalman, the Charles Wilke Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering, is interested in understanding the relationship between nanoscale structure and electrical properties in conducting polymers. One aspect of this is learning how to control nanoscale selfassembly to optimize inexpensive devices such as flexible light-emitting diodes and photovoltaic solar cells. “The problem is that it’s very difficult and inefficient to directly build structures at the nanoscale,” says Segalman. “Our approach is to engineer the polymers so they will assemble themselves into nanoscale patterns. Making the devices is an important proof of concept, but our real goal is to understand the polymer physics of self-assembly, because this will impact both plastic electronics and many other functional polymers, like functional biosurfaces.” Recent work includes manipulating the self-assembly of polyphenylenevinylene (PPV), a conducting polymer that can be

processed into highly-ordered thin films. Peidong Yang Alternatives to conventional silicon solar cells — including organic, hybrid organic-inorganic and dye-sensitized cells — are promising devices for inexpensive, large-scale solar energy conversion. “We have introduced a new version of the dyesensitized cell in which the traditional nanoparticle film is replaced by a dense array of oriented, crystalline zinc oxide nanowires,” says Associate Professor of Chemistry Peidong Yang. Along with Paul Alivisatos, Yang is a member of the scientific advisory board of the Bay Area nanotechnology company, Nanosys. Yang’s nanowires are long thin structures less than 100 nanometers in diameter. The direct electrical pathways provided by the nanowires ensure the rapid collection of electrons generated throughout the device. Solar cells based on nanowires have the potential for achieving high energy conversion efficiencies. Yang and colleagues are turning their attention to growing ZnO nanowires from solution, replacing more costly techniques like chemical vapor deposition. Solution approaches are appealing because they require lower temperatures (less than 100 degrees Celsius), use straightforward methods of producing high-density arrays, and have potential for scaling up.

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Keasling to lead new NSF SynBERC research center Chemical engineering professor Jay Keasling, the Hubbard C. Howe Jr. Distinguished Professor, will lead the National Science Foundation’s new Synthetic Biology Engineering Research Center, or SynBERC.

In addition to his other roles, Keasling is the Director of the Physical Biosciences Division of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and a professor of bioengineering. Using genetic engineering techniques, he has been actively pursuing low-cost methods to produce artemisinin, a potent anti-malarial

Pines, Wemmer and LBNL colleagues develop ultrasensitive MRI technique College of Chemistry professors Alex Pines and David Wemmer, along with colleagues from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, have developed a new technique for Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI).

Funded by a five-year, $16 million grant from NSF, SynBERC is gathering pioneers in the field of synthetic biology from around the United States into a unique engineering center. “The focus of SynBERC is to make biology easier to engineer,” said SynBERC director Keasling. SynBERC will construct the biological components that will allow engineers to build biological solutions to important societal problems, such as using microbes to produce chemicals in an environmentally-friendly process or replacing damaged or malfunctioning genetic circuits inside human cells to cure disease.

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Chemical engineer Jay Keasling, Discover magazine’s Scientist of the Year, has been tapped to lead the new NSF SynBERC center.

drug that is effective against resistant strains of the parasite. SynBERC’s researchers hope to ignite the field of synthetic biology in the same way that the developers of standardized integrated circuits in the 1960s ignited the field of semiconductor electronics. Matching funds from industry and participating universities bring the total five-year commitment to $20 million, with NSF offering the possibility of a five-year extension of the grant.

Their HYPER-CEST (hyperpolarized xenon chemical exchange saturation transfer) technique allows detection of signals from molecules present at 10,000 times lower concentrations than conventional MRI techniques. HYPER-CEST could become a valuable tool for medical diagnosis, including the early detection of cancer. In addition to its intrinsically higher contrast, another advantage of the HYPER-CEST technique is that its effects can be “multiplexed,” meaning that the polarized xenon biosensors can be targeted to detect different proteins at the same time in a single sample. This capability, which is not shared by most conventional molecular MRI contrast agents, opens up a number of possibilities for future diagnostics.

Chemistry Professor Christopher Chang speaks to a standing-room-only crowd at Homecoming. Even at 10:00 am on a Saturday, an audience of alumni, parents and students turned out to hear Chang’s lecture, “Metals on the Brain: Towards Understanding the Chemistry of Aging.”

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It took all of Charles W. Tobias’s ingenuity to escape the Communist regime in his native Hungary and to come to the United States. Here, he was able to put that ingenuity to more productive purposes: he helped to establish Berkeley’s chemical engineering program as one of the best in the world, and he became a leading figure in the field of electrochemistry.



An anonymous donor has now established an endowed chair in his memory. “Professor Tobias was a unique personality within the chemical engineering department at Berkeley,” says the donor. “His thinking was broad as well as deep, and embraced topics beyond chemical engineering. He developed the world-renowned Program in Electrochemical Engineering at Berkeley with numerous outstanding graduate students and postdocs. He ranks with past greats in the College of Chemistry, and is deserving of an endowed chair in his honor.”

In 1947, not long after Budapest came under total Russian control, Professor Tobias escaped Hungary and came to Berkeley with the aid of his brother, Cornelius, who earned a Ph.D. in physics from Berkeley and was a faculty member of the Division of Medical Physics. Years later, at the time of the Hungarian Revolution of 1956, the Tobias brothers helped relocate many Hungarian refugees in the Bay Area, including Professor Gabor Somorjai (Ph.D. ’60, Chem), Ivan Haller (Ph.D. ’61, Chem), and Ferenc Rosztoczy (Ph.D. ’61, Chem).

Charles Tobias initially worked in the Donner Laboratory on the electrical conductivity of blood, for which he received a patent. Later in 1947, he became a faculty member in the newly formed program in Chemical Engineering. As the program grew, Professor Tobias established a subprogram in electrochemical engineering that quickly gained international renown and led to significant advances in the field for more than four decades. He mentored 66 The first holder of the Charles W. Tobias graduate students, with whom he Chair in Electrochemistry is Professor had more than 150 publications John S. Newman. and patents. He is often credited for laying the foundations of the current commercialization of lithium and Charles Tobias overcame multiple obstacles lithium ion batteries. in his native Hungary to become an internationally recognized scientist and engineer, He served as chair of the Department of Chemical Engineering from 1966–72 and especially in the field of electrochemistry. as acting dean of the College of Chemistry Born in Budapest in 1920 into a family from 1977–78. He also was president of the steeped in culture and engineering, he Electrochemical Society from 1970–71 and received his diploma in 1942 before being the International Society of Electrochemistry pressed into service as a military engineer. After Budapest fell to the Russians, he con- from 1977–78. cealed his military service and was able to Professor Tobias was honored by the complete his Ph.D. in chemical engineering Electrochemical Society with election as an in 1946 from the University of Technical honorary member and fellow, the Acheson Sciences, despite the difficult war years. Award for outstanding contributions to the He simultaneously graduated from the society, the Henry B. Linford Award for Conservatory of Music, and he remained an Distinguished Teaching, and the Vittorio accomplished violinist throughout his life. College of Chemistry, UC Berkeley


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De Nora-Diamond Shamrock Award for outstanding contributions to the field. The society’s Charles W. Tobias Young Investigator Award was established in his memory in 2003 to recognize outstanding scientific and/or engineering work in fundamental or applied electrochemistry or solid-state science and technology by a young scientist or engineer. Other recognition included the American Institute of Chemical Engineers’ Alpha Chi Sigma Award for research in chemical engineering and the Founder's Award. He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 1983, and upon retirement in 1991, he received the Berkeley Citation for distinguished achievement and service to the university. An art connoisseur, he was acting director of the University Art Museum in 1972 and served on its board from 1972–75. Professor Tobias passed away in 1996, leaving behind an active electrochemical engineering program on campus as well as an ongoing effort at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. by jane scheiber

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The Larry and Diane Bock Endowed Chair in Nanotechnology

“Nanoscience is the most important technological race the United States is in, and maybe the first one in which the U.S. may not dominate,” said Bock. “By funding a chair in nanotechnology, we hope to help maintain the United States’s leadership in this critical area.

Bock is also a partner in Lux Capital, a research-driven investment firm specializing in founding and building new technology companies. Among the companies he founded or co-founded were Neurocrine Biosciences, Pharmacopeia, Caliper Technologies, ARIAD Pharmaceuticals, Athena Neurosciences, GenPharm International, Vertex Pharmaceuticals, Onyx Pharmaceuticals, and Illumina Technologies.

Bock earned his B.A. in biochemistry from Bowdoin College and his M.B.A. from the Anderson School at UCLA. He started his career as a researcher in the field of infectious diseases in the early days of Genentech, where he was part of the team that received the AAAS Newcomb Cleveland Prize for demonstrating the first recombinant DNA vaccine. His honors include the Einstein Larry Bock is Chairman of Nanosys Inc., which he founded in 2001 to commercialize Award for lifetime contributions in the the promise of nanotechnology. The Palo Alto, field of life sciences; Venture Capital Journal’s one of the Ten Most Influential Venture The first holder of the Larry and Diane Capitalists; the Forbes-Wolfe Bock Endowed Chair in Nanotechnology NanoReport’s Number One is Professor Paul Alivisatos. Powerbroker in Nanotechnology; finalist for Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year; Red CA-based company is developing products Herring’s Top Ten Innovators; and that incorporate high-performance inorganic SmallTimes’ Innovator of the Year. nanostructures. Among the applications they are developing are lightweight solar Bock was one of a dozen individuals invitcells, flexible electronics, high performance ed to the signing of the $3.7 billion 21st fuel-cells and advanced surface coatings for Century Nanotechnology Act by President medical devices. Currently, chemistry proGeorge Bush in the Oval Office. In addition, fessors Paul Alivisatos and Peidong Yang he is involved in a number of government serve on the Scientific Advisory Board of the “From an educational standpoint, it is truly the first multidisciplinary technology that requires excellence at the convergence of chemistry, physics and life sciences — all fields in which Berkeley has major distinction,” Bock said, explaining what motivated the gift.


company. Bock, in turn, serves on the College of Chemistry Advisory Board and was keynote speaker at the groundbreaking of the Molecular Foundry at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.


Although neither Larry nor Diane Bock is a Berkeley alumnus, they have become familiar with the campus’s excellence through Mr. Bock’s career as a scientist and venture capitalist. It was their experience with Berkeley faculty and alumni in the more than four dozen companies he founded, co-founded, or financed that inspired the couple to establish the first endowed chair in nanotechnology on campus.

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agencies and is a member of the business advisory board and environmental, health and safety advisory board of the NanoBusiness Alliance; a member of the President’s Export Council Subcommittee on Export Administration (PECSEA); and a member of the Blue Ribbon Task Force on Nanotechnology formed by Congressman Mike Honda and California State Controller Steven Westly. (For more information on Larry Bock go to biobock.) Diane Bock, a business graduate of USC, was born and raised in the Los Angeles area, where she worked in advertising and publishing. She married Larry Bock in 1986. She is Director of Community Cousins, a non-profit organization that the Bocks co-founded to help break down racial barriers. Selected by former Vice President Al Gore as one of the ten outstanding grass roots efforts nationally, the organization, based in Olivenhain, CA, enables and encourages people of different races to become genuinely acquainted and develop a personal stake in one another’s lives. by jane scheiber

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Berkeley astrophysicist, two alums win Nobel prizes

In 1989, Smoot and Mather together coordinated the building and launch of NASA’s Cosmic Background Explorer satellite. This satellite confirmed telltale signs of the Big Bang from the pattern of cosmic microwave background radiation.



Cosmologist George F. Smoot III, who led a team that obtained the first images of the infant universe, shares the Nobel Prize in Physics with John C. Mather of NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. Mather earned his doctorate in physics at Berkeley in 1974.


A UC Berkeley professor of physics and a Berkeley alumnus have jointly won the 2006 Nobel Prize in Physics. In addition, a geneticist who earned his undergraduate degree in mathematics at Berkeley has won the 2006 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.

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Andrew Z. Fire, the recipient of the 2006 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, is a Stanford University geneticist. As an undergraduate, he whizzed through Cal in a mere three years before moving on to graduate school at the age of 19.

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Chancellor Robert Birgeneau has added a new position to Berkeley’s top leadership team — vice chancellor for equity and inclusion — which will be one of the first such cabinet-level positions in higher education. The new vice chancellor will be responsible for developing a more diverse faculty and staff. A national search to fill the position is underway. The chancellor has also appointed Scott Biddy as vice chancellor for university relations. Biddy, currently associate vice chancellor for university relations, succeeds Vice Chancellor Don McQuade, who is returning to his teaching position in the English department. In his new role, Biddy will lead both fundraising and public affairs for the campus.


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UC officials, in conjunction with State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell, have announced the launch of Calisphere. This free website offers access to more than 150,000 images, documents, and other primary-source materials from the libraries and museums of the UC campuses, as well as from cultural-heritage organizations across California. In addition, Calisphere is a single point of access to more than 300 UC web sites. To assist our state’s teachers, Calisphere provides teaching materials based on historical documents, organized to support California Content Standards. See

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Fire shares his Nobel with Craig C. Mello of the University of Massachusetts Medical School for their discovery that ribonucleic acid (RNA), aside from being a blueprint for proteins in a cell, also can shut down specific genes.

Campus recognized with state’s top energy efficiency award UC Berkeley is one of the year’s three recipients of the Flex Your Power Award, California’s top energy-efficiency award. In a July ceremony, UC Berkeley, Adobe Systems and the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CALPERS) were recognized by Flex Your Power, a partnership of California utilities, residents, businesses, institutions, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations working to save energy. The campus was praised for engaging faculty, staff, and students in its highly successful conservation efforts, which include creating the Green Building Research Center and holding contests such as “Blackout Battles,” in which residence halls compete to lower their energy use. Thanks to a number of actions taken, more than 10 million kilowatt-hours and about $1 million a year in power costs are saved annually on the Berkeley campus.

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Dear fellow alumni, I would first like to acknowledge the contributions of our current steering team members: G.V. Basbas, Bud Blue, Gordon Chu, Laurie Dockter, Marissa Drouillard, Mark Ellsworth, Sam Gillette, Lara Gundel, Deanne Krenz, Larry Perry, Daisy Quan and Steve Sciamanna. These folks have been dedicating their time to help ensure the generation of ideas and participation from the different eras of our alumni. It has been wonderful working with the steering team. Dean Charles Harris is always enthusiastic about urging the alumni to stay involved. He himself is active in many of the events that are sponsored by the college, and we appreciate his dedication to the well-being and prosperity of the College of Chemistry. We have had several events that have encouraged participation of fellow alumni and current students over the last six months. Cal Day was held on April 22. Dr. Mark Kubinec (Ph.D.’94, Chem) and Lonnie Martin gave a demonstration titled, “Molecules, Materials & Us.” Following the demonstration, Associate Dean Herb Strauss discussed the college’s undergraduate programs for a standing-room-only audience of admitted students and their parents. In late April, College of Chemistry travel mugs with a complimentary coffee certificate to the college’s “Coffee Lab” were distributed to more than 135 graduating students as they picked up their commencement tickets.

A flyer to the “Springfest,” our event to honor the college’s new graduates, was distributed at this time to advertise the upcoming social. This proved to be a successful strategy since more than 250 alumni and students attended this reception on May 3, 2006, in The Great Hall at The Faculty Club. Dean Charles Harris gave a warm, encouraging speech to the newly graduating students. This was a great opportunity for alumni to network with the students and to offer our congratulations for a job well done! The college and its two departments hosted the National ACS Meeting Alumni Reception on September 11, 2006, at The City Club of San Francisco. All college alumni, faculty and current graduate students were invited to attend. Cocktails and delectable hors d’oeuvres were served to the approximately 225 attendees. Alumni really seemed to enjoy the opportunity to meet up with former classmates. Guests were also glad to meet with new faculty members and see the faculty from their era who were at the reception. Homecoming was held on Saturday, October 7, 2006. A continental breakfast in the Tan Hall lobby was followed by a faculty lecture by Chris Chang. Professor Chang is one of Cal’s outstanding young faculty members whose research focuses on the relationship of dietary metals to neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. His talk,

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entitled, “Metals on the Brain: Towards an Understanding of the Chemistry of Aging,” drew a packed audience. The third annual brunch for “Free Radicals” and “CHEMillennium” alumni and their families was held in the Seaborg Room at The Faculty Club following Professor Chang’s lecture, with some of Chris Chang’s students presenting their posters at the brunch. More than 50 people enjoyed the event. As we go to press, we are looking forward to the AIChE Annual Meeting Alumni Reception, to be held Tuesday, November 14. This event will be co-hosted with Stanford at the San Francisco Hilton Hotel. We also anticipate the “Alumni of the G. N. Lewis Era” Luncheon to be held on Thursday, November 16, at The Faculty Club. Dr. Patrick Coffey will give a talk on “Gilbert Newton Lewis: His Life and Death.” Dr. Coffey is a scientist and historian who is currently a visiting scholar at the Berkeley Office for the History of Science and Technology. If you haven’t done so already, I encourage you to join the college’s alumni association and @cal (Berkeley’s online community) via the college home page (www.chemistry. I would also emphasize to alumni the importance of signing up as career networkers. We strongly promote and encourage our Cal students to draw on the awesome pool of talent provided by our alumni. In an effort to better access the needs and desires of our fellow alums, we recently sent an online survey to alumni in the greater Bay Area. Two hundred fourteen people completed the questionnaire, and the steering team is now reviewing the results. We want to establish an agenda that includes the interests of the majority of our fellow alumni. Your participation is important to us, and I look forward to seeing many of you at our future events. Goooo Bears! by rebecca zuckerman Fall 2006 Catalyst


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Christina Galitsky: Technology Review’s 2006 Humanitarian of the Year Christina Galitsky was not destined to take a conventional path through graduate school and her career. When she left Berkeley’s Department of Chemical Engineering with a master’s degree in 1999, she had no idea how close, or how far, she would venture.


Although her new workplace is less than a mile from the college, at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), her energy efficiency research has taken her into the vineyards of Napa, to several Asian cities, and to refugee camps in the troubled African region of Darfur.

In their reports, Galitsky and colleagues offer detailed information on compressor motors, pumps, boilers and lighting — just to name a few areas where they can help save energy. Says Galitsky, “If you can improve efficiency in plants that big, you can really make a difference in energy usage.”

Her work attracted the attention of the editors of M.I.T.’s Technology Review magazine, who named her a member of the 2006 Technology Review 35, one of 35 innovators under the age of 35 who are using science and technology to change the world. The magazine also named her their 2006 Humanitarian of the Year.

For California wineries, Galitsky and colleagues have created a model to help them reduce energy costs. Working with the Fetzer Vineyards, they created the BEST (Benchmarking and Energy and Water Savings Tool) Winery, a comparison tool that helps vintners pick specific improvements to reduce energy and water costs.

Galitsky credits the Berkeley Lab and her coworkers at its Environmental Energy Technologies Division for the breadth of the work she accomplishes. “I’d like to give credit to my lab, my colleagues and my division — not to be humble, but to be honest,” she says.

This spreadsheet model allows a winery to input data about energy and water usage in various stages of production, along with data on the output of red and white wines. The model then provides a variety of efficiency measures, which gives a winery specific information about where it could be saving energy and money.

Although flying all over the world may have its exciting moments, Galitsky has paid her dues with some nitty-gritty research here in the United States. Galitsky is the co-author of several reports on improving energy efficiency in basic industries, from corn wet milling to petroleum refining. Corn wet milling is the first step in the production of products like high-fructose corn syrup, ethanol and animal feeds. “Corn wet milling uses about 15 percent of the energy in the entire food industry,” says Galitsky. “These are huge plants that each spend 20 to 30 million dollars a year on energy.”

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The BEST Winery model has been so successful that Galitsky and colleagues are adapting it for cement production in the Asia Pacific region. “With the building boom in China,” says Galitsky, “we have a chance to make an impact on a segment of Asia’s economy that will continue to be a major energy consumer.” Galitsky’s work typically concentrates on saving energy, which in turn saves money. An added benefit is the reduction of pollution and the mitigation of global warming. In Africa, saving energy can also mean

Chemical engineering alumna Christina Galitsky (M.S. ’99) is Technology Review magazine’s 2006 Humanitarian of the Year.

saving lives. There Galitsky and LBNL coworker Ashok Gadgil are working on a more personal scale. In the refugee camps in the Darfur region of Sudan, families confront a terrible gamble. As the land around the camps has been denuded of wood, the refugees must scavenge in ever-widening circles to find fuel for cooking. The longer they are outside the camp, the more likely they are to be discovered by roving Janjaweed raiders. If caught, the men would most likely be killed. So it is the women who gather firewood, although they face the risk of sexual assault. “Anything we can do to minimize the time they spend foraging for firewood increases the chance the women will return safely, or

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In an event that was both an experiment and a marketing demonstration, Galitsky and Gadgil had refugees weigh out identical piles of firewood. They demonstrated that the metal woodstoves used far less wood than the traditional three-stone fire to cook a pot of assida, the sticky dough that is a staple in the camps, and mulah, the sauce that tops it off. Galitsky and Gadgil continue to work with CHF International and manufacturers in Sudan to produce the cookstoves within the country. In the year 2005, Galitsky was away from home for 130 days. The year 2006 has proved to be a little slower, although her celebrity status following the Technology Review awards has added media inquiries to her already diverse work portfolio.

“Anything I can do anywhere on the planet to save energy means helping to minimize the impending disastrous effects of climate change and harsh economic instability that will come if we do nothing at all.” Although she feels blessed to have worked with great supervisors and coworkers at LBNL, Galitsky knows that improving energy efficiency doesn’t often bring immediate rewards. In Darfur, Galitsky hopes to reduce the time women spend in a dangerous hunt for wood. In China, saving energy in cement production will mean less pollution from burning coal, or will allow greater economic growth for the same cost.


not have to go at all,” says Galitsky. To reduce the need for firewood, Galitsky and Gadgil focused on improvements to the traditional three-stone cooking fire. Working with the organization CHF International, they began to experiment with inexpensive cookstoves from India. By rolling up their sleeves and cooking with women in the camps, the LBNL researchers learned what was needed to modify the stoves to suit local conditions.

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Carbon dioxide and air pollution don’t respect international boundaries. Research shows that air pollutants cross the Pacific Ocean, making Asia’s air pollution a problem here.


For Galitsky, because the problems cross borders, so must the solutions. “Anything I can do anywhere on the planet to save energy means helping to minimize the impending disastrous effects of climate change and harsh economic instability that will come if we do nothing at all.”

“I think chemical engineering training does give you a broad background and great problem-solving skills,” says Galitsky. “I would guess that few people ever really work exactly on their thesis topic their whole lives, so the skills are more important than the topics.”


One recent sunny autumn day found Galitsky back at work at LBNL, where she took a break to reflect on the past few years and to admire the view of the Bay Area from a rooftop patio.

Galitsky demonstrates an energyefficient stove to refugees in the Darfur region of Sudan.

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Virginia-Jane Newman Harris (formerly Glaedell ) (B.S. Chem), professor emeritus of chemistry and mathematics at American River College in Sacramento, makes her home in Diamond Springs, CA. Her family has continued to grow; she reports that she has one child, seven grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.


Octave Levenspiel (B.S. Chem) has been an emeritus professor at Oregon State University since 1991. He and his wife, Mary Jo, live in Corvallis. A member of the National Academy of Engineering, he has received honorary doctorates from the Colorado School of Mines, the University of Nancy, France, and the University of Belgrade, Serbia.


Horace H. Hopkins, Jr. (Ph.D. Chem) has been a volunteer math tutor for the past eight years. An Oberlin graduate, he did his doctoral research at Berkeley under the late Burris Cunningham (B.S. ’35, Chem), a man Glenn Seaborg (Ph.D. ’37, Chem) called “the dean of actinide chemists.” Hopkins and his wife, Lois, make their home in Puyallup, WA.



Col. Douglas Arnott Patterson (B.S. ChemE) has started up a new venture in New York City, Pipeline Financial Group, of which he is vice president. Pipeline provides an electronic platform from which institutional investors can trade stock anonymously in large blocks. He previously served for more than four years as CEO of Community of Science, a spin-out of Johns Hopkins University that provides comprehensive funding information to universities and non-profits worldwide. Patterson, who received his M.B.A. from Southern Illinois University, is also on the board of advisors for New Clairvaux Vineyard in Vina, CA, once the home of the largest winery in the world, now overseen by Cistercian monks. He and his wife, Kay, live in Columbia, MD.


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Thomas G. Waddell (Postdoc. Chem), Guerry Professor of Chemistry at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, is planning to retire after the 2006–07 academic year, having spent 36 years on UTC’s faculty. He obtained his Ph.D. in organic chemistry from UCLA. He writes that his “postdoc years at Berkeley will never be forgotten, particularly the expert mentoring by Prof. Rapoport,” and adds that he enjoys the NewsJournal very much. He and his wife, Voreata, live in Dunlap, TN.


Emily Ann Carter (B.S. Chem), who received her Ph.D. in chemistry in 1987 from Caltech, moved in 2004 to Princeton University to take a joint professorship there. In 2006, she was named to an endowed chair: the Arthur W. Marks ’19 Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and Applied and Computational Mathematics. Her research directors were Robert Bergman and Andrew Streitweiser while she was at Berkeley. She and her husband, Bruce Koel, live in Belle Mead, NJ.


Scott William Seidel (B.S. Chem), who went on to obtain a Ph.D. from MIT in 1997, reports that he traveled in Germany for five months in 2003 and enjoyed the opportunity to brush up on his German and learn about German culture. He lives in Hockessin, DE.


Ming-Cheng Hsiao (Postdoc. ChemE), who did his postdoctoral work with Elton Cairns (Ph.D. ’59, ChemE), is a general manager at Uniplus Electronics Co. in Taiwan, where he has been employed since 2000. He and his wife, Pamela Shieh, make their home in Miao-Li.


David J. Rea (B.S. Chem) received his M.D. from New York Medical College in 2000. He started his Chief Resident year at the Mayo Clinic in June and will be a Fellow in Abdominal Transplant Surgery at the clinic from 2007-09. He lives in Rochester, MN, with his wife, Joanna.

Linda Griffith (Ph.D. ChemE) has been awarded a prestigious MacArthur Fellowship for her work in tissue engineering and synthetic regenerative technologies. A professor in biological and mechanical engineering and director of the Biotechnology Process Engineering Center at MIT, Griffith is one of 25 MacArthur Fellows this year. The five-year grant is awarded by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation to individuals who show exceptional creativity and potential. Griffith’s work lies at the intersection of materials science, cell surface chemistry, physiology, and anatomy. According to the foundation, she is “extending the limits of biomedical engineering and its applications for diagnosing disease and regenerating damaged organs.” Griffith makes her home in Cambridge with her husband, Doug Lauffenberger, a professor at MIT.



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Toby Ellen Horwitz Massman (B.S. Chem), whose research director was Neil Bartlett while she was at Berkeley, received a Pharm.D. in 2000 from the University of Michigan and is now a pharmacist at Longs Drugs in Bellevue, WA. She makes her home in Issaquah, WA, with her husband, Jason Massman.


Yujin Kojima Kuroda (B.A. Chem) obtained his M.D. from Hamamatsu University School of Medicine in Shizuoka, Japan, in 2004. He is now on the clinical staff in the psychiatry department of its university hospital. He lives with his wife, Kiyoko, in Hamamatsu.


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H o m e c o m i n g Ev e n t Left Photo CHEMillennium alums Simona and Orion Jankowski, both B.S. ’98, ChemE, at the annual alumni luncheon during Homecoming Weekend. Right Photo Mark Wegner (Ph.D. ’77, Chem), Carlo Alesandrini (Ph.D. ’71, ChemE) and Rebecca Zuckerman (Ph.D. ’00, Chem) enjoyed the “Free Radiccals” and “CHEMillennium Alumni Era” luncheon.

Anna K. Mapp (Ph.D. Chem), associate professor in chemistry and medicinal chemistry at the University of Michigan, has recently received several notable awards. In July, she was honored at a White House ceremony for her receipt of a 2005 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). She and 55 others received this award, considered one of the nation’s highest honors for a professional at the outset of an independent research career. Recipients include engineers, computer and information scientists, and educators and researchers in the mathematical, physical, and biological sciences. Mapp has also received a 2006 Amgen Young Investigator Award and has been selected for the American Chemical Society’s 2007 Eli Lilly Award in Biological Chemistry. This past March she delivered the Inaugural Clayton H. Heathcock Lecture in organic chemistry, “Small Molecule Control of Gene Up-Regulation,” to the college. Heathcock was her research director. She and her husband, Adam Matzger, live in Ann Arbor, MI.



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David Gracias (Ph.D. Chem), assistant professor in chemical and biomolecular engineering at Johns Hopkins University, has received two prestigious awards in chemistry this year — a 2006 Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award, designed to support the teaching and research careers of talented young faculty in the chemical sciences, and a 2006 Beckman Young Investigator Award, intended to provide research support to exceptionally promising young faculty members in the early stages of their academic careers in the chemical and life sciences. His research director at Berkeley was Gabor Somorjai (Ph.D. ’60, Chem). Janet Duanping Chuang (B.S. Chem) obtained her master’s degree in environmental engineering in 2005 from MIT and now lives in Cambridge, MA.


Alán Aspuru-Guzik (Ph.D. Chem), who received his B.Sc. in chemistry from UNAM in Mexico and who worked with William Lester Jr. while at Berkeley, is now an assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at


Harvard University. His research focuses on the theoretical study of renewable energy materials, electronic structure, and quantum computation. He and his wife, Dori Aspuru-Takata, make their home in Cambridge. Tanguy My Chau (B.S. ChemE), after working in China for two years, has returned to the U.S. to pursue a dual M.B.A. / Engineering Ph.D. at MIT. While an undergrad, Eric B. Haas (B.S. ChemE) gave tours of the ChemE labs on Cal Day as a member of Alpha Chi Sigma. Following graduation, he joined AmeriCorps and helped to build twelve homes in West Oakland through the nonprofit organization, Habitat for Humanity. He recently joined Hess Corporation and is working at its oil refinery in Port Reading, NJ, as a process engineer. Mark John Perri (Ph.D. Chem) completed a one-year postdoc at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, working with Nora Berrah. He and Jessica L. DeFreese (see 2005) were married on March 3, 2006. Perri is currently looking for academic positions in the New Jersey area, where he and Jessica now live.

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Quyen Ke Ton (B.S. Chem) has been admitted to the master’s degree program in physical therapy at California State University, Sacramento. He and his wife, Phuc Tran, live in Elk Grove, CA. He writes, “Go Bears!” Ye Grace Chen (B.S. Chem Bio), following her undergraduate studies with Julie Leary, has started a Ph.D. program in chemical biology at Harvard University and lives in Cambridge.


Jessica Lynn DeFreese (Ph.D. ChemE), who studied with Alex Katz while at Berkeley, is now a research investigator in Process Research and Development at BristolMyers Squibb in New Brunswick, NJ. She and Mark Perri (see 2004) were married March 3, 2006, in Las Vegas. She reports that many College of Chemistry alumni were able to join them for the celebration. She and Mark live in Hightstown, NJ. 30

Matthew “Matt” Law (Ph.D. Chem), who received his Ph.D. with Peidong Yang, is now a postdoctoral researcher at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, CO. He makes his home in Boulder, CO.

Andrew Scott Lemoff (Ph.D. Chem) is employed as a scientist at PPD, an international contract research organization that specializes in clinical trial management. Lemoff, who received his B.A. in chemistry from Boston University in 1999, did his graduate studies with Evan Williams. He lives in Madison, WI. Mikko Pentti Matias Möttönen (Postdoc. Chem), whose research director at Berkeley was Birgitta Whaley, received his Dr. Tech. degree from Helsinki University of Technology in 2005 and is now a postdoctoral researcher there. He is conducting research on Bose-Einstein condensation, quantum computing, and superconducting circuits. He makes his home in Helsinki, Finland. Jodie Nygaard (B.S. ChemE) is an engineer at Malcolm Pine, an environmental engineering consulting company. Based at its Irvine, CA, office, she works primarily on water treatment projects. Steven John O’Malley (Postdoc. Chem) relocated to New York City following his postdoctoral work with Jonathan Ellman at Berkeley. (He had received his Ph.D. in organic chemistry in 2004 from Columbia University in New York.) After spending a semester teaching chemistry at John Jay College, he was recently appointed a chemistry teacher at Stuyvesant High School in lower Manhattan, and he writes that teaching is “the most challenging and rewarding career” he’s ever had. Joseph Chunho Sum (B.S. ChemE and MSE) is working at Genentech as an associate engineer, providing automation IT in the Biochemical Technology division. He lives in San Bruno, CA.

A m e r i c a n C h e m i c a l S o c i e t y Ev e n t Elmer Reist (Ph.D. ’55, Chem) and Masato (Ph.D. ’51, Chem) and Miyeko Tanabe chat during the ACS reception.

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Tim Joseph Biegeleisen (M.S. Chem), who studied with Richard Saykally while at Berkeley, has joined Baxter Bioscience in Los Angeles, CA, as an analyst in chem-


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istry. Biegeleisen received his B.A. in ’02 from Cornell University. He makes his home in Los Angeles. Kate S. Carroll (Postdoc. Chem) is an assistant professor of chemistry at the Life Sciences Institute of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Carroll, who received her Ph.D. from Stanford in 2002, worked with Carolyn Bertozzi (Ph.D. ’93 Chem) while at UC Berkeley.

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Vasiliki Demas (Ph.D. ChemE), whose research directors were Jeffrey Reimer and Alexander Pines, is now a postdoctoral fellow in the Pines lab and at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Demas received his B.S. in 2001 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He currently makes his home in Oakland, CA. Christian B. Hilty (Postdoc. Chem) has joined the faculty of Texas A&M University as an assistant professor of chemistry. Hilty, who did his postdoctoral work with Alex Pines, was recently recognized with a Camille and Henry Dreyfus New Faculty Award for 2006. He is one of only 12 recipients nationwide of the highly competitive award and was selected on the basis of his early accomplishments and future potential in nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) and hyper-polarization techniques. Hilty lives in College Station, TX. Cheng-che Hsu (Ph.D. ChemE) has begun post-doctoral training at UCLA in chemical engineering, following his degree with David Graves. Hsu previously had obtained a B.S.E. and an M.S. from National Taiwan University. He is married to Hueichu Chu.

Harvey Ryan Johnson (Ph.D. ChemE), who received his B.Ch.E. in 2001 from the University of Delaware and who was in Douglas Clark’s lab while at Berkeley, is now a research analyst at Credit Suisse in New York. Clifton David Leigh (Ph.D. Chem) is a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Chemistry at Boston College in Chestnut Hill, MA, following his degree with Carolyn Bertozzi (Ph.D. ’93, Chem). He and his partner, Christopher Beland, make their home in Brighton, MA. Sang-Hyun Lim (Postdoc. Chem) is now an assistant professor in chemistry and biochemistry at the University of Texas at Austin. Lim, who received his Ph.D. in 2003 from the University of Illinois, did his postdoctoral research with Stephen Leone (Ph.D. ’74, Chem). Megan Lind Ruegg Robertson (Ph.D. ChemE), whose research director was Nitash Balsara, has just joined Rohm and Haas as a senior scientist in research and development. She and her husband, Matthew, live in Norristown, PA.

A m e r i c a n C h e m i c a l S o c i e t y Ev e n t Chudi Ndubaku (B.S. ’01, Chem) and Ming Hammond (Ph.D. ’05, Chem) enjoyed a well-deserved break from their research at the ACS reception.

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Itai Suez (Ph.D., M.S. ’04, ChemE) has a new job as a process engineer in the dielectrics division of Applied Materials. He and his wife, Alexa, are expecting a baby in January. Their household, in Santa Cruz, CA, includes Alexa’s two daughters and a Pomeranian puppy, and Itai reports that “nothing could be more exciting.” Rory Waterman (Postdoc. Chem), who received his Ph.D. in 2004 from the University of Chicago and did his postdoctoral work with T. Don Tilley (Ph.D. ’82, Chem), has joined the chemistry faculty at the University of Vermont as an assistant professor. He lives with his wife, Sarah, in Vermont. Sam Lewis Wilcke (Ph.D. ChemE) has joined Demand Tec in San Carlos, CA, as a lead business analyst. Wilcke’s graduate research directors were Jeff Reimer and Elton Cairns (Ph.D. ’59, ChemE); he obtained his B.S. from Caltech. He makes his home in San Francisco, CA. compiled by karen elliott


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Chester T. O’Konski, professor emeritus of chemistry who was one of the first chemists to study nucleic acids and proteins using physical chemistry methods, died at his home in El Cerrito, CA, on August 2. He was 85.

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In his 43 years on the faculty of the Department of Chemistry, O’Konski employed many different methods to study the properties of large molecules. “He was among the first physical and polymer chemists to apply high electric fields to solutions of biological materials [in order to study] the asymmetric properties resulting from the field,” said John Hearst, professor emeritus of chemistry at UC Berkeley. The technique allowed examination of molecules as they existed in their natural state in solution, and it yielded new information about the size, structure, and optical and physical properties of molecules. O’Konski was a pioneer in the use of nuclear quadrupole spectroscopy, a technique used to examine how nuclei in the atoms of a molecule react to chemical bonding. He also worked out theoretical calculations on chemical bonding of molecules. O’Konski was born May 12, 1921, on his parents’ dairy farm in Kewaunee, WI. After obtaining a B.S. in chemistry in 1942 from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, he worked with a top-secret team in Panama,

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helping to develop gas mask technology. As a result of this work, O’Konski was instrumental in designing the first aerosol particle counter, according to his son, Tim O’Konski. O’Konski received an M.S. in 1946 and a Ph.D. in 1948 from Northwestern University. That same year, he joined the chemistry department faculty at Berkeley, where he remained until his retirement in 1991. “Chester was the second biophysical chemist to be hired in the department,” Professor Emeritus Rollie Myers (Ph.D. ’51, Chem) said. “He arrived just a year or two after Bruno Zimm, who was the first, and the two of them published several papers together.” His early work in the optical properties of biological molecules — particularly the tobacco mosaic virus — won O’Konski a number of awards, including a Guggenheim fellowship to Leiden University in the Netherlands in 1955. In 1970, he was named a Nobel guest professor at Uppsala University in Sweden. Citing O’Konski’s research that demonstrated the feasibility of using electric field-induced double refraction (“birefringence”) to study the electrical properties and structures of macromolecules in solution, the International Committee for Molecular Electro-optics awarded him the Kerr Medal in 1991. O’Konski is survived by his daughter, Holly Austin, of Crescent City, CA.; his three sons, Tim, of Palo Alto, CA, Mark, of Fort Myers, FL, and Brian, of Washington, DC; and five grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made to UC Berkeley Foundation with a notation “in memory of Chester O’Konski,” and sent to the College of Chemistry, c/o Jane Scheiber, Assistant Dean, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720-1460. based in part on obituary by liese greensfelder in the BERKELEYAN.

Friend of the college HELEN SEABORG Helen L. Seaborg, widow of UC Berkeley Professor of Chemistry Glenn T. Seaborg (Ph.D. ’37, Chem) and longtime friend of the college, passed away on August 29, 2006, at the age of 89. Born March 2, 1917, in a Florence Crittenden home in Sioux City, IA, she was adopted by George and Iva Griggs. After her father’s death, she and her mother moved to southern California. She worked her way through college, receiving an A.A. from Santa Ana Junior College and a B.A. in English from UC Berkeley in 1939. She was hired as a secretary to Ernest O. Lawrence, the Nobel prize-winning physicist who was director of what is now Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. There she met her husband of 56 years, the future Nobel laureate Glenn T. Seaborg. They were married in 1942 on their way to Chicago, where they would live while he was working on the Manhattan Project to build the atomic bomb. Helen provided invaluable administrative assistance to the scientists at the code-named Metallurgical Laboratory. Throughout her husband’s renowned career, she provided behind-the-scenes help. Glenn Seaborg often remarked that he could not have managed his many accomplishments without her assistance and advice. Her role as the wife of the chancellor of UC Berkeley (1958–61) and chairman of the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission (1961–71) in particular required a mixture of efficiency and diplomacy. Her generous nature was reflected in many volunteer jobs. She felt particularly indebted to the YWCA for the services she had received during a childhood of poverty, and she served on the boards of directors of YWCAs in both Berkeley and Washington, DC, where she helped merge the racially segregated YWCAs.

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She was preceded in death by her husband, Glenn; son, Peter; and Peter’s twin sister, Paulette, who died in infancy. Helen is survived by daughter, Lynne Cobb, and her husband, William Cobb, of St. George, UT; son, David, and his wife, Adele, of Walnut Creek, CA; son, Stephen of La Mesa, CA; son, Eric, and his wife, Ellen Dudley, of Charlottesville, VA; daughter, Dianne, and her partner, Tor Neilands, of Lafayette, CA; and two granddaughters. obituary courtesy of seaborg family.

Jacob D. “Jake” Kemp (Ph.D. Chem) passed away on May 5, 2006, in his home in El Cerrito, CA, at the age of 95. His friend and colleague, Bruce Stangeland (Ph.D. ’67, ChemE), has forwarded the following information:


Jacob D. Kemp was a widely recognized authority in the field of alkylation, participating in its early development and contributing to the understanding of reaction mechanisms, processes of acid consumption, and reaction kinetics. Kemp was also an authority in the techniques of handling anhydrous HF and applying it in catalysis and solvent refining. While a grad student at Berkeley, studying the properties of ethane at low temperatures, he discovered that the rotation of carbon-carbon bonds was hindered rather than free, as had formerly been believed. This information was necessary in determining the structure of DNA. Kemp spent his entire career at Chevron Research in Richmond, garnering many patents for Chevron through the years. Kemp was born in San Francisco, the son of Russian immigrants. He played piano his entire life, improvising as well as playing from memory — from tangos to Bach. He was a man of prodigious energy, both physical and mental, and was an avid tennis player. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Dorothy; their two daughters, Kindra and Marcia (aka Sofia Christine); and their son, Dana (who for the last several years has played Dixieland jazz with Stangeland). based in part on obituary by kindra kemp.

Nancy P. Menoher (B.A. Chem; M.D. ’43) passed away on April 17, 2006. She had made her home in Rialto, CA.


Harry E. Morris, Jr. (B.S. Chem) passed away on April 8, 2006. He had lived in Castro Valley, CA.

Douglas D. McConnell (B.A. Chem), a retired vice president in planning and management at Exxon Middle East, passed away on July 21, 2006. McConnell received his M.S. in 1942 from MIT. His wife, Ruth, predeceased him. He lived in Walnut Creek, CA.


Louis R. “Ray” Damskey, Jr. (B.A. Chem), a regular attendee at the G. N. Lewis Era alumni luncheons, passed away on June 21, 2006. He enlisted in the Navy in 1942 and served as an officer in the Pacific Theater until 1946 (retiring as Commander, USNR). He then joined Union Oil Company of California. In 1964 he moved to Bechtel corporation in San Francisco and worked there until 1977, during which time he obtained his M.B.A. from San Jose State University. From 1969–71 he also served with the U.S. Export-Import Bank as a development officer for engineering programs. He was an owner of the Dutch Henry Vineyard in Calistoga, CA. His wife, Constance Robinson Damskey (B.A. ’43, Education/Decorative Art), recalls that he was the patriarch of the family, respected by all who knew him, with a quick analytic mind and a passion for all life. She adds that he was known for his love of family, his respect for nature and his passion for music.



Harold J. Eding (B.S. Chem) of Vancouver, WA, passed away on January 28, 2006. Before retirement, he worked for Rockwell as a chemist. He is survived by his wife, Lois. Margaret Melhase Fuchs (B.S. Chem) passed away peacefully at home in Menlo Park on August 8, 2006. As an undergraduate nuclear chemist at Berkeley during the 1930s, she was codiscoverer with Glenn Seaborg (Ph.D. ’37, Chem) of Cesium-137, one of the most widely used radionuclides in the world.



A supporter of open space and an avid hiker, she and Glenn devoted many weekends to scouting a hiking route across the state of California. This route was used in 1980 by a project of the American Hiking Society called HikaNation, in which a group of backpackers hiked coast-to-coast. Much of the route later became a part of today’s coast-to-coast American Discovery Trail.

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Seaborg arranged research space for her in the old “Rat House,” one of the original chemistry buildings. She intended to go on to graduate school but, according to Dr. Dennis Patton in a 1994 historical article in the journal Academic Radiology, her plan was thwarted by then dean G.N. Lewis, who for a time refused to allow additional women to enter the college’s graduate program because a previous female graduate had married shortly after graduation and had thereby “‘wasted her entire education’.” Nevertheless, she was one of the first women to be involved in the highly classified field of nuclear research and, during World War II, was among a select group of scientists who worked on the Manhattan Project.


Margaret, a third-generation native Californian and daughter of the prominent geologist, John Melhase, was born and grew up in Berkeley. While at UC Berkeley, she was president of the student chapter of the American Chemical Society and an enthusiastic member of the Berkeley Folk Dancers. She met and married her husband, Robert Fuchs (Ph.D. ’54, Mathematics), a UC Berkeley professor of mathematics, during her undergraduate years and later moved with him to Los Angeles. After leaving chemistry, Margaret was active in social causes and became an outspoken advocate for the farmworkers of southern California. She organized the annual L.A. Crop Walk and edited a hunger resource magazine. Her daughter, Margaret Melaney, explained, “Having been turned down as a scientist because she was a woman, she was able to relate to the experiences that others might have, and to use her intelligence to work on their behalf.” She was predeceased by her husband, Robert, and two children. She is survived by her daughter, Margaret Melaney (B.A. ’64, Psych.), of Menlo Park. based in part on keay davidson.


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Harold B. Queen (B.S. Chem) of Walnut Creek, CA, passed away on May 14, 2006.

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He began his career at E.I. DuPont and moved to Cutter (Bayer) Laboratories in 1950. In 1982 he retired from his position at Bayer as a senior production engineer. He then spent the next 22 years as a member of the Mobile Missionary Assistance Program (MMAP), an RV-based national organization offering volunteer labor in construction, repair, or rehabilitation of churches, bible camps, conference centers, etc., throughout the United States. He is survived by his wife, June. Donald H. Cronquist, Sr. (B.S. Chem) passed away on July 14, 2006. Formerly in product development and mechanical engineering at DHS Engineering, he made his home in San Jose, CA.


We have learned that Edward Weis (B.S. Chem), of Santa Rosa, CA, has passed away. He was a real estate broker with Properties Unlimited. He is survived by his wife, Caryl.


Richard E. Melrose (B.S. Chem) of Stockton, CA, passed away on March 18, 2006. He had retired as a manager of technical services at Clorox. His son, Robert Melrose (B.S. ’80; O.D. ’82, Optometry) is a Berkeley alumnus. He is survived by his wife, Helen Ruby Melrose (B.S. ’44, Agricultural Science).


We have learned that Russell Hodgson Ball (M.S., B.S. ’43, Chem), of Escondido, CA, passed away on August 5, 2006. He studied with Melvin Calvin.


David Moore Howell (B.S. Chem), who was a retired professor of organic chemistry at Northeastern University, passed away on July 21, 2006. Howell received his M.S. and Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Michigan. He is survived by his wife, Valeska. The Howells made their home in Needham, MA.

Mary A. King Skapski (B.S. Chem) passed away in Vermont on August 21, 2006, at the age of 82. Born in Nebraska, she interrupted her studies at Berkeley for more than a year to work in a chemical factory as part of the war effort. She earned her master’s degree in education from the University of Vermont in 1956. Skapski was a science teacher for 36 years, working with her husband, Adam, in Nigeria, and, following his death in 1968, teaching at secondary schools in Texas and at Pine Ridge School, a private boarding school in Vermont for students with learning disabilities. Piano teacher and organist, Skapski was a faithful church-goer. She is survived by her daughter, Ellen Sovkoplas, of Brownsville, TX, five grandchildren, and one greatgrandchild.


Alvin G. Ash (B.S. ChemE), formerly president of Olympic Chemical Corporation in Gig Harbor, WA, passed away on February 23, 2006.


Carol Nelson Kennington (B.A. Chem), of Ontario, OR, passed away on February 3, 2006. She was self-employed. She is survived by her husband, William. We have belated information that Allen Gee (B.S. Chem) passed away on November 2, 2004. He received his Ph.D. in 1951 from MIT. He was retired from Hughes Aircraft. He is survived by his wife, Mary, with whom he made his home in Newport Beach, CA.


William Brenton Harford (B.S. ChemE; M.B.A. ’53) passed away on August 12, 2006. He was retired from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. He is survived by his wife, Arlene, with whom he made his home in Danville, CA. We have learned from his widow, Pat, that Douglas Haskell (B.S. ChemE), of Novato, CA, passed away in March, 2006.

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Ray S. Long (M.S. Chem and ChemE; B.S. ’46, ChemE) passed away on May 7, 2006. During graduate school, his research director was Theodore Vermeulen. He made his career at Dow Chemical and was a member of ACS for more than fifty years. He enjoyed attending both G.N. Lewis and Cupola Era events at the college. He is survived by his wife, Catherine Knittle Long (B.A. ’48, Political Science). Members of the Benjamin Ide Wheeler Society, the Longs made their home in Walnut Creek, CA. McKay “Mike” Pruitt (B.S. Chem) lost his battle to prostate cancer on August 9, 2006, at the age of 83. He had worked as a chemist for Atlantic Richfield in Carson, CA, for 35 years. He and his wife, Patricia, lived in Morro Bay, CA. They enjoyed travel, and they were able to visit both Ireland and Alaska in the past year. In addition to his wife, he is survived by three children — Garner of Portland, OR; Steven of Crescent City, CA; and Alicia Caneli of Los Osos, CA — and seven grandchildren.


George A. Root (B.S. Chem), formerly of Sacramento, CA, passed away on August 22, 2005. We have learned recently that Allen N. Webb (Ph.D. Chem) passed away on October 9, 2005, at his home in Austin, TX. Born in Kansas, he spent his initial college years at Kansas State University. While a graduate student at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, he was selected to be a member of a research team for the Manhattan Project. He spent the next two years investigating the separation of Boron isotopes. Following WWII, he returned to his formal education, attending Berkeley and obtaining his Ph.D. with Kenneth Pitzer (Ph.D. ’37, Chem), on the study of diborane. He then worked for 31 years as a research chemist at Texaco, specializing in petroleum catalysts and fuelcell research. He retired in 1980 to Austin. Webb was a highly accomplished photogra-

pher, with a great love of classical music and world travel. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Georgine, two sons, a daughter, four grandchildren, and one greatgrandchild. Robert S. Hampton (M.S. ChemE) passed away on April 14, 2006, at age 86. In 1941, having graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Oregon State University with a degree in mechanical engineering, he started working for DuPont in West Virginia. After Pearl Harbor, however, he was called to Southeast Asia as an Army Corps of Engineers 2nd Lieutenant. He worked on the Burma and Ledo roads for two-and-a-half years. Following the war, he joined Standard Oil in Richmond, CA. While working there, he earned his M.S. at Berkeley as a member of the Vermeulen lab. He was the CoFounder, President, and CEO of Lox Equipment Company in Livermore, CA, which designed and manufactured cryogenic storage and transport vessels — giant metal vacuum bottles. He also had franchised companies in England, Germany and Taiwan. Hampton’s products and designs were considered the best in the industry and at one point made up over 90 percent of the market. Because he was instrumental in creating the means for improved distribution of cryogenic liquids (liquified gasses), he was especially well known in the American Gas Association. In 1988, the Hamptons relocated to Portland, where he continued his lifelong hobbies of tennis, chess and duplicate bridge. He was on the board of Presbyterian churches. He is survived by Dorothy, his wife of 57 years, three daughters, and six granddaughters.


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Richard A. “Hal” Heckman (B.S. ChemE) of Castro Valley passed away on July 10, 2006. He formerly was vice president for Environmental Sciences at Pan American Resources and managing director of

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Herman Associates. His son, Mark Heckman, is a Berkeley alumnus (B.A. ’86, Geology). He is survived by his wife, Olive Anne Biddle-Heckman (C. Sing ’47, Education). Robert M. “Bob” Ikeda (B.S. Chem; Ph.D. ’55) passed away on October 2, 2006, at the age of 81. A United States Army veteran of WWII, he obtained a Ph.D. from UC Davis in 1955 and retired from Philip Morris USA, following a 26-year carreer. He and his wife, Yasuko Morita Ikeda (B.S. ’51,Household Arts/Home Economics) were loyal supporters of the college and the university. They participated in more than thirty Bear Treks, traveling to many parts of the world. He is survived by his wife, who lives in their home in Leesburg, VA; two sons, Richard (B.S. ’79, Chem), of Fairfax, VA,and Paul, of Seattle, WA; a daughter, Joanne Jaeger, of Ashburn, VA; and five grandchildren. based in part on obituary in the



We have learned from his daughter, Marilyn Barber, that John Eugene Kunzler (Ph.D. Chem) passed away on January 11, 2006, after a brief battle with cancer. Kunzler did his graduate research with William Giauque (B.S. ’20; Ph.D. ’22, Chem). He was retired from his position as director of the Future Devices Study Center at AT&T Bell Laboratories. He had made his home in Port Murray, NJ. Alan Longacre (B.A. Chem), of Whittier, CA, passed away on December 12, 2005. His wife of nine years, Alice Swift Barker Longacre, with whom he had become reaquainted late in life, predeceased him by four months.


Henry H. Otsuki (M.S., B.S. ’49, ChemE), a long-time resident of Livermore, CA, passed away on July 23, 2006. As a graduate student, he had been in the Vermeulen lab. He retired in 1985 from Lawrence

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Peter E. Hare (M.S. Chem) passed away on May 5, 2006, in Florida. He graduated from Pacific Union College in 1954 with a B.S. in Chemistry. Following his graduate work at Berkeley in the lab of Richard Powell (B.S. ’39, Chem), he obtained his Ph.D. from Caltech in 1962. Hare was a staff researcher at the Carnegie Institute for 35 years. He developed an age-dating technique that measures changes in amino acid stereoisomers and was part of a NASA research team that analyzed moon rocks, brought back to Earth by Neil Armstrong, for evidence of life. He was a visiting professor/researcher at Yale University, Weizmann Institute (in Israel), University of Miami, University of Maryland, and UC Riverside. He and his wife, Patti, who survives him, established a scholarship fund for chemistry majors at PUC.



We have learned of the passing of Fredric J. Goldbaum (B.A. Chem) of San Mateo, CA, who graduated Phi Beta Kappa in 1956.


Laurance E. Norton (B.S. ChemE) passed away on March 31, 2006. He made his home in Rodeo, CA.


Peter A. Rock (Ph.D. Chem) passed away on June 14, 2006, after an extended illness, at the age of 66. He did his graduate work in Richard Powell’s (B.S. ’39, Chem) lab at


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Berkeley in physical chemistry and chemical thermodynamics. In 1964, he joined the faculty at UC Davis, where he was professor of chemistry and the founding dean of the Division of Mathematical and Physical Sciences, which includes the departments of chemistry, physics, mathematics, statistics and geology. He served as chair of the Department of Chemistry from 1980–85, and again as vice chair from 1990–94. He was an outstanding dean at Davis, “one of its most dedicated and effective citizens,” according to UC Davis Chancellor Larry Vanderhoef, “…very influential in the evolution of the campus.” He was a strong advocate of research that cuts across disciplines. In his own research, Rock measured the energy flows that accompany chemical reactions and used this training to advance theory within physical chemistry, study the chemistry of the Earth, and design treatments for medical disorders. His thermodynamic measurements were so precise that virtually all of them were incorporated into the National Institute for Standards and Technology sourcebook that identifies data of the highest quality for use by the nation. Rock also wrote textbooks for students at all levels of chemistry and geochemistry, averaging a book every five years. He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Elaine, three children, and five grandchildren.

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(Ph.D. ’63, Chem), passed away on February 1, 2006. He lived in Berkeley, CA. Harriet Parker Moeur (Ph.D. Chem) passed away on June 8, 2006. One of Henry Rapoport’s first female graduate students, she was employed at Claremont Colleges in Claremont, CA, as Laboratory Lecturer and Laboratory Coordinator in the Joint Science Department. She is survived by her husband, John.


Alexander S. K. Sun (Ph.D. Chem), director of medical science at the Connecticut Institute for Aging & Cancer and president of Sun Farm Corporation, passed away on June 16, 2006. His research director at Berkeley was Ken Sauer, and he also studied with Melvin Calvin. Sun developed a dietary supplement, containing vegetables and herbs used in traditional Chinese medicine, that he believed was an effective anti-cancer agent. He made his home in New York, NY. We have learned that Steven S. Lorensen (B.S. ChemE), formerly of Smyrna, GA, passed away on July 21, 2006.


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Bruce Richard Cairns (Ph.D. Chem), whose research director was George Pimentel (Ph.D. ’49, Chem), passed away on August 14, 2006. Cairns had a 40-year career in the semiconductor industry, working for Fairchild Semiconductor, National Semiconductor and Watlins Johnson.

John Cintas, carpenter in the College of Chemistry wood shop, died December 19, 2005, in an automobile accident. John had been employed at the college for more than six years. He was an excellent craftsman, and in his free time he enjoyed hunting and fishing. A devoted father, he is survived by his two children, John Jr. and Lindsay. We miss him and his contributions to the college.



We have learned that Kern S. Savage (M.S. ChemE), who studied with Edward Grens II

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s some of you may recall, one of my first goals as dean was to establish a new and broader culture of philanthropy among our alumni, parents, and friends. Now, with my first year behind me, I am more convinced than ever of the need for private donors to partner with the state and federal governments to preserve and enhance the excellence of the College of Chemistry. Recruitment and retention of faculty, attracting the best and brightest graduate students, and improving the quality of the undergraduate experience — all of which are necessary components of excellence — can be achieved only with the help of our generous donors. I am therefore particularly pleased to report an increase in both the number and the value of gifts to the college, which totaled $7.74 million this year, including multi-year pledges. Participation rates for every one of our alumni “era” groups have increased. Among the most significant major gifts were those establishing two new endowed chairs, one in Electrochemistry from an anonymous donor in memory of the late Professor Charles Tobias, and one from Advisory Board member Larry Bock and his wife, Diane, in Nanotechnology. Patricia Schreter endowed a new fellowship in memory of her father, William H. McAdams, one of the founders of chemical engineering at MIT. And Gunawan Jusuf of Jakarta,

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Indonesia, contributed a very significant gift in support of Professor Jay Keasling’s AIDS research. All four of these gifts were from first-time donors to the college, giving us optimism that others will similarly decide to invest in the college, and therefore in the future of our society. Some of our most regular donors also made exceptional gifts: “Chat” Chatterjee and his wife, Ellen, established an extremely generous charitable remainder trust that will eventually benefit the Department of Chemical Engineering; Gus Dorough and his wife, Rae, added to their charitable remainder trust which, combined with a gift from their IRA, will eventually establish an endowed chair in chemistry; and Mary Dee Vermeulen donated a lead gift toward an endowed chair in memory of her late husband, Professor Theodore Vermeuelen — a fund to which many of his former students and colleagues also contributed. Our faculty, too, are striving to make a difference: under the new Berkeley Faculty Named Fund Initiative, eight faculty members and their spouses established new endowed funds to benefit graduate students during the past fiscal year. Every gift is important, and the combined weight of several gifts can have a major impact. For example, the Cupola Era Endowed Chair is now two-thirds funded, and your annual gifts have been

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used to support students and student activities, upgrade the college’s vital computer network systems, equip a new undergraduate laboratory, recruit new students, match federal funds for a research project on hydrogen storage, and support our chemical biology program. Organizations have also provided significant funding, and here I wish to acknowledge especially the David and Lucile Packard Foundation for its support of our young faculty member Phillip Geissler and the Carnegie Corporation for its support of an innovative program that will train scientists and public policy experts to work together to fight terrorism. Other major gifts and grants came from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the American Chemical Society, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Elan Pharmaceuticals, the Jane Coffin Childs Memorial Fund, and the Robert Bosch Corporation. To all of you who have given so generously, I extend my warmest thanks. Together we will keep the college at the forefront of education and research in the chemical sciences, and in doing so we will help achieve such major societal goals as fighting disease, finding new sources of renewable energy, and sustaining the environment.


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Membership in the Dean’s Associates is accorded to donors of $5,000 or more. The College Council recognizes donors of $100 or more.


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The California Benefactors contribute $1 million or more over their lifetimes and are members of both the Dean’s Associates and the College Council.

Blue and Gold Society members make cumulative gifts of $500,000 or more. They are also members of both the Dean’s Associates and the College Council.

Anonymous Norbert C. and Florence M. Brady Dr. Nirmal and Mrs. Ellen Chatterjee Chen Yu-How T. Z. and Irmgard Chu Aldo DeBenedictis Estate Dr. Melvin J. Heger-Horst Trust Mr. and Mrs. Hubbard C. Howe, Jr. Gunawan Jusuf* Ross McCollum Trust Jean Mosher Pitzer Pitzer Family Foundation Warren G. Schlinger and Katharine S. Schlinger Ann E. Shiffler Estate Robert Tsao

Anonymous Larry and Diane Bock* Chen He Tung Dr. James O. Clayton Estate Henry F. Frahm Estate Richard M. and Lillian Lessler Irma McCollum Trust Dr. Reid T. Milner Trust Beatrice Thomas Estate Marie W. Woodward Estate

The 1868 Society and the Dean’s Associates The college’s 1868 Society, named for the year in which the university was chartered, acknowledges individuals whose cumulative gifts to the college are $100,000 or more. They are also members of both the Dean’s Associates and the College Council. Anonymous (2) Usman Atmadjaja Leo A. Berti Estate Bud Blue Thelma Buchanan Estate Sunney I. Chan Chng Heng Tiu

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Mrs. Antonio T. Chong Chester W. Clark Estate Warren E. and Erna P. Clifford Frank and Janice Delfino Dr. and Mrs. Gus D. Dorough, Jr. Dr. Sam H. Eletr William and Janet Gerhardt Suhargo Gondokusumo G. Douglas and Regina Gould Prof. and Mrs. John E. Hearst Robert and Yasuko Ikeda Stephen T. Isaacs and Kathryn Macbride Harold and Mary Ella Johnston Kiong Yo Kian Engr. Joseph L. and Dr. Helen C. Koo Joseph M. Kunkel, II Lee Sheng Peng Annie L. Li Liem Sioe Liong Wesley and Elizabeth Lindsay Estate Tony K. and Louisa Ling Lie Shiong Tai Prof. Bruce H. Mahan Estate Dr. and Mrs. Joon S. Moon Dr. Robert N. Noyce S. M. “Jack” Olsen Marjorie Pape Crandall Pearce Dr. Mochtar Riady Klaus and Mary Ann Saegebarth Patricia Schreter* Mr. and Mrs. John W. Scott, Jr. William H. Shiffler Tan Keong Choon Henry K. Tom Dr. and Mrs. James R. Tretter Mrs. Theodore Vermeulen Doris H. Welles Estate Eka Tjipta Widjaja Charles R. Wilke Estate Eugene T. C. Wu

The California Associates and the Dean’s Associates The California Associates made commitments of $50,000 or more this year to the college. They are also members of both the Dean’s Associates and the College Council. Larry and Diane Bock* Dr. Nirmal and Mrs. Ellen Chatterjee Dr. and Mrs. Gus D. Dorough, Jr. Kai-Ye Fung Gunawan Jusuf* Gladys Alvarez Mead Estate* Ken and Mary Nobe* Patricia Schreter* Mrs. Theodore Vermeulen

The Berkeley Associates and the Dean’s Associates The Berkeley Associates made commitments of $10,000-$49,999 this year and are members of both the Dean’s Associates and the College Council. Saad Ibrahim Almojel* Anonymous Paul A. Bartlett Robert and Wendy Bergman Harvey W. Blanch Bud Blue Joseph and Susan Cerny T. Z. and Irmgard Chu William and Janet Gerhardt Charles B. Harris Harold and Mary Ella Johnston

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David G. Karraker Engr. Joseph L. and Dr. Helen C. Koo Prof. and Mrs. David N. Lyon Michael Marletta and Margaret Gutowski Richard and JoAnne Mathies J. A. Sanford Manesh Shah Dr. Charles E. Stehr David and Lieselotte Templeton Michael G. Valentine Dr. J. A. Trainham and Dr. L. D. Waters Meriko M. Watanabe*

The Gold Sproul Associates and the Dean’s Associates The Gold Sproul Associates made commitments of $5,000-$9,999 this year and are members of both the Dean’s Associates and the College Council. Ron and Sue Banducci Edwin D. Becker Christian and Anne Boussert David R. and Carleen L. Buss Robert Carr Robin Clark and Mary Mackiernan William A. Daniels Tom and Marty De Jonghe Frank and Janice Delfino Drs. Thomas J. Dietsche and Laura J. Dietsche Dr. Helene V. Fatt William E. Fogle and Marilyn Wun-Fogle Walter M. Gibson Peter M. Heinemann and Dana L. Kueffner Prof. and Mrs. C. Judson King Robert W. Lundeen Carlos and Patricia Nuila Constance M. Ruben

The Blue Sproul Associates and the College Council The college’s Blue Sproul Associates made commitments of $2,500-$4,999 this year and are members of the College Council. John H. Birely Ardra C. Brodale Sunney I. Chan Robert S. Crowder Mr. and Mrs. Thomas A. Delfino David and Klara Dorsey Peter Dragovich Drs. David S. Gee and Caryn C. Lum Vic and Faye Gunther John F. Heil, Jr. Dr. Andrew and Mrs. Sandra Kaldor Dr. Andrea L. Keaton Mr. and Mrs. Paul E. Kidd Polam Lee Virginia and Frank Lew Janet Kim McCormick and Michael J. McCormick Paul Miao* Tim Montgomery Albert Narath Norman and Paula Phillips Darwin and Donna Poulos Jonathan S. Powell Milton H. Ritchie Drs. Steven Sciamanna and Sandy J. Roadcap Clinton D. Snyder Judith and Gabor Somorjai George and Stephanie Tyson Willard M. Welch Rushan Wen and Qizhang Chao Alex Wernberg Rita Wieland

The Robert Gordon Sproul Associates and the College Council The Robert Gordon Sproul Associates made commitments of $1,000-$2,499 this year and are members of the College Council. Arthur and Frances Abramson Profs. Juana V. and Andreas Acrivos Anonymous Elizabeth BatstoneCunningham* Richard Behrens, Ph.D. William and Inez Benjamin Norman A. Bonner Michelle Brodale Todd and Marilee Brooks Dave and Donna Brown Tim and Valerie Bruemmer Charles Buse William H. Calkins John P. and Deborah Ann Cara* Edmund Chambers David C. K. Chan S. Kumar and Uma Chandrasekaran Cecil C. Chappelow Tan-Jen and Li-Fong Chen* Mike Cheng* Ronald L. Clendenen Robert and Frances Connick Fred F. Coons Walter and Eleanor Dong Daisy Joe Du Bois and Justin Du Bois William E. Dunn Dr. Victor H. Edwards Dr. Julianne Elward-Berry Marjorie W. Evans Virginia and Larry Faith Steven and Terri Fantazia Michael S. Freed* Shun C. Fung Man K. Go

Edward D. Goldberg Charles and Karen Goss G. Douglas and Regina Gould Elaine and Arnold Grossberg Margaret Gwinn Marlin D. Harmony Clayton Heathcock and Cheri Hadley L. Louis Hegedus* W. J. and Shirley Heiman* Joel Hill Prof. Darleane C. Hoffman and Dr. Marvin Hoffman Hsin-Yuan Hu Richard Hyman Robert and Yasuko Ikeda Mr. Thomas J. and Dr. Mottlene W. Jarvis Rex A. Jennings Stephen and Elizabeth Johnson John Jost, Jr. Paul H. Kasai Kiyoshi and Irene Katsumoto Stanley Kelly Hyun Yong Kim Mr. and Mrs. Fred Kirby William A. Kleschick Henry F. Koopmann LaRoc and Linda Kovar James and Barbara Lago Julian I. Landau Dr. Peter W. Lee David Lieu, M.D., M.B.A. David A. Lightner Robert and June Lindquist Peter Liu and Jackie Khor Liu* Mr. and Mrs. Henry H. Loo Stefan D. Loren, Ph.D. Robert Lundin* Richard and Myra Lynch Scott and Annette Lynn Liming Ma Jon Maienschein and Lisa Cline Enrique and Katalin Mannheim Gary and Irene Masada Richard L. Merson Thomas J. Meyers Dr. Michael J. Miller

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Walter H. Moos and Susan M. Miller Curt Munson and Hazel Olbrich Dr. and Mrs. Charles P. Nash Herb Nelson Richard Newman Drs. Richard A. and Joan F. Newmark T. W. Newton Dr. Ogbemi O. Omatete Rodney and Jeanne Panos William R. Parrish Garry Iain George Parton Chin-Tzu Peng Dr. Donald D. Phillips Llad Phillips, Ph.D. Jeanne Pimentel Jacob Plattner Dr. J. Winston Porter Prof. and Mrs. John M. Prausnitz Jack and Daisy Yep Quan John A. Ragan R. Andrew Ramelmeier Lanny Replogle Mr. and Mrs. John D. Richert* John L. Robbins Barney Rubin David B. Sable Klaus and Mary Ann Saegebarth Dr. Gary P. Schwartz Farhang Shadman* Fredrick Shair* Ronald E. Silva Sher G. Singh Tonny Soesanto Jeffrey P. Solar and Rosalyn Furukawa Bruce E. and Susan J. Stangeland Robert J. Steininger II and Carolyn M. Hoffman Donna R. Sterling Prof. Andrew Streitwieser Frederick J. Strieter Kong-Heong Tan Jerome H. and Selma E. Targovnik Sheila E. Taylor

College of Chemistry, UC Berkeley

Richard M. Teeter Barbara A. Tenenbaum* Anne Friend Thacher Curtis Tong Dirk Trauner Constantine Tsonopoulos Raymond Vermeulen James P. Vokac and Stacey T. Baba Raymond Chiu and Stephanie Wang Darsh T. Wasan David M. Watt Jack M. Weiler Mark Wiepking Roger G. and Molly W. Williams Michael A. Wilson Gar Lok Woo Stephen Worland Robert Zahler

The Sather Gate Club and the College Council The college’s Sather Gate Club members made commitments of $500-$999 this year and also belong to the College Council. Ilana S. Aldor* Carlo and Barbara Alesandrini Keith Alexander Nicole and Paul Alivisatos Ward and Mary Alter Dr. and Mrs. David Altman Myron and Barbara Andrews Anonymous Daniel Arenson Drs. Mark and Kelly Aubart* Charles E. and Marianne Auerbach Michael L. Barry Richard Bellows Patrick Bengtsson Dr. and Mrs. Tom A. Bither, Jr. R. R. Breckenfeld

Richard Brodzinsky Michelle and Jeffrey Chang Andrew Y. Cheng Andrew Cheung Philip Choong* J. P. and Nancy L. Clark Ronald N. Clazie Peter Connolly and Pauline Ting Peter and Margo Connolly Harold P. Craig III Peter Cukor Sheryl and Kenneth Dahl Robert and Rochelle Dreyfuss Noelle M. Drugan* Walton Ellis Dr. and Mrs. Victor Engleman Christina C. Fahad, J.D.* Monte Faust Michael and Mary Flaugh Graham Fleming and Jean McKenzie* Friends of Eric Abramson Scholarship Fund Jennifer Fujii John A. and Rosie J. Garibaldi Frank P. Gay Steve G. Ghanayem Andrew Harautuneian Scott J. Hecker Jessie Herr Duane A. Heyman Dennis and Dale Hirotsu Mr. and Mrs. William R. Holman Keelung Hong Herbert Hooper Erwin W. Hornung Irma Hrycyk Mark Iiyama Mark J. Isaacson and Alice H. Isaacson David R. and Karen W. Johnson Lisa A. Johnson, DDS, QME, MBA, MAFM Darren C. Jones Eileen M. Julian Gary and Pat Kaiser Dr. Max J. Kalm Dr. Henry S. P. Kao

Dr. Alexis I. Kaznoff Jack Kelly Rosalind and Sung-Hou Kim Edward F. Kleinman Robert Knott Janell Kobayashi Wilson Lam Albert F. Lane* Sidney B. Lang Jan and Maria Leeman Charles and Tonya Lemmon Marc and Tsun Tsun Levin Mark T. Lewellyn Edward S. Lewis Mr. and Mrs. Kwang-Chi Liang* Arnold A. Liebman Dr. Christopher A. Lipinski Peter and Rachel Lipowicz Ed Louie Prof. Richard G. Luthy Michael and Jane MacDonald Arturo Maimoni Gregory S. Girolami and Vera V. Mainz Craig Markey Gregg and Fiona Martin Eugene D. McCarthy Robert K. Millar David Mobley Lingfung Mok Mike Moyer and Margaret Chu-Moyer Merrill A. Muhs Robert T. Mullen Sean P. Mullen and Mary M. Mullen Estella K. Mysels Dr. and Mrs. Louie Nady Allen Ng Edward John Palkot Sunny Panmai John and Cheryl Petersen Gurdeep S. Ranhotra Ronald Ratcliffe Scott Rocklage Mark Sanner Fritz and Karen Schaefer Elmer E. Schallenberg Robert A. Scherrer Charles Scott

* New donor(s) in 2005–2006

William J. Scott, M.D. Dr. John M. and Mrs. Helen Seelig Peter A. S. Smith Gerald Smolinsky David F. Starks Raymond C. Stewart Xingcai Su* Jack Swanburg Dr. James S. Symanski Dr. Janet Tamada John F. Thompson Andrew Trapani Baylor B. and Linda M. Triplett Jeffry Urban* Dale E. Van Sickle Yeffi Vanatta and Philip Manela* Emil J. Volcheck, Jr. Marjorie and Greg Went Keith R. Westcott Dr. Gene A. Westenbarger Ronald and Lucy Wetzel Katsumi and Elby Yamamoto Cecilia Lee Yu and Timothy Kar Yu C. A. Zimmerman

The Carillon Club and the College Council The Carillon Club members made commitments of $250-$499 this year and are members of the College Council. Anonymous (3) Burke and Carole Baker Jim Barkovich and Karen Jernstedt Stan Barnett Craig P. Baskin David Bass Stacey F. Bent and Bruce M. Clemens Carl M. Berke Prof. Jacob Bigeleisen

benefits of

private giving

Jacky Melchior (B.S. ’39 Chem; Ph.D. ’46 Biochem) created a charitable gift annuity along with her husband, Norten Melchior (B.S. ’39 Chem; Ph.D. ’46 Chem).

charitable gift annuity In 1938, Jacklyn Butler and Norten Melchior didn’t know it, but Professor Ermon Eastman’s physical chemistry class was about to change their lives forever. A brief conversation after class sparked a relationship that would last for 57 years. Married in 1939, both Jacky and Norten received their undergraduate degrees in chemistry from Berkeley, followed by their Ph.D. degrees — Jacky in biochemistry, and Norten in organic chemistry. They then moved together to Chicago, where they taught chemistry at the Loyola University Medical School for the next 34 years. When they retired in 1980, they knew exactly where they wanted to be — back home in Berkeley, where they lived until Norten’s death in 1996. Jacky now lives in a serene retirement apartment overlooking Oakland’s Lake Merritt. Norten, who earned both his undergraduate and graduate degrees in the College of Chemistry, always felt that the college had given him an exceptional education. He was the driving force behind the couple’s decision to set up two deferred charitable gift annuities (CGAs) to be used at the discretion of the dean. Now that Norten is gone, Jacky continues her involvement with the college, frequently attending events. CGAs provide income to beneficiaries — in the Melchior’s case their two children — while ultimately benefiting the charity to which the gift has been designated. Donors benefit by receiving an initial income tax deduction, and a portion of the annual income generated by the gift annuity is tax-free. For information about creating a CGA, or to learn more about other gift planning opportunities, please contact Jane Scheiber, Assistant Dean, College Relations, at 510/642.8782.

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donors to the college Paul Bigeleisen M. Robert Blum Richard W. Borry Lawrence J. Bowerman David Brossard David E. Burge James D. Burke Joan Frisoli and Harry Cartland Dr. Allan R. Champion Shih-Ger Chang Linda C. Chen Seng H. Cheong Leland J. Chinn Gregory K. Chow* Ronald and Myong Chun*

Clelland R. Downs Dr. Lawrence H. Dubois Arthur K. Dunlop Lois Durham John G. Ekerdt Bruce A. Ellsworth Stuart P. Evens Dwight A. Fine Dr. and Mrs. Howard L. Fong Tim Frederick E. Robert Freitas Philip R. Friedel Peter R. Gates Wilbur Y. W. Lew and Bertha M. Gee-Lew Ted C. Germroth

Frank Hershkowitz Ann and William Hetherington Don Hildenbrand Richard W. and Patricia A. Hoff Bob and Lisa Holden Gary F. Holland Richard Honnell Zhengjie Hu and Wendy Ng Judy C. Huang and Ken Nishimura James L. Hyde* Edward L. King T. P. King Dr. Deanne C. Krenz* John M. Krochta

Dr. Patricia D. Mackenzie Prof. Bruce H. Mahan Estate Stephen and Emma Mallon Robert P. Mandal John McDonald Joseph B. McLean* Kenneth E. Meeker Curtis Mehlhaff Drake and Jayne Michno David W. Moreland Arthur Morgan Paul Morrisroe Dr. Timothy J. Myers Dr. John B. Nash Daniel and Ellen Neumark


I owe a great part of my success to the support of the College of Chemistry. The program is challenging, the resources and facilities are excellent, and the professors and graduate students are phenomenal teachers. ... This [scholarship] award brings me one step closer to becoming a marine chemist. Thank you.” —Whitney Bernstein

Frank C. Collins* Peter S. Connell David J. Cook James A. Cooks* Tucker Coughlen Alan R. Craig* Matt Croughan Enrique A. Dalmasso Drs. Cameron and Jean Dasch Christopher Dateo Ronald L. Dickenson Charles Do*

College of Chemistry, UC Berkeley

Peter Giannousis Miriam Gochin-Baskin Mr. and Mrs. Abe Goldhaar Joseph H. Gregor Paul H. Gusciora Stig Hagstrom* Mr. and Mrs. SoonKap Hahn Robert N. Hanson Ian Harris Grog Hayden Robert and Ellen Hempton Dr. and Mrs. Frank Hernandez*

Camey Ku Joseph M. Kunkel, II Garming Lai* William E. Lambert Luong H. Le Marcus Lee* Arnold and Young-Eun Lee* Drs. Traci A. and Timothy A. Lewis Glenn Lipscomb Mingjun Liu Marc Loudon*

Prof. and Mrs. John S. Newman Douglas J. Ng Heino Nitsche and Martha Boccalini James and Georgiana Nygaard Camille and Jim Olufson* Stephen ONeil Kent Opheim Keith and Suzanne Pang David B. Phillips Bava Pillay

* New donor(s) in 2005–2006

Robert J. Purtell Roland Quong June and Gene Roberts Mark and Patricia Rochkind* Esther H. Rose Philip P. Russell Harry and Jane Scheiber Gilbert R. Seely Arnold and Janice Seidule Frederic T. Selleck John L. Shafer George V. Shalimoff Tzong-Yann and May-Feng Shiue* Hugh C. Silcox Henry B. Sinclair Myron Siu Shinji and Masuko Soneda Bruce Spencer* Julie Stewart Steven R. Stoltz Elaine B. Stoner Carolyn North and Herbert Strauss Chris Tagge Jeffrey Tane Jack Thomas Ken Tokunaga Bert M. Tolbert Eric J. Tonnis, Ph.D. Tracy Phuong Tuyet Tram* Jack M. Van Den Bogaerde Anthony C. Waiss, Jr. Deane S. Walker Mark Wegner Anthony and Diane Wetherbee Richard J. Wilcox Dr. John B. Wilkes Phillip A. Wilmarth Paul Wollenzien Gordon J. Wozniak Albert H. Wu Paul Zittel

The Campanile Club and the College Council The Campanile Club members made commitments of $100-$249 this year and belong to the College Council Dr. Raul E. Acosta John E. Adams Rex and Mandy Altman George E. Alves Greg Andersen Dr. Lawrence C. Andrews* Dr. G. Apai* Anonymous (3) Bhuvaraghan and Ramani Aravindhan Morris Argyle Phillip A. Armstrong Don W. Arnold Carl Aschenbrenner* Zaid A. Astarabadi M. Atik* J. William Aubry Steven C. Avanzino Levon Avdoyan* Samuel D. Bader Douglas J. Bamford Chandler H. Barkelew Ian R. Bartky Profs. Jean S. Baum and John G. Brennan* Dr. David Beach L. J. Beaufait James R. Beck Dean Bender Bob Benedict Carol Ann and David Bergman-Hill* Donna Bernadou Manya M. Bertram Phillip S. Bettoli Steven C. Biondi* Gregory S. Blackman* Patricia Degenkolb Blanton Lesia Bodnaruk and Norman Garfield*

Phil Bonasia Jerome V. Boots Philip N. Borer Marie T. Borin, Ph.D. Judith A. Bose* Michel and Marina Boudart* Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Brafman Timothy N. Breece Frank P. Brendel Robert J. Breuer Thomas K. Brewer* Rob Broekhuis Leo D. Brown Tomasz and Elzbieta Brozek* Edward Bruggemann Gina Buccellato Anh Bui Elizabeth R. Burkhardt Joel Burley Melinda Burn* Frederick L. Burnett Carol J. Burns* Gary P. Burns Charles and Andrea Buser Elton and Miriam Cairns Herbert Carlson Michael Carolan* Ann Chambers Emory Chan* Ching-Jen Chang Henry Chang* Dr. Yan-Tyng Chang and Dr. Johnny Chang* Donald F. Charles Chuck Chatlynne* Margaret and Nai Chen* Pi-Chung Cheng Rita L. Chia Delano and Helen Chong Grace F. Chou Pamela Chu Yong-Hwee Chua* Michelle Claffey and Stephane Caron Shelley Claridge* John B. Collins, Ph.D. Kaizar H. Colombowala F. Warren Colvin Mary M. Conway

Douglas H. Cortez Ronald L. Cotterman William Cox John E. Crider Enrique Cuellar Robert F. Curl Dr. and Mrs. Calvin J. Curtis Dr. David C. Darwin Pravin and Jyoti Dattani Kevin E. Davidson Anna Davis* Prof. Jefferson C. Davis, Jr. Bob and Judy Davis* Prof. Kenneth E. De Bruin Robin L. Deaton Peter and Joanne Demaio* Frances B. Dempsey* William and Susan Dempsey* Joram Diamant and Ann Marks* Paul and Camille Didas* Hong T. Dinh Michael J. Domeniconi Denis and Donna Drapeau Loretta and Michael Du Bois Carol Dunbar* Bernie I. Edrada Ernest Ehnisz, Jr. David J. Ellis Thomas E. and Donna Mae Ellis Alfredo and Estela Espinosa Dr. Mark R. Etzel William H. Eustis Irving P. Everett, Jr. John Fabera Dr. Patricia L. Falcone and Family Stephen N. Falling Eric M. Fallon, Ph.D. Larisa Falvey* Dr. Robert J. Farina* Leland and Susan Faust* Paul L. Feldman Kenneth G. Felton Bruce A. Firestone Brian Fischer Jay and Leslie Fishman* George Fitzgerald

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Richard C. Fitzgerald Warren W. Flack Robert Flath Mel Forbes* Bruce M. Foreman Matthew K. Fountain Reyes M. Fragoso* Elizabeth Green Francois* Jeffrey Frank and Kaye Anderson Milton S. Frank Loyd D. Frashier Fay A. Froom Sabrina S. Fu Ethan C. Galloway Donald E. Garrett Don and Donelle Gartner Michael B. Gentzler Kevin R. Geurts* Dale Gibson Michael D. Gillespie Jack and Judy Gilmore Dr. Craig S. Gittleman* Will Glesener Aaron Glimme Donald Gluntz Dorothy M. Goldish Jose Gomez* Judson E. Goodrich Daniel M. Gorecki* Ronald W. Grant Beth M. Grasel Joseph M. Greendorfer Sally and Don Hanson George L. Hardgrove, Jr. T. Norman Hardy* Tom Harvey Gene Hashiguchi Jeanne and Robert Haushalter A. Kay Hays Tina B. Heath Susan Heinemann* Ray and Cathy Heller Tana W. Henderson, DDS* Robert W. Hermsen Jeanne P. Herrmann* Eric Hintsa Jason Ho Jonathan Z. Ho

College of Chemistry, UC Berkeley

Helen Hong* Mei Hong Horace and Lois Hopkins D. Christian Hovde Limin Hsueh Chung-Hwa Huang E. K. Hulet Michael R. Hull* Dr. Carol M. Hurwitz Michael K. Ishii Adrienne Iwata William Y. Ja Thomas P. Jarvie Jose and Mila Javier* John A. Jensvold Jon A. Johnsen Russell Johnson Louis and Grace Jones* Patricia A. Jones Patricia W. and Russell L. Jones T. Keith Jones S. Lup Jung Steve Kallen* Chia Chen Chu Kang* Steven C. Kaplan* Fred Katzburg Jack A. Keenan Eric R. Keim Bernd and Stacia Keller Irene A. Kennedy* Sean M. Kerwin* John S. Killian Andrew Kindler Todd Kindorf Kimio Kinoshita James A. Klein, Ph.D. Prof. Judith P. Klinman James W. Klohr Peter Knappe* T. Kong Andrei W. Konradi Dr. Aaron D. Kossoy Kenneth W. Kraus Shailaja Krishnamurthy Alex and Maria Kutas Heemun Kwack* Justin Kwong John R. Lai

David and Mary Jane Laity* Prof. Joseph R. Landolph, Jr. Philip Lau and Quina Chang* Chun-Yue Lee Jong Eun and Tae Young Lee* Wen Chin Lee* Allen and Phyllis Lefohn Hugh R. Lehman Richard M. and Lillian Lessler Prof. and Mrs. William A. Lester, Jr. Cissy Leung Tak and Maggie Leung Alan Levy A. Lew James W. Lewis Dr. Kenneth B. Lewis, Jr.* Ming Li* William Goddard Light, Ph.D. James Lim Dr. T. Joseph Lin Dr. Manfred Lindner David Lindsay Robert Lingle, Jr. David Lloyd Harold and Edith Lohr Darui Long and Peilin Jiang* Stephen R. Long Larry Loomis-Price Jane H. Lundquist Xuan Hung and Van Gia Ly* Bjorn Christian Lyche Bing C. Ma Tom Mac Phee Marc Machbitz Khorshed Madan Doug Mandel Nolan F. Mangelson Kevin and Corinne Mansfield* J. Hodge Markgraf Prof. and Mrs. Samuel S. Markowitz David W. M. Marr W. Paul Martin Carol Masinter* Thomas and Elaine Maslowski Jon Mason* Paul and Julia Mathews Con and Mary McCormick

Sherry McCoy and Tom Bruggman* Dr. William R. McDonell James W. McFarland Anne E. McGuire Michael McKinney* Kevin L. McLaren Michael McManus Seymour and Jacqueline Meisel* Prof. and Mrs. Howard C. Mel Charles Meyer Richard Michelman and Karen Meyer Alwin S. Milian, Jr. Donald G. Miller Richard R. Miller William G. Miller Prof. and Mrs. William H. Miller William M. Miller Michael Milos Charles W. Monroe* David R. Monroe Pamela Montana Terry Moody Barbara and Dennis Morrell Cary J. Morrow Earl M. Mortensen Robert Mortlock, Ph.D. Jim Muirhead Barry T. Murphey Thomas F. Murphy William Murray Wesley C. Natzle Jim Neely Walter E. Nervik Dr. David R. Nethaway Eddie Ng* Felix G. Ngan Victor Trinh Nguyen* Nancy Norem Kendall Novoa-Takara Jodie M. Nygaard* John O’Brien Timothy O’Callaghan* Rudolf Oesterlin Teiichiro Ogawa Jon and Susan Okada* Miles S. Okino*

* New donor(s) in 2005–2006

Jackie Orbon Robert J. Ouellette Harlan Overholt* Tim Owens James Oziomek Roberto Pabalan Spyridon E. Papadakis James S. Papanu Rudolph Pariser John E. Parmeter Chris Parr Patricia Dooley Parrish* Thomas O. Passell Axel H. Paul Charles M. Paulson Winfield B. Perry Dr. Eric Peters Leonidas Petrakis Kristala L. Jones Prather Susan Puglia* Robert Quilici* David T. Rabb Jack M. Rademacher C. J. Radke Donald L. Raimondi Tom and Betty Ransohoff Rekha Rao John and Louise Rasmussen Brent D. Rehfuss, Ph.D. Manfred G. Reinecke Richard A. Reinhardt Lyle S. Rice Keith Rickert* Alice Chen Rico Dr. Peter A. Rock Mark Roebuck Renee Roemmele, Ph.D. Glen A. Rogers Dr. and Mrs. C. B. Roland Gerry Rollefson Geza S. Ronay Guido Rosati Daniel H. Rosenblatt G. W. Roy Prof. David S. Rumschitzki Kenneth and Joan Rutledge* Rusty Santee* Rob Scarrow Laurie Schenkel*

benefits of

private giving

Chemical engineering student Thomas R. Schwei works on a heat exchange experiment in the transport laboratory.

chemical engineering transport laboratory Contributions from many donors that are pooled and designated to be used at the dean’s discretion have allowed the Department of Chemical Engineering to create a unique laboratory for its undergraduates. The multi-phase transport laboratory is a special facet of the Berkeley undergraduate experience in chemical engineering. Faculty members have carefully devised experiments and computational modeling exercises that delve into concepts and apply them to understanding physical phenomena involved in transport situations. The newly renovated transport lab is the only such experimental facility in the country that is dedicated to introducing undergraduates to the study of transport in systems involving multiple phases. In other institutions, students are usually introduced to this topic through textbook examples and rarely, if at all, through laboratory experiments. When their experiments are completed in the transport lab, students typically work one-to-one with the faculty to give oral presentations of their results. The transport laboratory is a wonderful teaching tool that draws much positive feedback from students, who are excited to have had the opportunity to use their newfound engineering skills towards understanding complex systems in which multiple simultaneous processes are occurring. by professor alex katz

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donors to the college


Larry and Regina Schick Dr. Ursula Schmidt* Dr. and Mrs. Francis J. Schmitz Anne-Marie Schmoltner* Stephen E. Schwartz Dr. Gretchen Schwenzer Martin Seamons Richard Searle Susan Seestorm and Christopher Morris* Prof. Susan Sharfstein and Dr. Joseph Shiang Pi-teh Shen Martin D. Shetlar James S. Shirk Abdolreza Siadati Mary F. Singleton Laurie Sizemore* James T. Slama* Arthur C. Smith Dr. and Mrs. James Hart Smith Randy Snurr Dr. John E. Sohn Dragan Spasic Marshall Spector* William L. Stanley* David Stern Pieter Stroeve Steven R. Styer Donny Suhartono* Jenny Sung Natalia Svensson Dr. John B. Swartz Dr. Frederick J. Szalkowski* James Takasugi Nitas Taksatorn Rex Tam Joyce Teng* Edmund Thelen Klaus H. Theopold Mr. and Mrs. Paul B. Thompson Minh Tran* Michael Trenary Myron Tribus George and Madeleine Trilling* Jennifer A. Tripp

College of Chemistry, UC Berkeley

Bharat and Hema Trivedi* Noel H. Turner David Uehling Dr. John P. Unik Renée van de Griend Alan and Michelle Veeck* Paul Verderber Glen M. Waki Jennifer S. Wakita Timothy P. Walker Ben and Chong-Huey Wang* Bennet M. Wang* Lisa Wang Nam Sun Wang Myron M. Warshaw Alexandra Weaver R. B. Weisenmiller, Ph.D. William J. Welch Peter H. Wendschuh Dr. William C. Wernau Charles T. White Gina Whitney Ieda Siqueira Wiarda* Hans Wijffels James T. Williams James R. Wilson* John J. Winberry* Mr. and Mrs. Arthur T. Wincek Eric K. Wong Jack Wong Sharon M. Wong Mabel Lowe Woo David R. Wright, Jr.* Peter and Lori Wu Dr. Alan De L. Xu* Wei Yang and Ling Cheng* Zhen-Yu Yang Chi and Mary Yen* Shirley Chao Yfantis* John and Annette Yim Cum Young Donald G. Young Raymond Yu Allan Zalkin* Federico Zaraga Richard N. Zare John Zinn

Speaker Anna Mapp (Ph.D. ’97 Chem) chats with mentor and former dean Clayton Heathcock after giving the inaugural Heathcock Lecture. This new lecture series was endowed in honor of Heathcock by former students, postdocs and other colleagues.

The Honor Roll The Honor Roll acknowledges individuals who have contributed up to $99 to the college. Roy E. Abendroth, M.D. Daniel Adamson Linda Allen* Dr. Habib Amin Ray Amsinger Lawrence C. Anderson Anonymous Bill and Peggy Austin* Robert P. Bacher

John Perry Baker Ron Baldwin Edward M. Barrish* George H. Batchelder John F. Below* Pauline and Ronald Kauffman* Bruce C. Berris Vinit S. Bhatt* Leland Blinman Constantine Boojamra Judith B. and Marc B. Bourzutschky H. Leon Bradlow Mitchell C. Brenner

* New donor(s) in 2005–2006

J. Michael Buchanan John H. Bushweller Hollis Byers* Dr. Michelle Zhuoping Cai* James L. Caley John Cammack* Ramon and May Carpio* John W. Carroz Giles F. Carter* George and Jean Chang* Mary Pin Chang, Ph.D. William and Joyce Chang* Chellappah and Rada Chanmugathas* James L. Chao Jonathan D. Chapple-Sokol Thomas Chew Mary E. Clifford Drs. Jeffrey M. Cogen and Kerry L. Cogen John F. Cooper William M. Cwirla Geoffrey and Gail Dafforn Louis R. Damskey, Jr. Fred Davis* Jacob M. Davis* Mr. and Mrs. Mahendra Desai* Param P. Dhillon Paul and Georgette Dorn* Ronald P. Drucker, Ph.D. Patricia F. Dulin* Carolyn B. Dundes* David Eichhorn Alan S. Emanuel George and Herminia Emperador* Jeffrey and Lorie Ericson* Dr. Felicia A. Etzkorn Maria Fardis Melba Farley and Judith Buhlis* Jere D. and Theresa D. Fellmann Steve Fine Marianne K. Flak* Dr. Mary F. Foltz Joseph M. Fox III and Shirley Ann Fox Charles and Margaret Frazier* Aihua Fu* Kent Fung

Bruce C. Garrett Edward Gillan Indu Gilman David Glueck Gary M. Goncher George W. Goth Donald W. Graham Teresa Grana* Michael L. Greenfield George and Marjory Greenwald* Frank Greer* Jolande K. Gumz* Greg and Lucia Haet Helen Storelli Hall Neil S. Hanabusa Carolyn S. Harris* Jeffrey and Joan Harris* Virginia-Jane Harris Bruce Henschel Louis Herrington David Holtz and Diane Glatt David A. Horner Camden R. Hubbard Maxine E. Hutchin Dr. Robert B. Hutchison Mary Lee Hyde Keren Jacobs* Franklin Jin Audrey M. Johnson Andreas V. Kadavanich Jack and Pia Kanholm* Mark and Maki Kapelke Saat Kasdi and Noor Ismail Gene and Susan Kaufman* Joe and Margaret Kelley* Mr. and Mrs. Rudy Kelly* Ernest J. Kirschke* Roland Koestner Selene Koo Emil and Vesselka Kozareva Cindy Krieger Romesh Kumar Yatping Kwan Borden Lacy Mitra Lahidji* Michael Lam Dave and Betty Lamoree* Carolyn and Everette Larson*

Albert S. Lee Ivan Lee Mei Kim Carol Lee Yun-Chiang Lee and Khim L. Wong* Robert E. Levy John D. Leyba Dr. Yitmin Liang Elaina Lin* Frank Ling* Richard Luke Richard A. MacPhail Thomas J. Maimone Donald F. Mastick Prof. Karen A. McDonald Barry and Donna McElmurry Richard P. McGinnis Ashish J. Mehta Cdr. Peter Wyckoff Miller Nancy Miller Wilberg and Robert Wilberg* Aniko R. Molnar Sarah Mullins Natarajan Muruganandam Marcel W. Nathans Greg and Cindy Naylor Nate Neale Norman T. Nelson Charles B. Neubecker Yu-Sim Ng Jeffrey K. Ngai* Caroline Nguyen Miyoko Okuda* Howard Ono Morton Orentlicher* William C. Orr Janice E. Parker* Charles W. Paul* Peggy Pearlstein* Joseph H. Pease* Vincent and Caroline Peloso* Libbie S. Pelter Jaan Pesti Robert N. Pike Jason Ploeger Morgan S. Ponder Pauline D. Powell* Christina Lee Quigley Jed Richardson

Capt. and Mrs. John C. Roach* Louis D. Rollmann* Paula and Andy Rosen* Rebecca Rosen* Kenneth D. Ross* Albert J. Rothman Joel W. Russell Sanford A. Safron Nick R. Schott Richard L. Schowen Barry Schwarz Anita J. Shaw Albert E. Sherwood Joel Shumaker* Jack and Xinbo Shumway* Bakthan and Saraswathi Singaram* Mary King Skapski John and Bernice Solin* Xiaodan Song* Jon Sorenson* Timothy Spence Gilbert St. John* Susan Stanton Elise C. Stone John Sullivan Joel Susskind Debra M. Suzuki Prof. Robert L. and Mrs. Linda K. Swofford Tin Yeung Randoll Sze* Kuochou and Chin-Won Tai* Jing Tang* Phyllis R. Tannin* Vazken Tashinian Peter M. Thomson Sandor Trajmar Henry Hiep Tran Piper L. Trelstad* Ricardo Unikel Mathias Van Thiel Venky and Suma Venkatesh* Michael Verti* David J. Vieira Alex A. Virgilio* Gregory J. Wagner Robert F. Weimer Eli S. Weiss Gregory A. Weiss*

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Hewitt G. Wight Louis and Edith Wilson* Connie Wong* Ralph L. Woodward, Jr.* Adam and Shannon Woolley* David T. Wu* Jing-Hwa and Yu-Chun Wu Zhengqing Xu and Wu Yan* Jenny Y. Yang* Liub-Chii Yang Chen Laura Yee Robert Yeh* Yadong Yin and Yu Lu* Qingqi Yue and Huaixia Yao* Hui Ting Yun* Shengbo Zhu and Baoqi Ding*

commitment to

private giving

The cupola from the old chemistry building still graces the college campus as a reminder of the accomplishments of that era.

Current and Former Faculty and Staff Donors


Keith Alexander Nicole and Paul Alivisatos Paul A. Bartlett William and Inez Benjamin Robert and Wendy Bergman Harvey W. Blanch Bud Blue Michel and Marina Boudart* Elton and Miriam Cairns Joseph and Susan Cerny Robert and Frances Connick Graham Fleming and Jean McKenzie* Elaine and Arnold Grossberg Sally and Don Hanson Charles B. Harris Clayton Heathcock and Cheri Hadley Prof. Darleane C. Hoffman and Dr. Marvin Hoffman Erwin W. Hornung Harold and Mary Ella Johnston Kiyoshi and Irene Katsumoto Rosalind and Sung-Hou Kim Prof. and Mrs. C. Judson King Prof. Judith P. Klinman Prof. and Mrs. William A. Lester, Jr.

College of Chemistry, UC Berkeley

cupola era endowed chair Just three years after the Department of Chemical Engineering was officially established, Bill Gerhardt (B.S. ’60, ChemE) graduated with a degree that would shape his future. “I think many of us fail to appreciate how much that degree from Berkeley formed our lives. My wife and I came from families of very modest means. My father did not graduate from high school. There is no doubt I would not be where I am today if I had not graduated from Cal,” says Gerhardt. Bill and his wife, Janet, have been giving to the College of Chemistry for 24 consecutive years, leveraging matching gifts from Shell Oil Company, where Bill worked for 32 years. They long ago became members of the 1868 Society for donors whose cumulative giving totals $100,000 or more. In addition, the Gerhardts have provided for the college in their estate plans. As a way of honoring the remarkable contributions to science that arose out of the period known to College of Chemistry alumni as the Cupola Era (1946–63), Bill became a member of the Cupola Era Steering Committee. Joining forces with fellow alumni, he is dedicated to raising money to establish an endowed chair that will be used to support a junior faculty member in the college. The effort to endow the Cupola Chair is well under way, and Bill and the other members of the steering committee will continue to encourage support from their fellow alumni until the chair is fully funded.

* New donor(s) in 2005–2006

donors to the college Scott and Annette Lynn Prof. and Mrs. David N. Lyon Prof. Bruce H. Mahan Estate J. Hodge Markgraf Prof. and Mrs. Samuel S. Markowitz Michael Marletta and Margaret Gutowski Richard and JoAnne Mathies Prof. and Mrs. William H. Miller Arthur Morgan Daniel and Ellen Neumark Prof. and Mrs. John S. Newman Heino Nitsche and Martha Boccalini Camille and Jim Olufson* Norman and Paula Phillips Prof. and Mrs. John M. Prausnitz C. J. Radke John and Louise Rasmussen Fritz and Karen Schaefer Harry and Jane Scheiber Judith and Gabor Somorjai Carolyn North and Herbert Strauss Prof. Andrew Streitwieser Vazken Tashinian David and Lieselotte Templeton Dirk Trauner

Parent Donors The College is particularly grateful for the generous support of our students’ parents. Linda Allen* Rex and Mandy Altman Bhuvaraghan and Ramani Aravindhan Bill and Peggy Austin* Carol Ann and David Bergman-Hill* Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Brafman Tomasz and Elzbieta Brozek* Charles and Andrea Buser

Ramon and May Carpio* George and Jean Chang* William and Joyce Chang* Chellappah and Rada Chanmugathas* Tan-Jen and Li-Fong Chen* Philip Choong* Ronald and Myong Chun* Peter and Joanne Demaio* Mr. and Mrs. Mahendra Desai* Paul and Camille Didas* Charles Do* Loretta and Michael Du Bois Carol Dunbar* Thomas E. and Donna Mae Ellis George and Herminia Emperador* Alfredo and Estela Espinosa Christina C. Fahad, J.D.* Monte Faust Jay and Leslie Fishman* Marianne K. Flak* Charles and Margaret Frazier* Don and Donelle Gartner Dale Gibson George and Marjory Greenwald* Jolande K. Gumz* Mr. and Mrs. SoonKap Hahn Jeanne and Robert Haushalter Dr. and Mrs. Frank Hernandez* Mr. and Mrs. William R. Holman Irma Hrycyk Chung-Hwa Huang Jose and Mila Javier* Louis and Grace Jones* Eileen M. Julian Steve Kallen* Jack and Pia Kanholm* Saat Kasdi and Noor Ismail Bernd and Stacia Keller Mr. and Mrs. Rudy Kelly* Mr. and Mrs. Paul E. Kidd Engr. Joseph L. and Dr. Helen C. Koo LaRoc and Linda Kovar

Emil and Vesselka Kozareva Shailaja Krishnamurthy Michael Lam Philip Lau and Quina Chang* Luong H. Le Jong Eun and Tae Young Lee* Marcus Lee* Wen Chin Lee* Arnold and Young-Eun Lee* Yun-Chiang Lee and Khim L. Wong* Tak and Maggie Leung Ming Li* Mr. and Mrs. Kwang-Chi Liang* Darui Long and Peilin Jiang* Richard Luke Xuan Hung and Van Gia Ly* Liming Ma Stephen and Emma Mallon Enrique and Katalin Mannheim Carol Masinter* Thomas and Elaine Maslowski Paul and Julia Mathews Con and Mary McCormick Michael McManus Pamela Montana Greg and Cindy Naylor Eddie Ng* James and Georgiana Nygaard Jon and Susan Okada* Harlan Overholt* Keith and Suzanne Pang Dr. and Mrs. C. B. Roland Rusty Santee* Dr. John M. and Mrs. Helen Seelig Susan Seestorm and Christopher Morris* Tzong-Yann and May-Feng Shiue* Jack and Xinbo Shumway* Bakthan and Saraswathi Singaram* John and Bernice Solin* Shinji and Masuko Soneda Xiaodan Song* Natalia Svensson* Kuochou and Chin-Won Tai* Nitas Taksatorn

Joyce Teng* Minh Tran* Bharat and Hema Trivedi* Yeffi Vanatta and Philip Manela* Venky and Suma Venkatesh* Jennifer S. Wakita Ben and Chong-Huey Wang* Rushan Wen and Qizhang Chao Anthony and Diane Wetherbee Mr. and Mrs. Arthur T. Wincek Connie Wong* Jing-Hwa and Yu-Chun Wu Peter and Lori Wu Zhengqing Xu and Wu Yan* Wei Yang and Ling Cheng* Chi and Mary Yen* Qingqi Yue and Huaixia Yao* Hui Ting Yun* Shengbo Zhu and Baoqi Ding*

G. N. Lewis Era, Classes through 1945 These donors represent a participation rate of 16.3 percent for the G. N. Lewis Era. Dr. and Mrs. David Altman George E. Alves J. William Aubry Charles E. and Marianne Auerbach Chandler H. Barkelew L. J. Beaufait Phillip S. Bettoli Prof. Jacob Bigeleisen Dr. and Mrs. Tom A. Bither, Jr. Leland Blinman Bud Blue Norman A. Bonner R. R. Breckenfeld Frank P. Brendel Robert J. Breuer James L. Caley

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William H. Calkins Herbert Carlson Edmund Chambers Frank C. Collins* Robert and Frances Connick Fred F. Coons Louis R. Damskey, Jr. Dr. and Mrs. Gus D. Dorough, Jr. Marjorie W. Evans Matthew K. Fountain Milton S. Frank E. Robert Freitas Fay A. Froom John A. and Rosie J. Garibaldi Edward D. Goldberg Mr. and Mrs. Abe Goldhaar G. Douglas and Regina Gould Vic and Faye Gunther Virginia-Jane Harris Maxine E. Hutchin James L. Hyde* S. Lup Jung Jack A. Keenan Edward L. King Henry F. Koopmann Edward S. Lewis Donald F. Mastick Estella K. Mysels T. W. Newton Rudolph Pariser Robert N. Pike Jonathan S. Powell Jack M. Rademacher Richard A. Reinhardt June and Gene Roberts Geza S. Ronay Guido Rosati J. A. Sanford Mary King Skapski Peter A. S. Smith Edmund Thelen Mr. and Mrs. Paul B. Thompson Bert M. Tolbert Myron Tribus Jack M. Weiler Dr. John B. Wilkes James R. Wilson* C. A. Zimmerman

College of Chemistry, UC Berkeley

Cupola Era, Classes of 1946–1963 These donors represent a participation rate of 13.9 percent for the Cupola Era. Profs. Juana V. and Andreas Acrivos Ward and Mary Alter Lawrence C. Anderson Dr. Lawrence C. Andrews* Myron and Barbara Andrews Anonymous (3) M. Atik* Ian R. Bartky David Bass George H. Batchelder James R. Beck Edwin D. Becker John F. Below* John H. Birely M. Robert Blum Jerome V. Boots H. Leon Bradlow David E. Burge Elton and Miriam Cairns Robert Carr John W. Carroz Giles F. Carter* Joseph and Susan Cerny Dr. Allan R. Champion David C. K. Chan Sunney I. Chan Mary Pin Chang, Ph.D. Donald F. Charles Seng H. Cheong Thomas Chew Leland J. Chinn Delano and Helen Chong T. Z. and Irmgard Chu Ronald N. Clazie Ronald L. Clendenen William Cox Robert S. Crowder Robert F. Curl William A. Daniels Pravin and Jyoti Dattani Fred Davis*

Prof. Jefferson C. Davis, Jr. Frank and Janice Delfino Ronald L. Dickenson Walter and Eleanor Dong Clelland R. Downs Arthur K. Dunlop William E. Dunn Lois Durham Walton Ellis Alan S. Emanuel William H. Eustis Irving P. Everett, Jr. John Fabera Dwight A. Fine Bruce M. Foreman Loyd D. Frashier Ethan C. Galloway Donald E. Garrett Peter R. Gates Frank P. Gay William and Janet Gerhardt Walter M. Gibson Jack and Judy Gilmore Dorothy M. Goldish Judson E. Goodrich Ronald W. Grant Joseph M. Greendorfer Andrew Harautuneian George L. Hardgrove, Jr. Marlin D. Harmony John F. Heil, Jr. W. J. and Shirley Heiman* Robert W. Hermsen Louis Herrington Don Hildenbrand Richard W. and Patricia A. Hoff Richard Honnell Horace and Lois Hopkins Erwin W. Hornung E. K. Hulet Dr. Carol M. Hurwitz Dr. Robert B. Hutchison Richard Hyman Robert and Yasuko Ikeda William Y. Ja Franklin Jin Russell Johnson T. Keith Jones John Jost, Jr.

Dr. Max J. Kalm David G. Karraker Paul H. Kasai Fred Katzburg Dr. Alexis I. Kaznoff Stanley Kelly John S. Killian T. P. King Mr. and Mrs. Fred Kirby James W. Klohr Robert Knott Kenneth W. Kraus Joseph M. Kunkel, II John R. Lai Albert F. Lane* Sidney B. Lang Hugh R. Lehman Richard M. and Lillian Lessler Virginia and Frank Lew David A. Lightner James Lim Dr. T. Joseph Lin Dr. Manfred Lindner Robert and June Lindquist Harold and Edith Lohr Robert Lundin* Richard and Myra Lynch Prof. and Mrs. David N. Lyon Arturo Maimoni Robert P. Mandal W. Paul Martin Jon Mason* Donald F. Mastick Dr. William R. McDonell James W. McFarland Richard P. McGinnis Kenneth E. Meeker Curtis Mehlhaff Prof. and Mrs. Howard C. Mel Richard L. Merson Charles Meyer Alwin S. Milian, Jr. Robert K. Millar Donald G. Miller Arthur Morgan Earl M. Mortensen Merrill A. Muhs Robert T. Mullen Barry T. Murphey

* New donor(s) in 2005–2006

William Murray Albert Narath Dr. and Mrs. Charles P. Nash Marcel W. Nathans Walter E. Nervik Dr. David R. Nethaway Prof. and Mrs. John S. Newman Ken and Mary Nobe* Timothy O’Callaghan* Rudolf Oesterlin William C. Orr Robert J. Ouellette Chris Parr Thomas O. Passell Chin-Tzu Peng Leonidas Petrakis Dr. Donald D. Phillips Llad Phillips, Ph.D. Jack and Daisy Yep Quan Roland Quong John and Louise Rasmussen Manfred G. Reinecke Lanny Replogle Milton H. Ritchie Gerry Rollefson Albert J. Rothman Barney Rubin Klaus and Mary Ann Saegebarth Sanford A. Safron Elmer E. Schallenberg Robert A. Scherrer Dr. and Mrs. Francis J. Schmitz Richard L. Schowen Richard Searle Gilbert R. Seely Arnold and Janice Seidule Manesh Shah Fredrick Shair* George V. Shalimoff Hugh C. Silcox Henry B. Sinclair Mary F. Singleton Arthur C. Smith Gerald Smolinsky Judith and Gabor Somorjai Gilbert St. John* William L. Stanley* Dr. Charles E. Stehr

Free Radicals, Classes of 1964–1979 These donors represent a participation rate of 11.2 percent for the Free Radicals Era.

The ambiance of The Faculty Club's Great Hall lent a festive atmosphere to the annual Dean's Dinner held last April.

Julie Stewart Raymond C. Stewart Frederick J. Strieter Jack Swanburg Jerome H. and Selma E. Targovnik Vazken Tashinian Richard M. Teeter David and Lieselotte Templeton Sandor Trajmar Noel H. Turner Dr. John P. Unik Dale E. Van Sickle Mathias Van Thiel

Emil J. Volcheck, Jr. Anthony C. Waiss, Jr. Dr. Gene A. Westenbarger Rita Wieland Hewitt G. Wight Gar Lok Woo Mabel Lowe Woo Cum Young Allan Zalkin* Richard N. Zare John Zinn

Dr. Raul E. Acosta John E. Adams Carlo and Barbara Alesandrini Saad Ibrahim Almojel* Dr. Habib Amin Ray Amsinger Greg Andersen Anonymous (3) Dr. G. Apai* Zaid A. Astarabadi Steven C. Avanzino Robert P. Bacher Samuel D. Bader Burke and Carole Baker Ron Baldwin Ron and Sue Banducci Jim Barkovich and Karen Jernstedt Edward M. Barrish* Michael L. Barry Craig P. Baskin Richard Behrens, Ph.D. Richard Bellows Dean Bender Bob Benedict Patrick Bengtsson Carl M. Berke Paul Bigeleisen Patricia Degenkolb Blanton Philip N. Borer Lawrence J. Bowerman Thomas K. Brewer* David Brossard Leo D. Brown James D. Burke Frederick L. Burnett Gary P. Burns Charles Buse David R. and Carleen L. Buss S. Kumar and Uma Chandrasekaran

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donors to the college


Ching-Jen Chang Shih-Ger Chang Cecil C. Chappelow Jonathan D. Chapple-Sokol Chuck Chatlynne* Dr. Nirmal and Mrs. Ellen Chatterjee Mike Cheng* Pi-Chung Cheng Andrew Cheung Rita L. Chia Gregory K. Chow* J. P. and Nancy L. Clark Robin Clark and Mary Mackiernan John B. Collins, Ph.D. Kaizar H. Colombowala F. Warren Colvin Peter S. Connell Peter and Margo Connolly Mary M. Conway John F. Cooper Douglas H. Cortez Tucker Coughlen Alan R. Craig John E. Crider* Enrique Cuellar Peter Cukor Geoffrey and Gail Dafforn Drs. Cameron and Jean Dasch Prof. Kenneth E. De Bruin Tom and Marty De Jonghe Mr. and Mrs. Thomas A. Delfino Drs. Thomas J. Dietsche and Laura J. Dietsche Michael J. Domeniconi Robert and Rochelle Dreyfuss Ronald P. Drucker, Ph.D. Dr. Victor H. Edwards Ernest Ehnisz, Jr. John G. Ekerdt David J. Ellis Dr. Julianne Elward-Berry Dr. and Mrs. Victor Engleman Virginia and Larry Faith Stephen N. Falling Steven and Terri Fantazia Dr. Robert J. Farina* Jere D. and Theresa D. Fellmann

College of Chemistry, UC Berkeley

Kenneth G. Felton Bruce A. Firestone Richard C. Fitzgerald Robert Flath Michael and Mary Flaugh Dr. and Mrs. Howard L. Fong Mel Forbes* Philip R. Friedel Kai-Ye Fung Shun C. Fung Bruce C. Garrett Drs. David S. Gee and Caryn C. Lum Wilbur Y. W. Lew and Bertha M. Gee-Lew Ted C. Germroth Michael D. Gillespie Donald Gluntz Man K. Go George W. Goth Donald W. Graham Stig Hagstrom* Robert N. Hanson T. Norman Hardy* Ian Harris Tom Harvey Gene Hashiguchi A. Kay Hays L. Louis Hegedus* Ray and Cathy Heller Robert and Ellen Hempton Bruce Henschel Jessie Herr Ann and William Hetherington Duane A. Heyman Bob and Lisa Holden David Holtz and Diane Glatt Keelung Hong Limin Hsueh Camden R. Hubbard Mark Iiyama Michael K. Ishii Adrienne Iwata Mr. Thomas J. and Dr. Mottlene W. Jarvis Jon A. Johnsen David R. and Karen W. Johnson Lisa A. Johnson, DDS, QME, MBA, MAFM

Stephen and Elizabeth Johnson Patricia W. and Russell L. Jones Gary and Pat Kaiser Dr. Andrew and Mrs. Sandra Kaldor Dr. Henry S. P. Kao Steven C. Kaplan* Kiyoshi and Irene Katsumoto Jack Kelly Hyun Yong Kim Kimio Kinoshita Ernest J. Kirschke* William A. Kleschick T. Kong Dr. Aaron D. Kossoy John M. Krochta Camey Ku Romesh Kumar Alex and Maria Kutas Yatping Kwan Mitra Lahidji* Wilson Lam William E. Lambert Julian I. Landau Prof. Joseph R. Landolph, Jr. Polam Lee Allen and Phyllis Lefohn Charles and Tonya Lemmon Alan Levy Robert E. Levy A. Lew Mark T. Lewellyn James W. Lewis Arnold A. Liebman William Goddard Light, Ph.D. David Lindsay Dr. Christopher A. Lipinski David Lloyd Mr. and Mrs. Henry H. Loo Marc Loudon* Prof. Richard G. Luthy Bjorn Christian Lyche Bing C. Ma Marc Machbitz Khorshed Madan Nolan F. Mangelson Craig Markey Gregg and Fiona Martin

Gary and Irene Masada Eugene D. McCarthy Sherry McCoy and Tom Bruggman* Barry and Donna McElmurry Anne E. McGuire Joseph B. McLean* Ashish J. Mehta Thomas J. Meyers Paul Miao* Drake and Jayne Michno Dr. Michael J. Miller William G. Miller Aniko R. Molnar David R. Monroe Tim Montgomery Terry Moody Barbara and Dennis Morrell Paul Morrisroe Cary J. Morrow Jim Muirhead Curt Munson and Hazel Olbrich Thomas F. Murphy Dr. and Mrs. Louie Nady Dr. John B. Nash Jim Neely Norman T. Nelson Charles B. Neubecker Richard Newman Drs. Richard A. and Joan F. Newmark Allen Ng Douglas J. Ng Yu-Sim Ng Felix G. Ngan Nancy Norem Carlos and Patricia Nuila Teiichiro Ogawa Dr. Ogbemi O. Omatete Stephen ONeil Howard Ono Kent Opheim Morton Orentlicher* James Oziomek Edward John Palkot Rodney and Jeanne Panos Patricia Dooley Parrish William R. Parrish Charles M. Paulson

* New donor(s) in 2005–2006

Winfield B. Perry David B. Phillips Jacob Plattner Dr. J. Winston Porter Robert Quilici* David T. Rabb C. J. Radke Donald L. Raimondi Ronald Ratcliffe Lyle S. Rice Mr. and Mrs. John D. Richert* Mark and Patricia Rochkind* Dr. Peter A. Rock Scott Rocklage Esther H. Rose

Albert E. Sherwood Martin D. Shetlar James S. Shirk Ronald E. Silva Sher G. Singh James T. Slama* Dr. and Mrs. James Hart Smith Clinton D. Snyder Dragan Spasic Bruce Spencer* Bruce E. and Susan J. Stangeland Susan Stanton David F. Starks

Curtis Tong Dr. J. A. Trainham and Dr. L. D. Waters Michael Trenary Baylor B. and Linda M. Triplett Constantine Tsonopoulos George and Stephanie Tyson Jack M. Van Den Bogaerde David J. Vieira James P. Vokac and Stacey T. Baba Gregory J. Wagner Glen M. Waki Nam Sun Wang

Paul Wollenzien Gordon J. Wozniak David R. Wright, Jr.* Katsumi and Elby Yamamoto Shirley Chao Yfantis* John and Annette Yim Donald G. Young Cecilia Lee Yu and Timothy Kar Yu Raymond Yu Robert Zahler Federico Zaraga Paul Zittel

I really wanted to express my profound gratitude for being awarded a College of Chemistry scholarship this fall. I can unashamedly say that I have adored my three-plus years as a member of the college.... The conceptually deeper, more focused courses have stoked my passion for soaking up as much science as I can.... I am wholly honored to be receiving this award from a donor who seems to have the same practical thirst for knowledge.”


—Katherine Goldfarb, recipient of the Melvin J. Heger-Horst Scholarship

Kenneth D. Ross* G. W. Roy Joel W. Russell Larry and Regina Schick Nick R. Schott Dr. Gary P. Schwartz Stephen E. Schwartz Dr. Gretchen Schwenzer Drs. Steven Sciamanna and Sandy J. Roadcap Charles Scott William J. Scott, M.D. Farhang Shadman* John L. Shafer Pi-teh Shen

Robert J. Steininger II and Carolyn M. Hoffman Donna R. Sterling Elaine B. Stoner Pieter Stroeve Steven R. Styer Joel Susskind Dr. John B. Swartz Prof. Robert L. and Mrs. Linda K. Swofford Dr. Frederick J. Szalkowski* Kong-Heong Tan Anne Friend Thacher Jack Thomas Ken Tokunaga

Myron M. Warshaw Darsh T. Wasan David M. Watt Mark Wegner Robert F. Weimer R. B. Weisenmiller, Ph.D. Willard M. Welch Peter H. Wendschuh Dr. William C. Wernau Alex Wernberg Ronald and Lucy Wetzel Hans Wijffels Roger G. and Molly W. Williams

CHEMillenniums, Classes of 1980–1999 These donors represent a participation rate of 6.3 percent for the CHEMillennium Era. Roy E. Abendroth, M.D. Daniel Adamson Keith Alexander Nicole and Paul Alivisatos Anonymous (2) Daniel Arenson

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donors to the college


Phillip A. Armstrong Don W. Arnold Drs. Mark and Kelly Aubart* John Perry Baker Douglas J. Bamford Stan Barnett Profs. Jean S. Baum and John G. Brennan* Dr. David Beach Stacey F. Bent and Bruce M. Clemens Bruce C. Berris Vinit S. Bhatt* Steven C. Biondi* Gregory S. Blackman* Phil Bonasia Constantine Boojamra Marie T. Borin, Ph.D. Richard W. Borry Judith A. Bose* Judith B. and Marc B. Bourzutschky Timothy N. Breece Mitchell C. Brenner Richard Brodzinsky Rob Broekhuis Todd and Marilee Brooks Dave and Donna Brown Tim and Valerie Bruemmer Edward Bruggemann Gina Buccellato J. Michael Buchanan Anh Bui Elizabeth R. Burkhardt Joel Burley Melinda Burn* Carol J. Burns* John H. Bushweller Dr. Michelle Zhuoping Cai* John Cammack* Michael Carolan* Joan Frisoli and Harry Cartland Ann Chambers Henry Chang* Michelle and Jeffrey Chang Dr. Yan-Tyng Chang and Dr. Johnny Chang* James L. Chao Linda C. Chen

College of Chemistry, UC Berkeley

Andrew Y. Cheng Grace F. Chou Pamela Chu Michelle Claffey and Stephane Caron Mary E. Clifford Drs. Jeffrey M. Cogen and Kerry L. Cogen Peter Connolly and Pauline Ting David J. Cook James A. Cooks* Ronald L. Cotterman Harold P. Craig III Matt Croughan Dr. and Mrs. Calvin J. Curtis William M. Cwirla Sheryl and Kenneth Dahl Enrique A. Dalmasso Dr. David C. Darwin Christopher Dateo Kevin E. Davidson Robin L. Deaton Joram Diamant and Ann Marks* Hong T. Dinh Peter Dragovich Denis and Donna Drapeau Daisy Joe Du Bois and Justin Du Bois Dr. Lawrence H. Dubois Bernie I. Edrada David Eichhorn Bruce A. Ellsworth Dr. Mark R. Etzel Dr. Felicia A. Etzkorn Stuart P. Evens Eric M. Fallon, Ph.D. Maria Fardis Paul L. Feldman Steve Fine Brian Fischer George Fitzgerald Warren W. Flack William E. Fogle and Marilyn Wun-Fogle Dr. Mary F. Foltz Reyes M. Fragoso* Elizabeth Green Francois* Jeffrey Frank and Kaye Anderson

Tim Frederick Sabrina S. Fu Jennifer Fujii Kent Fung Michael B. Gentzler Kevin R. Geurts* Steve G. Ghanayem Peter Giannousis Edward Gillan Indu Gilman Dr. Craig S. Gittleman* Aaron Glimme David Glueck Miriam Gochin-Baskin Gary M. Goncher Daniel M. Gorecki* Charles and Karen Goss Beth M. Grasel Michael L. Greenfield Joseph H. Gregor Paul H. Gusciora Greg and Lucia Haet Neil S. Hanabusa Grog Hayden Tina B. Heath Scott J. Hecker Tana W. Henderson, DDS* Frank Hershkowitz Joel Hill Eric Hintsa Dennis and Dale Hirotsu Gary F. Holland Mei Hong Herbert Hooper David A. Horner D. Christian Hovde Hsin-Yuan Hu Zhengjie Hu and Wendy Ng Judy C. Huang and Ken Nishimura Michael R. Hull* Mary Lee Hyde Mark J. Isaacson and Alice H. Isaacson Thomas P. Jarvie Rex A. Jennings John A. Jensvold Audrey M. Johnson Darren C. Jones Patricia A. Jones

Andreas V. Kadavanich Mark and Maki Kapelke Dr. Andrea L. Keaton Eric R. Keim Irene A. Kennedy* Sean M. Kerwin* Andrew Kindler Todd Kindorf James A. Klein, Ph.D. Edward F. Kleinman Peter Knappe* Janell Kobayashi Roland Koestner Andrei W. Konradi Dr. Deanne C. Krenz* Cindy Krieger Heemun Kwack* Justin Kwong Borden Lacy Albert S. Lee Ivan Lee Mei Kim Carol Lee Dr. Peter W. Lee Jan and Maria Leeman Cissy Leung Marc and Tsun Tsun Levin Dr. Kenneth B. Lewis, Jr.* Drs. Traci A. and Timothy A. Lewis John D. Leyba Dr. Yitmin Liang David Lieu, M.D., M.B.A. Robert Lingle, Jr. Peter and Rachel Lipowicz Glenn Lipscomb Mingjun Liu Peter Liu and Jackie Khor Liu* Stephen R. Long Larry Loomis-Price Stefan D. Loren, Ph.D. Ed Louie Jane H. Lundquist Tom Mac Phee Michael and Jane MacDonald Dr. Patricia D. Mackenzie Richard A. MacPhail Jon Maienschein and Lisa Cline Gregory S. Girolami and Vera V. Mainz

* New donor(s) in 2005–2006

Doug Mandel Kevin and Corinne Mansfield* David W. M. Marr Janet Kim McCormick and Michael J. McCormick John McDonald Prof. Karen A. McDonald Michael McKinney* Kevin L. McLaren Richard Michelman and Karen Meyer Cdr. Peter Wyckoff Miller Richard R. Miller Walter H. Moos and Susan M. Miller William M. Miller David Mobley Lingfung Mok David W. Moreland Robert Mortlock, Ph.D. Mike Moyer and Margaret Chu-Moyer Sean P. Mullen and Mary M. Mullen Natarajan Muruganandam Dr. Timothy J. Myers Wesley C. Natzle Herb Nelson Daniel and Ellen Neumark Caroline Nguyen Victor Trinh Nguyen* Kendall Novoa-Takara Miles S. Okino* Jackie Orbon Roberto Pabalan Sunny Panmai Spyridon E. Papadakis James S. Papanu John E. Parmeter Garry Iain George Parton Axel H. Paul Charles W. Paul* Joseph H. Pease* Libbie S. Pelter Jaan Pesti Dr. Eric Peters John and Cheryl Petersen Bava Pillay Morgan S. Ponder Darwin and Donna Poulos

benefits of

private giving

Chevron Scholar Laura Handley meets with Chevron’s Alyssa Roche and fellow Scholar Guorui Su.

scholars program Through the generous support of Chevron Corporation, the Scholars Program is able to provide academic support services for almost 100 students each year and special workshops that enhance the lectures and labs for introductory chemistry and organic chemistry courses. The Scholars Program also offers a range of retention and outreach programs to those students who are historically underrepresented in the fields of chemistry, chemical biology and chemical engineering. The retention component of the program provides educational support for students who may find UC Berkeley and the College of Chemistry academically imposing. Chevron’s generosity also continues to support the Scholars Resource Center, an open-door source of information on careers, employment, scholarships and fellowships. The outreach component of the program brings prospective students to the College of Chemistry. In 2005–06, 30 students from Southern California visited Berkeley as part of the “Experience UC” program. They heard an intensive lecture on how scientific research is conducted on our campus and spent the afternoon touring the lab of Professor Carolyn Bertozzi. The Chemistry Scholars Program has made student Laura Handley feel more at home. “People genuinely care about you here,” says Handley. “I know I have made friends for a lifetime, along with gaining the skills to understand chemistry for a lifetime.” Fellow Scholar Guorui Su adds, “The Scholars Program not only helps me establish a stronger foundation in chemistry and provides me with chances to practice my problem-solving skills, but it also builds a personal and professional network for me.” annual report ’05-’06


donors to the college


Kristala L. Jones Prather Susan Puglia* Robert J. Purtell Christina Lee Quigley John A. Ragan R. Andrew Ramelmeier Gurdeep S. Ranhotra Tom and Betty Ransohoff Rekha Rao Brent D. Rehfuss, Ph.D. Jed Richardson Keith Rickert* Alice Chen Rico John L. Robbins Mark Roebuck Renee Roemmele, Ph.D. Glen A. Rogers Daniel H. Rosenblatt Prof. David S. Rumschitzki Philip P. Russell David B. Sable Mark Sanner Rob Scarrow Dr. Ursula Schmidt* Anne-Marie Schmoltner* Barry Schwarz Drs. Steven Sciamanna and Sandy J. Roadcap Martin Seamons Prof. Susan Sharfstein and Dr. Joseph Shiang Anita J. Shaw Joel Shumaker* Abdolreza Siadati Myron Siu Randy Snurr Tonny Soesanto Dr. John E. Sohn Jeffrey P. Solar and Rosalyn Furukawa David Stern Steven R. Stoltz Xingcai Su* Donny Suhartono* John Sullivan Jenny Sung Debra M. Suzuki Chris Tagge James Takasugi

College of Chemistry, UC Berkeley

Rex Tam Dr. Janet Tamada Jeffrey Tane Sheila E. Taylor Klaus H. Theopold John F. Thompson Peter M. Thomson Tracy Phuong Tuyet Tram* Andrew Trapani David Uehling Ricardo Unikel Michael G. Valentine Renée van de Griend Alan and Michelle Veeck* Paul Verderber Michael Verti* Alex A. Virgilio* Deane S. Walker Timothy P. Walker Bennet M. Wang* Lisa Wang Raymond Chiu and Stephanie Wang

Alexandra Weaver Eli S. Weiss Gregory A. Weiss* William J. Welch Marjorie and Greg Went Charles T. White Gina Whitney Mark Wiepking Richard J. Wilcox James T. Williams Phillip A. Wilmarth Michael A. Wilson Eric K. Wong Jack Wong Sharon M. Wong Adam and Shannon Woolley* Stephen Worland Albert H. Wu David T. Wu* Liub-Chii Yang Chen Zhen-Yu Yang Laura Yee

Young Alumni, 2000 and Beyond These donors represent a participation rate of 2.3 percent for the Young Alumni. Ilana S. Aldor* Morris Argyle Carl Aschenbrenner* Emory Chan* Yong-Hwee Chua* Anna Davis* Jacob M. Davis* Param P. Dhillon Aihua Fu* Will Glesener Jose Gomez* Frank Greer* Jason Ho Jonathan Z. Ho Helen Hong* Keren Jacobs*

Steve Johnson (B.S. ’65, Chem), Mary and Fred Coons (B.S. ’44, Chem), and Elizabeth Johnson (B.A. ’66, Chem) enjoy the pleasure of one another’s company at the Dean’s Dinner honoring donors who are members of the Sproul Associates.

* New donor(s) in 2005–2006

Selene Koo Garming Lai* Chun-Yue Lee Frank Ling* Thomas J. Maimone Michael Milos Charles W. Monroe* Sarah Mullins Nate Neale Jeffrey K. Ngai* Jodie M. Nygaard* John O’Brien Tim Owens Jason Ploeger Rebecca Rosen* Laurie Schenkel* Jon Sorenson* Timothy Spence Tin Yeung Randoll Sze* Eric J. Tonnis Ph.D. Henry Hiep Tran Piper L. Trelstad* Jennifer A. Tripp Jeffry Urban* Dr. Alan De L. Xu* Jenny Y. Yang* Robert Yeh* Yadong Yin and Yu Lu*

Benjamin Ide Wheeler Society The Benjamin Ide Wheeler Society recognizes donors who have communicated to us their intention to include the College of Chemistry or the University of California, Berkeley in their estate plans through some form of planned gift. Dr. Raul E. Acosta Dr. and Mrs. David Altman Anonymous Charles E. and Marianne Auerbach William and Inez Benjamin Robert and Wendy Bergman

Bud Blue Norbert C. and Florence M. Brady Sunney I. Chan Dr. Nirmal and Mrs. Ellen Chatterjee T. Z. and Irmgard Chu Robin Clark and Mary Mackiernan Warren E. and Erna P. Clifford Joyce Ekman Davis Dr. and Mrs. Gus D. Dorough, Jr. Lois Durham Martha Dutro Warren W. Flack Kai-Ye Fung Anna Gatti William and Janet Gerhardt G. Douglas and Regina Gould Ruth Groch Susie Hahn Benjamin Haile Elizabeth S. Hall Clayton Heathcock and Cheri Hadley John F. Heil, Jr. Clinton and Joji Holzwarth Mr. and Mrs. Hubbard C. Howe, Jr. Richard Hyman Robert and Yasuko Ikeda Ernest Jacobson Nissen A. Jaffe Prof. and Mrs. William L. Jolly Ms. Mildred Judah Dr. Paul A. and Barbara W. Kittle Lance M. Krigbaum Joseph M. Kunkel, II Dr. Joe B. Lavigne Richard M. and Lillian Lessler Tony K. and Louisa Ling Prof. and Mrs. David N. Lyon Jacklyn Melchior Prof. and Mrs. C. Bradley Moore Marjorie Pape Crandall Pearce June and Gene Roberts Harry and Jane Scheiber J. S. Paul Schwarz Henry B. Sinclair John and Ella Jane Skinner

Nora S. Smiriga Frank B. Sprow Prof. Andrew Streitwieser William B. Tolman Dr. J. A. Trainham and Dr. L. D. Waters Rita Wieland Robert D. Zimmerman

Tributes Gifts have been received in honor of: Samuel W. Calvert Zev J. Gartner Prof. Clayton H. Heathcock Vera Mae H. Johnson Prof. Harold S. Johnston Prof. C. Judson King Olivia A. Luke David Mannheim Mr. and Mrs. Mike McCool Prof. John S. Newman Prof. John O. Rasmussen Prof. Gabor A. Somorjai Dr. Donald W. and Ms. Elise C. Stone Prof. Andrew Streitwieser, Jr. Dana Vanatta Mrs. Theodore Vermeulen Raymond Vermeulen

Gifts have been received in memory of: Samuel Abrahams Eric B. Abramson Dr. Giulia Adesso Dr. Ron L. BatstoneCunningham David B. Beach Cecil Bergman R. W. Bettoli Molly Blue Dr. Benjamin P. C. Boussert Dr. Gary E. Brodale Prof. Melvin Calvin Prof. James Cason Cynthia A. Chan

Shao Chang Chang Minnie Cheng Dr. Jason L. Choy Prof. William G. Dauben Wilson G. Fahad Dr. A. B. Falcone Lloyd L. Farley Prof. Irving Fatt Prof. Alan S. Foss Prof. William D. Gwinn Arthur E. Handlos Irene Hashiguchi Dr. Heinz Heinemann Nancy K. Hildenbrand Prof. Ralph R. Hultrgren Gene Bass Johnson Margaret Jorgenson Charles W. Kitto Dr. Wendell M. Latimer Dr. Richard M. Lemmon Sr. Mary Andrew Matesich, O.P. William H. McAdams The McKnight Family Arthur H. Mendonca Dr. George R. Negishi Prof. Donald S. Noyce Clark M. Palmer Katherine Panas Prof. Eugene E. Petersen Prof. George C. Pimentel Prof. Henry Rapoport Dr. Otto Redlich Paul H. Richert Prof. Kenneth L. Rinehart Dr. Gerhard K. Rollefson Dr. Samuel Ruben John Santee John W. Scott, Jr. Prof. Glenn T. Seaborg Prof. Mitchel Shen Ann Stewart Dr. T. Dale Stewart Suzanne Streitwieser Prof. Henry Taube Dr. Stanley G. Thompson Prof. Charles W. Tobias Dr. Himanshu B. Vakil Prof. Theodore Vermeulen David J. Watanabe Prof. Charles R. Wilke

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list of donors 2004–2005 Donors Who Increased Their Support by 10% or more in 2005–2006


Roy E. Abendroth M.D. Keith Alexander Dr. and Mrs. David Altman Anonymous Ron and Sue Banducci Jim Barkovich and Karen Jernstedt Paul A. Bartlett Edwin D. Becker Richard Behrens, Ph.D. Robert and Wendy Bergman John H. Birely Patricia Degenkolb Blanton Dave and Donna Brown James D. Burke Charles Buse Joseph and Susan Cerny Sunney I. Chan Michelle and Jeffrey Chang Dr. Nirmal and Mrs. Ellen Chatterjee Leland J. Chinn J. P. and Nancy L. Clark Robin Clark and Mary Mackiernan Harold P. Craig III Drs. Cameron and Jean Dasch Kevin E. Davidson Frank and Janice Delfino Mr. and Mrs. Thomas A. Delfino Dr. and Mrs. Gus D. Dorough, Jr. Arthur K. Dunlop William E. Dunn Dr. Julianne Elward-Berry Alan S. Emanuel Alfredo and Estela Espinosa Virginia and Larry Faith Maria Fardis Dr. Helene V. Fatt Philip R. Friedel Jennifer Fujii Kai-Ye Fung

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Shun C. Fung Frank P. Gay Drs. David S. Gee and Caryn C. Lum Walter M. Gibson Man K. Go Miriam Gochin-Baskin Paul H. Gusciora Marlin D. Harmony Charles B. Harris Ian Harris Tina B. Heath Ray and Cathy Heller Robert and Ellen Hempton Bruce Henschel Jason Ho Prof. Darleane C. Hoffman and Dr. Marvin Hoffman Gary F. Holland Richard Honnell Horace and Lois Hopkins Hsin-Yuan Hu Judy C. Huang and Ken Nishimura Camden R. Hubbard E. K. Hulet Mr. Thomas J. and Dr. Mottlene W. Jarvis David R. and Karen W. Johnson Harold and Mary Ella Johnston John Jost Jr. S. Lup Jung Gary and Pat Kaiser Dr. Andrew and Mrs. Sandra Kaldor David G. Karraker Paul H. Kasai Bernd and Stacia Keller Prof. and Mrs. C. Judson King Kimio Kinoshita Mr. and Mrs. Fred Kirby Selene Koo Kenneth W. Kraus Julian I. Landau Dr. Peter W. Lee Polam Lee Jan and Maria Leeman Prof. and Mrs. William A. Lester, Jr.

Mark T. Lewellyn Robert and June Lindquist Peter and Rachel Lipowicz Larry Loomis-Price Prof. Richard G. Luthy Richard and Myra Lynch Scott and Annette Lynn Michael and Jane MacDonald Arturo Maimoni Gregory S. Girolami and Vera V. Mainz Stephen and Emma Mallon Robert P. Mandal Enrique and Katalin Mannheim Craig Markey J. Hodge Markgraf Prof. and Mrs. Samuel S. Markowitz Paul and Julia Mathews Richard and JoAnne Mathies Janet Kim McCormick and Michael J. McCormick John McDonald Dr. Michael J. Miller Michael Milos Tim Montgomery Earl M. Mortensen Robert Mortlock, Ph.D. Sean P. Mullen and Mary M. Mullen Albert Narath Dr. John B. Nash Wesley C. Natzle Greg and Cindy Naylor T. W. Newton Allen Ng Douglas J. Ng Caroline Nguyen Heino Nitsche and Martha Boccalini Garry Iain George Parton Chin-Tzu Peng David B. Phillips Llad Phillips, Ph.D. Christina Lee Quigley Roland Quong Jack M. Rademacher Gurdeep S. Ranhotra Milton H. Ritchie

John L. Robbins June and Gene Roberts Mark Roebuck Guido Rosati Esther H. Rose Barney Rubin David B. Sable Klaus and Mary Ann Saegebarth Charles Scott Dr. John M. and Mrs. Helen Seelig Frederic T. Selleck Manesh Shah George V. Shalimoff Sher G. Singh Randy Snurr Shinji and Masuko Soneda Elaine B. Stoner Frederick J. Strieter John Sullivan Jack Swanburg Dr. Janet Tamada Jerome H. and Selma E. Targovnik David and Lieselotte Templeton Klaus H. Theopold Andrew Trapani Noel H. Turner Ricardo Unikel Michael G. Valentine Paul Verderber Mrs. Theodore Vermeulen David M. Watt Mark Wegner Willard M. Welch William J. Welch Charles T. White James T. Williams Phillip A. Wilmarth Michael A. Wilson Eric K. Wong Gar Lok Woo Jing-Hwa and Yu-Chun Wu Katsumi and Elby Yamamoto Zhen-Yu Yang Cecilia Lee Yu and Timothy Kar Yu C. A. Zimmerman

college advisory board John H. Abeles MedVest Inc. Richard C. Alkire M.S. ’65, Ph.D. ’68, ChemE, University of Illinois William Banholzer Dow Chemical Company Larry Bock Nanosys, Inc. Nirmal “Chat” Chatterjee M.S. ’68, Ph.D. ’71, ChemE, Air Products and Chemicals (retired) Carl P. Decicco Bristol-Myers Squibb Stephen P. Fodor Postdoc ’91, Chem, Affymetrix Incorporated Robert H. Grubbs California Institute of Technology F. Emil Jacobs ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company M. Ross Johnson, Ph.D. Postdoc ’71,Chem, Parion Sciences, Inc. Daniel E. Koshland Jr. B.S. ’41, Chem, University of California, Berkeley Yuan Tseh Lee Ph.D. ’65, Chem, Academia Sinica and University of California, Berkeley John H. Markels Ph.D. ’94, ChemE, Merck & Company Gary M. Masada B.A. ’66, Chem, Chevron Corporation Mario J. Molina Ph.D. ’72, Chem, UC San Diego JoAnne Stubbe Ph.D. ’71, Chem, Massachusetts Institute of Technology James A. Trainham B.S. ’73, Ph.D. ’79, ChemE, PPG Industries R. Stanley Williams M.S. ’76, Ph.D. ’78, Chem, Hewlett-Packard Company

volunteers Alumni Association Steering Team Gilbert T. Basbas, B.S. ’04, ChemE Bud Blue, B.S. ’34, Chem Gordon G. Chu, B.S. ’03, ChemE Laurie J. Dockter, B.A. ’71, Chem Marissa Drouillard, B.S. ’00, Chem Mark W. Ellsworth, Ph.D. ’93, Chem Samuel J. Gillette, Ph.D. ’00, Chem Lara A. Gundel, Ph.D. ’75, Chem Deanne C. Krenz, B.S. ’94, Chem Lawrence B. Perry, B.S. ’56, ChemE Daisy Y. Quan, B.S. ’47, Chem Steven F. Sciamanna, Ph.D. ’86, ChemE Rebecca Zuckerman, Ph.D. ’00, Chem

Alumni Era Volunteers The following have volunteered their time in the Alumni Association’s “era groups.” ALUMNI OF THE G. N. LEWIS ERA: 1945 AND EARLIER

Bud Blue, B.S. ’34, Chem G. Douglas Gould, B.S. ’42, Chem John W. Scott, B.S. ’41; M.S. ’51, Chem


Laurie J. Dockter, B.A. ’71, Chem Robert P. Hohmann, B.S. ’78, ChemE Curtis L. Munson, B.S. ’76; Ph.D. ’85, ChemE Carolyn M. Orelli, B.S. ’70, Chem Steven F. Sciamanna, B.S. ’79; Ph.D. ’86, ChemE Bruce E. Stangeland, Ph.D. ’67, ChemE THE CHEMILLENNIUMS: 1980–1999

Marilee M. Brooks, M.S. ’88, ChemE Paul V. Burke, B.S. ’81, ChemE Joel D. Burley, Ph.D. ’91, Chem Grace F. Chou, Ph.D. ’88, ChemE Daisy J. Du Bois, Ph.D. ’94, Chem Mark W. Ellsworth, Ph.D. ’93, Chem Maria S. Fardis, Ph.D. ’98, Chem Thomas R. Gadek, Ph.D. ’86, Chem Deanne C. Krenz, B.S. ’94, Chem Susan M. Miller, Ph.D. ’83, Chem Walter H. Moos, Ph.D. ’82, Chem Alyssa L. Roche, B.S. ’87, ChemE Steven F. Sciamanna, Ph.D. ’86, ChemE Michael M. H. Yang, B.S. ’92, ChemE; B.S. ’92, Chem Sheila W. Yeh, B.S. ’80; Ph.D. ’85, Chem

THE CUPOLA ERA: 1946–1963


Frank G. Delfino, B.S. ’51, ChemE E. Kenneth Hulet, Ph.D. ’53, Chem David N. Lyon, Ph.D. ’48, Chem Mary F. Singleton, M.S. ’59, Chem

Stephen Chan, B.S. ’01, ChemE Marissa Drouillard, B.S. ’00, Chem Samuel J. Gillette, Ph.D. ’00, Chem Rebecca Zuckerman, Ph.D. ’00, Chem

Fundraising Volunteers The following have assisted the College in fundraising efforts in 2005–06. Andreas Acrivos Bud Blue, B.S. ’34, Chem Emory Chan Nirmal “Chat” Chatterjee, M.S. ’68, Ph.D. ’71, ChemE T. Z. Chu, B.S. ’58, Chem Shelley Claridge William A. Daniels, B.S. ’56, ChemE William T. Gerhardt, B.S. ’60, ChemE G. Douglas Gould, B.S. ’42, Chem L. Louis Hegedus, Ph.D. ’72, ChemE Michael C. Kavanaugh, M.S. ’64, ChemE C. Judson King Virginia C. Lew, B.S. ’61, Chem Robert H. Lindquist, Ph.D. ’55, Chem Robert E. Lundin, Ph.D. ’55, Chem Christine Micheel Joon S. Moon, Ph.D. ’64, ChemE James L. Nygaard Jeanne R. Pimentel Daisy Y. Quan, B.S. ’47, Chem Milton H. Ritchie, B.S. ’51, Chem Bryce Sadtler Farhang Shadman, M.S. ’69, Ph.D. ’72, ChemE Charles E. Stehr, B.S. ’54, Chem David H. Templeton, Ph.D. ’47, Chem Josh Wittenburg

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corporate, foundation and organizational gifts

It is our pleasure to acknowledge the many companies and other organizations that continue to invest in the college’s future. These donations represent a major source of funding for our graduate, research and teaching programs. Contributions for 2005–06 are listed below.

Industrial Friends Program Membership in the College of Chemistry Industrial Friends Program is open to any firm, regardless of size or location. Support can come in the form of unrestricted funds, departmental fellowship funds, start-up funds for non-tenured faculty, support for facilities or support of research of tenured faculty. 62


Annual contributions of $30,000 or more ($50,000 for support of the research of tenured faculty) that benefit the Department of Chemistry and the Department of Chemical Engineering, or the College of Chemistry. Arkema Inc. Chevron Corporation Ford Motor Company Merck Research and Manufacturing Tyco Electronics

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Gifts of $100,000 and more

Gifts of $25,000 to $49,000

Annual contributions of $15,000 or more that benefit the Department of Chemical Engineering.

Alfred P. Sloan Foundation American Chemical Society Bristol-Myers Squibb Carnegie Corporation of New York David and Lucile Packard Foundation Elan Pharmaceuticals Jane Coffin Childs Memorial Fund Robert Bosch Corporation

Arkema Inc. Astellas Boehringer Ingelheim Pharma Camille & Henry Dreyfus Foundation Chevron Corporation Hitachi Ltd. Honeywell Inc. Max Kade Foundation NuvoMetrix, Inc. Threshold Pharmaceuticals

Gifts of $50,000 to $99,000

Gifts up to $25,000

3M Air Products and Chemicals Alcon Research CooperVision, Inc. Intel Corporation Lam Research Corporation OnWafer Technologies, Inc. Robert Bosch Corporation INDUSTRIAL FRIENDS OF THE DEPARTMENT OF CHEMISTRY

Annual contributions of $15,000 or more that benefit the Department of Chemistry Abbott Laboratories Amgen, Inc. AstraZeneca Boehringer Ingelheim Pharma Bristol-Myers Squibb DuPont Elan Pharmaceuticals Eli Lilly and Company GlaxoSmithKline Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research, Inc. NuvoMetrix, Inc. Pfizer Inc. Roche Palo Alto Rohm and Haas Company Schlumberger SONY Corporation Vistakon Johnson & Johnson Vision Care

Abbott Laboratories Alcon Research American Federation for Aging Research Amgen, Inc. AstraZeneca CooperVision, Inc. DuPont Eli Lilly and Company Elsa U. Pardee Foundation Ford Motor Company GlaxoSmithKline Lam Research Corporation Merck Research and Manufacturing Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research, Inc. OnWafer Technologies, Inc. Pfizer Inc. Roche Palo Alto

3M Canyon Equity Daiichi Pharmaceutical Company Ltd. Dow Chemical Company ExxonMobil Genentech Inc. Gilead Sciences John Wiley & Sons Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company Kovio, Inc. LG Chemical Research Intitute Organic Syntheses, Inc. Procter & Gamble Fund Rohm and Haas Company Royal Society of Chemistry Schering AG Schlumberger Semiconductor Research Corporation

Matching Gifts 3M Foundation, Inc. Advanced Micro Devices Agilent Technologies Air Products & Chemicals Inc. Altria Inc. Amgen Foundation Arkema Inc. Azko Nobel BASF Corporation BEA Systems Boeing Company BP Amoco Foundation, Inc. Bridgestone/Firestone Trust Fund Bristol-Myers Squibb Cadence Design Systems, Inc. Chevron Corporation Citgo Petroleum Corp. Clorox Company Foundation ConocoPhillips Dow Chemical USA Dow Jones & Company Eli Lilly & Company Fnd. Elsevier Foundation Engelhard Corporation Equistar Ethyl Corporation ExxonMobil Foundation Fidelity Foundation Fluor Corporation FMC Foundation Ford Motor Company Genentech General Electric Foundation General Motors Foundation Georgia Power GlaxoSmithKline Hospira IBM Corporation Illinois Tool Works Foundation Intel Foundation Intuit Inc. John Hancock Mutual Life Insurance Johnson & Johnson Johnson Controls Foundation Lam Research Corporation

Lockheed Martin Medtronic Menasha Corporation Foundation Merck Monsanto Fund MRW & Associates Northern Trust Northrop Grumman Corporation Pfizer Inc. Pharmacia & Upjohn Foundation Pharmacia Foundation Pioneer Hi-Bred International Procter & Gamble Fund Raytheon Company The Rockefeller Foundation Sealed Air Corporation Shell Oil Company Foundation State Farm Tesoro Petroleum Corporation Valero Energy Corporation Wells Fargo Wyeth (American Home Products Corporation)

benefits of

corporate giving

Tyco representative and college alumnus Mark Ellsworth (Ph.D. ’93, Chem) chats with chemistry graduate student Hemamala Karunadasa about her research. Karunadasa’s work is supported by a Tyco Electronics fellowship.

tyco electronics fellowships 63 Tyco Electronics, the world's largest supplier of passive electronic and fiber optic components, has supported College of Chemistry graduate students for many years. Mark Ellsworth (Ph.D. ’93, Chem) of the Menlo Park location has been instrumental in meeting with graduate students and coordinating their fellowships. Two college graduate students are currently supported by Tyco Electronics fellowships — Hemamala Karunadasa of Jeffrey Long’s research group in chemistry, and Amish Patel of Nitash Balsara’s group in chemical engineering. Says Karunadasa, “I'm in my fourth year, and I need to start completing the various projects I have been working on for the past few years. As much as I like to teach, it is a huge time commitment. The Tyco fellowship allows me to give my research undivided attention this year. I am very grateful to Tyco Electronics for their generosity and for their interest in promoting research.”

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giving to the college of chemistry college funds T H E A N N U A L F U N D provides essential monies that can be used, at the discretion of the dean or of the chairs, to meet needs that are not supported by the state budget. These unrestricted funds are particularly valuable because of their flexibility. The annual fund is vital for financing ongoing programs and special projects. E N D O W E D F U N D S provide a permanent source of income to meet the needs of faculty and students.


M E M O R I A L F U N D S commemorate individuals while benefiting the College and the Departments of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering. Memorial funds include those honoring Samuel Abrahams, Eric Abramson, Leo A. Berti, Donald Blakely, Benjamin Boussert, Gary E. Brodale, Charles J. Busso, Melvin Calvin, Cynthia Ann Chan, William Dauben, Shirley DeBuhr, A. B. Falcone, Irving Fatt, William Gwinn, Heinz Heinemann, Joel Hildebrand, Bruce Howard, Frederick “Fritz” Jensen, Margaret Jorgenson, G. N. Lewis, Bruce Mahan, Kristin Malmquist, Earl Muetterties, Eugene E. Petersen, George Pimentel, Kenneth S. Pitzer, William H. and Mary Rees, Samuel Ruben, Erich O. and Elly Saegebarth, Glenn T. Seaborg, Mitchel Shen,Vincent James Starr, Stanley G. Thompson, Charles Wilke, and Theodore Vermeulen. Donations may also be given to the annual fund in memory or in honor of an individual, and the college will notify the family that a contribution has been made.

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forms of giving benefits for the college — and for the donors Many different kinds of gifts can benefit both you and the University. Some of them can offer particular estate planning advantages, including income for life. Our professional staff would be pleased to discuss these gift vehicles with you; however, the University urges you also to consult your attorney or financial advisor. If you wish your gift to benefit the college, any legal documents or instructions should specify that the gift is for the College of Chemistry (or the Department of Chemistry or the Department of Chemical Engineering) at the University of California, Berkeley. C A S H Checks should be made payable to the UC Berkeley Foundation (UCBF), with a notation designating the name of the fund. Gifts to memorial funds should be made payable to the specific fund. Contributions may also be made with your Visa or MasterCard credit card by phone (510/642.8782), or online at S E C U R I T I E S In most cases, gifts of appreciated securities may be deducted at full market value as of the date you make the gift, and the donor does not have to pay capital gains taxes. Gifts of appreciated stock are most easily handled by the UC Berkeley Foundation and should not be sold prior to transfer. You or your broker may contact Assistant Dean Jane Scheiber in the college (510/642.8782) or Ms. Sylvia Worthington, Securities Steward in University Relations (510/642.4123), for further information. Stock can often be transferred electronically. If you wish to give a gift of depreciated stock, you should first sell it and give the proceeds to the

Foundation. You can then use the loss to offset any gains and also claim a charitable deduction. R E A L E S TAT E Gifts of real property may be deeded to UC Berkeley for the benefit of the College of Chemistry, providing significant tax advantages to the donor in most cases. It is also possible to deed a property to the University and continue to occupy it for life. L I F E I N C O M E G I F T S A number of options are available by which you may transfer assets to a trust (to be managed either by the University or a trustee of your choosing) and receive income for yourself and/or a designated beneficiary for life, as well as immediate tax benefits. The college ultimately receives the trust property. B E Q U E S T S A fixed amount or a percentage of your estate may be designated for the benefit of the College of Chemistry in your will or living trust. M AT C H I N G G I F T S Hundreds of firms match their employees’ (and sometimes retirees’) contributions on a 1:1, 2:1 or even 3:1 basis. If your company has such a policy, forms — hard copy or electronic — to assure that your gift will be matched can be obtained from your personnel or employee relations office. Matching gifts are added to your individual gift in determining the donor club to which you belong. I R A R O L L O V E R S Until December 31, 2007, you can transfer a gift from your IRA account directly to the UC Berkeley Foundation without first paying taxes — if you will be 70 1/2 or older by that date. For further information, contact Jane Scheiber at 510/642.8782.



The preceding report acknowledges all donors to the College of Chemistry from July 1, 2005 through June 30, 2006. We have made every attempt to include all donors accurately. We apologize for any errors or omissions and would appreciate hearing from you with any comments or corrections regarding the publication.

editor Michael Barnes director of development Mindy Rex director of annual giving and corporate and foundation relations Nancy Johnsen Horton development services manager Dorothy Isaacson Read


For further information about giving to the College of Chemistry, please contact Jane Scheiber, Assistant Dean College Relations College of Chemistry #1460 University of California, Berkeley Berkeley, CA 94720-1460 Phone: 510/642.8782 Fax: 510/642.4419

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Upcoming 2007 Alumni Events January 20

Nobel Laureate Event Join us on campus for an afternoon with UC Berkeley Nobel Laureates George Akerloff, Steven Chu, Donald Glaser, Yuan T. Lee (Ph.D. ’65, Chem, and Professor Emeritus of Chemistry), Daniel McFadden, George Smoot, and Charles Townes in the Pauley Ballroom of the MLK Student Union. The event, from 2:00–5:00 p.m., will include a panel discussion on “Energy Self-Sufficiency in the 21st Century,” moderated by Chancellor Birgeneau. The discussion will be followed by an opportunity for the audience to ask questions, and a concluding reception. This should be a stimulating afternoon! Reserve your seat online at

January 20

Cupola Era Alumni Luncheon Prior to the Nobel Laureate Event (mentioned above), all college alumni and friends from the Cupola Era, the years 1946–63, are invited to gather from noon–1:30 p.m. in the Heyns Room at The Faculty Club. This annual alumni festivity is a fine way to reconnect with former classmates and faculty. To register, go to


Springfest and Graduating Student Reception We’re combining these two events and hope that you will be able to join us to celebrate our graduating undergraduate and graduate students from the Class of 2007! As the time approaches, visit our homepage at events.html for details. This is a complimentary event.

Nanotechnology Forums MIT-Stanford-UC Berkeley Nanotechnology Forums Check the URL at for more information on these monthly forums.

April 15

Berkeley Nanotechnology Forum The Berkeley Nanotechnology Forum 2007 (BNF 2007) features leading scientists, entrepreneurs and academics presenting their views on current achievements and future opportunities in the field of nanotechnology. For more information, visit

February 22 Real World Engineering Consider participating with fellow alumni from the Colleges of Chemistry and Engineering as a panelist in RWE ’07, an evening event on campus. Share information about your professional field with current students who are deciding on their career options. For more information and to volunteer for this worthwhile program, go to

April 21

Cal Day This annual campus-wide open house has something for everyone! As the date draws near, check out for complete events and listings.

+ For a list of College of Chemistry seminars, please go to

+ For alumni events, see background image: rayograph courtesy of michelle douskey

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