Inpria CEO Andrew Grenville
Inpria CEO Andrew Grenville in their Corvallis Lab (Photo via The Oregonian, property of Oregon State University)

Originally printed in The Oregonian | Written by: Mike Rogoway | Used with Permission

Your livelier laptops, smarter smartphones and quicker tablets all improve, fundamentally, because the computer circuitry inside is always shrinking. Every two years or so, smaller features enable chipmakers to pack more transistors onto a chip – thereby improving performance.

But there’s a big problem with small: Features are becoming so tiny that existing technologies can’t reliably manufacture them. New production equipment – notably a lithography tool known as extreme ultraviolet (EUV) – promise better results, but have been frustratingly slow to materialize.

So two of the world’s biggest chipmakers, and the industry’s biggest equipment manufacturer – are investing $7.3 million in a Corvallis startup called Inpria Corp. The 12-person company, which spun out of Oregon State University in 2007, has new chemical technology designed to improve chip lithography and enable EUV.  Read more…

Rainbow Rose

In Honor of Valentines Day, we’re sharing this article from ChemViews on the Chemistry of Rose Pigments.

The red rose remains the most popular flower to give on Valentine’s Day. Carotenoids produce the yellow colors, anthocyanins the reds, and a mixture of the two the modern oranges. The huge variety of roses has been descended from wild roses by selection, mutation, and hybridization [1].  Read More…

In addition to being showered with accolades from Hollywood insiders, this year’sEmmy Award-winner for best television drama, “Breaking Bad,” has been alsopraised by members of the scientific community.

“To us who are educated in science, whenever we see science presented inaccurately, it’s like fingernails on the blackboard,” the AMC show’s science advisor Dr. Donna Nelson, a professor of organic chemistry at the University of Oklahoma, tells the American Chemical Society’s Bytesize Science series in the video above. “It just drives us crazy, and we can’t stay immersed in the show.”

Fortunately for Nelson and like-minded scientists, “Breaking Bad” gets the science mostly right in its tale of chemistry-teacher-turned-meth-overlord Walter White.

Nelson actually works with the show’s creator, Vince Gilligan, to fact-check scripts. She even suggests chemical structures for Walter to draw on his blackboard.

But Nelson did identify one glaring inaccuracy.

“The powder blue meth that you see is really sort of like Walter’s trademark,” Nelson explains in the video. “In real life, meth would not be powder blue like that. The meth would be colorless.”

The show’s series finale will run on AMC this Sunday.


The chemistry program at Southern Oregon University will need a one-year sabbatical replacement for our biochemist next year (2014-2015) and, although I have not been given formal approval to start the search, I would like to bring this opportunity to the attention of your graduate students who might be interested in a teaching post-doctoral experience.

The undergraduate biochemistry/chemistry program at Southern Oregon University is ACS-certified and was recently ranked in the first quintile in the SOU internal prioritization process. Our program has six faculty members who all work closely together to provide a strong background in chemistry to our students. The Department is well equipped with instrumentation, which can be viewed on our website (

The candidate would be expected to teach the year long biochemistry sequence (Ch 451, 2, 3) and two quarters of biochemistry lab (winter and spring term – Ch 454, 5). Additional teaching requirements include organic labs and/or general chemistry labs. The full-time teaching load (at the Assistant Professor level) is typically one lecture and three laboratory sections per term. Finally, s/he would be assisting between one and three students with a year long capstone research experience.

For more information about the courses, contact Dr. Greg Miller ( For information about the position contact me, Dr. Laura Hughes (

Thank you for your consideration,


Laura A. Hughes, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Chemistry
Chair, CPME

Abstract submission for the 24th meeting of the International Symposium on Polycyclic Aromatic Compounds (ISPAC 2013), to be held in beautiful Corvallis, Oregon USA September 8-12, 2013, has been extended to TUESDAY MAY 7:

Sessions topics include:

  • Analytical Measurements
  • Toxicology and Metabolism
  • Environmental Fate and Transport
  • Atmospheric Chemistry
  • PACs in Food and the Environment
  • PAC Emissions and Cook Stove Interventions
  • Risk Assessment and Remediation
  • Environmental Forensic Investigations
  • Human Exposure
  • Health Effects of PACs
  • PACs in Tobacco Research
  • PACs in Consumer Products and their Environmental Effects
  • PACs at Contaminated Site

Abstract Submission Deadline:  May 7, 2013

Early Bird Registration Deadline:  June 30, 2013

Hotel Group Rate Deadline:  August 8, 2013

We look forward to seeing you in Corvallis this September!

Staci Simonich                                                             Andreas Sjodin

ISPAC 2013 co-chair                                                  ISPAC 2013 co-chair            

Attracting children to science

By McKinley Smith

Published: Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Updated: Wednesday, May 1, 2013 02:05

Discovery DaysKevin RagsdaleOSU’s Sigma Delta Omega sorority, leads kids through a dry ice experiment during Discovery Days at the LaSells Stewart Center.



Discovery Days2Kevin RagsdaleBrad’s World Reptiles brings a juvenile alligator to Discovery Days.




Thirty-three school groups from Linn and Benton counties came to Tuesday’s half of the semi-annual Discovery Days event, with grades as young as kindergarten and as old as sixth grade represented among the expected number of nearly 1000 children per day.
Discovery Days is sponsored by the Colleges of Science and Engineering and relies on volunteers to run stations showcasing science and engineering for children from schools in cities like Sweet Home and Lebanon. Nearly 75 volunteers — mostly Oregon State University students — submitted applications to assist.

Margie Haak, Discovery Days coordinator and a senior instructor in chemistry, has been working with Discovery Days for 10 years, but can remember chaperoning her oldest son’s class to the event when it was called Museum Days — her son is now 28.
The event provides an opportunity for students to gain exposure to “doing science rather than reading about it,” Haak said.

“We’re in the position that we can offer them things that they can’t do in the schools,” Haak said. “These are our future students.”

Discovery Days takes place at the LaSells Stewart Center on the south side of the OSU campus.

Jasper LaFortune’s station featured a beaker of water and dry ice that produced carbon dioxide, which students scooped up in plastic cups.

“Kids can take a cup and dip it in and drink it and throw it on their friends and have a lot of fun with it,” LaFortune, a freshman in computer science, said.
The sorority, Sigma Delta Omega, was also represented, presenting two demonstrations featuring dry ice.

“It’s just a really fun way for us to interact with children and expand the knowledge of science throughout our community,” said Rachel Grisham, a freshman in biology and a Sigma Delta Omega member.

“Teaching students, especially female students, about science is very important,” Haak said.

Taylor McAnally, a freshman in human development and education, helped children learn about light, reflectivity and temperature.

“They get a chance to come play and really learn one-on-one with hands-on stuff,” McAnally said.

For Abdu Alyajouri, a second grader from Franklin elementary school, it was his sixth time at Discovery Days. His favorite station was one that involved static electricity because he “got to shock people,” he said.
Sophia Bell, another second grader at Franklin, also said she liked the static station.

“I like the static one because it’s really fun to shock people,” Bell said.

Bell said she likes science and wants to be a teacher.

Discovery Days continues from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday.
McKinley Smith, news reporter

The Chemistry department believes that there is a population of potential students for the CH 12xe online series that we are not currently reaching—that of highly motivated high school students.  The Chemistry Department Advisory Board also emphasized the potential for this market during their annual visit.

In an attempt to reach these students, Chemistry Ecampus exhibited this April at the National Science Teachers’ Association (NSTA) National Conference in San Antonio, TX.  Dr. Marita Barth (Instructor) and Kim Thackray (Chemistry Ecampus Coordinator) staffed the OSU booth.  They talked with high school teachers from all over the nation, making sure the teachers understood how our online Chemistry classes could help their high-level students reach their educational goals.  Students who would benefit from taking our General Chemistry classes might be:

  • at high schools without chemistry classes or with limited chemistry offerings.
  • at high schools without AP (Advanced Placement) or IB (International Baccalaureate) chemistry classes.
  • at high schools that offer AP/IB classes, but students want/need flexibility, prefer the online mode, or want a college course in addition (summer prior to college).

Teachers were especially interested in learning that their students would pay in-state tuition for our online classes, no matter where they live.  Dr. Barth and Ms. Thackray talked with over 400 attendees of the conference, creating awareness of OSU’s online chemistry program and obtaining contact information from those most interested.  Ms. Thackray will continue to monitor student registrations to determine the effectiveness of this outreach.