College of Arts and Sciences Department of Chemistry


  • WSU researchers working to launch breath test for pot use

    Washington State University researchers say they’re close to having a portable breath test that police can use to detect if someone has recently consumed marijuana.

    The News Tribune reports WSU professor Herbert Hill says his research team will soon begin its second round of testing of the marijuana breathalyzer in hopes of making the device available for police to use sometime next year.

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  • WSU working on roadside breath test for marijuana

    Washington State University researchers are working to develop a roadside test that would detect marijuana in a person’s breath.

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  • June 9-12: Breath test, cancer on medicinal plants agenda

    Marijuana and other medicinal plants are the focus of a research conference hosted by Washington State University in Spokane June 9-12.

    WSU chemistry professor Herbert Hill will talk about a marijuana detection breath test researchers are developing to determine if a driver is under the influence. Amit Dhingra, conference chair, will discuss genomic technologies to ensure strain purity.

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  • $2M grant to fund initial clinical trials in prostate cancer

    An imaging agent discovered by a Washington State University researcher that homes in on prostate cancer will be developed for human clinical trials thanks to a two-year $2 million federal Small Business Innovation Research grant.

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  • Murdock Grant to fund next-generation science at WSU

    A car battery that gets you from Pullman to Seattle on a single charge. Flexible electronics that can be sewn into clothing. An affordable transportation fuel made from hydrogen and carbon monoxide. Washington State University researchers are a big step closer to making these futuristic technologies a reality thanks to a $521,800 grant from the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust.

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  • Immobilizing nuclear waste the focus of WSU research

    New research at Washington State University could help in the design of long-term nuclear waste storage facilities and make it easier to clean already contaminated areas.

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  • Breath test to detect pot is being developed at WSU

    A team at Washington State University is working to develop a breath test that could quickly determine whether a driver is under the influence of marijuana.

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  • Chemistry and math lead learning management pilot

    Nine faculty members and about 3,000 Pullman students in five chemistry and math courses are piloting a new Blackboard online learning management system for the University. All WSU faculty will be able to launch their new course spaces in spring 2015.

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  • Tracking radioactive materials

    “The cool thing about nuclear chemistry is that radioactive elements come in sets or suites,” said Nathalie Wall, WSU professor of radiochemistry. “If you find a specific suite of elements of different proportions, you can potentially tell where the material came from and what it’s been used for. So this is the ‘fingerprint’ we look for.”

    Read more about Wall and forensic science in the Sept. 23 Rock Doc column.

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  • Copycat molecule may be throwing off Parkinson’s diagnoses

    An imposter molecule may be misleading doctors who monitor dopamine levels in their patients with Parkinson’s disease.

    Washington State University Regents Professor Herbert Hill used a new, high-speed technology to discover a previously unknown compound in the brains of affected rats that looks just like dopamine on standard diagnostic tests.

    The finding suggests that doctors who think they are measuring dopamine levels may actually be measuring levels of its “identical twin.”

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