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20 April 2015

Vince Rinaolo Has Been Named a 2015 Goldwater Scholar

Vince Rinaolo, an undergraduate student in the Department of Chemistry, has been named a 2015 Goldwater Scholar.  The purpose of the Foundation and this award is to provide a continuing source of highly qualified scientists, mathematicians, and engineers by awarding scholarships to college students who intend to pursue research careers in these fields.

20 April 2015

Ryan Reynolds Receives 2015-2016 Blue Waters Graduate Fellowship

Ryan Reynolds, a PhD student in the Shiozaki Group, has been selected to receive a 2015-2016 Blue Waters Graduate Fellowship. The fellowship is designed to support PhD students who are engaged in a program of study and research that is directly relevant to the use of the Blue Waters supercomputer. Reynolds will receive a year of support to advance their research, including a tuition allowance and stipend, an allocation on Blue Waters, and funds to support travel to the annual Blue Waters Symposium.

14 April 2015

Co Discusses Solar Fuels Institute (SOFI) with the Chicago Tribune

Prof. Dick Co discusses the Solar Fuels Institute (SOFI) during a question and answer session with the Chicago Tribune. SOFI is a global consortium of 15 universities, national and government labs, and industry united behind commercializing a solar fuel and leveraging the liquid fuel infrastructure in the world. Its mission is to go beyond what any single institution can do to leverage this technology.

14 April 2015

Jonathan Barnes Receives the 2015 IUPAC-Solvay International Award for Young Chemists

Jonathan Barnes, a former graduate student of the Stoddart research group, has received the 2015 IUPAC-Solvay Award for Young Chemists. Stoddart group members have claimed one of these awards two years running, with three in the past five years. Barnes will receive his award at the 45th International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) World Chemistry Congress to be held in Busan, Korea, August 9-14, 2015. 

9 April 2015

Nine Chemistry Students Awarded NSF Fellowships

Congratulations to the nine current and incoming Chemistry graduate students who have been awarded NSF Fellowships this year. See the names of the winners here.

9 April 2015

Kristen Brown Receives the 2015 Anna Louise Hoffman Award

Kristen Brown, a PhD student in the Wasielewski group received the 2015 Anna Lousie Hoffman Award for Outstanding Graduate Research. This award given by the IOTA Sigma PI National Honor Society recognizes outstanding achievement in chemical research by a woman graduate student.

8 April 2015

Remembering Robert Rosenberg: "Why is Ice Slippery?" Publications

Robert Rosenberg's article on ice was published in Physics Today in 2005.  A New York Times piece followed in 2006.

7 April 2015

Chemistry offers our condolences to the family of Alumnus and Former Visiting Professor Robert Rosenberg

Robert Rosenberg passed away on April 3, 2015. He was 89. Rosenberg earned his Ph.D. from the department in 1951 with Irving M. Klotz. After his retirement from Lawrence University in 1991, Rosenberg returned to the Northwestern chemistry department as a visiting professor.

2 April 2015

Odom Writes Huffington Post Blog on Nanotechnology

Professor Teri W. Odom has authored a Huffington Post blog piece discussing Dunkin’ Donuts’ recent decision to remove “nano” titanium dioxide from its powdered sugar donuts. See News Center Story

1 April 2015

Stacey Barnaby Receives National P.E.O. Scholar Award

Stacey Barnaby, a PhD student in the Mirkin Group, is one of 85 doctoral students nationwide selected to receive a $15,000 Scholar Award from the Philanthropic Educational Organization (P.E.O.). The P.E.O. Scholar Awards (PSA) was established in 1991 to provide substantial merit-based awards for women of the United States and Canada who are pursuing a doctoral level degree at an accredited college or university.

18 March 2015

Geiger Research Group Opens Door to Better Fuel Cells

Professor Franz Geiger and a group of researchers at Northwestern have discovered a membrane that could lead to faster charging batteries. “Imagine an electric car that charges in the same time it takes to fill a car with gas,” says Professor Geiger. The study was published in a recent article by the journal Nature Communications. See News Center Story

13 March 2015

Farha to Present 2015 UCLA M. Frederick Hawthorne Lecture

Research Professor Omar Farha will present the 2015 M. Frederick Hawthorne Lecture at UCLA on April 1st, 2015. The title of the Lecture is "Bioinspired Sponges: Functional Metal-Organic Frameworks (MOFs)."

26 February 2015

Stoddart Group Alum Receives 2015 Award for Excellence in Graduate Research

Dr. Jonathan Barnes (2010-2014), currently a postdoctoral fellow at MIT, has won the Department's 2015 Award for Excellence in Graduate Research. This award, which recognizes outstanding achievements in research, comes with a monetary prize and an honorary plaque that will be presented to him in the Fall.

23 February 2015

Professors Freedman and Shiozaki Each Receive Prestigious 2015 Sloan Research Fellowships

Chemistry Professors, Danna Freedman and Toru Shiozaki, each has received a prestigious Sloan Research Fellowship for 2015 from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. The $50,000 fellowships are awarded in eight scientific and technical fields: chemistry, computer science, economics, mathematics, computational and evolutionary molecular biology, neuroscience, ocean sciences and physics. Freedman and Shiozaki are among 126 outstanding early-career scientists and scholars being recognized for their achievements and potential to contribute substantially to their fields. See Full List Here.

19 February 2015

NU Postdoctoral Fellow John Anderson to Join Chemistry Department at University of Chicago

Dr. John Anderson will begin his independent career as an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at the University of Chicago on July 1, 2015. There, he will continue his research on developing novel transition metal systems with broad relevance in areas such as catalysis, biology, and materials science.

13 February 2015

Nicholas Jackson Wins the Prestigious 2015 Northwestern Presidential Fellowship

Nicholas Jackson, a joint student in the Ratner and Chen research group, has been awarded the 2015 Presidential Fellowship. The Presidential Fellowship is the university's most prestigious award and is given to students for their outstanding intellectual and creative ability. Jackson becomes the tenth Chemistry Department graduate student to win the award in the past thirteen years.

9 February 2015

Wasielewski Named Honda-Fujishima Award Winner by JPA

Professor Michael Wasielewski has received the 2015 Honda-Fujishima Award of the Japanese Photochemistry Association (JPA) for his work in photochemical systems for solar energy conversion.

5 February 2015

Team Led by Kanatzidis and Wasielewski Discover New Method for a More Environmentally Friendly Fertilizer

A team of researchers led by Professors Mercouri Kanatzidis and Michael Wasielewski developed a catalyst that can take nitrogen and turn it into ammonia under natural conditions. This new method offers promise for a more environmentally friendly fertilizer. See News Center Story

29 January 2015

Scheidt Group Featured in Recent C&EN Article

A research team led by Professor Karl Scheidt and Christopher Check are featured in a recent article in Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN). The article focuses on the creation of a versatile new class of Imidazolium-based N-heterocyclic carbenes (NHCs). 

9 January 2015

Thomson Group Featured in the Journal of the American Chemical Society

As shown in an article published by the Journal of the American Chemical Society (JACS), scientists in the Thomson group have successfully completed the concise, enantioselective total synthesis of maoecrystal V – an extremely challenging molecule that possesses potent cytotoxic activity. According to the JACS website, this article has been one of the top 5 most-read articles over the past month.

8 January 2015

Farha to Give Keynote Lecture at Chicago ACS Meeting

Professor Omar Farha will give the keynote lecture titled "Bioinspired Sponges: Functional Metal-Organic Frameworks (MOFs)" Friday, January 23rd at the upcoming Chicago Section of the American Chemical Society (ACS) meeting. Poster session will begin at 5:00 p.m.