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20 September 2017

Facchetti Awarded Italian Chemical Society's Giulio Natta Medal

Professor Antonio Facchetti has received the Giulio Natta Medal from the Italian Chemical Society for his pioneering research in electronic materials. Named after Italy's only Nobel Laureate in Chemistry, this international award is presented every three years for exceptional contribution in broadening knowledge in chemical sciences.

29 August 2017

Samantha Clarke Awarded ACS Women Chemists Committee's Merck Research Award

Graduate student Samantha Clarke, a Freedman group member, has been awarded the ACS Women Chemists Committee's Merck Research Award. This selective award is given to third and fourth year graduate students with a research focus in organic, medicinal, analytical, computational or structural chemistry. As part of her award, Clarke presented her research at the National ACS Meeting in Washington D.C. on August 20th.

16 August 2017

Farha, Hersam, Kanatzidis, and Marks Named ACS Prolific Authors

Professors Omar Farha, Mark Hersam, Mercouri Kanatzidis, and Tobin Marks were named most prolific authors by American Chemical Society Publications. They were four out of five professors selected to provide productivity advice for an article in the ACS Axial Publication. This feature was published ahead of the ACS' reveal of their most prolific author which is set for Tuesday August 22nd at the National Meeting.

26 July 2017

Odom Receives 2017 ACS Nano Lectureship Award

Professor Teri Odom was announced as the recipient of the 2017 ACS Nano Lectureship Award.  As one of three winners, she will give an award lecture in August at ChinaNANO in Beijing.

19 July 2017

Kanatzidis Honored for his Contributions to Science

Professor Mercouri G. Kanatzidis is honored in a recent editorial that celebrates his 30 plus years of scientific contributions to materials and inorganic chemistry. Kanatzidis was also recently honored by the Royal Society of Chemistry with an online themed collection bringing together many of his accomplishments and works to celebrate his significant contributions to Inorganic Chemistry.

17 July 2017

Geiger Research Published in Nature Communications

A study by Professor Franz Geiger was published in Nature Communications. According to the study, the concentration of ultrafine particles less than 50 nanometers in diameter rose by one-third in the air of Sao Paulo, Brazil when higher ethanol prices induced drivers to switch from ethanol to gasoline. The paper was co-authored by Alberto Salvo, Joel Brito, and Paulo Artaxo. It is titled "Reduced ultrafine particle levels in Sao Paulo's atmosphere during shifts from gasoline to ethanol use." 

3 July 2017

Shiozaki Honored with the 2017 International Academy of Quantum Molecular Science Medal

Professor Toru Shiozaki has received the 2017 International Academy of Quantum Molecular Science Medal.  This international award, established in 1967, is presented annually to recognize an eminent scientist in the field of quantum molecular science under the age of 40.

30 June 2017

Dichtel Receives 2017 Leo Hendrik Baekeland Award

Professor William Dichtel has received the 2017 Leo Hendrik Baekeland Award, established in 1944 by the North Jersey Section of the ACS. This prestigious award is presented biennially to recognize chemists under the age of forty for outstanding accomplishments in applied or pure chemistry as characterized by the initiative, creativeness, leadership, and perseverance of the individual. Professor Dichtel is the third current Northwestern professor to be recognized by this award, joined by Chad Mirkin (2001) and John Rogers (2007). 

21 June 2017

Mirkin Selected as a Member of the 2017 Class of ACS Fellows

Professor Chad Mirkin has been selected as a member of the 2017 class of Fellows of the American Chemical Society (ACS). The American Chemical Society Fellows Program was created by the ACS Board of Directors in December 2008 to recognize members of ACS for outstanding achievements in and contributions to science, the profession, and the Society.

31 May 2017

Dichtel, Gianneschi, and Hersam Chosen as Finalists for 2017 Blavatnik National Awards

Professors William Dichtel, Nathan Gianneschi, and Mark Hersam have all been chosen as Finalists for the 2017 Blavatnik National Awards for Young Scientists. The Blavatnik National Awards honor America’s most innovative young faculty-rank scientists and engineers. These awards celebrate the past accomplishments and future potential of young faculty members working in three disciplinary categories of science and engineering. Every year, one nominee in each category will be named a Blavatnik Laureate and awarded $250,000 in unrestricted funds

Kalow Featured in C&EN News

Since summer 2016 C&EN has followed three chemists, including Professor Julia Kalow, as they navigated their new jobs at competitive research institutions. The article gives a detailed chronicle of their first year as they transition from a postdoctoral researcher to an independent scientist.

18 May 2017

Kenneth Poeppelmeier Elected as Honorary Member to the Royal Society of Chemistry of Spain

Professor Kenneth Poeppelmeier has been elected Honorary Member to the Royal Society of Chemistry of Spain (RSEQ) for his outstanding scientific contributions and professional connections to the Society. This award was presented to Professor Poeppelmeier by the General Secretary of RSEQ, Professor Jose Manuel Gonzalez, at an award symposium held on May 11th in Professor Poeppelmeier's honor. 

10 May 2017

Wasielewski and Van Duyne receive awards from the Royal Society of Chemistry

Professor Michael Wasielewski and Professor Richard Van Duyne both received awards from the Royal Society of Chemistry. Wasielewski received the 2017 Physical Organic Chemistry Award, which recognizes his pioneering contributions to understanding electron transfer reactions and their dependence on molecular structure and spin dynamics in organic molecules.  Van Duyne received the Spiers Memorial Award, which recognizes an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the field of a Faraday Discussion.  The Faraday Discussion is the RSC’s unique international discussion meetings focusing on rapidly developing areas of chemistry.

9 May 2017

Allison Wustrow receives Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award

Allison Wustrow, a graduate student in Professor Ken Poeppelmeier's lab, has awarded the Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award from Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences.  Annually Weinberg College’s student-faculty Committee on Teaching Awards considers faculty members and teaching assistants from all departments and programs and, after careful discussion, makes its nominations to Dean Randolph. The awardee receives $1,000 and a luncheon will take place to honor this year’s recipients.

2 May 2017

Rosenzweig Elected to the National Academy of Sciences

The National Academy of Sciences (NAS), the most prestigious scientific society in the United States, elected Professor Amy Rosenzweig as a member.

29 April 2017

Kanatzidis awarded Hershel and Hilda Rich Visiting Professorship 2017

Professor Mercouri Kanatzidis visited the Israel Institute of Technology in Technion in honor of his 2017 Hershel and Hilds Rich Professorship.  He delivered three lectures during April 23-28, 2017.

28 April 2017

Farha work on Actinide MOF Chemistry Published in Science

Professor Omar Farha published, "Bottom-up construction of a superstructure in a porous uranium-organic crystal," in Science.  A highlight article was also published in C&E News.

10 April 2017

Geiger named 2017 Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Awardee by the Humboldt Foundation

Professor Franz Geiger has been awarded the 2017 Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Prize of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation for his outstanding research record on environmental interfaces and nonlinear spectroscopy. This research award recognizes scientists and scholars from abroad, internationally renowned in their field, who completed their doctorates less than 18 years ago and who in future are expected to continue producing cutting-edge achievements which will have a seminal influence on their discipline beyond their immediate field of work.

7 April 2017

Gift to ISEN creates program for Climate and Carbon Science

Northwestern University trustee and alumnus Jeff Ubben and his wife, Laurie, have made a $5.5 million gift to the Institute for Sustainability and Energy at Northwestern (ISEN), establishing the Ubben Program for Climate and Carbon Science.  This significant gift will benefit research, bringing together faculty experts and partners in chemistry, engineering, business, policy, law and communications.

4 April 2017

Silverman and Marks honored at 2017 American Chemical Society's Spring Meeting

Tobin J. Marks and Richard B. Silverman were honored with national awards by the American Chemical Society at the 2017 Spring Meeting. Marks received the 2017 Priestley Medal for his “dedicated service to the chemistry enterprise and pioneering research in catalytic polymerization, organometallic chemistry, organic opto-electronic materials and electronically functional metal oxides.” Silverman received the ACS Award for Creative Invention, citing his fundamental enzyme inhibitor work resulting in his invention of pregabalin, also known as the drug Lyrica, marketed by Pfizer for fibromyalgia, neuropathic pain, spinal cord injury pain and epilepsy.

31 March 2017

Odom and Van Duyne named Vannevar Bush Faculty Fellows

Professor Teri Odom and Richard Van Duyne have been named Vannevar Bush Faculty Fellows by the U.S. Department of Defense.  Fellows will directly engage with the DoD research enterprise to share knowledge and insights with DoD civilian and military leaders, researchers in DoD laboratories, and the national security science and engineering community.  Odom and Van Duyne join 11 other distinguished faculty scientists and engineers in forming the 2017 class. Each fellow will receive $3 million over five years.

29 March 2017

Harel and Kanatzidis research published in Nature Photonics

Work just published in Nature Photonics by the Harel and Kanatzidis groups using transient absorption microscopy reveals that different carrier types are formed simultaneously in perovskite thin film materials and segregate on the hundreds of nanometer length scale. This demonstrates that morphology plays a critical role in determining the optical properties of these materials. The ability of solar cell materials to convert sunlight to electricity is dependent on the nature and dynamics of charge carriers created upon photon absorption. 

27 March 2017

Kanatzidis receives Honorary Doctorate from University of Crete

Professor Mercouri Kanatzidis received an Honorary Doctorate Degree from the University of Crete. This degree recognizes his seminal pioneering contributions in the development and understanding of metal chalcogenide chemistry. He is recognized for his development of novel strategies for designing high-performance thermoelectric materials that convert waste heat to electricity. Kanatzidis’ is also recognized for discovering of a novel class of porous semiconductors termed chalcogels. 

23 March 2017

Samantha Clarke receives 2017 P.E.O. Scholar Award

Samantha Clarke, a graduate student in the Freedman research group, received a P.E.O. Scholar Award given by the International Chapter of the P.E.O. Sisterhood. Scholar Awards are one-time, competitive, merit-based awards for women of the United States and Canada who are pursuing a doctoral level degree. Clarke was recognized for her scholarly excellence and academic achievements.

15 March 2017

Stair honored with 2017 Herman Pines Award

Professor Peter Stair has been selected as the recipient of the 2017 Herman Pines Award by the Catalysis Club of Chicago.  This award recognizes his significant efforts to advance the fundamental understanding and applications in the field of synthesis and characterization of supported metal/metal oxide catalysis. This award also acknowledges Stair's outstanding leadership and contributions to the Catalysis Community throughout his career.

03 March 2017

Farha receives 2017 Pittconn Satinder Ahuja Award

Professor Omar Farha has received the 2017 Pittconn Satinder Ahuja Award for Young Investigators in Separation Science. Farha was recognized for his outstanding contributions to the field of separation science.

02 March 2017

Paul Ohno awarded the 2017 Northwestern Presidential Fellowship

Paul Ohno, a graduate student in the Geiger Research Group, was awarded the 2017 Northwestern Presidential Fellowship. This fellowship is the most prestigious award available to graduate students at Northwestern. The fellowship is funded by the President of the University and awarded by The Graduate School. Ohno was nominated for representing a combination of intellectual and creative ability, as well as demonstrating the capacity to play an important leadership role not only in the Society of Fellows, but also in his respective discipline and beyond. 

28 February 2017

Todd Gingrich to Join Northwestern Chemistry

We are pleased to announce that Todd Gingrich will join Northwestern Chemistry as an Assistant Professor in the summer of 2018. Gingrich is a theoretical chemist with a research interest in non-equilibrium statistical mechanics. The Chemistry Department is excited to welcome him to our Faculty.

12 January 2017

Mirkin receives 2017 Dickson Prize in Science

Professor Chad A. Mirkin received the 2017 Dickson Prize in Science. The award is presented annually to the person who has been judged by Carnegie Mellon University to have made the most progress in the scientific field in the United States for the year in question.

10 January 2017

Chemistry offers Condolences to the Family of Professor Emeritus Wolfgang M. H. Sachtler

Ipatieff Professor Emeritus Wolfgang M. H. Sachtler passed away Monday, January 9, 2017. Sachtler was hired from the Shell Research Laboratories in 1982 to succeed Robert L. Burwell as the third Ipatieff Professor of Chemistry. He was also the first Director of the Northwestern University Center for Catalysis and Surface Science. He was internationally known for his scientific and technical contributions to the field of heterogeneous catalysis, which is an essential technology for the production of fuels and chemicals. Sachtler is perhaps best known for his insightful research into the importance of available metal surface area dimensions on catalytic function, referred to as the "ensemble size effect". Toward the end of his scientific career he made major contributions to the discovery and understanding of catalysts that remove harmful, smog-generating pollutants from vehicle exhaust.

09 January 2017

Freedman and Harris Receive 2017 PECASE Awards

Professors Danna Freedman and T. David Harris both received the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). This award is the highest honor bestowed by the United States Government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers. Awardees are selected for their pursuit of innovative research at the frontiers of science and technology and their commitment to community service as demonstrated through scientific leadership, public education, or community outreach.

06 January 2017

Meade named 2017 Fellow of National Academy of Inventors

Professor Thomas J. Meade has been been named 2017 Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI). Meade’s research has led to the development of electronic biosensors for the detection of DNA and proteins and the development of bioactivated magnetic resonance (MR) contrast agents for in vivo imaging of cancer. Meade will be inducted April 6 at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston as part of the 2017 annual conference of the National Academy of Inventors.