The School of Arts and Sciences has named twenty 2017 Dean's Scholars from across the school. Three Chemistry students have been recognized.



Shi Liu, a recent graduate of Andrew Rappe's research group, has been awarded the prestigious Nicholas Metropolis Award for Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Work in Computational Physics by the American Physical Society. The award was established to recognize doctoral thesis research of outstanding quality and achievement in computational physics. Shi was also honored with the John G.


Department Chair Gary A. Molander has been awarded the Paul G. Gassman Distinguished Service Award by the Division of Organic Chemistry of the American Chemical Society. The award was established in 1994 to recognize outstanding service to the organic chemistry community.


Gary is the second Penn faculty member in a row to receive this award.


Assistant Professor Neil Tomson has been awarded a New Investigator Grant by the Kauffman Foundation for research on “Coordination chemistry and catalysis using molecular-scale electric fields”. The grant is part of $1.8 million in grants awarded to support basic research in biology, chemistry and physics by the Charles E. Kaufman Foundation, one of The Pittsburgh Foundation’s charitable entities.



The Department of Chemistry is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Professor Ahmed Zewail of the California Institute of Technology. Prof. Zewail received his PhD from the University of Pennsylvania while working in the group of Prof. Robin Hochstrasser.


Prof. Zewail was awarded the 1999 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his work on femtochemistry.


Chris Murray, Richard Perry University Professor of Chemistry and Materials Science and Engineering, has been named as a recipient of the 2016 ACS Nano Lecture Award. Chris will deliver his lecture on August 30 at the ECOSS Meeting in Grenoble, France. More information can be found here.


Andrew M. Rappe has been appointed as the Blanchard Professor of Chemistry. This Professorship, previously held by Larry Sneddon, was endowed in 1907 and the first Blanchard Professor was University Provost (and ACS President) Edgar Fahs Smith.


Biochemistry senior Wesley Peng has received the Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships (CURF) Rose Undergraduate Research Award for his project under the direction of Prof. William Dailey, “Discovering the Targets of Sevoflurane, a General Anesthetic: A Photolabeling Approach." 


For more information on the Rose Award, please see here.


Assistant Professor Jessica Anna has been named a recipient of the U.S. Department of Energy Early Career Award. Jessica is one of 44 scientists from across the nation to be recognized with this honor. The award program is designed to bolster the nation’s scientific workforce by providing support to exceptional researchers during the crucial early career years. 


More information on the program and the full list of recipients can be found here.


Marsha I. Lester (Edmund J. Kahn Distinguished Professor and Editor of The Journal of Chemical Physics) and Andrea Liu (Hepburn Professor of Physics and Secondary Appointment in Chemistry) have been elected to the National Academy of Sciences. Marsha and Andrea are among the 84 new members and 21 foreign associates from 14 countries in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research.


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