The Department of Chemistry is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Professor David Chandler of the University of California, Berkeley. Prof. Chandler spent two years on the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania before beginning his remarkable career at Berkeley.
Roy and Diana Vagelos Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology David Christianson has been selected to receive a 2017 Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching. The award will be presented at a ceremony on Tuesday, April 25.
Karen I. Goldberg, the Nicole A. Boand Endowed Professor in Chemistry at the University of Washington, will be joining the Penn Chemistry Department in September 2017 as the first Vagelos Professor of Energy Research. Prof. Goldberg will also serve as Director of the new Vagelos Center for Energy Research.
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.