David Christianson has been named a Fellow of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard. David will be at Harvard next year as a Visiting Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology.


More information on the Radcliffe Institute can be found here.



Bren Cole (Schelter group), Vincius Ferreira (Baumgart group), and Dahlia Klein (Murray group) have been awarded fellowships in the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP).


Nicole Bellonzi (Subotnik group), Tyler Higgins (Winkler group), Alex Kellum (Smith group), and Stan Najmr (Murray group) all received honorable mentions.



Gary A. Molander, Hirschmann-Makineni Professor and Chemistry Department Chair, has been selected to receive the 2015 Herbert C. Brown Award for Creative Research in Synthetic Methods. The Brown award, sponsored by the Purdue Borane Research Fund and the Herbert C. Brown Award Endowment, was established in 1998 to recognize and encourage outstanding and creative contributions to research in synthetic methods.


Gary will be honored at an awards ceremony on Tuesday, March 24, 2015, in conjunction with the 249th ACS national meeting in Denver.


Assistant Professor Zahra Fakhraai is one of three Penn faculty to receive 2015 Sloan Research Fellowships. Zahra, whose group studies the effect of nano-confinement on structure, dynamics and other properties of materials, joined the Chemistry Department in 2011.


The Department of Chemistry will host a celebration of the life and career of David White at Penn. Please join us in the Lynch Lecture Hall on Thursday, March 12 at 3:00pm. A reception will follow in the Nobel Hall of Fame.

Chemistry major, Chemistry submatriculant and graduating senior, Vinicius (Vinny) Ferreira received a prestigious Thouron Award for graduate studies in the U.K. where he will be pursuing a Master’s degree in Physics at the University of Cambridge.


You can read more about Vinny and his award here.


The Department of Chemistry is deeply saddened to share that Prof. David White, long-time Department Chair and founding member of the Laboratory for Research on the Structure of Matter, has passed away.



Please join us for two upcoming alumni events! Penn Chemistry will be visiting San Antonio for the APS March Meeting and Denver for the Spring ACS Meeting. We hope to see you there.


APS Meeting


Penn Chemistry/Physics Alumni Social

Tuesday, March 2, 2015

6:00 - 8:00 PM


Grand Hyatt San Antonio

Bonham D Room

600 E. Market Street

San Antonio, TX 78205



Feng Gai research group member Beatrice Markiewicz has been featured in SAS Frontiers Magazine. Beatrice us using novel techniques to disassemble the amyloid proteins responsible for diseases like Alzheimer’s. Read more here.


Presidential Professor Daniel J. Mindiola has been profiled by Chemical & Engineering News. Dan was the first American Chemical Society Scholar to go on and earn a Ph.D. Read all about his path to the Ivy League here.


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