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Northwestern professor Shana Kelley named president of new Chan Zuckerberg Biohub

“It’s hard to explain how excited people are here–that we’re going to have a Biohub, that we’re going to have the opportunity to work on these really important problems. This is the opportunity of a lifetime. This is the opportunity to do science the way we’ve always wanted to do it, with the constraints removed and the creativity just allowed to flow.” -Shana Kelley

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Nanoparticles perform ultralong distance communication

Northwestern University chemists have designed a new photonic lattice with properties never before seen in nature. In solid materials, atoms must be equally spaced apart and close enough together to interact effectively. Now, new architectures based on stacked lattices of nanoparticles show interactions across unprecedentedly large distances.

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Two Northwestern professors named Sloan Research Fellows

Two Northwestern faculty members have been awarded a prestigious 2023 Sloan Research Fellowship from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. They were selected for their creativity, innovation and research accomplishments, which make them stand out as the next generation of leaders. The new Northwestern fellows are chemist Todd Gingrich of Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences and neuroscientist Ann Kennedy of Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

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Recent Honors


An Kitamura (Malapit) has been named a 2023 Quad Fellow by Schmidt Futures. The Quad Fellowship, an initiative of the governments of Australia, India, Japan and the United States, is designed to build ties among the next generation of scientists and technologists.

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In Memoriam

Remembering Nicolas "Nic" Watkins: A Brilliant Chemist with a Big Heart

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The faculty, students, alumni, and staff who comprise our department are dedicated to outstanding research and scholarship.

Winter Newsletter

Happy New Year! May your 2023 be a year filled with peace, fulfillment, strong community, and scientific discoveries with societal and environmental impact. Northwestern Chemistry rounded out another eventful year in 2022, from welcoming new teaching-line faculty to honoring inorganic chemistry leaders with special symposia to sustained recognition of our highly cited researchers. Our people spotlights feature the breadth and depth of members who make our Department special. Our research highlighted in the press showcase discoveries from gene editing to efficient solar cells to microbes on Mars. Please enjoy our Winter newsletter as we look forward to what this next year will bring.

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