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Mercouri Kanatzidis Elected to National Academy of Sciences

Mercouri Kanatzidis's recent induction into the National Academy of Sciences celebrates his outstanding contributions to original research. This esteemed membership is among the highest recognitions for scientists in the U.S. His election this year marks the 13th NAS member among the current chemistry department faculty.

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Sugar-based catalyst upcycles carbon dioxide

A novel catalyst, derived from an affordable metal and ordinary table sugar, holds promise as a solution for utilizing captured carbon. In a recent study led by the Farha Group, this catalyst effectively converted CO2 into carbon monoxide (CO), a vital precursor for various chemical products. Moreover, in the presence of hydrogen, the reaction yields synthesis gas (syngas), a valuable fuel precursor.


Northwestern to lead Midwestern carbon-capture hub

Northwestern University is spearheading the Midwest Nuclear Direct Air Capture Hub (MINDAC), funded by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). Administered by the Paula M. Trienens Institute for Sustainability and Energy, this initiative brings together diverse institutions to investigate using a zero-emission nuclear fleet to power CO2 removal from the atmosphere. Chemistry Department faculty Ted Sargent and Omar Farha join as co-principal investigators in this initiative to build a carbon capture hub in the Midwest.


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Roel Tempelaar is a Fall 2024 Cadence/OpenEye Outstanding Junior Faculty Award Winner


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Pam Beck received the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences 2024 Community Excellence Award

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Spring Newsletter

Welcome to our Spring Newsletter! We are glad to experience the season with snow-filled days interspersed with clear skies and warm days and spring flowers. The Department continues to make important research contributions in removing forever chemicals, treating neurodegenerative diseases, and developing long-lasting solar cell materials. Our faculty have been honored with accolades for their work in improving human health and the environment; our graduate students and postdoctoral fellows have been recognized for their leadership and service activities; and our staff members have been praised for their excellent service in numerous areas critical to the mission of the Department. I hope that you enjoy these highlights as well as the stories of those in our community that make Northwestern Chemistry such a special place.

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