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Samuel Stupp receives 2022 Von Hippel Award

Northwestern University professor Samuel I. Stupp has received the 2022 Von Hippel Award, the highest honor awarded by the Materials Research Society (MRS). The prize recognizes “brilliance and originality of intellect, combined with vision that transcends the boundaries of conventional scientific disciplines.”

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Ancient bacteria might lurk beneath Mars’ surface

When Mars’ first samples return to Earth, scientists should be on the lookout for ancient sleeping bacteria, a new study has found. In a first-of-its-kind study, a research team, including Northwestern University’s Brian Hoffman and Ajay Sharma, found that ancient bacteria could survive close to the surface on Mars much longer than previously assumed. 

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New solar cell breaks records for efficiency and voltage

In the race to make solar energy more practical amidst soaring gas prices and threats of climate catastrophe, a team of researchers is taking steps toward a more efficient, higher-voltage solar cell.

“Further improvements in the efficiency of solar cells are crucial for the ongoing decarbonization of our economy,” said corresponding author Ted Sargent

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DNA gives colloidal crystals shape-shifting and memory abilities

Northwestern University researchers, led by Chad MirkinGeorge B. Rathmann Professor of Chemistry in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences at Northwestern and director of the International Institute for Nanotechnology, have uncovered a previously unknown property of colloidal crystals, highly ordered three-dimensional arrays of nanoparticles.

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Faculty Honors


Chad Mirkin receives the MRS Medal for the invention and implementation of nanoparticle mega-libraries for materials discovery.

George Schatz receives the MRS Materials Theory Award for pioneering theoretical advances in the properties of plasmonic nanostructures, self-assembly models for soft materials, and the discovery of lattice plasmon polaritons.

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Joseph Hupp receives the 2023 Allen J. Bard Award in Electrochemical Science.

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Welcome to our Fall newsletter, which contains stories of individuals in our community as well as events that have brought us together. The start of this academic year marks a new post-pandemic time for Northwestern Chemistry. Many new junior and senior faculty have arrived on campus even as there have been notable departures. We have formed teaching teams for an improved undergraduate instructional experience. Several staff who were key during the COVID-19 years received promotions. And, we have welcomed one of our largest incoming graduate student classes to date. We hope you are as excited as we are about what this new year will bring. Please enjoy our latest happenings.

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