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2012 News Archive

14 December 2012

Northwestern Alumnus Receives ACS Award

Christy Haynes, a 2003 Chemistry graduate received the New Orleans Kavli Foundation Emerging Leader in Chemistry Lecture award. Her award lecture will be delivered at the ACS National Meeting on April 8, 2013.

6 December 2012

Van Duyne Student Awarded the Royal Society Newton International Fellowship

Emilie Ringe is a recipient of the Newton International Fellowship. The fellowships provide an opportunity for early career, post-doctoral researchers working overseas to carry out world-class research.

5 December 2012

Northwestern Chemistry Professors Named AAAS Fellows

Franz M. Geiger, Mercouri G. Kanatzidis, and Lin X. Chen, have all been elected fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world’s largest general scientific society. NewsCenter Story


30 November 2012

Northwestern Joins Effort to Build a Better Battery

Ken Poeppelmeier heads the NU team as part of the Energy Hub JCESR, a $120 Million multi-partner effort to design cheaper more efficient energy storage. NewsCenter Story


29 November 2012

Northwestern Joins the Center for Sustainable Nanotechnology

Led by Professor Franz Geiger, Northwestern University has joined forces with four Midwestern universities and a national laboratory to establish the Center for Sustainable Nanotechnology. NewsCenter Story

28 November 2012

ACS Student Chapter to Receive Award

The American Chemical Society (ACS) student chapter at Northwestern has been selected to receive a Commendable Award for its activities during the 2011-2012 academic year.

28 November 2012

Poeppelmeier Named New Director of CCSS

Kenneth Poeppelmeier, the Charles E. and Emma H. Morrison Professor of Chemistry and Associate Division Director for Science at Argonne National Laboratory, will head the Center for Catalysis and Surface Science (CCSS).

28 November 2012

Professor Stupp to Receive Ronald Breslow Award

The American Chemical Society (ACS) will present the 2013 Ronald Breslow Award for Achievement in Biomimetic Chemistry to Professor Samuel Stupp.

27 November 2012

Northwestern Alumnus Blazes New Trails

Featured in the Star Tribune, Christy Haynes, a 2003 Chemistry graduate is not only making a name for herself as a brilliant chemist, but also as a trailblazer and role model for young women entering the world of science.


27 November 2012

Northwestern Chemistry Student Awarded Research Grant

Helen Gomez, a junior in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences was awarded the CLP Undergraduate Research Grant for her outstanding research exploring interactions between proteins and DNA.

15 November 2012

Professor Mirkin to Receive Walston Chubb Award

The Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society 2013 Walston Chubb Award for Innovation will be awarded to Professor Chad Mirkin.


15 November 2012

The Novartis Lecture in Organic Chemistry

Dr. Stefan Peukert of the Novartis Institute for Biomedical Research opens with his talk at 3 PM, followed by Dr. Dale L. Boger of the Scripps Research Institute at 4 PM. Both lectures will be held in Ryan Hall, Room 4003.

14 November 2012

Researchers Create Laser the Size of a Virus Particle

A team of Northwestern researchers led by Professor Teri Odom have discovered a way to manufacture nano-lasers the size of a virus particle that can operate at room temperature. NewsCenter Story


9 November 2012

Aldrich Chemical Inorganic Award: Professor Clifford Kubiak

The 2012 ACS Award in Inorganic Chemistry will be presented to Professor Clifford P. Kubiak of the University of California-San Diego on Friday, November 9, 4 PM in Tech LR3

30 October 2012

Sir Fraser Stoddart Elected into AAAS

Sir Fraser Stoddart is one of seven of the elected members who were inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences at a ceremony for the new class of fellows earlier this month. NewsCenter Story

29 October 2012

Research Professor’s Start up will be presenting to Governor

Omar Farha and NuMat Tech were among the winners of the 2012 Up-and-Comer Award. The winners are invited to a luncheon with Governor Pat Quinn to present their innovation to state leaders and discuss ways to advance innovation in Illinois.


26 October 2012

Northwestern Scientists Develop a Breakthrough for Parkinson’s

A team of Northwestern Scientists, including Professor Richard B. Silverman, have developed a new family of compounds that could significantly slow the progression of Parkinson’s, the second most common neurodegenerative disease in the world. NewsCenter Story


19 October 2012

The 2012 Fred Basolo Medal for Outstanding Research Lecture in Inorganic Chemistry

with Richard Eisenberg, University of Rochester. Friday, October 19, 4:45 p.m., Tech LR3

28 September 2012

Research Professor Featured in Arabic Publication

Research Associate Professor Omar K. Farha is featured in a story about his work with metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) in the London-based Arabic news Asharq Al-Awsat.


21 September 2012

Professor Grzybowski featured in Nature Materials

Professor Bartosz Grzybowski along with colleagues at EPFL create an inexpensive, super-sensitive device that can detect even low levels of toxic material in water and aquatic animals. NewsCenter Story

20 September 2012

Kanatzidis Group Recognized for their Record-Breaking Work

The Kanatzidis group’s work with thermoelectrical material is featured in a new Nature article. The group is recognized for their approach to building a better thermoelectric material; the material breaks record for turning heat into electricity.

5 September 2012

Van Duyne Student Receives Anna Louise Hoffman Award

Emilie Ringe is the recipient of the 2012 Anna Louise Hoffman Award for Outstanding Achievement in Graduate Research from the Iota Sigma Pi National Honor Society for Women in Chemistry.

30 August 2012

Thomson’s Research Focus Profiled in the Chicago Tribune

Regan Thomson’s artistic approach to developing cancer-fighting drugs that won’t harm patients is featured in a Chicago Tribune article.


27 August 2012

Marks and Stupp receive ACS National Awards

Tobin Marks received the Gabor A. Somorjai Award for Creative Research in Catalysis sponsored by the Gabor A. & Judith K. Somorjai Endowment Fund.
Sam Stupp received the Ronald Breslow Award for Achievement in Biomimetic Chemistry sponsored by the Ronald Breslow Award Endowment. Recipients will be honored in conjunction with the 245th ACS National Meeting.

27 August 2012

ACS Meeting Debut: Ferroelectrics Operate at Room Temperature

The new organic ferreoelectric materials synthesized by Sir Fraser Stoddart and Samuel Stupp and colleagues are practical for real world use. NewsCenter Story

24 August 2012

NuMat Technologies Featured in C&EN; Ring Closing Bell at NASDAQ

NuMat continues to impress across the nation in both scientific and business circles as Christopher Wilmer & Omar Farha are featured in the latest issue of Chemical & Engineering News.

20 August 2012

Northwestern Chemistry Department Ranked Eighth Worldwide

According to the Academic Ranking of World Universities, Northwestern University Chemistry Department has firmly anchored its place as one of the top Chemistry departments in the world by ranking eighth on this year’s list of World Universities in Chemistry.


13-15 August 2012

The Bender Distinguished Lectures in Organic Chemistry

With Tom W. Muir, Princeton University. Monday, August 13, 4pm, Tech L211; Tuesday, August 14, 4pm, Tech L211; Wednesday, August 15, 11am, Ryan 4003


30 July 2012

ITA Spotlights NUMAT Technologies

Illinois Technology Association turns its spotlight on Northwestern’s NUMAT Technologies attempting to find the answers to what makes this award winning company such a driving force in its field.

23 July 2012

Several International Honors for Professor Mirkin

In Singapore, Chad Mirkin was named a Lee Kuan Yew Distinguished Visitor and received a honorary degree from Nanyang Technological University; and in Bangalore, India, he received the International Material Science Award from the International Centre for Materials Science at JNCASR. NTU News


17 July 2012

2012 IUPAC Prize for Young Chemists

Chemistry alum, Alexander Spokoyny, is one of six winners to receive the IUPAC prize for young chemists. The prize winners are those with the best PhD theses in chemical sciences.

16 July 2012

Breaking the Skin Barrier

A team led by Feinberg Prof. Amy S. Paller, M.D. and Chemistry Prof. Chad Mirkin is the first to demonstrate the use of commercial moisturizers to deliver gene regulation technology with potential for life-saving therapies for skin cancers. NewsCenter Story


13 July 2012

Malcolm Dole Distinguished Summer Lectures in Physical Chemistry

With Allen J. Bard, University of Texas at Austin. Wednesday, July 11, 4pm in Tech L211; Thursday, July 12, 4pm in Tech L211; Friday, July 13, 11am in Ryan Hall Room 4003

12 July 2012

Mirkin Student Awarded IPMI Johnson Matthey Award

Michelle Personick was awarded the International Precious Metals Institute (IPMI) Johnson Matthey Student Award at the annual IPMI conference in Summerlin, NV on June 12, 2012.

10 July 2012

Distinguished Summer Lectures in Inorganic Chemistry

With James M. Mayer, University of Washington.

27 June 2012

Encouraging STEM Students

Chad Mirkin joins Physicist and fellow PCAST Appointee S. James Gates Jr. in calling on policy makers to enhance science, technology, engineering, and mathematics higher education in order to keep the U.S. competitive. Chronicle Article


26 June 2012

2012 CLP Lambert Fellows Announced

The Chemistry of Life Processes Institute is very pleased to award this year’s Lambert Fellowship to two undergraduate students within the Department of Chemistry, John Coukos and Ziyang Xu.


18 June 2012

Alexander Statsuk Honored by Pew Charitable Trusts

The Pew Charitable Trusts have named chemical biologist Alexander V. Statsuk a 2012 Pew Scholar in the Biomedical Sciences. Statsuk currently is working on designing new therapeutics that one day could be used to treat cancer, neurodegenerative disorders and cystic fibrosis. NewsCenter Story

15 June 2012

$10M for Medical Application of Nanotechnology

A $10 million gift will establish the Louis A. Simpson and Kimberly K. Querrey Center for Regenerative Nanomedicine and operate within Northwestern’s Institute for BioNanotechnology in Medicine (IBNAM), Directed by Samuel Stupp. NewsCenter Story


14 June 2012

Meade Group Students Receive Research Fellowships

Meade students awarded research fellowships this season: D. Kasjanski, Program for Biological Sciences Summer Research Grant; J. Coukos, CLP Lambert Fellowship; R. Subramanian and V. Reichova, WCAS Undergrad Research Grants; M. Heffern, S. Kamper, L. Matosziuk, T. Townsend, C. Carney, NSF.

14 June 2012

NuMat Wins DOE’s National Clean Energy Business Plan Competition

NuMat Technologies adds to their impressive list of wins with a victory over five other teams at the Department of Energy’s National Clean Energy Business Plan Competition.

11 June 2012

Mirkin Named Honorary Professor at Hunan University

On a recent visit, Professor Chad Mirkin was bestowed with the title Honorary Professor at Hunan University in Changsha, Hunan province, China for his service to the institution. It is one of the highest honors given by a Chinese University.


4 June 2012

Kanatzidis Students Awarded Fellowships

Kanatzidis Graduate Students Alyssa Haynes and Jonathan Syrigos have each won graduate fellowships to fund their research. Ms. Haynes was awarded the NSF Fellowship while Mr. Syrigos pulled in the John N. Nicholson Fellowship.


29 May 2012

Taking Solar Technology Up a Notch

The Kanatzidis (Chemistry) and Chang (Materials Science and Engineering) Groups have been working together closely to develop an efficient, more stable and longer lasting dye-sensitized solar cell, detailed in a new Nature article.

24 May 2012

Marple-Schweitzer Lecture

Bruce Parkinson, of the University of Wyoming, is the 2012 Marple-Schweitzer Award recipient. The lecture took place Thursday, May 24, 4PM in Tech L211.

18 May 2012

Research Professor Featured in Fortune Magazine
Research Associate Professor Omar Farha and the other founders of the start-up company NuMat were featured in Fortune Magazine for their recent accomplishments.


17 May 2012

Wasielewski Group Students Awarded Graduate Fellowships

Noah Horwitz, first year of the Wasielewski Group, was awarded three major fellowships to choose from to fund his research: NSF, NDSEG, and the Department of Energy. Second year, Rita Cook, was also awarded the DOE Fellowship.


10 May 2012

Brian Hoffman awarded 2012 Royal Society of Chemistry Joseph Chatt Award

Brian Hoffman has been awarded the 2012 RSC Joseph Chatt Award for major contributions to the development and application of ENDOR spectroscopy for elucidating mechanisms of catalysis by metalloenzymes.


1 May 2012

Monica Olvera de la Cruz elected to National Academy of Sciences
Monica Olvera de la Cruz elected to National Academy of Sciences.  Membership in the NAS is one of the highest honors given to a scientist in the United States. NewsCenter Story


24 April 2012

Weiss Group Student Receives 2012 Presidential Fellowship
Kathryn Knowles was among the eight graduate students to receive the most prestigious fellowship awarded by the university. Fellows are students who combine outstanding intellectual and creative ability with the capacity to play an active part in the life of the Society of Fellows.


18 April 2012

Fraser Stoddart Named Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Sir Fraser Stoddart is one of nine Northwestern faculty elected to one of the nation’s most prestigious honorary societies this year. He will be inducted at a ceremony Oct. 6 at the academy’s headquarters in Cambridge, Massachusetts.


18 April 2012

Aldrich Seminar

Michael G. Organ, York University Chemistry, is the speaker for the Aldrich Seminar taking place Wednesday, April 18th at 4PM in Ryan Hall Room 4003. Title: Using Mechanistic Understanding to Guide Catalyst Design.

17 April 2012

Stoddart Student Awarded NDSEG Fellowship by the Department of Defense

Jonathan Barnes, of the Stoddart Research Group, has been awarded the 2012 National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship. Mr. Barnes was selected from over 3,000 applicants to receive the fellowship which covers tuition, required fees, and a stipend for three years. 

16 April 2012

Northwestern Entrepreneurs Win Big in Rice Business Plan Competition

NuMat Technologies, comprising of two Kellogg/Law School students, a Chemical and Bio Engineering student, and a Chemistry research professor swept the competition and walked away with $750,000. NewsCenter Story


9 April 2012

Tiny Hitchhikers Attack Cancer Cells

Professor Teri W. Odom, who led the study, are the first to develop gold star-shaped nanoparticles to deliver drug directly to a cancer cell’s nucleus. The drug release was connected to cells dying and the cancer cell population becoming less viable. NewsCenterStory


4 April 2012

New Drug Stops Spread of Prostate Cancer

Chemistry Prof. Karl Scheidt and Feinberg School of Medicine research prof. Li Xu presented their research at the annual meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research in Chicago. NewsCenter Story

2 April 2012

Thirteen Chemistry Students Awarded NSF Fellowships

Congratulations to the twelve Chemistry graduate students who have been awarded NSF Fellowships this year.  Ten other students received Honorable Mentions for their applications.

28 March 2012

Hoffman Receives ACS Alfred Bader Award in Bioinorganic Chemistry

In recognition of his outstanding contributions to bioinorganic chemistry, Brian Hoffman has received the Alfred Bader Award in Bioinorganic Chemistry from the American Chemical Society.


20 March 2012

Two NU Chemists Inventions Featured in National Geographic’s “100 Scientific Discoveries that Changed the World”

Chad Mirkin and his invention of DPN appears at number 1, and Mark Ratner and his contributions to molecular electronics were highlighted at number 9 in National Geographic Magazine’s most recent special edition.

19 March 2012

Van Duyne Student Wins Award in Graduate Research

Emilie Ringe, of the Van Duyne Research Group, is the recipient of the 2012 Anna Louise Hoffman Award for Outstanding Achievement in Graduate Research from the National Honor Society for Women in Chemistry, Iota Sigma Pi.

12 March 2012

Symposium to celebrate the life of Prof. Widom

Colleagues, friends and family of the late Professor Jonathan Widom will gather at a special symposium Friday, March 16, beginning 9AM in the Allen Center to celebrate his life, creativity and scientific accomplishments


6 March 2012

Influencing Stem Cell Fate

Chad Mirkin, George B. Rathmann Professor of Chemistry, and his team have developed a powerful analytical method that they have used to direct stem cell differentiation. Read the NewsCenter Story.


2 March 2012

NuMat Wins Illinois and Midwest Clean Tech Challenge

Chemistry Research Professor Omar Farha and students from Chem & Bio Engineering, Kellogg, and NU Law took the top prize in both the Illinois and Midwest Clean Tech Student Challenge with their startup, NuMat Technologies. They now move on to the national competition. See their winning entry here.

5-7 March 2012

Hurd 2012 Lecture Series

Chemistry alum David L. Stern (ExxonMobil Refining and Supply) is this year’s key speaker for the Charles D. Hurd Lecture Series. Dr. Stern will deliver three lecturers over the course of the serious from Monday, March 5th through Wednesday, March 7th.


28 February 2012

Mirkin Awarded the Van’t Hoff Prize

This past November, Chad Mirkin was one of three chemists honored with the J.H. van ‘t Hoff Award 2011 by the Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences to celebrate both the “year of chemistry” and the 110th anniversary of the first Nobel Prize. Watch the video.

22 February 2012

Three New Assistant Professors to Join the Department

Danna Freedman, David Harris, and Toru Shiozaki are the latest additions to the Department of Chemistry’s world renowned faculty.


13 February 2012

Hupp Wins ACS Analytical Chemistry Award in Electrochemistry

Joseph T. Hupp has been named the 2012 recipient of the ACS Division of Analytical Chemistry Award in Electrochemistry. He is a Morrison Professor of Chemistry and a senior science fellow in the Materials Science Division and the Chemical Sciences and Engineering Division at Argonne National Lab. Details of his current research can be found at the Hupp Group Website.

9 February 2012

Marks and Stupp Elected to National Academy of Engineering

Chemistry professors Tobin J. Marks, a world leader in materials chemistry, chemical catalysis and nanotechnology, and Samuel I. Stupp, renowned for his research in self-assembly and regenerative medicine, have been elected to the NAE.

24 January 2012

Professor Tobin Marks Receives National Academy of Sciences Award

Professor Tobin Marks of Northwestern University’s Chemistry Department has been honored by the National Academy of Sciences for his ground breaking contributions to catalysis.


17 January 2012

Chemistry Alum Receives Distinguished Research Award

Jye-Shane Yang, Professor of Chemistry at National Taiwan University, is one of three chemists to receive the Taiwan's National Science Council Distinguished Research Award.

14 January 2012

Facchetti, Hupp, and Scheidt Named AAAS Fellows

Chemistry’s Antonio Facchetti, Joseph T. Hupp and Karl A. Scheidt will be recognized for their contributions to science on February 18th, 2012 during the AAAS Annual Meeting in Vancouver.

13 January 2012

Sir Fraser Stoddart Named Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry

The Honorary Fellowship Award is in recognition of Prof. Stoddart’s scientific leadership and invaluable contribution in support of the advancement of organic chemistry and nanotechnology.

9 January 2012

L. Carroll King Lecture Series

Harvard’s James Anderson is this year’s King Lecturer. His first talk will be held at 4PM Thursday January 12th in Tech L211. The second at Noon on Friday January 13th in Tech LR2. More details.


6 January 2012

Student Receives Lurie Cancer Center’s Malkin Scholar Award

Duncan Dam of the Odom Group Received the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center’s 2012 Malkin Scholar Award which includes monetary support at a key time in dissertation research.