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Fred Basolo Medal for Outstanding Research in Inorganic Chemistry

The Fred Basolo Medal for Outstanding Research in Inorganic Chemistry Symposium and Awards Dinner was held in October to honor former faculty member Tom O’Halloran and British chemist Matt Rosseinsky. During the event, faculty, students, and members of the local ACS chapter celebrated the Department’s rich history in inorganic chemistry and paid tribute to the work of Fred Basolo, whose research laid the foundation for the Department to become one of the top inorganic chemistry programs in the world. The Fred Basolo Medal is awarded to inorganic chemists who have made significant contributions to their field.

ACS Inorganic Chemistry Award Symposium

ACS Inorganic Chemistry Award winners are invited each November to participate in a colloquium to share insights about their latest research. The Department was priviledged to have two recent winners visit us this year to speak with students and faculty. UIUC’s Catherine Murphy (2020) discussed how inorganic chemistry has explored nanomaterials, while UC Davis’ Susan Kauzlarich (2022) discussed Zintl phases’ development from curiosities into practical materials. This event is sponsored by MilliporeSigma.

AAAS Book of Members Signing

In Fall 2022, Department Chair, Teri W. Odom and Joseph Hupp signed the Book of Members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Although Odom was formally inducted in 2020 and Hupp in 2021, the Book of Members ceremony was postponed due to the pandemic. Members of the Academy represent a wide range of fields, including the arts, science, business, philanthropy, and public affairs. The Academy elects exceptionally accomplished individuals and engages them in advancing the public good.

James A. Ibers Inorganic Lectures

In September 2022, the Department was privileged to have John F. Hartwig from U.C. Berkeley present three lectures during the James A. Ibers Lectures in Inorganic Chemistry. The Department benefitted from extended discussions on creative research and scientific hypothesis because of John’s longer stay. He provided inspiration to many aspiring chemists, frequently talking about research and offering insight into developing as a scientist.


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