Chad Rienstra is among six Illinois faculty members elected as 2016 Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He was selected for "distinguished contributions to the development of solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance for structural determination of large biomolecular assemblies relevant to human disease". UIUC News Bureau article.
Using advanced imaging techniques, Huimin Zhao, Charles Schroeder and colleagues have discovered the TALE genome-editing proteins that have a different DNA-binding search procedure than other proteins in this class. The novel mechanism has potential for use in biomedical applications. UIUC News Bureau article.
Joaquín Rodríguez-López was awarded a 2016-17 ECS Toyota Young Investigator Fellowship to pursue his research in green technology. His grant title was "Achieving the Ultimate Performance of Fuel Cell Electrocatalysts via Programmable Electronic Control of Surface Reactivity". Toyota announcement.
He is also the recipient of the 2017 Royce W. Murray Young Investigator Award from the Society of Electroanalytical Chemistry (SEAC).
Huimin Zhao is the recipient of the 2016 Charles Thom Award from the Society for Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology (SIMB). The award is given for "outstanding contributions of exceptional merit, reflecting an independence of thought and originality that adds appreciably to scientific knowledge". ChBE News article.
The RSC Journal of Materials Chemistry has named Ying Diao an Emerging Investigator and as such she contributed to the themed issue, "Novel design strategies for new functional materials". ChBE News article.
ChBE sophomore Reahman Afshar was awarded a Chancellor’s Public Engagement Student Fellowship to travel to Ghana with a team to empower village women to set up a solar energy business. ChBE News article.
Ambika Bhagi, a graduate student in the Lu group, has received a Schlumberger Foundation Faculty for the Future Award for postdoctoral studies at UCSF. The award supports women from developing countries in their pursuit of advanced STEM graduate studies.
Ten chemistry graduate students (Chelsea Anorma (Chan), Cecilia Gentle (van der Veen), Summer Laffoon (Hull), Carolyn Levinn (Sarlah), Kimberly Lundberg (Gewirth), Kali Miller (Braun), Tabitha Miller (Fout), Elizabeth Neumann (Sweedler), Sarah Perlmutter (Hergenrother), Aaron Roth (Denmark)) and two chemistry undergraduates (Yujeong Lee (Silverman), Shannon Miller (White)) were awarded National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships. Twelve chemistry students earned honorable mentions. Chemistry News article.