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Dr. Javier Vela, assistant professor of chemistry, received his B.S. degree with Honors from UNAM in 2001. He obtained his Ph.D. degree working with Prof. Patrick L. Holland at the University of Rochester in 2005. He was a postdoctoral research associate with Prof. Richard F. Jordan at the University of Chicago from 2005 to 2006, and a Director's postdoctoral fellow in the team of Jennifer A. Hollingsworth and Victor I. Klimov at Los Alamos National Laboratory from 2007 to 2009. He received the ACS Inorganic Young Investigator Award in 2006 and the NSF CAREER Award in 2013. He joined the faculty at Iowa State University in August 2009.