Javier Vela


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Dr. Javier Vela, associate professor of chemistry, received his B.S. with Honors from UNAM in 2001. He obtained M.S. and Ph.D. degrees working with Prof. Patrick L. Holland at the University of Rochester in 2003 and 2005, respectively. Before coming to Iowa State University, 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’s Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies from 2007 to 2009. Trained as a synthetic inorganic and materials chemist, Dr. Vela’s current research focuses on the development of new nanostructured and optical materials for applications in chemical catalysis, energy conversion, and biological imaging. Dr. Vela joined Iowa State University in 2009, and was promoted to associate professor with tenure in 2015. He also serves as Equity Advisor for the ISU College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) for the period 2015–2018.

Accolades:
  • LAS Institutional Service Award, 2017
  • IUPAC Young Observer, 2017
  • Big XII Faculty Fellowship, 2017
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Advancing One Community Faculty Award, 2017
  • Midwest Stanley C. Israel Award for Advancing Diversity in the Chemical Sciences, 2014
  • LAS Early Achievement in Research Faculty Award, 2014
  • LAS Diversity Award, 2013
  • NSF CAREER Award, 2013
  • Top 40 Under 40 by Hispanic Engineering, 2011
  • LANL Director’s Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2007
  • ACS Inorganic Young Investigator Award, 2006


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