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Congratulations to our graduate award winners for this year!   We had an exceptionally large number of nominations this year—more than twice as many nominations as available awards—so there are also a great many folks that are doing outstanding work who aren’t listed.   

Unfortunately, due to the health crisis we will not be having a ceremony this year to celebrate the awardees. In its place, please join me in giving everyone a (virtual) celebratory round of applause.

Work published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society was highlighted in a recent issue of Chemical & Engineering News: https://cen.acs.org/materials/inorganic-

Sara Pistolesi, assistant teaching professor of chemistry, is part of a team awarded an Iowa State University Miller Faculty Fellowship.

Motivated by increased awareness about nitrate contamination of surface waters and its deleterious effects in human and animal health, we sought an alternative, non-noble metal catalyst for the chemical degradation of nitrate.

Dr. Ann Lii-Rosales, Thiel Group, is the 2020 recipient of the Karas Award for an outstanding dissertation in mathematical and physical sciences and engineering. This a completive campus-wide award for graduating PhD students, only awarded in even years.

There were many truly excellent posters this year presented at the open house, but the judging committee was able to arrive at 4 finalists for the Cotton-Uphaus award.

The finalists are (in alphabetical order):

The Surface Termination of CsPbBr3 Perovskite Quantum Dots Determined by Solid-State NMR Spectroscopy

CongratulationsSix students from the department were awarded a Dean's High Impact Award for Undergraduate

James WalkerJames Walker, 2017 PhD from Stanley Group, currently of Dow shares his passion for chemistry, the firm’s rota

Nitrate removalThe Vela group has published a paper in ACS Cata

An article by ISU Chemistry (and friends!) Scott E. Julien, Ann Lii-Rosales, Kai-Tak Wan, Yong Han, Michael C. Tringides, James W. Evans and Patricia A. Thiel … was noted as one of the most popular articles in Nanoscale for 2019.

Aaron Rossini Aaron Rossini, pictured, assistant professor of 

Susan Lehman, Chemistry Stores, will be among sixteen individuals from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences to be honored at the 85th annual Iowa State University 25-Year Banquet on March 2, 2020.

Anand, RobbynRobbyn Anand has been named the inaugural Suresh Faculty Fellow at Iowa State University.

Hach Hall ClassroomIn a cover article published by C&E News discussing how it is important for undergraduate educa

New catalysis paper on hydroboration using a new grafted organolanthanum species from collaborative work with Sadow Group and Ames Laboratory appearing in JACS: https://doi.org/10.1021/jacs.9

Kovnir group published a study showing that the normally nonporous materials can be prepared as inherently tunable clathrates—crystals with cage-like cavities that trap molecules or ions (J. Am. Chem.

Congratulations to Julia Zaikina who will be receiving an NSF CAREER award for her proposal on intermetallic synthesis by theory and in-situ studies.

Aleksandra BadaczewskaAleksandra Badaczewska-Dawid, a promising postdoc research associate

Thank you to the 3MT participants for representing the department at this year's competition. Congratulations to Alexander Volkov and Jiwoo An who were amongst the finalists and runners-up for 2019.

Jared AndersonCongratulations to Professor Jared Anderson, who has today officially been named the ina

TOC figureThe Zaikina group and a diverse team of collaborators, from 4 continents, recently published a paper in

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