Clean Energy Institute Funds 11 Chemistry Graduate Fellows

uwcei-logo 1The University of Washington Clean Energy Institute (CEI) recently announced recipients of its 2015 Graduate Fellowships in Clean Energy Research and 11 chemistry graduate students were chosen. Selected students receive financial support in order to pursue a research project related to the development of new materials for solar energy, energy storage, or grid integration of renewable energy. The 2015 Chemistry fellows (along with their faculty sponsors) are:

  • Charles Barrows (Daniel Gamelin)
  • Michael De Siena (Daniel Gamelin)
  • Benjamin Glassy (Brandi Cossairt)
  • Patrick Lestrange (Xiaosong Li)
  • Francis Lin (Alex K.-Y. Jen)
  • David Lingerfelt (Xiaosong Li)
  • Brigit Miller (Daniel Gamelin)
  • Timothy Pollock (Cody Schlenker)
  • Jennifer Stein (Brandi Cossairt)
  • Sarah Vorpahl (David Ginger)
  • Mark Ziffer (David Ginger)

For more information about the CEI Fellowships, please visit CEI News.

Final Examination – Dissertation Defense

BigelowCongratulations to Nicholas W. Bigelow, who defended his Ph.D. work “Electron Energy-Loss Spectroscopy Theory and Simulation Applied to Nanoparticle Plasmonics” on December 12, 2014. He was a student in Professor David Masiello’s laboratory for the past four years. In the next few months, he will be tying up loose ends in the Masiello lab and preparing to work in industry. Nicholas is excited to spend more time with his family and his dogs as he prepares for the next step in his career.

Final Examination – Dissertation Defense

NagaokaCongratulations to Hirokazu Nagaoka, who successfully defended his Ph.D. work “Long-lived charge carrier dynamics in polymer/quantum dot blends and organometal halide perovskites” on December 5, 2014. Hirokazu was a student in Professor David Ginger’s laboratory. In January, Hirokazu will be starting an industry research position at JNC CORPORATION in Chiba, Japan.

Final Examination – Dissertation Defense

SchimpfCongratulations to Alina Schimpf, who successfully defended her Ph.D. work entitled “Electronic and Impurity Doping in Colloidal Semiconductor Nanocrystals” on October 30, 2014. Alina was a student in Professor Daniel Gamelin’s laboratory. In April, Alina will be starting a postdoctoral research position in the lab of Mircea Dincă at MIT.

Final Examination – Dissertation Defense

BradshawCongratulations to Liam Bradshaw, who successfully defended his Ph.D. work “Luminescent Manganese in Nanocrystals” on October 28, 2014. Liam was a student in Professor Daniel Gamelin’s laboratory. He earned his B.A. from the University of Chicago in 2008. Liam is planning to stay in the Seattle area after graduation and is excited to start a career in semiconductor or photonics engineering.

Mike Larsen Selected as Winner of the 2014 Eastman Chemical Student Award in Applied Polymer Science

Larsen 1Mike Larsen, a Ph.D. candidate working with Assistant Professor AJ Boydston, has been selected as the winner of the 2014 Eastman Chemical Student Award in Applied Polymer Science. Eastman Chemical partnered with the PMSE division of the American Chemical Society to offer this award in recognition of outstanding student achievement in the field of polymers and materials research. Applicants provided a copy of a recent publication, and finalists were selected to present a seminar at the 248th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society. Based upon the submitted papers and oral presentations, Mike Larsen was selected as this year’s awardee.

Final Examination – Dissertation Defense

FowbleCongratulations to Joseph W. Fowble, who successfully defended his Ph.D. work “Localization of the Human Malaria Parasite’s Dihydrofolate Reductase-Thymidylate Synthase and Examining Its Role in Proguanil and Atovaquone Drug Synergy” on June 5, 2014. Joe was a student in Pradip Rathod’s laboratory, working on several different projects during his time there. Joe obtained a BS in Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin in 2002, developed biochemistry skills in a Medicinal Chemistry lab at The Ohio State University until 2004, and worked with a start-up to establish anticancer drug screening prior to starting his Ph.D. at UW. He is looking forward to a short vacation before embarking on new scientific problems

Scott Rayermann Receives Alpha Epsilon Delta Teaching Excellence Award

RayermannAlpha Epsilon Delta (AED), an undergraduate premedical honor society at the University of Washington, has awarded Scott Rayermann the AED Teaching Excellence Award. Each year, AED seeks to recognize one professor and one teaching assistant who have made exceptional efforts in teaching. Mr. Rayermann was nominated and selected by student members of AED for his dedication and commitment to teaching their students.

Final Examination – Dissertation Defense

RobertoCongratulations to Michael F. Roberto, who successfully defended his Ph.D. work “Translation of a Chemical Reaction from Batch to Continuous Flow via Process Analytical Technology and Chemometrics” on May 30, 2014. Michael was a student in Brian Marquardt’s laboratory at the Applied Physics Laboratory for the last five years.  Michael obtained a BS in Chemistry from the University of Michigan in 2009. In July, Michael will start work at Infometrix Inc., in Bothell, WA. Michael looks forward to his upcoming career and is excited to continue to live in the Seattle area.

Final Examination – Dissertation Defense

MayJosephCongratulations to Joseph May, who defended his Ph.D. work “Theoretical Insight into the Manipulation of the Optical and Magnetic Properties of Transition-Metal-doped II-VI Semiconductor Quantum Dots” on May 6, 2014. As a student in Professor Xiaosong Li’s laboratory for the past five years, Joseph applied electronic structure theory to better understand the fundamental physics behind the effects transition-metal-dopants haveon the magnetic and optical properties of zinc oxide quantum dots. At the end of the month, he will be heading to Las Vegas to teach science at Mojave High School—go Rattlers! Joseph is excited to begin his new career as a science educator and return to his Southwest roots.