Sam Jenekhe receives the 2014 AIChE Charles M. A. Stine Award

jenekhe150_2Sam Jenekhe, Professor of Chemistry and Boeing-Martin Professor of Chemical Engineering , is the 2014 recipient of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Charles M. A. Stine Award. The award recognizes Professor Jenekhe for outstanding and pioneering contributions to the development of semiconducting polymers for applications in organic electronics and optoelectronics. The award is given annually to a leading researcher in recognition of outstanding contributions to the field of materials science and engineering and is sponsored by E. I. duPont de Nemours & Co. Professor Jenekhe will present the keynote talk in the MESD Plenary Session at the 2014 AIChE Annual Meeting in Atlanta. More information on the Stine award can be found here.

Thomas Dunning to join faculty

dunningWe are delighted to announce that Thomas H. Dunning, Jr. will be joining the Department as Affiliate Professor of Chemistry.

Dr. Dunning is Co-Director of the Northwest Institute for Advanced Computing (NIAC), jointly founded in 2013 by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and the University of Washington. NIAC, which has a physical location at the University of Washington, was established to advance the use of computing in discovery through a focus on research in big data, advanced computing, and high performance computing. Dr. Dunning is a leader in theoretical and computational chemistry, widely recognized for his expertise in electronic structure theory and scientific computing.

Dr. Dunning’s appointment is effective July 1, 2014. As Affiliate Professor of Chemistry with graduate faculty status, Professor Dunning will be able to serve as a graduate advisor, and his students will be located on the main University of Washington campus in Seattle.

For more information, please visit his faculty page, his NIAC staff page, or contact him directly via email at

James De Yoreo to join faculty

deyoreo2We are delighted to announce that James J. De Yoreo will be joining the Department as Affiliate Professor of Chemistry.

Dr. De Yoreo is Chief Scientist for Fundamental Materials Science and Materials Synthesis and Simulation across Scales (MS3) at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, and he is also affiliated with the UW Department of Materials Science & Engineering. Dr. De Yoreo is widely recognized for his pioneering research in materials science, with a research focus on macromolecular self-assembly, biomineralization, and biomimetic materials synthesis, and in situ imaging with transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM).

Dr. De Yoreo’s appointment is effective July 1, 2014. As Affiliate Professor of Chemistry with graduate faculty status, Dr. De Yoreo will be able to serve as a graduate advisor. Dr. De Yoreo’s primary laboratory facilities are located on the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory campus in Richland, WA.

For more information, please visit his faculty page, his PNNL staff page, or contact him directly via email at

Lawrence Goldman to join instructional faculty

Goldman pictureWe are delighted to announce that Dr. Lawrence Goldman will join the Department of Chemistry as Lecturer, with a focus on introductory organic chemistry lecture and laboratory courses.

Dr. Goldman received his undergraduate degree in chemistry and mathematics from Rutgers University, where he conducted research on organic synthesis with Prof. Spencer Knapp. He then received his Ph.D. in physical organic chemistry with Prof. Barry Carpenter at Cardiff University. Dr. Goldman has experience teaching organic chemistry lecture and laboratory courses at several institutions, and he will be moving to the UW from his current position as Visiting Assistant Professor at Whitman College.

We look forward to having Dr. Goldman join us in September as the fifth member of our lecturing faculty, and our first to specialize in organic chemistry instruction.

Cody Schlenker to join faculty

schlenker3We are delighted to announce that Dr. Cody Schlenker will be joining the Department as Assistant Professor of Chemistry. Dr. Schlenker conducted his undergraduate work in chemistry at Linfield College, where he studied porphyrin synthesis with Professor Thomas J. Reinert, followed by an NSF REU in chemical engineering at Cornell University researching hydrogels for soil remediation with Professor Claude Cohen. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Southern California, where he synthesized small molecule dyes and charge transport materials and developed advanced device concepts for thin film photovoltaics with Professor Mark E. Thompson as an Anton B. Burg Foundation Fellow in Chemistry. He is presently an NSF Science, Engineering and Education for Sustainability (SEES) Postdoctoral Fellow with Professor David S. Ginger in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Washington studying photoinduced charge transfer and recombination in novel semiconducting polymers relevant for light harvesting applications.

Dr. Schlenker will launch his program at the University of Washington in July 2014. His research interests concern the integration of spectroscopy, synthesis, and electrical characterization to develop new insight into the mechanisms governing energy transduction in heterogeneous materials relevant for solar energy harvesting and storage devices like organic and organic/inorganic photovoltaics and meso-structured next-generation rechargeable batteries.

For more information, please visit his faculty page or contact him directly via email at

Munira Khalil selected for 2014 Journal of Physical Chemistry B Lectureship

khalilAssistant Professor Munira Khalil has been named one of the 2014 Journal of Physical Chemistry lecturers by the Physical Chemistry Division of the American Chemical Society (ACS). Lecturers will present their work at a special symposium at the Fall ACS National Meeting in San Francisco (August 10-14, 2014). The lectureships were established to recognize the contributions of young investigators who have made major impacts on the field of physical chemistry related to research areas published in the Journals of Physical Chemistry; Professor Khalil’s lectureship is for the Journal of Physical Chemistry B covering biophysical chemistry, biomaterials, liquids, and soft matter.

To learn more about this award, please see the ACS lectureship announcement. To learn more about Professor Khalil’s research, visit her faculty page and her research group site.

AJ Boydston named a 2014 Cottrell Scholar

boydstonAJ Boydston, University of Washington assistant professor of chemistry, has been selected as one of 12 Cottrell Scholar Awardees for 2014. The awards are presented by the Research Corporation for Science Advancement (RCSA) to early career faculty who are committed to excel at both research and teaching. RCSA Interim President Jack Pladziewicz, notes, “It may well be that not all research faculty can do this simultaneously and early in their careers, but the very best can.” Previous awardees from the Department of Chemistry at the University of Washington include Professors David Ginger, Daniel Gamelin, Sarah Keller, and Phil Reid.

Boydston’s research group is developing synthetic materials capable of mechanochemical transduction. They have recently reported “flex activated” mechanophores, which are capable of converting mechanical input into chemical output via force-guided changes in molecular-level geometry. Boydston has also been active in redesigning his introductory organic chemistry course to help undergraduate students learn how to apply concepts and develop problem-solving strategies, similar to how experts in the field approach their research.  The Cottrell Scholar Award, which provides $75,000 in funding, will help support Boydston’s ongoing research and teaching efforts.

For more information about the Cottrell Scholars Award, visit their announcement page. More more information about Prof. Boydston’s research, visit his research page.

Matthew Bush named Sloan fellow

matt_bushMatthew Bush, University of Washington assistant professor of chemistry, has been selected as one of 126 Sloan Research Fellows for 2014. The fellowships are given to early-career scientists and scholars whose achievements and potential identify them as rising stars, according to the announcement Feb. 18 by the Sloan Foundation. Fellows receive $50,000 to further their research.

Bush leads a lab that develops mass spectrometry-based technologies to study the structures, assembly and dynamics of protein complexes. His group applies these approaches to a wide range of biological systems including those involved in bacterial secretion, regulating protein degradation and protein maintenance. Bush, whose bachelor’s degree is from Carleton College, Minn., and doctorate from the University of California Berkeley, did post-doctoral research at the University of Cambridge and then the University of Oxford. He joined the UW in 2011.

See this UW News original article (by Sandra Hines) here.

Clean Energy Institute Launches

CleanEnergyInstKickoff_sqA new University of Washington institute to develop efficient, cost-effective solar power and better energy storage systems launched December 12 with an event attended by UW President Michael K. Young, Gov. Jay Inslee and researchers, industry experts and policy leaders in renewable energy.

The Clean Energy Institute formed when Washington’s governor and state legislators last summer allocated $6 million to create a research center at the university that will advance solar energy and electrical energy storage capacities. The institute will better connect and boost existing energy research at the UW as well as attract new partnerships and talent, including new faculty members.

The opening of the Clean Energy Institute was covered by KIRO 7 News, the Seattle Times, and UW News. Chemistry Professor David Ginger, Raymon E. and Rosellen M. Lawton Distinguished Scholar in Chemistry, is the Associate Director of the Clean Energy Institute.  Daniel Gamelin, Harry and Catherine Jaynne Boand Endowed Professor of Chemistry, serves on the Faculty Advisory Board.

Sarah Keller receives Thomas E. Thompson Award

kellerSarah Keller has received the Thomas E. Thompson Award from the Biophysical Society. The Thomas E. Thompson Award recognizes an outstanding contribution in the field of membrane structure and assembly. Professor Keller received the award for her “contributions to our understanding of the lateral segregation of lipids into domains in membranes.” The award will be presented at the Membrane Structure & Assembly Subgroup 2014 Symposium on Saturday, February 15, 2014 in San Francisco, California.

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To learn more about Professor Keller, visit her faculty page and research group page.