Alvin Kwiram receives Hopkins Faculty Award

Emeritus Professor Alvin Kwiram received the 2007-08 Paul B. Hopkins Faculty Award. Kwiram is the Executive Director Emeritus of the NSF-funded Science and Technology Center for Materials and Devices for Information Technology Research (STC-MDITR), as well as Vice-Provost Emeritus for the UW Office of Research. As part of his award, Kwiram will present a seminar to members of the Department of Chemistry, and a reception will be held in his honor.

The Paul B. Hopkins Faculty Award honors the outstanding accomplishments made by a faculty member in the Department of Chemistry in any area of professional responsibility. The award was endowed by Emeritus Professor B. S. Rabinovitch to recognize the past and continuing achievements of Paul B. Hopkins, Professor and Chair of the Department.

For information about Alvin Kwiram, please see his faculty page.

CENTC awarded $15M NSF grant

The National Science Foundation has awarded the UW-based Center for Enabling New Technologies through Catalysis (CENTC) with a $15M grant to fund research over the next five years. CENTC is the first-ever Phase II NSF Chemical Bonding Center, and it brings together over a dozen primary investigators from as many institutions around the U.S., along with national and industrial affiliates. The Center was one of three chemical bonding centers to receive an initial $1.5M grant from the NSF in 2004, and it is the only one to receive second-phase funding of $3M for each of the next five years.

This funding allows CENTC to continue its valuable research mission to find easier and better ways of manipulating the strong chemical bonds found in most materials. By discovering new methods to efficiently produce a variety of consumer goods (such as pharmaceuticals or oil-based products), scientists can reduce the energy required and waste generated by manufacturing industries and lower overall costs to consumers.

To view the full article in UWeek, please visit: CENTC article.

For more information about CENTC, please visit the CENTC website.