Michael Gelb elected as AAAS Fellow

Prof. Mike GelbProfessor Michael Gelb has been elected as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). AAAS recognizes Fellows for their contributions to science and technology. Gelb is one of six newly-elected Fellows from the University of Washington.

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Read more about Gelb and the five other newly-elected AAAS Fellows from UW in the University Week.

For more information about Michael Gelb and his research, please visit his faculty page and research group website.

Thomas Spiro chosen to receive Eraldo Antonini Lifetime Achievement Award

Spiro_headshotProfessor Thomas Spiro has been chosen to receive the Eraldo Antonini Lifetime Achievement Award given by the Society of Porphyrins and Phthalocyanines. The award will be presented at the 2010 International Conference on Porphyrins and Phthalocyanines (ICPP-6), held July 4-9, 2010 in New Mexico.

Spiro’s group studies the involvement of inorganic elements such as iron, copper, and manganese in biological and environmental processes.

For more information about Tom Spiro and his research program, please visit his faculty page and research group website.

Alumnus Bruce Montgomery receives Inventor of the Year Award

Montgomery_Hopkins_InvYrAwardDr. Bruce Montgomery was awarded the 2009 Special Honoree Inventor of the Year Award at the UW Medicine’s Fifth Annual Inventor of the Year Award Celebration on October 26, 2009.  Dr. Montgomery is Gilead Sciences’ senior vice president and head of Respiratory Therapeutics. He was honored in conjunction with two professors of pediatrics at UW – Drs. Bonnie Ramsey and Arnold Smith – for their development of TOBI, an aerosol version of tobramycin to treat Pseudomonas aeruginosas, an often fatal respiratory infection in patients with cystic fibrosis.

Dr. Montgomery received his Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry with highest honors in 1975. While in the Department, he worked with Emeritus Professor and Vice Provost for Research Alvin Kwiram.  He subsequently earned an M.D. from the UW. Montgomery has a long history of contribution in biotechnology sector.  He and his spouse Joanne have been generous supporters of the Department of Chemistry. We congratulate Dr. Montgomery on this great honor!

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Larry Dalton Named ACS Fellow

Professor Larry Dalton has been selected to be an ACS Fellow – a member of the very first class of fellows to be chosen by the American Chemical Society.  ACS announced the new Fellows program as a way to recognize members who “share a common set of accomplishments, namely true excellence in their contributions to the chemical enterprise coupled with distinctive service to ACS or to the broader world of chemistry”, says ACS Past-President Bruce Bursten. The first class of ACS Fellows included 162 members from a variety of backgrounds – including high school teaching, entrepreneurship, government service, industry and academia.

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Professor Dalton’s faculty page and research group website.

Goldberg et al. characterize methane-metal complex

Professor Karen Goldberg and researchers at the University of North Carolina and the University of Washington have described the first observation of a metal complex that binds methane in solution. The finding is reported in the October 23, 2009 issue of Science. The Science report describes a σ-methane complex that is shown to be quite stable in solution. This report is the first observation and full characterization of a relatively long-lived σ-methane complex in solution. Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectra of the complex were obtained by protonation of a rhodium-methyl precursor at -110 °C. The complex is observed to rapidly tumble in the coordination sphere of rhodium, exchanging free and bound hydrogens. Density functional theory calculations indicate that the complex is best described as η2-C,H methane coordination to the metal.

Professor Goldberg is the Director of the UW-based NSF Center for Enabling New Technologies through Catalysis, a Center for Chemical Innovation that seeks to find efficient, inexpensive and environmentally friendly ways to produce chemicals and fuels.

Citation: “Characterization of a Rhodium(I) σ-Methane Complex in Solution” Wesley Bernskoetter, Cynthia Schauer, Karen Goldberg, Maurice Brookhart, Science, 326 (5952), 553 (23 October 2009)

[DOI: 10.1126/science.1177485]

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Sarah Keller wins 2010 Avanti Young Investigator Award

Professor Sarah Keller has been named the recipient of the 2010 Avanti Young Investigator Award in Lipid Research, established by the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB) Lipid Research Division.  Prof. Keller’s research focuses on how changes in membrane lipid composition can affect the activity of membrane proteins. The award consists of a plaque, $2,000 and transportation and expenses to present a lecture at the 2010 ASBMB Annual Meeting.

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Prof. Keller’s faculty page and research group website.

Gamelin et al. report light-induced spontaneous magnetization in Science

A paper by Professor Daniel Gamelin, members of his research group, and collaborators at the University of Duisberg-Essen appeared in the August 21, 2009 issue of Science, published by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). The paper details the spontaneous photoinduced polarization of Mn2+ spins in colloidal doped CdSE nanocrystals. Very large effective internal magnetic fields were observed up to ~50 K and photomagnetic effects are observed all the way up to room temperature.

Citation: “Light-Induced Spontaneous Magnetization in Doped Colloidal Quantum Dots” Rémi Beaulac, Lars Schneider, Paul I. Archer, Gerd Bacher, Daniel R. Gamelin, Science 325 (5943), 973 (21 August 2009) [DOI: 10.1126/science.1174419]

To view the abstract and full text, please visit Science magazine.

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