Matthew Bush to join faculty

We are delighted to welcome Dr. Matthew Bush to the Department of Chemistry.  Dr. Bush specializes in using mass spectrometry to characterize the structures of large biological assemblies. 

Dr. Bush earned his B.A. in 2003 from Carleton College and his Ph.D. in 2008 with Professors Evan R. Williams and Richard J. Saykally at the University of California, Berkeley.  His graduate research used mass spectrometry and infrared spectroscopy to probe the structures of hydrated and biomolecular ions.  Dr. Bush is currently at the University of Oxford, where he is a Waters Research Fellow with Professor Carol V. Robinson at the Department of Chemistry, a Junior Research Fellow at Jesus College, and developing ion mobility techniques to characterize the shapes of protein complexes.

Dr. Bush will begin his research program here in July, focusing on bioanalytical chemistry, biophysical chemistry, and structural biology applications using mass spectrometry based techniques to characterize biological assemblies. To learn more, visit his faculty page or email him directly at

Lutz Maibaum to join faculty

We are delighted to welcome Dr. Lutz Maibaum to the Department of Chemistry. Dr. Maibaum’s expertise lies in the theoretical and computational study of biophysical processes.

Dr. Maibaum did his undergraduate work at the University of Düsseldorf, Germany. He received his Ph.D. degree from the University of California at Berkeley, where he studied the physics of solvation and supercooled liquids under the guidance of Professor David Chandler. He then worked with Professors Phillip Geissler and Daniel Fletcher at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory to investigate the interaction of cell membranes with the actin cytoskeleton. Dr. Maibaum is currently a postdoctoral research associate with Professor Vijay Pande at Stanford University, where develops new methods to perform and analyze molecular dynamics computer simulations.

Dr. Maibaum will begin his research program here in September. His work will focus on the aggregation of membrane-associated peptides and proteins. For more information, please visit his faculty page, or contact him directly via email at

Stefan Stoll to join faculty

We are delighted to welcome Dr. Stefan Stoll to the Department of Chemistry. Dr. Stoll is a world-leading expert in the field of electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopy.

Dr. Stoll obtained a degree in Chemical Engineering from the Technical University Graz, Austria, and then earned his Ph.D. in 2003 under the direction of Arthur Schweiger at ETH Zurich, Switzerland. Dr. Stoll is currently a postdoctoral research associate with R. David Britt at the University of California Davis, where he is investigating the mechanisms and active-site structures of radical enzymes and redox proteins using EPR.

Dr. Stoll will begin his research activities here in August. He will focus on elucidating the electronic and geometric structure of spin centers in metallo- and radical proteins, on understanding the structure of spin centers in a variety of materials, and on developing EPR methods with ever increasing sensitivity and resolution.

For more information, please contact him directly via email at

Daniel Chiu honored as one of UW’s most entrepreneurial faculty

Daniel Chiu, A. Bruce Montgomery Professor of Chemistry, is one of eight UW professors honored as the University’s most entrepreneurial faculty researchers, under a new Entrepreneurial Faculty Fellows Program initiated by Interim President Phyllis Wise.

The honorees have achieved success in translating their research into products and therapies or started groundbreaking programs for translation or collaboration with industry.

Fellows will mentor colleagues with entrepreneurial aspirations, advise the center on its programs and provide input on UW policies and programs related to entrepreneurship. A committee of deans and center leadership selected the inaugural awardees.

To learn more about Professor Daniel Chiu, visit his faculty page and his research group site.

Samson Jenekhe ranked among most influential materials scientists

Samson Jenekhe, professor of chemistry and Boeing-Martin Professor of Chemical Engineering, ranks as the world’s 39th most influential materials scientist of the past decade, according to the Times Higher Education’s calculation of citation impact for articles or reviews published since January 2000. Jenekhe’s research is on polymers that efficiently emit light for video displays and harvest light for solar cells.

To learn more about Prof. Jenekhe’s research, visit his faculty webpage.