Brandi Cossairt to join faculty

We are delighted to welcome Dr. Brandi Cossairt to the Department of Chemistry. Dr. Cossairt did her undergraduate work at Caltech, performing research with Professors Jesse L. Beauchamp and Jonas C. Peters. She received her Ph.D. from MIT, where she investigated the niobium-mediated synthesis of phosphorus-rich molecules under the direction of Professor Christopher C. Cummins. She is currently an NIH postdoctoral fellow with Assistant Professor Jonathan Owen at Columbia University, where she has developed new methods to synthesize ultrasmall (sub-2 nm) metal chalcogenide (CdSe, CdS, PbSe, PbS) nanoparticles. She also participates as an active member of Columbia’s Energy Frontier Research Center (EFRC), “Redefining Photovoltaic Efficiency through Molecular Scale Control.”

Dr. Cossairt will begin her research program here in July. Her work will focus on new methods for the preparation of III-V semiconductor clusters and nanoparticles for solar energy applications, and the development of novel bifunctional catalyst systems incorporating both highly reducing early transition metal complexes and binary semiconducting clusters and nanoparticles.

For more information, please visit her faculty page or contact her directly via email at cossairt@chem.washington.edu.

Two New Lecturers in Chemistry

We are delighted to welcome Dr. Jasmine Bryant and Dr. Colleen Craig to the Department of Chemistry as new lecturers. Enrollment in the chemistry courses is at an all-time high. As a result, the Department of Chemistry conducted a national search for additional instructional staff to ensure students have access to chemistry courses.

Dr. Bryant received her undergraduate degree in chemistry from the California Institute of Technology, her Master’s in Teaching from Seattle University, and her PhD in inorganic chemistry at the University of Washington, working with Prof. James Mayer. She has been at the UW in several roles since 2002, most recently as the Director of Communications for the Center for Enabling New Technologies through Catalysis and as a temporary instructor in general chemistry and inorganic chemistry.

Dr. Craig received her undergraduate degree at the University of Colorado, Denver Campus, and her PhD in physical chemistry at the University of Washington, working with Prof. Oleg Prezhdo. She has taught general chemistry classes at UW as a temporary instructor for the past two years, as well as at Seattle Central Community College for three years starting in 2008. Since spring 2011, Dr. Craig has worked with UW in the High School to develop a version of CHEM 110 (Introduction to General Chemistry) for delivery in Washington State high schools. In addition to teaching, Dr. Craig has also worked as a content developer for WH Freeman, and has participated in several chemistry advisory boards, including for McGraw Hill and WebAssign.

Drs. Bryant and Craig join Dr. Andrea Carroll (below) as lecturers.

Alex Jen selected as a 2012 Materials Research Society Fellow

Professor Alex Jen, Boeing-Johnson Chair professor of materials science and engineering and professor of chemistry, has been selected as a 2012 Materials Research Society Fellow. MRS Fellows are honored for their outstanding contributions to the advancement of materials research. The MRS fellows will be recognized at the MRS Spring Meeting in San Francisco, CA.

To learn more about Prof. Jen’s research, visit his group research page.

Xiaosong Li Promoted to Associate Professor with Tenure

The Department of Chemistry congratulates Assistant Professor Xiaosong Li on his promotion to associate professor with tenure. Professor Li’s research is focused on developing and applying electronic structure theories and ab initio molecular dynamics for studying properties and reactions, in particular non-adiabatic reactions that take place in large systems, such as polymers, biomolecules, and clusters.

To learn more about Professor Li’s research, please visit his faculty page and research group website.

Dustin Maly Promoted to Associate Professor with Tenure

The Department of Chemistry congratulates Assistant Professor Dustin Maly on his promotion to associate professor with tenure. Professor Maly’s research aims to understand the enzyme families that are involved in cellular signal transduction. The final goal of these studies is to identify new molecular targets for the treatment of human disease. Professor Maly’s research group integrates techniques from organic chemistry, biochemistry, structural biology, proteomics, and cell biology to develop new tools that provide a greater understanding of diverse signaling processes.

To learn more about Professor Maly’s research, please visit his faculty page or his research group website.