Brandi Cossairt awarded 2015 Sloan Research Fellowship

Cossairt_HeadShot_sqAssistant Professor Brandi Cossairt has been awarded a 2015 Sloan Research Fellowship, awarded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. The fellowships are “given to early-career scientists and scholars whose achievements and potential identify them as rising stars, the next generation of scientific leaders.”

Dr. Cossairt’s research group is a synthetic inorganic chemistry group focused on building up molecules and materials for targeted applications in light harvesting and catalysis.

The fellowships include a grant of $50,000 over a two-year period. Once chosen, Sloan Research Fellows are free to pursue whatever lines of inquiry are of most interest to them, and they are permitted to employ Fellowship funds in a wide variety of ways to further their research aims.

“We are very proud of these young scientists who have received these very meaningful and prestigious early career fellowships,” said UW Provost and Executive Vice President Ana Mari Cauce. “The awards will enhance the innovative work they are doing in their respective disciplines. The number of recipients this year is also a tribute to the talent our departments have brought to the UW in recent years — these young faculty members are at the top of their fields at this point in their careers and as such the future of the University looks very bright.”

This year’s 126 fellows come from 57 colleges and universities in the U.S. and Canada and cover many different fields in the sciences, including oceanography, computer science, astronomy, neuroscience, economics and chemistry. Since the program began in 1955, 43 fellows have received a Nobel Prize in their respective fields, along with many other prestigious awards.

Candidates are nominated by their fellow scientists, and winning fellows are selected by an independent panel of senior scholars on the basis of a candidate’s independent research accomplishments, creativity and potential to become a leader in his or her field.

Read more about the fellowship and see a complete list of winners.

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