Karen Goldberg appointed as a UW Presidential Entrepreneurial Faculty Fellow

GoldbergKaren Goldberg, Nicole A. Boand Endowed Professor of Chemistry and Director of the Center for Enabling New Technologies through Catalysis, is one of eight UW professors appointed as Presidential Entrepreneurial Faculty Fellows. Entrepreneurial Faculty Fellows are selected for their success in initiating groundbreaking programs to translate research into products and therapies, in collaborating with industry, and in sharing their knowledge with other UW researchers.

Throughout their two-year terms the eight new fellows will serve as mentors to other UW faculty, researchers and staff with entrepreneurial aspirations, and also share their experiences at campus entrepreneurial events. At the end of the term, fellows are encouraged to continue participation in the program and to serve as program and activity advisors to the UW Center for Commercialization (C4C).

More information about the Entrepreneurial Faculty Fellows Program can be found at the C4C website.

To learn more about Professor Goldberg, visit her faculty page and her research group site.

Karen Goldberg receives Hopkins Faculty Award

GoldbergProfessor Karen Goldberg, Nicole A. Boand Endowed Professor of Chemistry and Director of the Center for Enabling New Technologies through Catalysis received the 2012 Hopkins Award and, on March 15, delivered the award lecture titled “Collaboration in Chemistry: Growing the Center for Enabling New Technologies through Catalysis (CENTC), the first NSF Center for Chemical Innovation”. The presentation described Professor Goldberg’s experiences transitioning from a primarily sole-investigator research program to becoming a part of a large-scale multi-investigator collaborative effort to solve big problems in chemistry.

The Paul B. Hopkins Endowed Faculty Award is awarded to a member of the Department of Chemistry faculty to honor outstanding achievement in any area of professional responsibility. The award was established through an endowment from Emeritus Professor B. S. Rabinovitch and awardees are selected by a committee of faculty members.  Unlike typical awards, usually given by professional societies or within specific fields of chemistry, the Hopkins Award is given by UW Chemistry faculty to their colleagues for outstanding achievement.  Previous Hopkins Award recipients are: James M. Mayer, Frantisek Tureček, Charles T. Campbell, and Alvin L. Kwiram.

CENTC receives NSF reauthorization for $20 million

The National Science Foundation has awarded a $20 million grant over five years in reauthorizing the Center for Enabling New Technologies Through Catalysis based at the University of Washington, Department of Chemistry. The center, led by Karen Goldberg, Nicole A. Boand Endowed Professor of Chemistry, brings together 18 investigators and their research groups in chemistry and chemical engineering at 14 different institutions across North America. Their focus is to develop fundamental science needed to sustainably produce chemicals and fuels. Two other UW chemistry professors, James Mayer and Michael Heinekey, are also involved.

The center was established with a three-year NSF grant in 2004 with the aim of finding easier, more powerful and more environmentally friendly ways of manipulating the strong chemical bonds found in most materials. In 2007 the center received a $15 million, five-year award from NSF. Under the latest grant renewal, scientists will create and investigate new reactions and catalyst systems transforming various chemical bonds involving carbon, oxygen and hydrogen. The data will help devise new methods for the chemical industry that could provide consumers with a variety of less-expensive products created in ways that use less energy and produce fewer undesirable byproducts. The research focuses on basic science that can provide the technological basis for sustainable production of chemicals, pharmaceuticals and fuels. The work has significant potential to increase U.S. competitiveness and bring increased energy independence, Goldberg said.

The center offers collaborative training for students as well as postdoctoral researchers. It has a number of industrial affiliates that provide guidance and facilitate commercial development of the center’s research. The Center for Enabling New Technologies Through Catalysis is led by the UW and is funded as part of the NSF Centers for Chemical Innovation program.

Article by of Vince Stricherz, UW News and Information

Three chemistry faculty elected to Washington State Academy of Sciences

Three UW Department of Chemistry faculty members are among the 37 new members elected to the Washington State Academy of Sciences in recognition of their distinguished and continuing scientific achievements. The Washington State Academy of Sciences provides expert scientific and engineering analysis to inform public policy-making, and works to increase the role and visibility of science in the State of Washington. The new members will be inducted into the WSAS at the fifth annual meeting at the Museum of Flight in Seattle, WA on September 20.

The newly-elected chemistry faculty are:

  • Larry Dalton, B. Seymour Rabinovitch Chair in Chemistry.
  • Michael Gelb, Harry and Catherine Jaynne Boand Endowed Professor of Chemistry and Professor of Biochemistry
  • Karen Goldberg, Nicole A. Boand Endowed Professor of Chemistry and Director, Center for Enabling New Technologies through Catalysis.

Click to learn more about the Washington State Academy of Sciences.

Four Faculty Members Elected Fellows of AAAS

In November 2011, the Council of the American Association for the Advancement of  Sciences (AAAS) elected 539 members as Fellows of the AAAS. These individuals will be recognized for their contributions to science and technology at the Fellows Forum to be held on 18 February 2012 during the AAAS Annual Meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia. Four faculty members from the UW Department of Chemistry were elected:

Daniel Chiu, A. Bruce Montgomery Professor of Chemistry and Endowed Professor in Analytical Chemistry

Daniel Gamelin, Harry and Catherine Jaynne Boand Endowed Professor of Chemistry

Karen Goldberg, Nicole A. Boand Endowed Professor in Chemistry

Bruce Robinson, Professor of Chemistry

See the full list of 2011 AAAS Fellows.

Two New Professorships; Two New Holders

We are pleased to announce the establishment of two new professorships within the Department of Chemistry and the appointments of the first holders to these new positions. A generous gift from Professor Larry Dalton, in honor of his spouse, has established the Nicole A. Boand Professorship in Chemistry. Professor Karen Goldberg is the first Nicole A. Boand Professor of Chemistry. A generous gift from Bruce Montgomery, an alumnus of our undergraduate program and biotechnology pioneer, has established the A. Bruce Montgomery Endowed Professorship in Chemistry. Professor Daniel Chiu has been selected as the first Montgomery Professor of Chemistry. We thank the donors for their extraordinary contributions to our program and congratulate the new faculty appointees!

To read more about Professor Karen Goldberg, visit her faculty website. To learn more about Professor Daniel Chiu, visit his faculty page.

Click to read additional Department of Chemistry news stories about Professor Larry Dalton and Dr. Bruce Montgomery.

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]

Read the Science paper

UW press release

Prof. Goldberg’s faculty page and research group website