Group News

2017

Professor Wasielewski receives the 2017 Royal Society of Chemistry Physical Organic Chemistry Award

The Royal Society of Chemistry announced on May 9, 2017 that Professor Wasielewski has been selected to receive the RSC 2017 Physical Organic Chemistry Award. This award recognizes his pioneering contributions to understanding electron transfer reactions and their dependence on molecular structure and spin dynamics in organic molecules. Professor Wasielewski will travel to the UK during the 2017-18 academic year to give a series of lectures in connection with this award.  More
— May 2017

ISEN Announces $5.5 Million Gift: Creates Ubben Program for Climate and Carbon Science

Northwestern University trustee and alumnus Jeff Ubben ’87 MBA and his wife, Laurie, have made a $5.5 million gift to the Institute for Sustainability and Energy at Northwestern (ISEN). Addressing a key University priority, the gift will establish the Ubben Program for Climate and Carbon Science to improve understanding of global climate system dynamics and evaluate low- and zero-carbon alternatives to fossil fuels.

“The Ubben Program for Climate and Carbon Science will leverage Northwestern’s strengths in climate science and clean-energy innovation, as well as ISEN’s interdisciplinary approach to addressing global sustainability and energy challenges,” said Michael R. Wasielewski, ISEN’s executive director and the Clare Hamilton Hall Professor of Chemistry in Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences. “The program will increase our understanding of these critical problems and provide novel solutions to benefit society.”  More
April 2017

Group Members Awarded National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships

Congratulations to Natalia Powers-Riggs (left) and Michele Myong (right) who received National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships!!
– March 2017

 

 

 

2016

wazgroupweb  The Wasielewski Group Holiday Party – December 2016

 

 

 

 

 

picnicThe Wasielewski Group Summer Barbeque was held on August 19 at the Wasielewski home. Many thanks to Art Camire and Spectra-Physics for sponsoring the event and to Michelle Chen, Natalia Powers-Riggs, and Adam Coleman for organizing the barbeque! — August 2016

 

 

 

newportTen members of the Wasielewski Group attended the Gordon Research Conference on Electron Donor-Acceptor Interactions in Newport, RI during the first week of August. The science at the conference was better than ever! We had our traditional group lunch with 8 members of Leif Hammarström’s group from Uppsala University and later in the week the Wasielewski Group enjoyed an afternoon kayaking together on Narragansett Sound.
— August 2016

 

 

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Congratulations to Dr. Rebecca Kamire, who successfully defended her Ph.D. thesis on July 29! Rebecca’s thesis focused on preparing and characterizing new photoanodes and photocathodes for solar water splitting and hydrogen formation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Congratulations to Dr. Eric Margulies, who successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis on July 22! Eric’s thesis was based on studies of singlet exciton fission in molecular solids that hold promise to increase the efficiency of solar cells.
— July 2016

 

 

 

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Congratulations to Drs. Kristen Brown, Rita Cook and Scott Dyar who were hooded at a ceremony in Cahn Auditorium for new PhDs held on June 16. We wish them all the best as they start their careers!
— June 2016

 

 


Michael R. Wasielewski Elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Michael R. Wasielewski, the Clare Hamilton Hall Professor of Chemistry in Weinberg and executive director of the Institute for Sustainability and Energy at Northwestern (ISEN), has been elected a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious honorary societies. He has pioneered new approaches to solar energy conversion with his research on light-driven charge transport in molecules and nanoscale materials. Members of the 236th class will be inducted at an Oct. 8 ceremony at the academy’s headquarters in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
— April 2016

2015

Professor Wasielewski selected to receive the Chemical Pioneer Award from AIC Professor Michael Wasielewski has been selected to receive the 2016 Chemical Pioneer Award of the American Institute of Chemists for “his pioneering contributions to understanding the fundamental relationship between molecular structure and the dynamics of electron transfer between organic molecules.”
–September 2015

Kristen Brown Wins the 2015 Hoffman Award Kristen has won the 2015 Anna Louise Hoffman Award for Outstanding Graduate Research by IOTA SIGMA PI, a national honor society for women in chemistry. Congratulations Kristen!
–April 2015

Wasielewski named Honda-Fujishima Award winner by JPA Professor Michael Wasielewski has received the 2015 Honda-Fujishima Award of the Japanese Photochemistry Association for his work in photochemical systems for solar energy conversion.
–February 2015

2014

Welcome First Years! Four new graduate students have officially joined the Wasielewski group this fall. They are Joe Christensen, Jenna Logsdon, Jordan Nelson, and Claire Miller. A warm Waz welcome to you all!
–December 2014

Yilei Wu Named a Ryan Fellow at NU Due to his research interests, strong background, and exceptional promise as a scholar, graduate student Yilei Wu has been name Ryan Fellow. The fellowship program provides students from a variety of fields with the education and experience to assume leadership roles in academia and industry in the realm of nano-science and technology. Congrats. Yilei!
–September 2014

The Donor-Acceptor Tradition Continues! In early August, four graduate students (Noah Horwitz, Rita Cook, Patrick Hatnett, and Kristen Brown) two postdocs (Marek Majewski and Vladimir Roznyatovskiy) and two research professors (Yi-Lin Wu and Ryan Young) traveled to Newport, RI, to present their latest research at the Gordon Research Conference and Seminar (GRC and GRS) on Electron Donor-Acceptor Interactions. The team was among twelve current group members and alumni; a record number!
–August 2014

Noah Horwitz Wins Best Student Poster at RMCMR Noah was one of three to win a Best Graduate poster prize at the Rocky Mountain Conference on Magnetic Resonance in the EPR section.
–July 2014

Kristen Brown Wins the 2014 Presidential Fellowship Kristen is awarded Northwestern’s Presidential Fellowship as an individuals who combines outstanding intellectual or creative ability with the capacity to play an active part in the life of the Society of Fellows.
–February 2014

2013

Prof. Wasielewski Name Executive Director of the New ISEN Professor Michael R. Wasielewski has accepted the position of executive director of ISEN, effective October 1. ISEN, established five years ago as an Initiative, is now the Institute for Sustainability and Energy at Northwestern. Read More
–October 2013

Congratulations, Dr. Veldkamp! Brad V. successfully defended his thesis on November 15th. We wish him all the best in his new career. Congrats, Brad!
–November 2013

Sam Eaton selected as a Burwell Summer Scholar Waz Group grad student Sam Eaton, has been selected as a Robert L. Burwell Summer Scholar for 2013. Named for one of NU’s most distinguished Physical Chemistry faculty who served in the department for over 40 years. The scholarship recognizes Sam for his excellence in physical chemistry. Congratulations, Sam!
–May 2013

Katie Mauck Receives 2013 NSF Fellowship First year, Katie Mauck, was one of ten Northwestern Chemistry students to win the National Science Foundation’s Graduate Fellowship. Congratulations, Katie!
–April 2013

Prof. Wasielewski Receives Humboldt Research Award Professor Michael R. Wasielewski has been named a 2013 recipient of a Humboldt Research Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in Germany. The award is granted in recognition of a researcher’s fundamental discoveries, new theories, or insights that have had a significant impact on their own discipline to date and who are expected to continue producing cutting-edge achievements in the future.
–March 2013

Congratulations, Dr. Michael Vagnini! Mike V. successfully defended his thesis on February 20th. We thank him for all of his dedication and hard work for the group, the ANSER Center, and the Department. Without question his good nature and positivity will serve him well in his new career at Dow Chemical. Congrats, Mike!
–February 2013

2012

First Years Have Arrived Four new graduate students have officially joined the Wasielewski group this fall. They are Katie Mauck (with us since the summer), Brandon Rugg, Matt Paquette, and Yi Lei Wu. A hearty Waz welcome to you all!
–November 2012

Seeking the BEST In early October, graduate student Mike Vagnini attended the Dow Chemical BEST Symposium as one of 27 attendees selected from across the country. BEST — which stands for Building Engineering and Science Talent — introduces doctoral and postdoctoral scientists from underrepresented minority groups to the wide range of careers in industrial research, as well as equips them with skills in project management and in communicating research.
–October 2012

The Donor-Acceptor Tradition Continues! In early August, four graduate students — Kristen Brown, Dan Gardner, Leah Shoer, and Mike Vagnini — traveled to Newport, RI, to present their latest research at the Gordon Research Conference and Seminar (GRC and GRS) on Electron Donor-Acceptor Interactions. Kristen gave one of the ten featured research talks at the GRS, and the team was among eleven Wasielewski Group students and alumni at this biennial event!
–September 2012

First Years Arriving This fall the newest corhort of chemistry students will be joining the department. The Waz Group has already had the pleasure of Katie Mauck an incoming first year who has worked with us over the summer.
–August 2012

Noah Horwitz and Rita Cook Receive DOE Fellowship First year, Noah Horwitz, and second year, Rita Cook both received the Department of Energy’s Graduate Fellowship. Congratulations, Noah and Rita!
–May 2012

Noah Horwitz Receives 2012 NSF Fellowship First year, Noah Horwitz, was one of twelve Northwestern Chemistry students to win the National Science Foundation’s Graduate Fellowship. Congratulations, Noah! –April 2012

The Group Welcomes New Postdoc Ann Woys The group would like to welcome Dr. Ann Marie Woys who joins us after completing her PhD at UofW Madison.
–May 2012

The Group Welcomes New Postdoc Ryan Young The group continues to grow as it welcomes Dr. Ryan Young who joins us after his most recent stint at UofC Berkeley Chemistry. –February 2012

2011

Welcome First Years! It’s official. Four first year graduate students are now part of the Waz Group. We welcome Eric, Noah, Rebecca, and Patrick into the fold. –December 2011

The More Postdocs the Merrier! Three more Postdocs join the Waz Crew. We welcome Dr. Lukas Kobr, Dr. Won-Sik Han, and Dr. Vladimir Roznyatovskiy. –October 2011

Hooray for Vickie G, Mike C, & Sheela! Vickie Gunderson successfully defended her thesis August 17th, followed by Michael Colvin on August 24th and Sheela Ramanan September 12th. We wish them the best of luck and cheer their success.
–September 2011

Welcome New Postdoc & Visiting Scholar The group would like to give a warm welcome to Greg Kusmanich and Matthias Wenninger who joined the group this month. –August 2011

Outstanding! PLU awarded Fourth-year Mike Vagnini the Gelewitz Outstanding Graduate Student Award for his service to the department and community, as well as research progress. –July 2011

Kristen Brown Receives Teaching Award. For Excellence in 200-Level Teaching for undergraduate organic lab, First-year Kristen Brown received the Allen S. Hussey Award for Excellence. –June, 2011

New Zero Years. The Group is happy to welcome three new graduate students to the university. David Weinberg, Eric Margulies, and Noah Horowitz begin their graduate careers by working with the Wasielewski Group for the summer. –June, 2011

Professor Michael R. Wasielewski wins the 2012 Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award of the American Chemical Society for discovering fundamental insights into the relationship between organic supramolecular structure and the dynamics of energy and electron transfer. (September 2011)

Investiture Celebration honoring Prof. Wasielewski and two other faculty for their endowed chairs Friday, January 14th, 2011.

Wasielewski Journal of Physical Chemistry Festschrift issue published. See the issue…

Professor Wasielewski named Clare Hamilton Hall Professor of Chemistry

Recent Research on Artificial Photosynthesis featured in the Accounts of Chemical Research

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