Emily A. Weiss


Mark and Nancy Ratner Professor of Chemistry

Professor of Materials Science and Engineering (by courtesy)

Associate Editor, Journal of Chemical Physics

Office: Tech K330 
Ph: 847-491-3095



Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, Ph.D. Chemistry,  June 2005

Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, A.B. Chemistry, May 2000

Research Experience

Mark and Nancy Ratner Professor, Department of Chemistry, Northwestern University, 2018-present

Dow Chemical Company Research Professor in Chemistry, Northwestern University, 2016-present

Professor, Department of Materials Science and Engineering (by courtesy), Northwestern University, 2015-present

Professor, Department of Chemistry, Northwestern University, 2015-present

Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry, Northwestern University, 2013-2015

Irving M. Klotz Research Professor, Department of Chemistry, Northwestern University, 2012-2016

Clare Boothe Luce Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, Northwestern University, 2008-2013

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Harvard University, 2005-2008
– Advisor: George M. Whitesides, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology
– Research Focus: Electron transport through self-assembled monolayers of organic molecules, new methods for fabrication of metal-polymer hybrid nanostructures

Graduate Research Fellow, Northwestern University, 2000-2005
– Advisors: Michael R. Wasielewski and Mark A. Ratner, Department of Chemistry
– Thesis: “The influence of molecular structure and environment on the mechanism of photo-induced charge transfer in organic systems”

Undergraduate Research Assistant, Princeton University, 1998-2000
– Advisor: Herschel Rabitz, Department of Chemistry
– Thesis: “Nonlinear input-output maps for laboratory learning control of quantum systems”

Honors and Awards

Speaker and panelist for the Opening Session of the ACS Spring National Meeting, 2019

National Finalist, Blavatnik Award for Young Scientists, 2018

Paul Gassman Memorial Seminar Speaker, Canisius College, 2018

Early Career Award in Experimental Physical Chemistry, American Chemical Society, 2018

Public Voices Fellowship from Northwestern University and The Op-Ed Project, 2016-2017

Dow Chemical Company Research Professorship in Chemistry, Northwestern University, 2016-2018

Distinguished Women in Science Seminar Speaker, Stanford University, 2016

Phi Lambda Upsilon Distinguished Speaker, Kansas State University, 2015

Harry Gray Award for Creative Work in Inorganic Chemistry by a Young Investigator, American Chemical Society, 2015

Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award, The Dreyfus Foundation, 2014

Kavli Emerging Leader in Chemistry Lecturer, American Chemical Society, 2014

Distinguished Teaching Award, Undergraduate Chemistry Council, 2013

Kavli Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences, 2011

NU-Argonne Early Career Investigator Award for Energy Research, 2011

A.P. Sloan Foundation Research Fellowship, 2011

Packard Fellowship for Science and Engineering, 2010

Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) via DoD (ARO), 2010

Department of Energy Early Career Research Award, 2010

Dreyfus Foundation Postdoctoral Program in Environmental Chemistry Grant2009

Air Force Office of Scientific Research Young Investigator Award, 2009

Dreyfus Foundation New Faculty Award, 2008

Dow Chemical Company Teacher-Scholar Award, 2008

ACS Petroleum Research Fund Postdoctoral Energy Fellowship, 2005

Northwestern University Graduate Presidential Fellowship, 2004

The Link Foundation Doctoral Energy Fellowship, 2002

Other Experience

Editorial Advisory Boards for: Nano Letters, ACS Nano, Materials Horizons, RSC Advances, Inorganic Chemistry, ACS Omega, Trends in Chemistry

Scientific Advisory Board for: US Nano

Current Center Affiliations

Center for Bio-Inspired Energy Science, a DOE Energy Frontier Research Center, 2014 – present

Northwestern Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC), 2009 – present

Center for Light Energy-Activated Redox Processes (LEAP), a DOE Energy Frontier Research Center, 2018 – present