Physical Organic Chemistry Award 2017 Winner
Awarded for pioneering contributions to understanding electron transfer reactions and their dependence on molecular structure and spin dynamics in organic molecules
About the Winner
Michael R. Wasielewski received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago and was a postdoctoral fellow at Columbia University. He began his career at Argonne National Laboratory, where he advanced to Senior Scientist and Group Leader. In 1994, he joined the faculty of Northwestern University and from 2001-2004 served as Chair of the Department of Chemistry. He is currently the Clare Hamilton Hall Professor of Chemistry at Northwestern, Executive Director of the Institute for Sustainability and Energy at Northwestern, Director of the Argonne-Northwestern Solar Energy Research Center, a US-DOE Energy Frontier Research Center, and Executive Director of the Solar Fuels Institute, a global consortium of energy research centers.
His research has resulted in over 550 publications and focuses on light-driven processes in molecules and materials, artificial photosynthesis, molecular electronics, molecular spintronics, ultrafast optical spectroscopy, and time-resolved electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy. His recent honours and awards include membership in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences; the Chemical Pioneer Award of the American Institute of Chemists; the Royal Society of Chemistry Environment Prize; the Humboldt Research Award; the Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award of the American Chemical Society; the Porter Medal for Photochemistry; and the James Flack Norris Award in Physical Organic Chemistry of the American Chemical Society.
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