Led by Applied Physics Prof. Latha Venkataraman with Department of Chemistry colleagues, the new ChEF center will focus on developing methods to use electric fields control and facilitate chemical reactions
A team led by Latha Venkataraman together with Department of Chemistry faculty Timothy Berkelbach, Colin Nuckolls, Tomislav Rovis, and Xavier Roy, has won a three-year $1,800,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to build the NSF Center for Chemistry with Electric Fields (ChEF). Supported by the Centers for Chemical Innovation Program of the NSF’s Division of Chemistry, the Phase 1 Center will focus on using directional electric fields to understand, control, and manipulate chemical transition states to alter the outcomes of chemical reactions.
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Benjamin Rudshteyn, a postdoctoral research scientist in Richard Friesner’s group at Columbia University, has been awarded a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Individual Postdoctoral Fellowship (NIH NRSA F32) from the National Institutes of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) to support his research into the use of auxiliary field quantum Monte Carlo for biologically relevant systems.
Ben is from Brooklyn, New York. He received his bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Macaulay Honors College at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York in 2013. He received his MS and PhD in computational chemistry from Yale University in 2016 and 2018 respectively.
The purpose of the Kirschstein-NRSA postdoctoral fellowship is to enhance the research training of promising postdoctoral candidates who have the potential to become productive, independent investigators in scientific health-related research fields relevant to the missions of the participating NIH Institutes and Centers. More information about the program is available at https://researchtraining.nih.gov/programs/fellowships/f32.
C&E News has released its 2019 Talented Twelve Class, which includes two graduates of our program-Michelle Lynn Hall (PhD 2011 with Friesner) and Brenda Rubenstein (PhD 2013 with Reichman). Congratulations to Michelle and Brenda!
The PECASE is “the highest honor bestowed by the United States Government to outstanding scientists and engineers who are beginning their independent research careers and who show exceptional promise for leadership in science and technology.”
Tim Berkelbach named winner of 2019 Kummel Early Achievement Award “for making possible the determination of condensed phase spectra within the framework of coupled cluster theory, and for elucidating the relationship between excited-state coupled cluster theory and Green’s function diagrammatic approximations.”
Matthew Carbone, a doctoral candidate in David Reichman’s group at Columbia University, has been awarded a Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate Fellowship (DOE CSGF) to support his Chemical Physics research.
Carbone, from Gillette, New Jersey, received bachelor’s degrees in Chemistry and Physics from the University of Rochester. Less than 5 percent of applicants are chosen for the fellowship each year.
The DOE CSGF, administered by the Krell Institute of Ames, Iowa, is funded by the DOE’s Office of Science and the National Nuclear Security Administration. Each year, the program grants fellowships to support doctoral students whose education and research focus on using high-performance computers to solve complex science and engineering problems of national importance. Since it was launched in 1991, the DOE CSGF has supported 436 students at more than 65 universities.
DOE CSGF students receive full tuition and fees plus an annual stipend and academic allowance, renewable for up to four years. In return, recipients must complete courses in a scientific or engineering discipline plus computer science and applied mathematics. They also must do a three-month research practicum at one of 21 DOE laboratories or sites across the country.
Carbone joins a group of 20 first-year fellows in 2017, bringing the total number of current DOE CSGF recipients to 79 students in 14 states.
The fellowship and related practicum experiences are effective workforce recruitment tools for the national laboratories. Nearly a quarter of all DOE CSGF alumni currently work or have worked in a DOE lab setting. Others pursue careers in academia, industry or government, where they introduce and advocate for computational science as a tool for discovery.
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Two of our colleagues have been awarded ACS national awards. The Irving Langmuir Award has been given to George Flynn and the Ahmed Zewail Award has been awarded to Xiaoyang Zhu. Let’s congratulate both of them on this special achievement!
Read more about ACS 2018 national award winners here.
The American Chemical Society has selected Professor Bruce Berne as the 2017 recipient of the Peter Debye Award, sponsored by DuPont.
To read more about the Peter Debye award, visit the ACS website.
The Columbia Engineering Alumni Association (CEAA) has awarded its prestigious Pupin Medal for Service to the Nation in Science, Technology, or Engineering to Professor Ron Breslow. The Pupin Medal recognizes scientists for impactful contributions to science that are of broad and lasting significance to society. It has been awarded periodically by the CEAA since 1958, and is named in honor of Michael Pupin, a Columbia alumnus and former faculty member. The list of past awardees includes several Nobel laureates and many other scientists who are widely regarded as leaders in their fields.
To learn more about the Pupin Medal and see a list of past winners, visit the CEAA website.
The American Chemical Society has selected Professor Luis Campos for the Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award in recognition of his pioneering work on the synthesis of materials that are capable of singlet fission. Professor Campos will present his work at the Awards Ceremony during the Fall 2016 ACS National Meeting in Philadelphia.
To read more about the Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award, visit the ACS Website.
To read the profile on Professor Campos in Chemical and Engineering News, visit the C&E News Website.