Dichtel Group Members Secure Competitive Positions

A flurry of exciting news, as Alaaeddin Alsbaiee will join Arkema Inc. to work on novel materials chemistry! Catherine DeBlase has accepted a position at the Dow Chemical Company! Dan Lehnherr is headed to the famed process group at Merck! Brian Smith will join the faculty of Bucknell University as an assistant professor! Congratulations to all and best wishes in taking the next step of your careers!

NDI Polymer Published in Angewandte Chemie

Catherine DeBlase’s latest work entitled “Cation-Dependent Stabilization of Electrogenerated Naphthalene Diimide Dianions in Porous Polymer Thin Films and Their Application to Electrical Energy Storage” has been published in Angewandte Chemie International Edition. This paper is the latest in an enjoyable and fruitful collaboration with the Abruña group at Cornell.

Work Presented at Kavli Highlighted in Science

Upcoming work which Will presented during his Kavli lecture at the 250th ACS National Meeting in Boston, MA was highlighted in Science. The article entitled “New electric storage material could put more zip in your Tesla” overviews how Catherine DeBlase achieved further improvement of our energy storage devices by forming a nano-composite of our redox-active COF with a conductive polymer.

Dichtel Group Presents Research at Boston ACS

Ten students and postdocs presented their work at the recent 250th ACS National Meeting in Boston. Will delivered the Kavli Foundation Emerging Leader in Chemistry Lecture. His lecture, “The Spectacular Properties of Porous Polymers,” described how to design permanent porosity into polymers and how these high surface area materials might be useful for applications in water purification and energy storage. His concluding remarks were controversial.

Sam Wins D.O.C. Travel Award

Sam Hein has been awarded the Division of Organic Travel Award, a national award offered through the American Chemical Society. This award will support his travel to the upcoming national ACS Meeting in Boston. There he will present his work synthesizing contorted aromatics through benzannulation chemistry. Congratulations Sam!

Kavli Emerging Leader Lectureship

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Dichtel named Kavli Emerging Lecturer for the Fall 2015 ACS National Meeting in Boston!

The ACS Multidisciplinary Program Planning Group has selected Will to give the Kavli Foundation Emerging Leader in Chemistry Lecture. His lecture will be titled “The Spectacular Properties of Porous Polymers” and will take place during the ACS National Meeting in Boston on Monday, August 17, 2015.

 

Dichtel Groups Hosts Two Workshops at Expanding Your Horizons

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Dichtel Group Hosts Two Workshops for Expanding Your Horizons!

The Dichtel group hosts two workshops for the Expanding Your Horizons Conference at Cornell University. “Materials in the House” workshop explores the chemistry behind everyday items, including nylon and styrofoam.  “BaNa2 Bread” looks at the relationship between organic chemistry and the kitchen. Expanding Your Horizons is a day of hands-on science workshops designed to inspire middle school girls to pursue STEM fields.

 

Will organizes Coates Award Symposium!

 

Will organizes Coates Award Symposium

Congratulations to Geoff Coates, winner of the ACS Award for Applied Polymer Science. Will organized a symposium at the ACS National Meeting in Geoff’s honor featuring talks by Chris Ober (Cornell MSE), Phil Hustad (Dow), Tim Swager (MIT), Craig Hawker (UCSB), Brian Long (UT-Knoxville), Marc Hillmyer (Minnesota), Karen Wooley (Texas A&M), Kevin Noonan (Carnegie Mellon), Scott Allen (Novomer), WRD, Bob Grubbs (Caltech), Bob Weymouth (Stanford), and the award address by Geoff. A wonderful day of polymer science!

 

Dichtel Group Runs Materials Research at Expanding Your Horizons

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Dichtel Group Hosts Material Science workshop for Expanding Your Horizons!

The Dichtel group hosted a workshop titled “Materials in the House” for the Expanding Your Horizons Conference at Cornell University. This workshop explores the chemistry behind everyday items, including nylon and styrofoam. Expanding Your Horizons is a day of hands-on science workshops designed to inspire middle school girls to pursue STEM fields.

 

Xiangyu, Spencer, Jackie, and Katherine Win Awards!

Xiangyu, Spencer, Jackie, and Katherine win awards!

First year graduate student Xiangyu Zhang won our department’s Teaching Excellence Award. Spencer Brucks won the ACS Cornell Section Undergraduate Research Award, which recognizes research excellence among seniors who intend to pursue graduate studies. Jackie Carozza and Katherine Walker were awarded the Harold Adlard Lovenberg Prize, which recognizes the two top chemistry majors of the junior class. Congratulations to you all!