Michele Parrinello, 2017 Dreyfus Prize Winner

Meet Michele Parrinello, Professor of Computational Sciences at the Universit√† della Svizzera italiana and ETH Zurich, and winner of the 2017 Dreyfus Prize in the Chemical Sciences. The 72-year old, soft-spoken Sicilian-born professor is unsurpassed in his contributions to the field of computational chemistry, continuously improving methodologies for simulating the behavior of atoms and molecules. His research has paved the way for a better understanding of biological and chemical reactions, critical to the development of new materials, renewable energy sources and drug therapies, and to a better understanding of the natural world. The Car-Parrinello method, published in 1985, vaulted the field of computational chemistry by innovatively combining molecular dynamics (the simulation of how atoms and molecules move) with a quantum theoretical approach to electron structure. Together with fellow researcher Roberto Car, Parrinello developed first principles equations for modeling chemical reactions and structural phase transitions that occur when interatomic bonds break …

2017 Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards

The Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation has selected seven Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholars for 2017. The award provides an unrestricted research grant of $60,000 to young faculty at primarily undergraduate institutions who are accomplished researchers and committed educators. Lauren Benz, University of San Diego The Surface Chemistry of Complex Materials Juliane Fry, Reed College NOx and Particulate Matter: Determining the Chemical Mechanisms Behind Regional Air Pollution Amelia Fuller, Santa Clara University New Functions of Biomimetic Oligoamides as Sensors for Water Contaminants John Gilbertson, Western Washington University Bioinspired Movement of Protons and Electrons for Small Molecule Activation Benjamin Swarts, Central Michigan University Illuminating the Mycobacterial Cell Wall through Undergraduate Chemical Biology Research Helen White, Haverford College Physicochemical and Biochemical Insights into the Cycling of Organic Contaminants in Marine Environments Douglas Young, The College of William & Mary Application of Unnatural Amino Acids to Prepare Multivalent Bioconjugates

2016 Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards

The Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation has selected 7 Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholars for 2016. The award provides an unrestricted research grant of $60,000 to young faculty at primarily undergraduate institutions who are accomplished researchers and committed educators. Fadi Bou-Abdallah, State University of New York at Potsdam Iron Oxidation and Deposition Mechanisms in WT Heteropolymer Ferritins and Ferritin Variants Causing Neuroferritinopathy Timothy B. Clark, University of San Diego Metal-Catalyzed Borylation Reactions Kelling J. Donald, University of Richmond Weak Interactions and Chemical Bonding Phenomena in Inorganic and Organic Systems: Understanding, Predicting, and Applying Jane M. Liu, Pomona College Molecular Understanding and Applications of Bacterial RNAs Katherine E. Plass, Franklin & Marshall College Engineering Copper Sulfide Nanoparticles to Modulate Ion Exchange and Photocatalysis Matthew T. Whited, Carleton College Exploiting Metal/Main-Group Cooperation in Small Molecule Activation Liliya A. Yatsunyk, Swarthmore College Deciphering the Structure and Dynamics of Quadruplex DNA and DNA-ligand Complexes

2016 Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards

The Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation has selected 13 Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholars for 2016. These faculty are within the first five years of their academic careers, have each created an outstanding independent body of scholarship, and are deeply committed to education. The frontier accomplishments of these award recipients span the broad range of contemporary research in the chemical sciences. Each Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar receives an unrestricted research grant of $75,000. Andrew Boydston, University of Washington Functional Materials Across Multiple Length Scales Luis Campos, Columbia University Development of Materials for Next Generation Solar Cells William Chueh, Stanford University Ion Insertion Electrochemistry at the Molecular- & Nano-scale Neal Devaraj, University of California, San Diego Site-Specific Covalent Tagging of RNA for Live Cell Imaging and Affinity Purification Mircea Dinca, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Teaching Sponges New Tricks: Charge Transport and Heterogeneous Catalysis in Microporous Metal-Organic Frameworks Naomi Ginsberg, University of California, Berkeley Elucidating …