New Chemistry Shorts Film on Direct Air Capture

The Camille & Henry Dreyfus Foundation is pleased to announce the release of the third film in the Chemistry Shorts series, Direct Air Capture & The Future of Climate Change. Direct Air Capture is widely considered to be one of the most promising approaches for mitigating and eventually reversing the effects of global climate change. This film introduces the chemistry and engineering involved in this technology, as well as the obstacles that will need to be overcome in order for it to be successful. Several experts from academia and industry appear in the film, including Christopher Jones, the William R. McLain Chair and Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Chemistry Shorts films highlights the many ways the chemical sciences contribute to the betterment of humanity. Aimed at a general, science-curious audience, each film is also accompanied by a lesson plan that offers suggestions on how it may be incorporated into the classroom. For more, please visit the Chemistry Shorts website, YouTube channel, and Twitter.

2021 Dreyfus Prize Topic: Environmental Chemistry

The Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation has selected Environmental Chemistry as the topic of the 2021 Dreyfus Prize in the Chemical Sciences. The deadline for nominations is December 3, 2020.

The Dreyfus Prize, awarded biennially, recognizes an individual for exceptional and original research in a selected area of chemistry that has advanced the field in a major way. The prize consists of a monetary award of $250,000, a medal, and a certificate.

“The chemistry of the Earth’s environment affects every person on the planet in a profound manner,” said Matthew Tirrell, chair of the Dreyfus Foundation Scientific Affairs Committee. “Understanding the genesis and the resultant effects of environmental chemical phenomena, and devising mitigations to undesired changes, are among the greatest contributions that chemistry is making to society. The Dreyfus Foundation therefore wishes to recognize Environmental Chemistry with its 2021 Prize in the Chemical Sciences.”

Further details on the Prize and the nomination procedure are available on the Dreyfus Prize webpage.

Dreyfus Program for Machine Learning in the Chemical Sciences & Engineering Awards

The Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation announces eight award recipients of the inaugural program for Machine Learning in the Chemical Sciences and Engineering, totaling $789,722. The Foundation anticipates that these projects will contribute new fundamental chemical insight and innovation in the field.

2020 Machine Learning in the Chemical Sciences & Engineering Awards:

Frances Arnold, California Institute of Technology
Validation and Dissemination of Machine Learning-Assisted Enzyme Engineering


Andrew Ferguson, The University of Chicago
Data-driven Protein Engineering Using Deep Generative Learning and High-throughput Gene Synthesis


Jason Goodpaster, University of Minnesota
Machine Learning Models for Chemical Reactions


Klavs Jensen, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Machine-Learning-Guided Discovery of New Electrochemical Reactions


Yu-Shan Lin, Tufts University
Low-supervision Machine Learning for Automated Analysis of Molecular Dynamics Simulations


Thomas Miller, California Institute of Technology
Molecular-Orbital-Based Machine Learning for Excited States


Brett Savoie, Purdue University
Transfer Learning for Deep Generative Chemical Models


John Seinfeld, California Institute of Technology
Application of Machine Learning to Represent the Molecular Routes Comprising Atmospheric Chemistry


Kiessling Elected Dreyfus Advisor

Laura L. Kiessling, Novartis Professor of Chemistry at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, has been elected an Advisor to the Dreyfus Foundation. Kiessling’s research group uses chemical biology to elucidate the biological roles of carbohydrates, with a focus on learning new mechanistic concepts. Kiessling is a member of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, the American Academy of Microbiology, the American Philosophical Society, and National Academy of Sciences. She is the founding Editor-In-Chief of the journal ACS Chemical Biology. She is an author of over 140 peer-reviewed journal articles, and an inventor on more than 28 U.S. patents. She has advised approximately 100 graduate students and postdoctorates. Her many awards and honors include the Centenary Prize of the Royal Society of Chemistry (2019), the Tetrahedron Prize (2018), the Alfred Bader Award in Bioinorganic or Bioorganic Chemistry (2014), a Guggenheim Fellowship (2008), a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship (1999), and a Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award (1996). To learn more about her research, see

2020 Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards

The Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation announces the selection of 14 Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholars for 2020. 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. Each Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar receives an unrestricted research grant of $100,000.


L. Robert Baker, The Ohio State University
Visualizing Charge and Spin Dynamics at Interfaces


Ou Chen, Brown University
From Nanocrystals to Macromaterials: Bridging the Divide


Emily Derbyshire, Duke University
Chemical Approaches to Understand Infectious Agents


Frank Leibfarth, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Modern Approaches to Functional and Sustainable Thermoplastics


Ellen Matson, University of Rochester
Multimetallic Metal Oxide Clusters for Electrochemical Energy Storage and the Production of Chemical Fuels


Evan Miller, University of California, Berkeley
Chemical Indicators to Visualize Cellular Physiology


Katherine Mirica, Dartmouth College
Molecular Engineering of Multifunctional Materials for Chemical Sensing and Microelectronics


Gary F. Moore, Arizona State University
Bioinspired Materials for Green Chemistry


Alison Narayan, University of Michigan
Biocatalytic Reactions for Selective, Sustainable Synthesis


Gabriela Schlau-Cohen, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Elucidating Structural and Energetic Dynamics of Membrane Proteins


Alexander Spokoyny, University of California, Los Angeles
Hybrid Materials and Reagents Featuring Boron-Rich Clusters


Steven Townsend, Vanderbilt University
Chemical Approaches for Trojan-Horse Microbicidal Contraception


Suri Vaikuntanathan, The University of Chicago
Controlling Organization, Self-Assembly, and Dynamics in Complex Non-Equilibrium Systems


Christina Woo, Harvard University
Chemical Control of Cellular Signaling



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