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Researcher Honored with CAREER Award for Chromophore Energy Studies

Assistant Professor of Chemistry Jean-Luc Ayitou received a 2018 Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award of $650,000 from the National Science Foundation for his investigations into relatively unstable compounds that may be highly useful in photovoltaic devices or solar cells.

Ph.D. Candidate Wins Best Poster Award for Paper on Novel Photochemicals

Siamak Shokri (CHEM Ph.D. candidate) was recognized at the 27th Inter-American Photochemical Society Meeting with a Best Poster Award for his work on novel light-harvesting polycyclic molecular scaffolds. The photochemicals were synthesized in the laboratory of Jean-Luc Ayitou, a 2018 Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award winner.

Article on Dinosaur Peptides Selected as a PLOS ONE Favorite

Joseph Orgel, associate professor of biology and biomedical engineering, co-authored the PLOS ONE article “Dinosaur Peptides Suggest Mechanisms of Protein Survival.” The article was selected as “Editorial Board Favorite” and appeared in a collection featuring articles celebrating the journal’s 10th anniversary.

Collaborative Researchers Awarded Seed Grant for Workplace Study

In an effort to better understand workplace behavior, Sonja Petrovic and Lulu Kang, associate professors of applied mathematics, and Mahima Saxena, assistant professor of psychology, have begun the interdisciplinary project “Computational Challenges in Occupational Health Psychology: Using Statistics to Model Dynamic Worker Well-Being.” The team was awarded a $40,000 seed grant from Illinois Tech’s Center for Interdisciplinary Scientific Computation.

Physics Faculty and Graduate Students Contribute to Neutrino Detector Assembly

The latest contributions from Illinois Tech’s Precision Oscillation Spectrum Experiment (PROSPECT) team include building a sub-assembly on Mies Campus and traveling to Yale University to help assemble the main portion of the PROSPECT detector.