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Raymond Schaak receives ACS Akron Award

16 October 2020
Ray Schaak

Raymond Schaak, DuPont Professor of Materials Chemistry and professor of chemical engineering, has been named the 2020 recipient of the American Chemical Society Akron Section Award.

The award is presented each year by the Akron, Ohio section of the American Chemical Society. The award honors an outstanding chemistry professional in any field, and recipients are invited to present a talk at the University of Akron. Schaak will present two talks titled "A Designer's Toolkit for Constructing Complex Nanoparticle Libraries” and "Simple Chemistry for Designing a Complex Nanoworld.” This year, both talks will be held in a virtual format.

Department of Chemistry Head Phil Bevilacqua noted, “Ray has been a leader in the nanochemistry field for years, and it is great to see his work recognized with this honor. We are thrilled for him and his research group.”

The Schaak group focuses on the general area of synthetic inorganic nanochemistry. The group identifies target materials systems that underpin practical, relevant, and emerging applications that have bottlenecks in their synthesis that slow or preclude their formation. The group seeks to develop new synthetic tools that overcome these challenges, both to generate and study the specific target materials and to provide conceptually new synthetic approaches that are broadly applicable. The group’s targets, materials systems, and applications are diverse, spanning stand-alone or integrated metals, metal alloys, metal oxides, metal chalcogenides, metal phosphides, and metal carbides for use in applications that include catalysis, photonics, and energy conversion and storage.

Schaak’s previous awards and honors include being named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He also received the ACS Inorganic Nanoscience Award in 2016, the Penn State Faculty Scholar Medal in the Physical Sciences in 2012, the Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award in 2007, and an NSF CAREER Award in 2006.

Prior to joining the faculty at Penn State, Schaak completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Princeton University and earned his doctoral degree here at Penn State.

Please join the Department of Chemistry in congratulating Raymond Schaak and his research group on this well-deserved honor.