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Prof. Macdonald Receives NSF CAREER Award

The Department of Chemistry is pleased to announce that Prof. Janet E. Macdonald has been awarded an NSF CAREER Award titled "SusChEM: Hybrid Nanoparticles of the Copper Sulfides", which will provide early career funding for five years.

The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program represents the National Science Foundation's most prestigious awards in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations. The goal of the CAREER program is to build a firm foundation for a lifetime of leadership in integrating education and research.

Prof. Macdonald's proposal to develop new hybrid nanoparticles of copper sulfides with applications in solar energy conversion positions her at the cutting edge of chemistry, nanoscience, and materials science and engineering. At Vanderbilt University, she has recruited a team of students from both Chemistry and the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Materials Science, and she has leveraged resources associated with the Vanderbilt Institute of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (VINSE). With Prof. Sokrates Pantelides of the Department of Physics and Astronomy, Prof. Macdonald has already produced important results characterizing the wurtzite-type phase of copper sulfide nanomaterials.

Prof. Macdonald teaches senior undergraduate inorganic chemistry course. Her graduate course "Nanoparticles" has proven to be popular with students from across campus. Students describe Prof. Macdonald's teaching as "the best", "very energetic", "engaging", "enthusiastic", and "passionate". With the Vanderbilt Summer Academy Prof. Macdonald has developed an innovative curriculum whereby high school and graduate students work together. This allows high school students to directly interact with researchers, and allows researchers to develop their teaching skills in the same context.

Congratulations Janet!