Schaak honored with 2016 American Chemical Society Inorganic Nanoscience Award

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Raymond E. Schaak, DuPont Professor of Materials Chemistry at Penn State, has been honored with the 2016 Inorganic Nanoscience Award from the American Chemical Society's Division of Inorganic Chemistry. The award recognizes "sustained excellence, dedication and perseverance in research and service in the area of inorganic nanoscience."

Throughout his career, Schaak has combined ideas and tools from solid-state chemistry, molecular chemistry, and nanoscience, with the goal of developing new chemical methods to make complex nanoscale solids that could impact such areas as energy, catalysis, optics and medicine. A key focus of Schaak's research program is studying how nanoscale solids form, then using this knowledge to design new materials with important and unusual features. For example, his insights into nanoparticle chemistry have recently led to the discovery of a new class of materials that can catalyze the production of hydrogen from water.

In 2013, Schaak was named DuPont Professor in Materials Chemistry at Penn State in recognition of his distinguished contributions in research and education. In 2012, Schaak received the Penn State Faculty Scholar Medal for outstanding achievement in the physical sciences. In 2011, he was selected to receive the National Fresenius Award sponsored jointly by Phi Lambda Upsilon, the National Chemistry Honor Society, and the American Chemical Society. In 2007, he was honored with a Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award and a Sloan Research Fellowship. In 2006, he received a DuPont Young Professor Grant, a Beckman Young Investigator Award, and a National Science Foundation Career Award.

Schaak has authored more than 130 scientific papers published in international, peer-reviewed journals. He serves as an associate editor for ACS Nano, as an editorial advisory board member for the Journal of Solid State Chemistry, and as a Science Advisory Committee member for the Research Corporation for Science Advancement. He has presented close to 100 invited talks, has served on several National Science Foundation workshop panels, and has organized symposia at regional and national scientific meetings. He also has served as a co-chair of the awards committee for the American Chemical Society's Division of Inorganic Chemistry, and as the chair of its nanoscience subdivision.

Before joining Penn State as a faculty member in 2007, Schaak was an assistant professor of chemistry at Texas A&M University from 2003 to 2007. He was a postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Chemistry at Princeton University from 2001 to 2003. Schaak earned a doctoral degree in chemistry in 2001 at Penn State and a bachelor's degree in chemistry at Lebanon Valley College in 1998.

Last Updated March 24, 2016