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Weiss Receives New Faculty Award From Dreyfus Foundation

September 11, 2008 | by Megan Washburn
EVANSTON, Ill. --- Emily Weiss, assistant professor of chemistry in Northwestern University's Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, has received the 2008 New Faculty Award from the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation. She is among nine young faculty members nationwide to be selected.

The unrestricted $50,000 award to new faculty members in the chemical sciences is generally made before they formally begin their first tenure-track appointment. Weiss, who holds the Clare Boothe Luce Professorship and is a Dow Teacher-Scholar, joined the Northwestern faculty Sept. 1.

The Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation, a leading non-profit organization devoted to the advancement of the chemical sciences, annually awards the research grant to help initiate the independent research programs of new faculty.

Weiss is interested in the physical chemistry of heterogeneous interfaces -- interfaces between an inorganic material and an organic material. Much of her fundamental research has applications in solar energy conversion and storage as she studies many materials that are highly photoactive -- producing current when excited by light.

In particular, Weiss will study the rates of motion of both charge and energy across the interfaces between semiconductor nanocrystals (also called quantum dots) and organic molecules and polymers. She and her research group will perform these measurements in both the solution-phase (using time-resolved optical spectroscopy) and in the solid state (using electrical measurements).

Prior to joining Northwestern, Weiss was a postdoctoral research fellow at Harvard University for three years. Her other awards include a Petroleum Research Fund Postdoctoral Energy Fellowship from the American Chemical Society (2005-2007)
 and a Northwestern Graduate Presidential Fellowship (2004-2005).
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