Title of Lecture: From Single-Site Catalysts and Supramolecular Assemblies to Metal-Organic Frameworks and Porous Organic Polymers: Attempts to Bridge Homogeneous and Heterogeneous Catalysis
Speaker: Professor SonBinh T. Nguyen
Time: September 10, 2012. 4:00PM
Place: No. 101 Lecture Hall, the Second Chmistry Building, LZU
Introduction to the speaker:
SonBinh T. Nguyen received his B.S. in Chemistry from the Pennsylvania State University in 1990, where he worked with Gregory L. Geoffroy. He received his Ph.D. in 1995 from the California Institute of Technology, where he was supervised by Robert Grubbs and Nathan Lewis. From 1995-1996, he worked under K. Barry Sharpless at the Scripps Research Institute as an NSF Postdoctoral Fellow.
Professor Nguyen began his teaching career from 1996 at the Department of Chemistry, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, Northwestern University. He passed his tenure in 2001. His research encompasses three divisions in chemical science: inorganic/organometallic chemistry, organic synthesis, and polymer science. They are also interested in environmental friendly catalysis and biomaterials. He published more than 200 scientific papers including Nature, Science, JACS, Angewante Chemie. The first generation Grubbs catalyst was successfully made by his hands. From 1996, He got many Awards such as •Appointed McCormick Professor of Teaching Excellence (2005) •CAURS Award for Outstanding Support of Undergraduate Research (2005) Dow Research Professor (2004); •Weinberg Award for Distinguished Teaching (2003 and 2002); •ASG Faculty/Administrator Honor Roll (2005, 2004, and 2003); •National Science Foundation CAREER Award (2000); •Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (2000); •Union Carbide Innovation Recognition Award (1999); •David and Lucille Packard Fellowship for Science and Engineering (1997).