Dincă and Johnson named 2018 National Award Recipients by the American Chemical Society

Danielle Randall
August 29, 2017

Mircea Dincă, Associate Professor of Chemistry, and Jeremiah Johnson, the Fermenich Career Development Associate Professor, have been named by the American Chemical Society (ACS) as recipients of National Awards for 2018. They, along with the other National Award Recipients, will be honored at an awards ceremony held on March 20, 2018, in conjunction with the 255th ACS National Meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Professor Dincă has been named the winner of the ACS Award in Pure Chemistry, sponsored by Alpha Chi Sigma Fraternity and the Alpha Chi Sigma Educational Foundation. This award is given to recognize and encourage fundamental research in pure chemistry carried out by young men and women in North America. It was established in 1931 by A.C. Langmuir and was supported by A.C. and Irving Langmuir until 1937. In 1940, Alpha Chi Sigma assumed the financial obligation and has continued to support this award. 

Professor Johnson, along with former graduate student Aleksandr V. Zhukovitskiy (PhD '16),  has been named the winner of the Nobel Laureate Signature Award for Graduate Education in Chemistry. This award is given to recognize an outstanding graduate student and his or her preceptor in the field of chemistry. This award was established in 1978 by Avantor™ Performance Materials, Inc. (formerly Mallinckrodt Baker Inc.) as the Nobel Laureate Signature Award for a Graduate Student in Chemistry. In 1980 the award was extended to recognize the student's preceptor(s) and its title was changed.

The Dincă Lab is focused on addressing research challenges related to the storage and consumption of energy and global environmental concerns. Central to their efforts is the synthesis of novel organic-inorganic hybrid materials and the manipulation of their electrochemical and photophysical properties, with a current emphasis on microporous materials.

The Johnson Laboratory seeks creative, macromolecular solutions to problems at the interface of chemistry, medicine, biology, and materials science. Materials synthesis is approached in an analogous manner to natural-products synthesis; an interesting target structure is chosen and a synthetic scheme is designed to access that structure as efficiently as possible. The targets are designed de novo from careful consideration of the specific needs of a given application and with a particular emphasis on function. The tools of traditional organic and organometallic synthesis, synthetic polymer chemistry, photochemistry, surface science, and biopolymer engineering are combined to realize the designs.