The Talented 12 highlights early-career researchers in the chemical sciences who are fearlessly tackling difficult global problems.
Assistant Professor Brett McGuire has been named one of Chemical & Engineering News’ (C&EN) Talented 12 – Class of 2020. Sponsored by Thermo Fisher Scientific, this program, now in its sixth year, highlights early-career researchers in the chemical sciences who are fearlessly tackling difficult global problems.
McGuire, an “interstellar explorer expanding our molecular knowledge of space”, joined the Department of Chemistry Faculty this year.
Using a rigorous review process, C&EN staff, Talented 12 alumni and members of the global chemistry community selected this year’s Talented 12 from a highly competitive pool of more than 500 nominees. According to C&EN, paging through their profiles “will take you on a voyage to science’s frontiers.”
C&EN’s Talented 12 has become synonymous with innovation, entrepreneurship, leadership and vision. The class of 2020 has all of these in spades,” says Bibiana Campos Seijo, editor-in-chief and vice president of C&EN Media Group. “As the world faces one of the most difficult periods in recent history, it is reassuring to hear about and be inspired by these rising stars who are committed to solving the world’s problems. They are creative. They are bold. The future is in good hands.”
“We are proud to partner with the ACS and C&EN on this exciting program that celebrates the young scientists whose chemistry is making an impact on the world,” says Raymond Mercier, president, Laboratory Chemicals, Thermo Fisher Scientific. “Our chemicals, reagents and materials help enable innovation in the laboratory and free up scientists to focus on life-changing discoveries. As the world leader in serving science, Thermo Fisher is committed to help the next generation of scientific talent bring chemistry to life.”
McGuire obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2009. He earned a Master’s degree in Physical Chemistry from Emory University in 2011, and a PhD in Physical Chemistry from the California Institute of Technology in 2015. His research usesthe tools of physical chemistry, molecular spectroscopy, and observational astrophysics to understand how the chemical ingredients for life evolve with and help shape the formation of stars and planets.