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Radosevich, Shalek, Surendranath, and Willard Promoted to Full Professor

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The promotions will go into effect on July 1, 2023.

Associate Professors Alexander T. Radosevich, Alex K. Shalek, Yogesh Surendranath (PhD ’11), and Adam P. Willard have each been promoted to Full Professor in the Department of Chemistry. These promotions will go into effect as of July 1, 2023.

Radosevich earned his B.S. from University of Notre Dame and his PhD from University of California, Berkeley. After completing a postdoctoral fellowship at MIT with Professor Daniel G. Nocera, he joined the faculty at Pennsylvania State University before coming to the Department of Chemistry in 2016. Research in the Radosevich group centers on the invention of new homogeneous catalysts and reagents based on inexpensive and earth-abundant elements of the p-block.

Shalek received his B.A. from Columbia University and his PhD from Harvard University. Following a postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard University and Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, he joined the Chemistry faculty in 2014. Research in the Shalek Lab is directed towards the creation and implementation of new technologies to understand how cells collectively perform systems-level functions in healthy and diseased states.

Surendranath received his B.S. from University of Virginia in 2006, and his PhD from MIT in 2011. After completing a postdoctoral fellowship at University of California, Berkeley, he joined the Chemistry faculty in 2013.  The Surendranath Lab is focused on addressing global challenges in the areas of chemical catalysis, energy storage and utilization, and environmental stewardship. Fundamental and technological advances in each of these areas require new methods for controlling the selectivity and efficiency of inner-sphere reactions at solid-liquid interfaces. Their strategy emphasizes the bottom-up, molecular-level, engineering of functional inorganic interfaces with a current focus on electrochemical energy conversion.

Willard received his B.S. from the University of Puget Sound in 2003, and his Ph.D. from University of California, Berkeley in 2009. Following postdoctoral fellowships at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the University of Texas at Austin, he joined the Chemistry faculty in 2013. Research in the Willard group uses theory and simulation to explore the role of molecular fluctuation in a variety of chemical phenomena. They are particularly interested in systems for which a mean field approach, i.e., the averaging out of molecular-level detail, fails to reproduce experimental results. This is often a consequence of complex molecular scale behavior such as collectivity, spatial or dynamic heterogeneity, or the coupling of fast and slow time or length scales, which can give rise to interesting and unexpected macroscopic phenomena.