Award Recipients

The following awards will be presented at Pittcon 2018.

Pittsburgh Spectroscopy Award


Michael D. Fayer
Stanford University
Michael D. Fayer is the David Mulvane Ehrsam and Edward Curtis Franklin Professor of Chemistry at Stanford University. He received his Ph. D. in Chemistry in 1974 from U.C. Berkeley and went directly to the Department of Chemistry, Stanford University, where he has been a professor for forty three years. He was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2007 and has received a number of other honors. He has written two books on quantum theory, a graduate text and a book for non-experimentalsts, “Absolutely Small – How Quantum Theory Explains Our Everyday World. He has been married to Terry Fayer for almost 50 years and has two grown children and a granddaughter.

Dr. Fayer’s research interests include: the dynamics and intermolecular interactions of molecules in liquids, liquids in nanoscopic environments, room temperature ionic organic liquids, supercooled liquids, and liquid crystals; the development and application of ultrafast 2D infrared spectroscopy and other ultrafast infrared optical methods and associated theory as general probes of structural dynamics in complex molecular systems; the development and application of ultrafast visible and UV spectroscopy to the study of dynamics in complex molecular systems; the statistical mechanics theory of molecular systems and experimental observables.

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Pittcon Symposium Overview
A variety of fast spectroscopic methods are applied to the study of dynamics in condensed matter systems. The topics include 2D IR spectroscopy of liquids and interfaces and site-specific dynamics of protein molecular recognition; triplet dynamics during singlet fission probed using vibrations; shock compression spectroscopy under a microscope investigating shock induced chemistry of energetic materials; and nonlinear and 2D THz spectroscopy of ferroelectrics and correlated electron materials and THz magnetic resonance of high-spin transition metal complexes. The common theme is fast spectroscopic measurements of the dynamics and interactions in complex chemical systems. Michael D. Fayer, Stanford University, will receive the 2018 Pittsburgh Spectroscopy Award. This award was established in 1957 and honors an individual who has made outstanding contributions in the field of spectroscopy.


Ralph N. Adams Award


Chad A. Mirkin
Northwestern University
Dr. Chad A. Mirkin is the Director of the International Institute for Nanotechnology and the George B. Rathmann Prof. of Chemistry, Chemical and Biological Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Materials Science & Engineering, and Medicine at Northwestern University. He is a chemist and a world-renowned nanoscience expert, who is known for his discovery and development of spherical nucleic acids (SNAs) and SNA-based biodetection and therapeutic schemes, Dip-Pen Nanolithography (DPN) and related cantilever-free nanopatterning methodologies, On-Wire Lithography (OWL), and Co-Axial Lithography (COAL), and contributions to supramolecular chemistry and nanoparticle synthesis. He is the author of over 680 manuscripts and over 1,000 patent applications worldwide (over 300 issued), and he is the founder of multiple companies, including Nanosphere, AuraSense, Exicure, and TERA-print, which are commercializing nanotechnology applications in the life sciences, biomedicine, and semiconductor industries. Mirkin has been recognized with over 120 national and international awards, including the RUSNANOPRIZE, the Dan David Prize and the inaugural Sackler Prize in Convergence Research. He was an eight-year Member of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science & Technology (Obama Administration), and one of very few scientists to be elected to all three US National Academies. He is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Inventors, among others. Mirkin has served on the Editorial Advisory Boards of over 20 scholarly journals, including JACS, Angew. Chem., and Adv. Mater.; at present, he is an Associate Editor of JACS. He is the founding editor of the journal Small, and he has co-edited multiple bestselling books. Mirkin holds a B.S. degree from Dickinson College (1986, elected into Phi Beta Kappa) and a Ph.D. degree from the Penn. State Univ. (1989). He was an NSF Postdoctoral Fellow at the MIT prior to becoming a professor at Northwestern Univ. in 1991.

Pittcon Symposium Overview
This session, which celebrates the Ralph Adams Award honoree Chad Mirkin, will cover a broad range of topics related to nanotechnology and new probes for cellular engineering and analysis. The speakers will highlight specific nanomaterials and molecular probes that have opened new application areas in biomolecular sensing, drug delivery, and the study of disease biology.