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Emily Carter awarded Hirschfelder Prize for creating a virtual world of new materials

Posted on October 1, 2015 at 11:40 AM

Emily Carter, the Gerhard R. Andlinger Professor of Energy and the Environment, and a professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and Applied and Computational Mathematics at Princeton University, has been selected as the recipient of the 2015 Hirschfelder Award from the University of Wisconsin. The award recognizes outstanding achievements by theoretical chemists and, as such, has been awarded to some of the most eminent individuals in the field.

(Emily Carter giving one of three Linnett Lectures at the University of Cambridge in Feb. 2014). 

Emily Carter's research focuses on using theoretical and computational tools to accelerate the creation of new molecules and materials for sustainable energy. These materials target solar energy, fuel cells and biofuels. Her research group also studies new lightweight materials that could reduce the consumption of energy by vehicles and reactors. Her achievements have been widely recognized through international awards, including the Sigillo D'Oro Medal from the Italian Chemical Society, an honorary doctoral degree from L'Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne in Switzerland, and the August Wilhelm von Hofmann Lecture Award from the German Chemical Society. She is a member of the International Academy of Quantum Molecular Science, the National Academy of Sciences, and she is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

(Emily Carter with her former postdoc, now Prof. Ana Munoz-Garcia, outside the leaning tower of Pisa at a break in a conference in September 2013.)

(Emily Carter with her husband, Bruce Koel, at one of their son's college football games in October 2013.)

- Written by Eugene Choi, Edited by Paulette Clancy

(Photo credit: Provided by and used with permission from Emily Carter).

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