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Scialog Fellow Raymond Schaak Receives National Fresenius Award

Raymond Schaak

Raymond Schaak, a professor of chemistry at Penn State, has been selected by the American Chemical Society (ACS) to receive the National Fresenius Award, named in recognition of the eminent chemist Carl Remigius Fresenius and sponsored by Phi Lambda Upsilon, the National Chemistry Honor Society. The award, established in 1965, is presented annually to an outstanding young scientist who has attained national recognition in the areas of research, teaching, and/or administration.

In 2010, Schaak received an inaugural Scialog Award, sponsored by Research Corporation for Science Advancement (RCSA), for his project, "New Chemical Routes for Discovering and Improving Visible-Light Photocatalysts." In addition, Schaak just published a paper supported by his Scialog award in Angewandte Chemie International Edition on photocatalytic conversion of carbon dioxide into methane, and the editors classified it as a “Hot Paper.”

Schaak's research combines ideas and tools from solid-state chemistry, molecular chemistry, and nanoscience, with the goal of developing new chemical methods to make complex nanoscale solids that could impact such areas as energy, catalysis, optics, and medicine. A key focus of his work is studying how nanoscale solids form and using this knowledge to design new materials with important and unusual features. For example, insights into how alloy and semiconductor nanoparticles are generated from chemical precursors have led to the discovery of new classes of magnetic and catalytic nanomaterials.

Schaak has authored more than 80 scientific papers published in international, peer-reviewed journals. He serves as an associate editor for ACS Nano and as an editorial advisory board member for the Journal of Solid State Chemistry. He has presented dozens of invited talks, has served on several National Science Foundation workshop panels, has organized symposia at regional and national scientific meetings, and has served as a co-chair of the awards committee for the American Chemical Society's Division of Inorganic Chemistry.

Before joining Penn State as a faculty member in 2007, Schaak was an assistant professor of chemistry at Texas A&M University from 2003 to 2007. He was a postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Chemistry at Princeton University from 2001 to 2003. Schaak earned a doctoral degree in chemistry in 2001 at Penn State and a bachelor's degree in chemistry at Lebanon Valley College in 1998.

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