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Xun’s Nature Catalysis work gets highlighted

The work of Xun Guan, recently published at Nature Catalysis, is highlighted in the News & Views session of Nature Catalysis. Congrats to Xun! And we are grateful for the support and appreciation from the community!

Below is the figure from the News & Views of Nature Catalysis.

Fig. 1
A microbe–semiconductor hybrid was constructed by interfacing CO2/N2-fixing bacterium X. autotrophicus with cadmium telluride (CdTe) quantum dots (QDs) for simultaneous photocatalytic fixation of CO2 and N2 with internal quantum efficiencies approaching the theoretical limits. When this biohybrid system was adopted for protein synthesis, the production rate was comparable to, if not higher than, most conventional crops such as potato, rice and wheat. hv, incident photon; e, electron; h+, hole; Sred/Sox, redox species in reduced/oxidized form.

Danlei Xiang receives the UCLA Dissertation Year Fellowship!

Our graduate student Danlei Xiang receives the 2022-2023 UCLA Graduate Division Dissertation Year Fellowship (DYF), among other chemistry & biochemistry graduate student researchers in the department. With a $20,000 stipend plus standard tuition and fees, the DYF is intended to support doctoral students who are within one year of completing and filing their dissertations. Congratulations, Danlei!

Chong receives the NSF CAREER Award!

Chong receives the National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER), NSF’s most prestigious awards in support of early-career faculty who have the potential to serve as academic role models in research and education and to lead advances in the mission of their department or organization. We are grateful for NSF’s five-year support for us to develop solution catalysis containing seemingly incompatible steps. Thank you very much!

The news report at UCLA Chemistry & Biochemistry can be found here.

Chong received the UCLA AXΣ Glenn T. Seaborg Award

Chong received the UCLA 2022 Alpha Chi Sigma (AXΣ) Glenn T. Seaborg Award, which is presented every year and recognizes outstanding achievements of early-career faculty in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, UCLA. The Glenn T. Seaborg award places an emphasis on honoring the recipient’s research and scholarly impact, as well as outstanding teaching, mentoring, and professional services.

This award is sponsored by the Beta Gamma (ΒΓ) chapter of Alpha Chi Sigma (AXΣ), the only national co-educational, professional chemistry fraternity in the United States. The Beta Gamma (ΒΓ) chapter of Alpha Chi Sigma (AXΣ) at UCLA was founded on March 30, 1935.

This award is presented at the annual Glenn T. Seaborg Award Banquet held at the Hotel Casa Del Mar in Santa Monica on the evening of May 7th, 2022. Thank you so much for the reception!

This award is also reported by UCLA Chemistry & Biochemistry.

2022 Sloan Research Fellowship

Chong has been selected to receive a 2022 Sloan Research Fellowship. Awarded annually since 1955, the Sloan Fellowships honor scholars in the U.S. and Canada whose creativity, leadership, and independent research achievements make them some of the most promising researchers working today.

Moreover, it is exciting that our collaborator Prof. Quanquan Gu is also one of the eight UCLA recipients of this year’s Sloan Research Fellowship!

The report of UCLA Newsroom is here. The report at UCLA Chemistry & Biochemistry is here.

2021 Scialog Collaborative Innovation Award

We are excited to be awarded the 2021 Scialog Collaborative Innovation Award! This project is in collaboration with Prof. Haotian Wang at Rice University and Andrea Hicks at University of Wisconsin, Madison. Looking forward to the collaboration!

A fellow of Scialog: Negative Emissions Science, Chong is grateful for the funding support from the Research Corporation for Science Advancement.

The departmental report of this award can be found here.