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.

New NSF support

We are grateful for the new support from NSF Division of Chemistry (CHE) that allows us to work on machine learning and electrochemistry with our collaborator Prof. Quanquan Gu at UCLA Computer Science! Stay tuned for our research progress in the future.

Ben Natinsky receives the UCLA Dissertation Year Fellowship!

Graduate student Benjamin Natinsky receives the 2021-2022 UCLA Graduate Division Dissertation Year Fellowship (DYF), among the 13 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. The departmental news report is here. Congratulations, Ben!

Ben Natinsky received two awards!

Graduate student Ben Natinsky (OG Ben) received the departmental John Stauffer Excellence in Research Award in recognition of his research excellence and productivity, as well as the departmental Michael E. Jung Excellence in Teaching Award in recognition of Ben as excellent teaching assistants.

This summer Ben is participating in the DOE Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE) Energy Storage Internship Program at National Energy Technology Laboratory. Congratulations to Ben and enjoy the internship!

First Ph.D. in the group! Congratulations, Rosie!

The first graduate student in the Liu group, Ms. Roselyn Rodrigues, received her Ph.D. in Chemistry along with our departmental Inorganic Chemistry Dissertation Award. Congratulations!

Time flies. It is hard to believe that so many years have passed. Chong keeps recalling the summer of 2017 when Rosie and Chong were opening boxes like Christmas and setting up the lab. Chong is grateful for all the works that Rosie has contributed to the group and the mentoring that she did to other junior students. Best wishes to Rosie for her future career!