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Marcetta Darensbourg

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Marcetta Darensbourg

Professor of Chemistry
Texas A&M University

 Marcetta Darensbourg

Marcetta York Darensbourg was born and raised by her schoolteacher parents in the small hamlet of Artemus, Kentucky, on the banks of the Cumberland River.  As did her parents, she graduated from Union College in the nearby Barbourville, Ky.  Encouraged by her professors there, she pursued graduate studies in Inorganic Chemistry at the University of Illinois, Champaign/Urbana, receiving a Ph.D. in 1967 under the mentorship of Professor Theodore L. Brown.  While in graduate school she met Donald Darensbourg, also an Inorganic Chemist.  Her first appointments were short term lectureships at Vassar College, followed by SUNY Buffalo; in 1971 she was appointed assistant professor at Tulane University where she and Don rose through the ranks, moving to Texas A&M as Full Professors in 1982.  She holds the title of Distinguished Professor of Chemistry.  She lectures undergraduate and graduate courses devoted to inorganic and organometallic chemistry.

 

Marcetta’s research trajectory has mirrored developments in transition metal organometallic chemistry, specifically in the synthesis and characterization of carbon monoxide-stabilized, electron-rich metal hydrides and mechanisms of hydride transfer to organic substrates.   Intrigued by the possibility of metal hydrides in nature, specifically in the active sites of the hydrogenases, she directed efforts towards biomimetics of those sites and towards using the tools of organometallic chemistry to link the synthetic analogues with the natural hydrogen processing biocatalysts.  Other metalloenzyme active sites that perform carbon-carbon coupling processes add additional inspiration for research into nature’s design for eliciting catalysis by earth abundant metals in cases where the chemical industry relies on rare and expensive noble metals.  Her research has resulted in >250 peer reviewed publications as well as multiple awards including the American Chemical Society’s Award in Organometallic Chemistry (2017), and the ACS Award for Distinguished Service in the Advancement of Inorganic Chemistry (1996).  She is a member of the National Academy of Science (2017), and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Royal Society of Chemistry and the American Chemical Society.    She has mentored > 50 students to the Ph.D. degree in Chemistry.

Learn more about M.Y. Darensbourg Research Laboratories here.

Donald Hilvert

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Donald Hilvert

Professor of Organic Chemistry
ETH Zurich

 Donald Hilvert

Donald Hilvert has been full Professor at the Organic Chemistry Laboratory of ETH Zurich since October 1, 1997. His group is developing general strategies for the design of proteins with customized catalytic properties. The aim is to gain a better understanding of the molecular origins of the catalytic powers of natural enzymes and their selectivity. Beyond that artificial biocatalysts may be useful in research, medicine and industry.

Professor Hilvert was born in 1956 in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA, and obtained his B.A. from Brown University, Rhode Island, in 1978. He earned his Ph.D. from Columbia University, New York, in 1983, with a dissertation under the supervision of Prof. R. Breslow. Following a postdoctoral work with Prof. E.T. Kaiser at Rockefeller University, New York, he joined the Scripps Research Institute as an assistant professor in 1986, where he was named associate professor in 1989 and full professor in 1993. He came to ETH Zurich as full Professor of Organic Chemistry in 1997. 

Donald Hilvert was awarded the Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship in 1991-93, the Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award of the ACS in 1992, and the Pfitzer Award in Enzyme Chemistry in 1994.

Learn more about the Hilvert/Kast Group here.

 

Amy Rosenzweig

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Amy Rosenzweig

Weinberg Family Distinguished Professor of Life Sciences
Professor of Molecular Biosciences and Chemistry
Northwestern University

 Amy Rosenzweig

Amy C. Rosenzweig, a native of Pittsburgh, PA, recieved a B.A. in chemistry from Amherst College, a Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and conducted postdoctoral research at Harvard Medical School.  She is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2014) and a member of the National Academy of Sciences (2017).  Her awards include the Royal Society of Chemistry Joseph Chatt Award (2014), the American Chemical Society Nobel Laureate Signature Award for Graduate Education (2006), an Honorary Doctor of Science Degree from Amherst College (2005), and a MacArthur Fellowship (2003).

Learn more about the Rosenweig Lab here.

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