Lauren Benz Receives Faculty Early Career Development Program Award

Lauren Benz, PhD, Chemistry and Biochemistry, has received a 5-year, $451,605 National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development Program Award (CAREER). Dr. Benz’ project title is “Fundamental Investigation of Supported Materials: ZIFs and Nanoclusters.” A postdoctoral student will join Dr. Benz during the first two years. This project is expected to establish connections between material composition and fundamental bonding and reactivity, allowing the prediction of structural changes in supported materials which will lead to enhanced reactivity and selectivity in gas binding. This work offers undergraduates a chance to participate in solid-state materials research, an area which is traditionally less explored at the undergraduate level, yet of growing importance in current challenge areas in chemistry.