Issue Date: January 8, 2018
Harry Gray Award for Creative Work in Inorganic Chemistry by a Young Investigator: Dwight S. Seferos
Sponsor: Gray Award Endowment
Citation: For the development and implementation of tellurophene and selenophene polymers and photoactive compounds.
Current position: associate professor, University of Toronto
Education: B.S., chemistry, Western Washington University; Ph.D., chemistry, University of California, Santa Barbara
Seferos on his scientific role model and why: “Professor Gary Lampman at Western Washington University got me started down this path. From him I learned that an equal dose of diligence and curiosity leads to success.”
What his colleagues say: “Tellurium chemistry instantly distinguishes Seferos’s work from that of others who work in these fields. In undertaking the synthesis of these challenging and previously unknown compounds, Seferos has contributed significant new knowledge in chemistry. This new knowledge is important for solar fuels, electronics, and catalysis, all of which are important for meeting long-term challenges in energy.”—Douglas W. Stephan, University of Toronto
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