Edward Mack, Jr. Lecture, Dr. Peidong Yang

December 1, 2016
Thursday, March 29, 2018 - 4:00pm
Friday, March 30, 2018 - 2:00pm
Peidong Yang

2018 Mack Lecture: Professor Peidong Yang

The Mack Lecture is organized by our student-run group, Chem TALKS.

Schedule:

Thursday, March 29 at 4:00pm - Seminar in Evans 1008: Nanowire Building Blocks: from flux line pinning to artificial photosynthesis

Friday, March 30 at 2:00pm - Seminar in CBEC 130: Liquid Sunlight

Peidong Yang is a Chemistry professor, S. K. and Angela Chan Distinguished Chair Professor in Energy  at the University of California, Berkeley. He is known particularly for his work on semiconductor nanowires and their photonic and energy applications. He is one of the co-directors for the Kavli Energy Nanoscience Institute at Berkeley. Dr. Yang received his B.A. in Chemistry from the University of Science and Technology in China in 1993. He then received his Ph.D. in Chemistry from Harvard University in 1997, and did his postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Soon after, he began his Assistant Professorship at the University of California, Berkeley.

He is a member of both the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is the 2014 Thomas Reuters Citation Laureate for Physics.

He is the recipient of MacArthur Fellowship, E. O. Lawrence Award, ACS Nanoscience Award, MRS Medal, Baekeland Medal, Alfred P. Sloan research fellowship, the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Young Investigator Award, National Science Foundation Young Investigator Award, MRS Young Investigator Award, Julius Springer Prize for Applied Physics, ACS Pure Chemistry Award, and Alan T. Waterman Award.  

He cofounded three companies: Nanosys Inc, Alphabet Energy Inc; Infinity Innovation Inc.

 

The Edward Mack, Jr. Lectures

Edward Mack Jr Headshot

Professor Edward Mack, Jr. was a long time faculty member of the Chemistry Department at The Ohio State University. After fourteen years as chairman, he resigned in October, 1955, to be devoted full time to teaching and research. Not long thereafter his friends and former students learned of his death in June, 1956.

Professor Mack's research interests included the determina- tion of the sizes and shapes of molecules from collision cross-sections using kinetic gas measurements. He also studied the rates and mechanisms of gas phase reactions, surface films, and biochemical problems. Professor Mack is remembered as a man of great energy and enthusiasm for research as well as his students.

Professor Mack became a member of the faculty at Ohio State in 1919 when he immediately began to take a personal interest in graduate students. He was their continual advocate, aiding his students through difficult years by soliciting grants from many companies and businesses. In many cases, he even took funds out of his own pocket for their support. Professor Mack was entirely dedicated to his graduate students, both scientifically and personally. In this spirit, the graduate students are responsible for every aspect of the Mack Memorial Award.

Graduate Students participate in the Mack Memorial Award by serving on the Mack Award's committee, nominating individuals, voting for the Mack Award recipient, and, of course, for attending the talks and joining the celebration.


Previous Lecturers:

2017 - David MacMillan

2016 - Omar Yaghi

2015 - George Whitesides

2014 - Robert S. Langer

2013 - T. Don Tilley

2012 - Sunney Xie

2011 - Vincent Rotello

2010 - Chad A. Mirkin

Note: This lecture was made possible by financial support from the Dr. Robert H. Lawrence Jr. Endowed Fund in Chemistry, the Dr. Kurt L. Loening Endowment Fund in Chemical Nomenclature and Chemical Information, the Chemistry Lecture Fund, as well as numerous other donors.

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