Neil Tomson Awarded a National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development Program Award
Neil Tomson, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, has been awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program award, the NSF's most prestigious award in support of early-career faculty.
Tomson and his research group, which consists of undergraduates, graduate students, and post-docs, perform synthetic inorganic and organometallic chemistry as a way of investigating new concepts in structure, bonding, catalysis, and materials chemistry. The research involves the use of rigorous air-sensitive synthetic techniques and draws on a wide range of physical methods for characterizing novel compounds. With a particular interest in energy problems, the group's work takes advantage of modern concepts in bonding theory to generate materials that can influence how energy from renewable sources is collected, stored, and released.
The NSF is an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1950 to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; and to enhance the nation's security. The CAREER Program award supports early-career faculty who have the potential to serve as academic role models in research and education and to lead advances in the mission of their department or organization.