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April 29, 2016
Pentadehydro-Diels-Alder Reaction featured in Nature
In the April 28 issue of Nature, Teng Wang, Reddy Naredla, and Severin Thompson, researchers in the laboratory of Professor Thomas Hoye, have announced a new variant of a Diels-Alder-like net cycloaddition. Read More

April 28, 2016
Ten graduate students receive Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships
Ten of the Department of Chemistry's top doctorate students—Jacob Brutman, Ryan Cammarota, Debanjan Dhar, Evgenii Fetisov, Chad Hoyer, Jingo Hu, Shaohong Li, Mohammadreza Nasiri, Kailey Soller, and Andrew Urick—received 2016-17 Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship program awards. Read More


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Daniel Weston, Ph.D.

Daniel Weston is a research scientist—post-doctoral fellow—in the Department of Chemistry at Northwestern University. He earned his bachelor's degree in chemistry from the University of Minnesota in 2005 under the tutelage of Professor Wayne Gladfelter, and his doctorate from the Northwestern University in 2010. Read More


Simon K. Shannon, Ph.D.

Simon K. Simon, Ph.D., is a supervisor for Coating Research at Corning, Inc., organic and biochemical technologies research group. He earned his doctorate at the University of Minnesota in 2003, under the tutelage of Professor George Barany. Read More