Talented 12: Chemical & Engineering News announces its 2024 rising stars in chemistry

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WASHINGTON, May 17, 2024 — Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN), an independent news outlet of the American Chemical Society (ACS), has unveiled its annual Talented 12 list. The list highlights early-career researchers in the chemical sciences who are fearlessly tackling difficult global problems. These intrepid innovators in chemistry are featured in the May 13/20 issue of C&EN; read about the impressive class.

Using a rigorous review process, a group of C&EN editors and staff selected this year’s Talented 12 from an array of nominations, which came from peers, supervisors and self-nominations. The world-changing work by this year’s group includes research with a variety of applications from making better batteries to developing new drugs to tackling climate change.

Below is the list of 2024’s Talented 12 class.

Chibueze Amanchukwu, University of Chicago
This electrochemist invents new electrolytes to boost batteries.

Ahmed Badran, Scripps ResearchThis synthetic biologist evolves proteins to tackle global challenges like climate change.

Rachel Carter, U.S. Naval Research Laboratory
This mechanical engineer makes batteries safer and more sustainable.

Rob Dennis-Pelcher, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
This materials scientist scouts out technologies to improve tire performance and sustainability.

Samantha M. Gateman, University of Western Ontario
This analytical chemist studies metals at the atomic level to prevent corrosion.

Alisha Jones, New York University
This biophysical chemist pairs computational and experimental tools to unravel RNA structure.

Outi Keinänen, University of Alabama at Birmingham
This radiochemist tracks how microplastics move through the body.

Sarah Lovelock, University of Manchester
This biological chemist streamlines oligonucleotide synthesis.

Jesus Moreno, Bristol Myers Squibb
This medicinal chemist designs and develops targeted protein degraders.

Nako Nakatsuka, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL)
This neurotechnologist integrates aptamers and transistors to monitor brain chemistry.

Michael Skinnider, Princeton University
This computational chemist combines mass spectrometry and machine learning to uncover metabolites.

Julian West, Rice University
This organic chemist harnesses the catalytic power of iron with light.

“Each of these chemists is doing important work, contributing to positive changes in our health, societies and environment,” says Nick Ishmael-Perkins, C&EN editor in chief. “They are also, all of them, compelling personalities, demonstrating that science takes talent and creativity as much as it does rigor and expertise. These are exactly the kind of stories of inspiration that C&EN wanted to showcase when it started the Talented 12 feature ten years ago.”

Members of the Talented 12 will speak about their work and their journeys during a symposium on Aug. 19 at ACS Fall 2024 in Denver. If you are interested in obtaining headshots of any of the Talented 12, please contact newsroom@acs.org.

Do you know a talented chemist who fits the Talented 12 bill? Nominate someone to be considered as a member of next year’s Talented 12.


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