People

Director
Karen I. Goldberg

Karen I. Goldberg

(she/her/hers)
Prof. Goldberg joined the University of Pennsylvania in 2017 as Vagelos Professor of Energy Research and the inaugural Director of the Vagelos Institute. She received her A.B. degree from Barnard College of Columbia University and her Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of California at Berkeley. Following a postdoctoral year at The Ohio State University, she joined the faculty at Illinois State University, a primarily undergraduate institution in Normal, IL. In 1995, she moved to the University of Washington (UW) as Assistant Professor of Chemistry. She was awarded tenure at UW and rose through the ranks to full Professor. In 2007 she became the first Raymon E. and Rosellen M. Lawton Distinguished Scholar in Chemistry, and in 2010 she became the first Nicole A. Boand Endowed Professor of Chemistry. She served as Director of the first National Science Foundation-funded Phase II Center for Chemical Innovation (CCI), the Center for Enabling New Technologies through Catalysis (CENTC) from 2007-18. Her research is focused on the development of new catalytic systems to efficiently produce chemicals and fuels from a range of available feedstocks. To learn more about her research visit her group website.

Managing Director

Nadine E. Gruhn

(she/her/hers)
Dr. Gruhn came to the Vagelos Institute in 2017 with over 20 years of experience in research and program management and administration. From 2008 to 2017, she was the Managing Director of the Center for Enabling New Technologies through Catalysis (CENTC) at the University of Washington, where she managed all the operations of this virtual center that was distributed across 15 North American institutions. Prior to that, she was a Staff Scientist at the University of Arizona and Director of the Center for Gas-Phase Electron Spectroscopy. She earned a B.S. degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, her Ph.D. from the University of Arizona, and was a postdoctoral fellow at Indiana University.

Executive Committee
 

Raymond J. Gorte

Russell Pearce and Elizabeth Crimian Heuer Professor
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

 

Thomas E. Mallouk

Vagelos Chair in Energy Research
Department of Chemistry
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Christopher B. Murray

Richard Perry University Professor
Department of Chemistry
Department of Materials Science and Engineering
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Joseph Subotnik

Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn Endowed Term Professor of Chemistry
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 Faculty Members

Jessica M. Anna

(she/her/hers)
Assistant Professor of Chemistry
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Eric Detsi

Stephenson Term Assistant Professor
Materials Science and Engineering
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Ivan J. Dmochowski

(he/him/his)
Professor of Chemistry
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Marija Drndic

Fay R. and Eugene L. Langberg Professor of Physics
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Zahra Fakhraai

(she/her/hers)
Associate Professor of Chemistry
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Joseph S. Francisco

President’s Distinguished Professor
Department of Chemistry
Department of Earth & Environmental Science

Cherie Kagan

Stephen J. Angello Professor
Department of Electrical and Systems Engineering
Department of Chemistry
Department of Materials Science and Engineering
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Marisa C. Kozlowski

(she/her/hers)
Professor of Chemistry
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Daniel J. Mindiola

Brush Family Professor of Chemistry
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Iliana Pérez-Rodríguez

(she/her/hers)
Assistant Professor of Earth & Environmental Science

James Pikul

(he/him/his)
Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics
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Eric J. Schelter

Associate Professor of Chemistry
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Eric Stach

(he/him/his)
Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
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Neil C. Tomson

(he/him/his)
Assistant Professor of Chemistry
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John M. Vohs

Carl V. S. Patterson Professor and Chair
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Aleksandra Vojvodic

(she/her/hers)
Skirkanic Assistant Professor of Innovation
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Patrick J. Walsh

Professor of Chemistry
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 Karen I. Winey

(she/her/hers)
TowerBrook Foundation Faculty Fellow and Professor
Materials Science and Engineering
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
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Bo Zhen

Assistant Professor of Physics
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