People

Director
Karen I. Goldberg

Karen I. Goldberg (she/her)

 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)

Dr. Gruhn has been with the Vagelos Institute since 2017. 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 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.

Administrative Assistant

Lautrelle Gary

Administrative Assistant, VIPER & VIEST

Executive Committee
 

Raymond J. Gorte

Russell Pearce and Elizabeth Crimian Heuer Professor
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

 

Thomas E. Mallouk

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

Richard Perry University Professor of Chemistry and 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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 Other Faculty Members

Jessica M. Anna (she/her)

Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Elliman Faculty Fellow
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Robert Carpick (he/him)

John Henry Towne Professor
Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics
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Eric Detsi

Stephenson Term Assistant Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
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Ivan J. Dmochowski (he/him)

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)

Associate Professor of Chemistry
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Joseph S. Francisco

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

Deep Jariwala

Assistant Professor of Electrical and Systems Engineering
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Cherie Kagan

Stephen J. Angello Professor of Electrical and Systems Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, and Chemistry
Associate Dean for Research, Penn Engineering
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Dohyung Kim (he/him)

Assistant Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
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Marisa C. Kozlowski (she/her)

Professor of Chemistry
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Daeyeon Lee

Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Evan C. Thompson Term Chair for Excellence in Teaching
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Lu Lu  (he/him)

Assistant Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
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Daniel J. Mindiola

Brush Family Professor of Chemistry
Graduate Chair of Chemistry
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Abraham Nitzan

Donner Professor of Physical Sciences and Professor of Chemistry
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Chinedum Osuji (he/him)

Eduardo D. Glandt Presidential Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Department Chair of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
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Amish J. Patel  (he/him)

Associate Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
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Iliana Pérez-Rodríguez (she/her)

Assistant Professor of Earth & Environmental Science
Elliman Faculty Fellow
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James Pikul (he/him)

Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics
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Peter Psarras

Research Assistant Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
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Andrew M. Rappe (he/him)

Blanchard Professor of Chemistry
Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
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Eric J. Schelter

Professor of Chemistry
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Eric Stach (he/him)

Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
Director of the Laboratory for Research on the Structure of Matter
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Kathleen J. Stebe (she/her)

Richer & Elizabeth Goodwin Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering & Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics
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Neil C. Tomson (he/him)

Assistant Professor of Chemistry
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John M. Vohs

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

Aleksandra Vojvodic (she/her)

Rosenbluth Associate Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Director of the Penn Institute for Computational Science
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Patrick J. Walsh

Professor of Chemistry
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 Karen I. Winey (she/her)

Harold Pender Professor of Materials Science and Engineering & Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
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Liang Wu

Assistant Professor of Physics

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Shu Yang

Joseph Bordogna Professor of Materials Science and Engineering & Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Department Chair of Materials Science and Engineering
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Bo Zhen

Assistant Professor of Physics
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