09/22/20 - 9:45 AM to 11:00 AM
POLY/PMSE Seminar: Professor Julia Kalow
POLY/PMSE Student Chapter
Professor Julia Kalow's group engages in research at the interface of organic synthesis, polymer chemistry, and materials science through two distinct approaches: materials-inspired reaction discovery and reactivity-driven materials discovery. In the first, researchers develop new synthetic transformations that provide control over the molecular structure of 1- and 2-dimensional organic polymers. In the second, they use knowledge of organic reactivity to tune the properties and functions of soft materials. These efforts enable the study of structure-property relationships and materials optimization for targeted applications, including optoelectronics and magnetooptics, catalysis, sensing, and biomaterials.
Professor Kalow obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree at Columbia University in 2008, where she studied chemistry and creative writing. Following an internship in the medicinal chemistry department at Merck, she pursued graduate studies at Princeton University as a National Science Foundation predoctoral fellow. She developed asymmetric catalytic fluorinations using a latent source of HF and studied their mechanisms in detail; her work was recognized by an American Chemical Society Division of Organic Chemistry Graduate Fellowship Award. After completing her doctorate in 2013, she joined the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Institutes of Health National Research Service Award postdoctoral fellow. There, she studied the synthesis and self-assembly of novel architectures of conjugated block copolymers as well as responsive surfactant design for sensing applications. She started her independent career at Northwestern’s Department of Chemistry in July 2016.