Matthew Vollmer receives DOE graduate student research award
Matthew Vollmer, a fourth-year graduate student working with Professor Connie Lu, has received a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) award. He was one of 60 graduate students in the country to receive this award. The goal of SCGSR is to prepare graduate students for science, technology, engineering, or mathematics careers important to the DOE Office of Science mission, by providing graduate thesis research opportunities at DOE laboratories. Vollmer will spend four months, starting this summer, working with scientists at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
Vollmer's foci for his thesis include inorganic and organometallic systems that feature cooperative effects with first row transition metal centers, with a specific focus toward the activation of small molecules such as N2, CO2, and H2. Working at PNNL will allow him to subject complexes made in Lu's lab to extreme catalytic conditions for the product of formate (HCO2-) from H2, CO2, and organic bases. He is leaning toward a post-doctoral position following his graduate studies.