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    Professor Haynes awarded 2018 Guggenheim Fellowship

Chemistry Professor Christy L. Haynes has been awarded a 2018 Guggenheim Fellowship. Appointed on the basis of prior achievement and exceptional promise, the highly competitive, national fellowship is awarded annually to about 175 scholars and artists selected from nearly 3,000 applicants. 

Professor Haynes is associate department head of the Department of Chemistry and the Elmore H. Northey Professor of Chemistry. She is also associate director of the Center of Sustainable Nanotechnology, and an associate editor of Analytical Chemistry.


She is an internationally recognized leader within the scientific community, and is one of the nation’s most talented analytical chemists. Her training combines laser spectroscopy and nanomaterials characterization with electrochemistry and immunology. She has built a unique research program that addresses questions at the interface of immunology, toxicology, materials science, and chemistry. 

Her research group focuses on applications of analytical chemistry in the fields of immunology and toxicology, with much expertise in the area of single cell analysis. Another major focus encompasses studying fundamental properties of cells involved in inflammation. Her group has performed the first ever real-time single blood platelet measurements, examining the chemical messenger molecules that platelets secrete upon stimulation. While most of the Haynes lab research employs electrochemical and spectroscopic techniques, the group is always exploring new and exciting technologies to answer pressing bioanalytical questions.

Fellowship Project

Haynes' project for the Guggenheim Fellowship, "Characterization of the Molecular Corona acquired by Technologically Relevant Engineered Nanoparticles in Environmental Matrices," builds on another of her major research interests—nanotoxicology, particularly investigating the biological and ecological impacts of engineered nanomaterials.

The Guggenheim Fellowship will enable Haynes to spend the 2018-19 academic year in the Instituto de Tecnología Química (ITQ) at the Universitat Politécnica de Valéncia, working with Professor Pablo Botella. Her main goal is to adapt analytical methods developed by Professor Botella to characterize novel, technologically relevant nanomaterials in an environmental matrix. She also hopes to build a long-lasting relationship with Professor Botella and other ITQ researchers to complement current collaborations within the Center for Sustainable Nanotechnology

For Haynes it is critical to consider the sustainability of engineered nanoparticles from two perspectives: the protective perspective where the goal is to avoid unintended negative environmental impacts from any of the variety of nanoparticle-containing products; and the proactive perspective where engineered nanoparticles are exploited to achieve sustainability goals. Working with Professor Botella, she will pursue experiments to yield insight on both perspectives by revealing molecular-level details about nanoparticle corona acquisition and dynamics upon interaction with environmental matrices.

Passion for Outreach

In addition to her outstanding research, Haynes is known for her passion and commitment to building a diverse scientific community, which includes being a mentor to the next generation of scientists. Her research group currently includes 12 graduate students, 2 post-doctoral fellows, and 8 undergraduate students. She is also committed to outreach with and into the community, including working with graduate students to engage young people in science demonstrations and experiments at a local community center, and being one of the lead presenters for the department’s Energy and U program. Energy and U brings more than 10,000 3rd grade through 6th grade students to campus each year, with many of those students coming from schools with high percentages of students living in poverty and from underrepresented groups in the sciences.

Honors & Awards

Haynes’ honors and awards include selection as a finalist for the Blavatnik National Award for Young Scientists, a University of Minnesota's Sara Evans Faculty Woman Scholar/Leader Award and Outstanding Post-Doctoral Mentor Award, and the College of Science & Engineering’s Taylor Award for Distinguished Research. 

Haynes joins an elite group of seven researchers, which includes colleague Christopher Cramer, from the Department of Chemistry who have also received Guggenheim Fellowships since 1927, including three who received fellowships twice in their careers. For more information on the 2018 Fellows and their projects, visit the Foundation’s website at A College of Science & Engineering story about Professor Haynes is also available.