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02/15/2011

Kolthoff Lectureship, Feb. 21-24, features Professor Joseph Hupp

The Department of Chemistry hosts Professor Joseph Hupp from Northwestern University, Monday, February 21, through Thursday, February 24, for its Kolthoff Lectureship in Chemistry. Hupp will present three lectures, and will meet with faculty and students during his visit to the University of Minnesota and its Department of Chemistry.

Seminar titles, times and locations

Topics, times, dates, and locations for Hupp’s seminars are:

  • Materials Challenges for a Real Alternative Energy Scenario, 3:45 p.m. Monday, February 21, in 100 Smith Hall
    • There will be reception immediately following his lecture in Room 117/119 Smith Hall. All are welcome to attend.
  • Metal-Organic Framework Materials for Energy Applications, 9:45 a.m. Tuesday, February 22, in 331 Smith Hall.
  • "Artificial Leaf" Solar Cells, 9:45 a.m. Thursday, February 24, in 331 Smith Hall.

Professor Hupp’s research interests

At Northwestern University’s Department of Chemistry and Materials Research Center, Hupp's research revolves around the theme of studying materials for alternative energy applications and other environmental issues. His research is highly interdisciplinary with students majoring in physical, organic, materials, and organic chemistry.

About Professor Hupp

Hupp received his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Houghton College, and his doctorate in chemistry from Michigan State University. He was a chemistry research associate at the University of North Carolina. Throughout his academic career, Hupp has been as a professor in the Department of Chemistry at Northwestern University. He also serves as a Senior Science Fellow in the Chemical Sciences and Materials Science divisions at the Argonne National Lab, and is a faculty member for the International Institute for Nanotechnology at Northwestern.

He has received many honors throughout his career including an Outstanding Research Achievement Award at a Defense Threat Reduction Agency Chemical and Biological Defense Science and Technology Conference, an Inter-American Photochemical Society award, and David C. Grahame and Carl Wagner Memorial awards from the Electrochemical Society. Hupp is associate editor of the Journal of the American Chemical Society. He also is co-chair elect of the 2011 Gordon Research Conference on Renewable Energy: Solar Fuels.

Additional information about Hupp is available on his website.

Honoring Izaak Kolthoff

The Kolthoff Lectureship in Chemistry honors the legacy of Izaak Maurits Kolthoff, a world-renowned chemistry researcher and professor who joined the University’s Department of Chemistry in 1927. His research was recognized by many medals and memberships in learned societies throughout the world. Kolthoff died in 1993, at the age of 99.