The 2019 Harrison Howe Awardee

Current Award Recipient

Chad A. Mirkin
Northwestern University of the International Institute of Nanotechnology

The Rochester Section of the American Chemical Society is proud to announce the selection of Chad A. Mirkin, George B. Rathmann Professor of Chemistry and Director of the International Institute of Nanotechnology at Northwestern University, for the 2019 recipient of the Harrison Howe Award.

Professor Mirkin is a chemist and a world-renowned nanoscience expert, who is known for his discovery and development of spherical nucleic acids (SNAs) and SNA-based biodetection and therapeutic schemes, the invention of Dip-Pen Nanolithography (DPN) and related cantilever-free nanopatterning methodologies, On-Wire Lithography (OWL), Co-Axial Lithography (COAL), and contributions to supramolecular chemistry and nanoparticle synthesis. He is the author of over 730 manuscripts and over 1,100 patent applications worldwide (over 310 issued), and the founder of multiple companies, including AuraSense, Exicure, TERA-print, and CDJ Technologies. Mirkin has been recognized for his accomplishments with over 130 national and international awards.

Mirkin holds a B.S. degree from Dickinson College (1986, elected into Phi Beta Kappa) and a Ph.D. degree in Chemistry from the Penn. State Univ. (1989). He was an NSF Postdoctoral Fellow at the MIT prior to becoming a professor at Northwestern Univ. in 1991.

This award will be presented on Thursday, May 2nd, 2019 beginning at 7:30pm in Sloan Auditorium at the University of Rochester in Goergen Hall. Immediately following the award seminar, a poster session and dessert reception will be held in Munnerlyn Atrium, also in Goergen Hall.

The Harrison Howe Award is dedicated to the memory of Harrison E. Howe, 1881—1942, a cofounder of the ACS Rochester Section and a well-known chemist, editor, and author. The award was established to recognize a scientist who has made outstanding contributions to chemistry or closely related fields and who shows great potential for further achievement. Recent winners of the award include Jack Szostak (2003), Michael Marletta (2004), Laura Kiessling (2005), Daniel Nocera (2008), Carolyn Bertozzi (2009), and Joseph DeSimone (2011).

For more information about the Harrison Howe Award lecture and event, and to register to present a poster, please contact Lynda McGarry, Development Administrator, at the University of Rochester.