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Prof. Todd Krauss named AAAS Fellow

November 26, 2019

kraussTodd Krauss, professor and chair of the Department of Chemistry, was named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).  Krauss was one of two UR faculty and among 443 members of the association being recognized this year for their “efforts toward advancing scientific applications that are deemed scientifically or socially distinguished.”

Todd Krauss studies the fundamental physical properties of nanomaterials. Such materials are larger in size than individual molecules but smaller than macroscopic crystals. Krauss researches how nanomaterials interact with light and how nanomaterials can convert energy from light into the formation of chemical bonds. Solar energy, for example, can be converted to clean-burning chemical fuels, such as hydrogen, using colloidal semiconductor nanocrystals as the light-harvesting element. The research has important implications for the future development of alternative and renewable energy sources.

I am truly honored to be selected as an AAAS fellow, as it represents joining an exceptional group of scholars both here at Rochester and also worldwide,” Krauss says. “I want to recognize that while this distinction is for me personally, it really was enabled though the efforts of dozens of extremely talented undergraduate students, graduate students, and postdoctoral scholars who have worked in our research group at the University of Rochester over the past 20 years.

Krauss joined the Rochester chemistry faculty in 2000 and received a joint appointment with the Institute of Optics in 2008. He is also a fellow of the American Physical Society and the Optical Society of America. He received the University’s Goergen Award for Distinguished Achievement and Artistry in Undergraduate Teaching in 2009; was honored with the Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award in 2005; and was named an Alfred P. Sloan Award winner in 2004.

Congratulations Prof. Krauss!

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