Department News

Professor Matson Named 2020 Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar

May 25, 2020

Prof. Ellen MatsonEllen Matson, Wilmot Assistant Professor of Chemistry, has been named a 2020 Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar by The Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation. Matson is one of 14 early-career teacher-scholars in chemistry, chemical engineering, and related sciences, who were honored. Faculty, who are within their first five years of their academic careers, are chosen because they have created an outstanding independent body of scholarship, and are deeply committed to education. Each Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar receives an unrestricted research grant of $100,000. 

The Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation is a leading non-profit organization devoted to the advancement the science of chemistry, chemical engineering, and related sciences as a means of improving human relations and circumstances throughout the world. The foundation was established in 1946 by chemist, inventor, and businessperson Camille Dreyfus, in honor of his brother Henry.

"In her short time as a faculty member, Ellen has carved out exciting new research directions in inorganic chemistry, spanning molecular and materials sciences. I firmly believe that Ellen is rapidly developing into an outstanding and innovative young educator and researcher at the top of her field."
~ Professor Todd Krauss, Chair, Chemistry Department

Prof. Matson earned her Ph.D. from Purdue University in 2013, and joined the University of Rochester faculty in 2015. She has received several honors, including a Sloan Fellowship, being named a Cottrell Scholar, a Course Hero-Woodrow Wilson Fellowship for Excellence in Teaching, a National Science Foundation CAREER Award, a Edith Flanigen Award from Humboldt-University of Berlin, and being named Wilmot Assistant Professor of Chemistry.

Research in the Matson Group focuses on using a synthetic inorganic chemistry perspective to address current global issues related to Energy Storage and Production.

Congratulations, Professor Matson!