For his work on "Nanoscale Energy Conversion, Electrical Conduction, and Hierarchical Assembly," Colin Nuckolls, assistant professor of organic chemistry, was awarded a 2002 Beckman Young Investigator Award.
The Beckman Young Investigator Awards, established in 1991, provide research support to the most promising young faculty members in the first three years of tenure track appointments in academic and non-profit institutions that conduct fundamental research in the chemical and life sciences.
This year, the applicant pool was narrowed from 168 to 52 after the first review by four panels of scientists composed of former Beckman Young Investigators. Determinations are based on: originality, innovation, potential for contributing to significant scientific advances, potential for useful applications, technical feasibility, previous accomplishments and recommendations.
The second review panel consisting of scientists and directors of prominent universities and institutions across the nation used that same criteria to determine this years' recipients.
To date the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation has provided support to 176 scientists at 72 institutions nationwide including this year's 16 winning scientists at 15 institutions.
Each recipient will receive $240,000 to be awarded over a three-year term to conduct innovative scientific research.
Nuckolls, the co-author of several publications, says it is "extremely gratifying to receive a Young Investigator Award from the Beckman Foundation," and wishes to recognize his "hard-working and dedicated team of student researchers."
Nuckolls also acknowledges the Materials Research Science and Engineering Center(MRSEC) and Nanotechnology Science and Engineering Center (NSEC) programs for creating an environment conducive to nanoscience and materials chemistry at Columbia.
Nuckolls received his Ph.D. from Columbia in 1998 and has been a professor at Columbia since July of 2000. He was previously a National Institute of Health (NIH) Postdoctoral Fellow at The Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, CA.
The Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation is an independent non-profit foundation originally established in 1977 for the purpose of promoting research, primarily in the fields of chemistry and life science.