Texas A&M University chemist Michael Nippe has been named a Fellow for a new initiative, Scialog: Negative Emissions Science, in which more than 50 promising early-career scientists will take up the pressing challenge of greenhouse gases accumulating in Earth’s atmosphere and oceans.
The multi-year initiative is the latest of five currently co-sponsored by Research Corporation for Science Advancement and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation under the broader Scialog® program, short for “science + dialog,” that seeks to accelerate the work of 21st century transformational science through research, dialog and community. Nippe and his fellow Scialog Fellows — select scientists from chemistry, engineering, materials science, physics and related disciplines — are tasked with exploring fundamental science-based approaches for removing and utilizing or sequestering greenhouse gases using methods and technologies that are globally scalable.
The Scialog: Negative Emissions Science initiative will kick off this fall with a virtual conference, set for November 5-6, where participants will form multidisciplinary teams to design cutting-edge research projects that they will pitch to leading scientists who will be facilitating discussions throughout the meeting. A committee of these facilitators then will recommend seed funding to catalyze the most promising of those team projects, based primarily on the potential for high-impact results.
Each year, Fellows will be selected from multiple disciplines and institutions across the U.S. and Canada to maximize creative thinking and innovative ideas. The cohort of Fellows is intended to be diverse and inclusive of researchers from underrepresented groups of scientists.
“The Scialog program is unique in that it brings a diverse and young group of scientists together to tackle modern problems — CO2 accumulation in this case — and encourages interdisciplinary research programs,” Nippe said. “I feel honored to be named a fellow and look forward to November.”
A member of the Texas A&M Department of Chemistry faculty since 2014, Nippe earned his Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 2011 and completed postdoctoral research at the University of California, Berkeley, prior to coming to Texas A&M. His research, funded in part by the National Science Foundation and the Welch Foundation, focuses on inorganic molecular approaches to contribute to the development of novel systems for solar to energy conversion, small molecule activation, and molecules for information storage. In 2018, he received an NSF CAREER Award for his interdisciplinary work to develop new classes of single-molecule magnets (SMMs) characterized by improved performance, higher operating temperatures and switchable magnetization dynamics — research that recently received additional Department of Energy funding. Nippe also was recognized with a 2012 American Chemical Society Division of Inorganic Chemistry Young Investigator Award.
Find more information on Nippe and his research at https://www.chem.tamu.edu/rgroup/nippe/.
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