Assistant Professor Noémie Elgrishi Receives NSF Career Award

LSU Chemistry | April 21, 2021

Dr. ElgrishiAssistant Professor Noémie Elgrishi recently received a five-year Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award from the National Science Foundation.

The NSF CAREER program supports early-career faculty who demonstrate the role of teacher-scholar through outstanding research, excellent teaching, and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organization. The $685,000 award, funded by the Chemical Structure, Dynamic & Mechanism B Program of the Chemistry Division, is for Dr. Elgrishi’s project titled “Confined Nano-Environments for the Stabilization of Molecular Electrocatalysts.”

The development of sustainable energy storage technologies is on the rise to improve energy efficiency and sustainability. Elgrishi’s project will investigate electron transfers after the encapsulation of redox active molecules in nano-containers to devise novel applications in energy storage and other electrocatalytic processes relying on molecular catalysts. 

“The award will allow us to unlock a new method to prolong the life of existing metal containing molecules called catalysts which help chemist perform challenging reactions using electricity as the energy input,” Elgrishi said. 

Through electroanalytical and spectroscopic techniques, the Elgrishi research group hopes to develop a strategy to control the stability, selectivity, and activity of fuel-forming molecular electrocatalyst. Investigation results could be applied to any catalyst which uses electricity as an energy input.

The award also encompasses an educational component and community engagement activities to facilitate knowledge and skill development in electrochemistry. 

“This award will familiarize students with electrochemistry, giving them skills required in a growing number of areas from pharmaceutical and fine chemical synthesis to batteries to medical sensors, like glucose monitors,” Elgrishi said. 

Students will engage in education modules and in-class demonstrations with freshman chemistry courses and laboratory visits with an upper-level electroanalytical chemistry class.  Elgrishi will also develop hands-on demonstrations to spark STEM interest and electrochemistry understanding at various community events, including Super Science Saturday and the ChemDemo program. 

Elgrishi attended École Normale Supérieure and Université Pierre et Marie Curie – Paris VI for her undergraduate studies, earned her MS from Sorbonne Université (Formerly Université Pierre et Marie Curie) in 2011, and completed her PhD from Sorbonne Université (with Marc Fontecave) in 2015.  Following postdoctoral work with Jillian Dempsey at the University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill, Elgrishi joined LSU faculty in 2017.

 

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