Stephenson Awarded NSF CAREER Grant
The National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) program supports junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars. In 2011, the NSF conferred one of these prestigious awards on Professor Corey Stephenson.
Professor Stephenson’s proposal, “New Chemical Methods Enabled by Visible Light Photocatalysis,” detailed his five-year career plan for an organic synthesis program that addresses fundamental questions at the intersection of two areas: transition metal chemistry and photochemistry.
These operationally simple, green chemical methodologies use inexpensive household light bulbs and energy efficient LEDs for irradiation thereby forgoing the need for specialized photochemistry equipment. This research will also serve as a training opportunity for students in his lab, and also as a hands-on experimental module in a series of workshops designed to engage high school students from Boston inner city schools in the excitement of interdisciplinary science.