Associate Dean Rory Waterman, Department of Chemistry

Making molecules can be pretty difficult—largely because atoms get persnickety about to whom they are connected, why they should be connected, and how it happens. Regardless, the products of these efforts save lives, feed people, provide energy, and give comfort. One way to wrangle atoms and do so more efficiently is through catalysis. Indeed, a catalyst is that bit of chemical pixie dust that helps make molecules. Professor Waterman will explore the challenges and joys of chemical synthesis and catalysis through selected examples of work at UVM.

Rory Waterman earned his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. Following postdoctoral work at the University of California, Berkeley, he started his career at UVM in 2006. Rory has won several awards for his science, including an NSF CAREER Award, an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship, and a Cottrell Scholar Award from Research Corporation. In 2015 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry. He walks quickly but stops to smell lilacs and to pet cats.

He delivered this College of Arts and Sciences Full Professor Lecture Nov. 7, 2016.


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