DuPont Recognizes Young Professors

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Early career grants given to nine young faculty members.

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This program is an excellent way for DuPont to create lasting relationships with emerging research leaders around the world who are attacking some of the world’s greatest challenges.

DuPont today awarded $675,000 to nine young faculty members in the 2012 class of DuPont Young Professors to further advance key research that is relevant to DuPont. This class represents eight universities in the United States and one university in Germany marking the 44th class of DuPont Young Professors. Since the inception of the award in 1967, some 557 young professors from the United States, Europe, Asia, South America, Canada and Africa have received nearly $49 million in grants.

The DuPont Young Professor program is designed to provide start-up assistance to promising young and untenured research faculty working in areas of interest to DuPont. Research by the class of 2012 Young Professors represents key components of DuPont science and includes promising research in the fields of nanotechnology, genomics, system biology, next-generation herbicides, synthesis of natural products, carbon dioxide capture, DNA sequencing and enzymatic synthesis.

“The DuPont Young Professor grants fund highly original research early in a professor’s research career,” said DuPont Senior Vice President and Chief Science & Technology Officer Douglas Muzyka. “This program is an excellent way for DuPont to create lasting relationships with emerging research leaders around the world who are attacking some of the world’s greatest challenges.”

The DuPont Young Professor grant program is significant, not only for the diversity of people, universities and studies represented, but also because it has reached out to the academic community for more than four decades, making it one of the most sustained programs for academic support. Professors are nominated by a member of the DuPont technical staff and the nominator serves as the liaison between the company and the faculty member. During the three-year award, each grant recipient is invited to present a seminar on his or her work to the DuPont research community.

The DuPont Young Professor’s Class of 2012 includes professors from the University of Delaware, University of Texas at Austin, New York University, University of Nebraska, University at Buffalo, California Institute of Technology, Universitat Wurzburg, University of California at Davis and the University of California at Los Angeles.    

This year, awards were made to the following promising young faculty, including the mention of their current area of research that is being recognized by DuPont as part of this award:

Xiangfeng Duan (UCLA): Three dimensional hierarchical nanoarchitectures for energy storage,
Christopher Ellison (University of Texas at Austin): Production of nanofibers and bio-mimetic fibers,
David Gresham (New York University): Genomics of cell growth control,
Aaron Lorenz (University of Nebraska, Lincoln): Genomic selection to increase sustainable food production,
Andrew Murkin (University at Buffalo, SUNY): Seeking novel starting points for the synthesis of a new generation of herbicides,
Sarah Reisman (California Institute of Technology): Synthesis of natural products
Joel Rosenthal (University of Delaware): Carbon dioxide capture and utilization,
Jeffrey Ross-Ibarra (University of California at Davis): Understanding and predicting hybrid vigor,
Juergen Seibel (Universitat Wurzburg): Enzymatic preparation of prebiotic oligosaccharides.

DuPont (NYSE: DD) has been bringing world-class science and engineering to the global marketplace in the form of innovative products, materials, and services since 1802. The company believes that by collaborating with customers, governments, NGOs, and thought leaders we can help find solutions to such global challenges as providing enough healthy food for people everywhere, decreasing dependence on fossil fuels, and protecting life and the environment. For additional information about DuPont and its commitment to inclusive innovation, please visit

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