Gordana Dukovic is an Associate Professor of Chemistry at University of Colorado Boulder, where she has been since 2009. Her research interests are in synthesis and ultrafast spectroscopy of nanoscale materials, with a focus on excited state processes and materials relevant to solar photochemistry and solar energy harvesting. Gordana received a B.A. degree in Chemistry from Rutgers University and a Ph.D. degree in Physical Chemistry from Columbia University. She was a postdoctoral scholar at University of California Berkeley and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Gordana is a Sloan Research Fellow and a recipient of NSF CAREER, Beckman Young Investigator, and Cottrell Scholar awards.

Matt Whited is an Associate Professor of Chemistry at Carleton College. He attended Davidson College as a Belk Scholar and received his B.S. in Chemistry in 2004. He earned his Ph.D. in Chemistry in 2009 as a Linus Pauling fellow at Caltech under the supervision of Prof. Bob Grubbs. After a two-year postdoctoral appointment at USC, Matt joined the faculty at Carleton College in 2011 and was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in 2017. Matt’s research interests involve chemical bonding and catalysis, with a recent emphasis on metal/silicon cooperative approaches to catalysis; major educational interests include course-based research experiences and X-ray crystallography in the undergraduate curriculum. His research with Carleton students has been supported by Research Corporation, ACS-PRF, Dreyfus Foundation, and the National Science Foundation. Matt is an NSF-CAREER awardee, Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar, and Cottrell Scholar.

Invited Speakers

Dipannita Kalyani received her B.A. degree in 2003 from Bryn Mawr College, PA, with a double major in chemistry and mathematics. At Bryn Mawr College she also attained her MA in computational chemistry in 2003. Subsequently, she earned her PhD in 2008 from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor working with Professor Melanie Sanford. Her PhD thesis focused on palladium-catalyzed oxidative functionalization reactions. Following her PhD she conducted her postdoctoral work on asymmetric catalysis under the supervision of Professor Scott Denmark at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign from 2009-2011. She joined the faculty at St. Olaf College in Fall 2011 as Assistant Professor of Chemistry and received tenure and promotion to Associate Professor in 2017. Research in the Kalyani group focuses on synthetic and mechanistic investigations of palladium and nickel catalyzed arylations. The ACS PRF, NSF, NIH, Research Corporation, and the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation, Inc have funded her independent research.

Squire J. Booker is a Professor of Chemistry, Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and the Eberly Family Distinguished Chair in the College of Science at the Pennsylvania State University. He is also an investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. He received a B.A. degree with a concentration in chemistry from Austin College in 1987 and a Ph.D. in biochemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1994, where he was supervised by Prof. JoAnne Stubbe. He received an NSF–NATO postdoctoral fellowship to study at the Université René Descartes in Paris, France under the supervision of Dr. Daniel Mansuy, and then an NIH postdoctoral fellowship to study at the Institute for Enzyme Research at the University of Wisconsin under the supervision of Prof. Perry Frey. He joined the faculty at Penn State in 1999, and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2005, Professor in 2013, and Eberly Family Distinguished Chair in Science in 2017. Booker’s research focuses on natural product biosynthesis, with a particular interest in the methylation or sulfidation of unactivated carbon centers, and the use of S-adenosylmethionine and iron-sulfur clusters in enzyme catalysis. In addition to his scientific endeavors, he is heavily involved in the mentoring of young scientists, and particularly those that come from groups that are historically underrepresented in the sciences. Currently, he is the PI on an NSF award entitled “Interactive Mentoring And Grantsmanship Enhancement,” which seeks to demystify the grant-writing process for early stage investigators. Among other awards, Booker received a CAREER award from the National Science Foundation, a Presidential Early Career Award in Science and Engineering (PECASE), and an ACS Cope Scholar award. He was elected a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2013 and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2017.

Professor Matson received his undergraduate degree majoring in Chemistry and German in 2004 at Washington University in St. Louis, performing undergraduate research with Professor Karen Wooley. He then moved to Caltech to pursue a PhD in the area of polymer synthesis with Professor Bob Grubbs. He graduated in 2009 and moved to Northwestern University where he was an NIH-funded postdoctoral scholar working on peptide-based biomaterials with Professor Sam Stupp. In 2012 he began his independent career at Virginia Tech in the Department of Chemistry, where he is currently an Assistant Professor. His group focuses on macromolecular and supramolecular chemistry with applications in biology, medicine, and sustainability. Specifically, efforts in the Matson group focus on developing small molecules for therapeutic delivery of hydrogen sulfide, as well as polymers and gels capable of delivering this gas in a controlled fashion to specific areas in the body. Other major efforts include the synthesis of novel polysaccharide-based materials, construction of anisotropic polymer architectures, and development of peptide-based materials for tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. His work has been supported by agencies and foundations including the ACS Petroleum Research Fund, the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health (NIGMS), the Army Research Office, and the Binational Science Foundation.

Paul is the Bert and Emelyn Christensen associate professor of Chemistry at Oregon State University. He received his AB from Bowdoin College (Brunswick, ME) in 2001 and his Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from UCLA in 2007. He began his independent career at Oregon State in 2009. His group’s research program spans the width of synthetic organic reactions to inorganic chemistry and, most recently, to supramolecular chemistry and semiconductors. He is an expert in applying theory and computations to collaborate with experimental scientists and augmenting the scientific impact by creating understanding & hypotheses and applying these towards predictive design. His research group is supported by the NSF, NIH, and private grants.


Program officers from NSF, NIH, DOE, ARO, AFOSR, and ONR will also be present to provide advice and insights into the application and review process at various federal funding agencies.