Victor K LaMer Award

2016 Victor K LaMer Award Winner

Michelle L. Personick,  Wesleyan University

Victor K. LaMer Award is given for the outstanding Ph.D. thesis in colloid or surface chemistry accepted by a US or Canadian university during the three year period prior to the award year.  The 2016 award winner is Michelle Personick from Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT.

Michelle L. Personick received her undergraduate degree in Chemistry from Middlebury College in 2009 and a Ph.D. degree in Chemistry from Northwestern University in 2013. Her doctoral thesis, titled “Controlling the Shape and Crystallinity of Gold and Silver Nanoparticles,” was carried out under the direction of Chad A. Mirkin. A key advance of her dissertation work was the development of a comprehensive set of design guidelines for controlling the shape of gold nanoparticles via reaction kinetics and surface passivation effects. She is the recipient of a National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship from the Department of Defense, as well as a Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation. Her graduate research contributed to 15 publications in journals such as the Journal of the American Chemical Society, Nano Letters, and Science. From 2013 to 2015, Michelle Personick was a postdoctoral researcher at Harvard University with Cynthia M. Friend, co-advised by Robert J. Madix. As a member of the Integrated Mesoscale Architectures for Sustainable Catalysis (IMASC) Energy Frontier Research Center, she studied selective oxidative transformations of alcohols on nanoporous gold alloy catalysts. In July 2015, she joined the faculty at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut as an Assistant Professor of Chemistry. Her research at Wesleyan focuses on the synthesis of noble metal alloy nanoparticles with well-defined shapes and catalytically active high-energy surfaces.