Alternative, Clean Energy Expert Receives Two-Year Fellowship

Hannah Shafaat, assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry, received the 2018 Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowships — a noteworthy award given annually to early-career scientists “of outstanding promise” from across the U.S. and Canada.Picture for shafaat.1

Shafaat was selected for the Sloan Research Fellowship in Chemistry based on her research surrounding energy and how nature has evolved to manage the biological energy budget.

“For example, how are certain organisms able to convert sunlight into fuels so efficiently, or use toxic chemicals such as carbon monoxide for food?” says Shafaat, explaining that the answers to such questions have implications in developing a carbon-neutral energy economy, as well as understanding the origins of life on Earth.

“I am honored and excited to be part of such a prestigious class of scholars,” she said.

Shafaat was nominated for the fellowship by her peers and then selected by an independent scientific panel that chooses fellows on the basis of “independent research accomplishments, creativity and the potential to become leaders in the scientific community.”

The two-year fellowships — each totaling $65,000 — are granted by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to scientists in eight fields: chemistry, computer science, economics, mathematics, computational/evolutionary molecular biology, neuroscience, ocean sciences and physics).

“The Sloan Research Fellows represent the very best science has to offer,” Sloan President Adam Falk said in the foundation’s press release. “The brightest minds, tackling the hardest problems, and succeeding brilliantly — Fellows are quite literally the future of twenty-first century science.”