STEM Faculty Receive National Awards for Energy Research

Two STEM researchers each received a five-year, U.S. Department of Energy Early Career Award to advance their high-impact energy research.

Hannah Shafaat (left), assistant professor, chemistry and biochemistry; and Kelly Wrighton (right), assistant professor, microbiology; were chosen from a nationwide pool of more than 700 applicants. Wrighton’s $797,000 award “targets knowledge gaps” in microbial methane processes in soil to improve carbon-cycling transport models across terrestrial-aquatic environments. Shafaat aims to “bring inorganic carbon to life.” Her $750,000 grant will support the development and characterization of model nickel enzymes that can efficiently convert carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide into liquid fuels.