After reviewing more than 40 candidates from 36 universities, we are excited and honored to announce the three winners below. These candidates displayed exceptional professional and personal background related to the organometallic space. Each winner will receive a $1500 fellowship award and have their select insights included in our other organometallic communications.

Again, our congratulations to all participants! We encourage all outstanding young organometallic scientists to apply for our 2020 award.

Margaret Kelty

University of Chicago:

Margaret Kelty grew up in Ridgewood, NJ, a bustling suburb of New York City. Her excitement for chemistry began with a desire for discovery and grew as she realized that many energy and climate challenges are chemical in nature. In 2012 she began studying chemistry at Northwestern University and shortly after began research in the Harris group. Over the subsequent three years Ms. Kelty worked with Metal Organic Frameworks (MOFs) composed of porphyrin linkers and zirconium oxide nodes. More specifically, she researched the oxygen binding properties of a cobalt-metalated porphyrin MOF and the synthesis and characterization of nanoscale MOFs.

Following her 2016 graduation from Northwestern University with a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry, Ms. Kelty began her PhD research in Professor Anderson’s group at the University of Chicago. Now entering her fourth year, her research focuses on characterizing the influence of distal, ligand-based anionic charges on metal-oxo complexes. Results from this project will inform future efforts to direct the reactivity and selectivity of metal complexes using non-interacting charged groups. Ms. Kelty is also passionate about promoting safe lab practices. She is heavily involved with the Joint Research Safety Initiative, a UChicago based student group dedicated to improving safety culture through education and communication.  In her free time, Ms. Kelty enjoys watching Spanish TV shows on Netflix, weightlifting and yoga, and daydreaming about adopting a dog.

Richard Liu

Massachusetts Institute of Technology:

Richard Liu was born in China and grew up in Toronto, Canada. In 2015, he obtained his bachelor’s degree in chemistry and physics from Harvard University, where he performed research with Profs. Eric Jacobsen and Theodore Betley. Richard earned his PhD in 2019 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he studied copper and palladium catalysis with Prof. Stephen Buchwald.

Gabriel Lovinger

Harvard University:

Gabriel was born in Eugene Oregon and was an undergraduate at the University of Oregon where he worked in the laboratory of Dr. Shi-Yuan Liu on boron-nitrogen containing heterocycles. He also spent one year studying abroad at La Universidad del País Vasco in San Sebastián, Spain, focusing on computational chemistry. Mr. Lovinger is currently completing his graduate studies under the guidance of Dr. James P. Morken at Boston College, studying new methods in boron chemistry including the development of enantioselective multicomponent coupling reactions such as conjunctive cross-coupling.  Mr. Lovinger will be conducting postdoctoral research with Professor Eric N. Jacobsen at Harvard, focusing on the use of non-covalent interactions in enantioselective catalysis. Mr. Lovinger is an aficionado of thai food, speculative fiction, and running.