Mary Kate Lane Wins ACS Award

The American Chemical Society (ACS) has awarded Mary Kate Lane the Joseph Breen Memorial Fellowship.

This award, part of the 2021 ACS Green Chemistry Institute Student Award Recipients, sponsors the participation of an undergraduate or graduate-level green chemistry scholar. Lane, a fourth-year Ph.D. candidate in the green engineering group of Julie Zimmerman, professor of chemical & environmental engineering.

She recently achieved shape (surface) and size control of ceria nanoparticles through supercritical ethanol synthesis. She also participated in Pathways to Science, where she designed and instructed an outreach workshop series, Engineering Our Sustainable Future, for high school students.

The judges noted her impressive contributions to green and sustainable chemistry both in the lab and in her community. As a recipient of the Joseph Breen Memorial Fellowship, she will present her work at a conference of her choice during 2021 or 2022, with the fellowship covering up to $2,000 in travel costs.

Founded in 1876 and chartered by the U.S. Congress, the ACS is one of the world’s largest scientific organizations with more than 155,000 members in 150 countries. Its mission is to advance the broader chemistry enterprise and its practitioners for the benefit of Earth and its people.