Chemistry Prof. William Dichtel named a Guggenheim Fellow

Gabby Birenbaum, Assistant Campus Editor

Chemistry Prof. William Dichtel was named a 2018 Guggenheim Fellow by the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, according to a Thursday news release.

Dichtel is being honored for his work developing porous polymers. Dichtel’s work aims to affect lives outside of the lab and can be applied to water purification and energy storage, according to the release.

This year, the Guggenheim Foundation honored 173 artists, scholars, scientists and writers for its annual grant from a pool of almost 3,000 applicants. Dichtel, who joined Northwestern in summer 2016, was one of two chemists selected, according to the release.

“I am tremendously honored to receive this recognition. It speaks to the talent and dedication of the members of my research group, both past and present,” Dichtel said in the release. “The support will allow us to focus on a very early-stage effort to understand and control how molecules assemble and react to form materials with designed, uniform structures and tiny voids.”

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