Chemistry students win American Vacuum Society national doctoral research awards

November 25, 2019

Becca Thompson and Ross Edel hold AVS awards

Congratulations to graduate students Becca Thompson and Ross Edel for winning two of the five named national awards at the 66th Annual American Vacuum Society (AVS) Meeting for their doctoral research! Becca won the Nellie Yeoh Whetten Award, while Ross won the Dorothy M. and Earl S. Hoffman Scholarship, both for their “outstanding achievement in vacuum science and technology.” Becca’s work centers on the chemistry of ice and related condensed films by probing gas-surface encounters using molecular beams and fast Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, while Ross’ work center’s on elucidating spatio-temporal correlations in surface chemistry probed with a new, unique instrument that combines supersonic beam gas-surface scattering with in situ scanning tunneling microscopy. Becca Thompson and Ross Edel are both senior chemistry graduate students conducting their research under the guidance of Steven Sibener, Carl William Eisendrath Distinguished Service Professor in Chemistry and Director of The James Franck Institute.

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