One day while casually reading a review article, Caltech chemical engineer Mikhail Shapiro came across a mention of gas vesicles—tiny gas-filled structures used by some photosynthetic microorganisms to control buoyancy. It was a light-bulb moment.
Today Caltech announced the appointment of Thomas F. Rosenbaum as the Institute's ninth president. Dr. Rosenbaum is currently the John T. Wilson Distinguished Service Professor of Physics and provost at the University of Chicago.
The industrial technique used to make nitrogen fertilizers mirrors the natural process of nitrogen fixation but requires high heat and pressure. Researchers at Caltech have synthesized a catalyst that allows for nitrogen fixation under much milder conditions.
The Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation has recognized Thomas F. Miller, professor of chemistry, with a 2013 Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award, which provides a $75,000 unrestricted research grant.
Professor of Chemistry Shu-ou Shan studies the gears and springs in the molecular machinery of life. She’ll be giving us a guided tour of the cellular assembly line at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, May 22, 2013 in Caltech’s Beckman Auditorium. Admission is free.