Organic chemist Corinna Schindler is one of 18 of the nation’s most innovative early-career scientists and engineers named by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation as a recipient of the 2016 Packard Fellowships for Science and Engineering. She will receive a grant of $875,000 over five years to pursue her research.
An assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry, Schindler joined the UM faculty in 2013. According to the Packard Foundation, her work addresses one of the foremost challenges facing our generation -- the invention of sustainable alternatives to precious metal catalysts that are commonly used in the industrial processes that provide new technologies, medicines, and materials. The objective of Schindler’s research program is the discovery of new, sustainable synthetic methods relying on earth-abundant and environmentally benign metal catalysts.
A recent paper appeared in Nature, "Iron(iii)-catalysed carbonyl–olefin metathesis."
The Packard Foundation established the Fellows program in 1988 to provide early-career scientists with flexible funding and the freedom to take risks and explore new frontiers in their fields. Each year, the Foundation invites 50 universities to nominate two faculty members for consideration. The Packard Fellowships Advisory Panel, a group of 12 internationally-recognized scientists and engineers, evaluates the nominations and recommends Fellows for approval by the Packard Foundation Board of Trustees.