Dr. Raymond E. Schaak

Professor of Chemistry

 
 

  2001 – 2003       Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Chemistry and

                                 Princeton Materials Institute, Princeton University

                                 Advisor:  Professor Robert J. Cava


  1998 – 2001       Ph. D., Chemistry, The Pennsylvania State University (NSF Graduate Fellow)

                                 Advisor:  Professor Thomas E. Mallouk


  1994 – 1998       B. S., Chemistry (honors, ACS certified), Lebanon Valley College

                                 Advisors:  Professors Donald B. Dahlberg and Richard D. Cornelius


 

Education and experience

Appointments

  2013 – present      DuPont Professor of Materials Chemistry, The Pennsylvania State University


  2011 – present      Professor, Department of Chemistry and Materials Research Institute, The

                                  Pennsylvania State University


  2007 – 2011         Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry and Materials Research Institute,

                                  The Pennsylvania State University


  2003 – 2007         Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, Texas A&M University


Honors and awards

  Penn State Faculty Scholar Medal in the Physical Sciences, 2012

  National Fresenius Award, 2011

  Research Corporation Scialog Award for Solar Energy Conversion, 2010 – 2013

  Kavil Fellow, 2010

  Camille Dreyfus Teacher Scholar Award, 2007 – 2012

  Sloan Research Fellowship, 2007 – 2009

  DuPont Young Investigator Grant, 2006 – 2009

  Beckman Young Investigator Award, 2006 – 2009

  NSF CAREER Award, 2006 – 2011

  American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund Type G New Faculty Award, 2004 – 2006

  National School on X-Ray and Neutron Scattering, Argonne National Laboratories, 2001

  Materials Research Society Graduate Student Award (Silver), 2000

  Dan Waugh Memorial Teaching Award (Honorable Mention), The Pennsylvania State University, 2000

  Graduate Student Research Award, The Pennsylvania State University, 2000 and 2001

  National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, 1999 – 2001

  Department of Defense Graduate Fellowship Competition (Honorable Mention), 1999

  University Graduate Fellowship, The Pennsylvania State University, 1998 – 1999

  Roberts Fellowship, The Pennsylvania State University, 1998 – 2000

  Andrew Bender Memorial Chemistry Award, Lebanon Valley College, 1998

  Phi Alpha Epsilon Honors Society, Lebanon Valley College, 1998

  Physical Chemistry Award, Lebanon Valley College, 1997

  Sophomore Achievement Award in Chemistry, Lebanon Valley College, 1996

  Freshman Achievement Award in Chemistry, Lebanon Valley College, 1995


Professional activities and affiliations

  Associate Editor, ACS Nano, 2010 – present

  Editorial Advisory Board, Journal of Solid State Chemistry, 2010 – present

  Chair-elect, ACS Division of Inorganic Chemistry Nanoscience subdivision, 2012

  Co-chair, Awards Committee, ACS Division of Inorganic Chemistry Executive Committee, 2007 – 2011

  Guest Editor, Journal of Solid State Chemistry, special issue on “Solid State Chemistry on the

       Nanoscale:  Achievements, Challenges and Opportunities”, August 2008

  Symposium Organizer, Inorganic Synthetic Strategies in Nanoscience, 2006 Spring ACS Meeting

       in Atlanta

  Symposium Organizer, Presidential Event and Poster Session – SWNT’s from Synthesis to Applications,

       From the Lab to the Fab:  In Memory of Dr. Richard Smalley, 2006 Fall ACS Meeting in

       San Francisco

  Symposium Organizer, Solid State Chemistry, 2006 Midwest ACS Regional Meeting in Quincy, IL

  Symposium Co-Organizer, Nanoscale Inorganic Catalysis, 2007 Fall ACS Meeting in Chicago

  Symposium Co-Organizer, Synthesis and Applications of Intermetallic Compounds, 2009 Fall ACS

       Meeting in Washington D.C.

  Symposium Organizer, ACS Award in Inorganic Chemistry:  Symposium in Honor of Robert Cava, 2011

       Spring ACS Meeting in Anaheim, CA

  Invited Participant, NSF Workshop on Materials Chemistry and Nanoscience, 2004

  Invited Participant, NSF Workshop on Inorganic Chemistry, 2005

  Invited Participant, NSF Panel on The Status of Solid State Chemistry and its Impact in the Physical

       Sciences – Synthesis and New Materials, 2006

  Invited Panelist, Disappearing Boundaries:  The Role of Undergraduate Research in Science Education,

       Lebanon Valley College, 2008

  Member, American Chemical Society (Inorganic Division, Solid-State and Nanoscience subdivisions)

  Member, American Association for the Advancement of Science

  Member, Materials Research Society


Research Interests


  1. BulletThe intersection of solid-state chemistry, materials chemistry, molecular inorganic chemistry and    nanoscience

  2. BulletNew low-temperature routes to bulk and nanoscale solid-state materials – particularly non-equilibrium solids made by direct solution methods, reactive structural intermediates, and biological templating

  3. BulletMechanistic studies of nanocrystal reactivity and formation

  4. BulletSynthesis and self-assembly of shape-controlled nanocrystals, including nanocomposites and hybrid systems with catalytic, magnetic, optical, and superconducting properties

Dr. Raymond Schaak is the DuPont Professor of Materials Chemistry at Penn State University and a member of the Penn State Materials Research Institute.  Dr. Schaak received a B.S. degree in chemistry from Lebanon Valley College in 1998.  In 2001, he received a Ph.D. in materials chemistry from Penn State University under the direction of Professor Thomas Mallouk, where he demonstrated the concept of “solid-state retrosynthesis” for the stepwise and predictable topotactic synthesis of bulk and nanostructured perovskite-based oxide materials.  From 2001–2003, he was a postdoctoral research associate with Professor Robert Cava at Princeton University, where he worked on the synthesis and physical property characterization of metal carbide, boride, phosphide, oxide, and alloy superconductors.  In 2003, Dr. Schaak began his independent career as an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Texas A&M University.  In 2007, he moved to Penn State University as an Associate Professor of Chemistry, and was promoted to Professor in 2011.  Dr. Schaak was appointed as the DuPont Professor of Materials Chemistry in 2013.  His research group focuses on developing new chemical strategies for the synthesis of nanoscale solid-state materials and applying these materials to problems at the forefront of modern materials research.  Dr. Schaak has received several prestigious awards, including an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship (1999), an NSF CAREER Award (2006), a Beckman Young Investigator Award (2006), a DuPont Young Professor Grant (2006), a Sloan Research Fellowship (2007), a Camille Dreyfus Teacher Scholar Award (2007), a Research Corporation Scialog Award for Solar Energy Conversion (2010), and the National Fresenius Award (2011).  Dr. Schaak served as Awards Committee co-chair of the American Chemical Society's Division of Inorganic Chemistry (ACS DIC) from 2007–2011 and as chair of the ACS-DIC Nanoscience subdivisionin 2013.  Dr. Schaak serves as a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of Journal of Solid State Chemistry, and as an Associate Editor of ACS Nano.

Professor Raymond E. Schaak

Department of Chemistry

The Pennsylvania State University

104 Chemistry Building

University Park, PA 16802


Email:  res20 @ psu.edu

Phone:  814-865-8600

Fax:  814-865-3292

Professor Raymond E. Schaak

Department of Chemistry

The Pennsylvania State University

104 Chemistry Building

University Park, PA 16802


Email:  res20 @ psu.edu

Phone:  814-865-8600

Fax:  814-865-3292


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