2017 Habermann Lecture
The Department of Chemistry is pleased to announce that the spring 2017 Habermann Lecture will be given by Prof. Jeffrey R. Long on April 21, 2017 at 4 pm in room 121 of the Todd Wehr Chemistry Building.
Jeffrey R. Long received a B.A. degree summa cum laude in Chemistry and cum laude in Mathematics from Cornell University in 1991, performing research under the guidance of Prof. Roald Hoffmann. He earned his Ph.D. in Chemistry with Prof. Richard H. Holm at Harvard University in 1995, and carried out postdoctoral studies with Prof. A. Paul Alivisatos at the University of California, Berkeley from 1996-1997. He is currently a Professor of Chemistry and Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley, and a Senior Faculty Scientist in the Materials Sciences Division at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. In addition, he served as Chair of the Division of Inorganic Chemistry of the American Chemical Society in 2012 and is a founding Associate Editor of Chemical Science, the flagship journal of the Royal Society of Chemistry. He is presently Director of the Center for Gas Separations Relevant to Clean Energy Technologies, and the lead-PI for the Berkeley Hydrogen Storage Program. In 2014, he co-founded Mosaic Materials, Inc., a company devoted to the development of metal-organic frameworks for low-energy gas separations.
Prof. Long has received a number of awards for his research and teaching, including the Department of Energy Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Program R&D Award for Hydrogen Storage (2016), a Bakar Fellowship (2016-2020), a UC Berkeley Graduate Assembly Faculty Mentor Award (2014), the Inorganic Chemistry Lectureship Award (2014), a Miller Research Professorship (2011), two National Science Foundation Special Creativity Awards (2003 and 2009), the National Fresenius Award (2004), a TR100 Award (2002), an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship (2001), and a Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award (2000). With over 250 publications (earning more than 40,000 citations) and 22 total patents or patent applications, his research interests include the synthesis of inorganic complexes, clusters, and solids with unusual electronic and magnetic properties, the development of microporous metal-organic frameworks for applications in gas storage, chemical separations, catalysis, and energy storage, as well as the investigation of new molecular catalysts for electro- and photochemical water splitting.
Eugene Habermann was born and raised in the city of Milwaukee, not far from Marquette University. He served in the Army during World War II and then attended Marquette University under the GI bill, receiving a BS degree in business administration in 1958, while working full-time as a time-study analyst at Briggs & Stratton. Mr. Habermann never married and lived with other members of his family. He was described as a "jovial, pleasant man, with a good sense of humor." A relative, noting his frugality, stated, "He was a sharp investor. It wasn't a hobby for him."
Mr. Habermann admired chemists who were well-trained and knew their art and thus established the Habermann-Pfletschinger Chair in Chemistry at Marquette University in honor of his parents.
The Habermann Lecture series is to perpetuate the memory of Eugene Habermann and to recognize his generosity and support of Marquette University and our chemistry department.