Carnegie Mellon University Department of Chemistry

About the Department


New Faculty Hired in Polymer, Atmospheric and Bioinorganic Chemistry

Neil Donahue, Assistant Professor, joins the Department of Chemistry in a joint appointment with Chemical Engineering. Dr. Donahue earned his B.A. from Brown University (Physics, 1985), and received his Ph.D. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Meteorology/Atmospheric Chemistry, 1991). He comes to CMU from Harvard University, where he began his work a DOE Global Change Postdoctoral Fellow in 1991, and most recently became a Research Scientist.

Research interests: Kinetics and mechanisms of atmospherically important reactions. Spectroscopy and in-situ measurement of gas-phase free radicals. Quantum-mechanical and dynamical studies of reactivity.

Tomasz Kowalewski comes to Carnegie Mellon Chemistry as an Assistant Professor. Dr. Kowalewski has been with the Department of Chemistry at Washington University, where he has been a Research Assistant Professor since 1994. Dr. Kowalewski received his M.Sc. from the Technical University of Lodz, Poland (May 1979). He received his Ph.D. in the Physical Chemistry of Polymers (December, 1988) from the Polish Academy of Sciences, Lodz, Poland.

Research interests: Physical chemistry of soft condensed matter, nanostructure of polymers, protein misfolding and Alzheimer’s disease, scanning probe techniques.

Catalina Achim returns to Carnegie Mellon where she was a graduate student and a Postdoctoral Research Assistant before securing a postdoctoral position at Harvard University. Dr. Achim received her B.S./M.S. (Chemistry, 1989) from Polytechnical Institute in Bucharest, Romania. She received her Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University in 1998.

Research interests: Synthesis of coordination complexes.Electron-transfer properties of mixed-valence complexes. Magnetochemistry of clusters. Bioinorganic chemistry.