Pioneering Materials Scientist James De Yoreo Receives Distinguished Scientist Fellow Award

Source: Karyn Hede, PNNL, July 22, 2020

Materials science pioneer James (Jim) De Yoreo has been named a 2020 “Distinguished Scientist Fellow” by the U.S. Department of Energy’s  Office of Science. De Yoreo is a Laboratory Fellow at DOE’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. He co-directs the Northwest Institute for Materials Physics, Chemistry, and Technology, which is a research collaboration between PNNL and the University of Washington, where he is also deputy director for the Center for the Science of Synthesis Across Scales and a professor of materials science and engineering.

De Yoreo will receive $1 million in funding from DOE over three years to pursue new research of his choosing.

Authorized by the America COMPETES Act, the Distinguished Scientist Fellow program is intended to develop, sustain, and promote scientific and academic excellence in DOE Office of Science research through collaborations between institutions of higher education and national laboratories. DOE national laboratory scientists are selected through a highly competitive nomination process. De Yoreo is one of only three individuals to receive the honor in 2020.

De Yoreo was cited for his research over the past 30 years, which has made a tremendous impact in fields as diverse as materials science, geochemistry, and biophysics, with a particular focus on the science of interfaces. Currently, his research focuses on understanding and manipulating interactions, assembly, and crystallization in nanoparticle, biomolecule and mineral systems.  

“This award represents a tremendous honor,” De Yoreo said. “More importantly, it provides me with an opportunity to make significant headway in understanding and controlling interfacial processes that underlie a vast array of natural phenomena and technological applications, from biofouling to electrical energy storage.”

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