Dr. James Gardinier, assistant professor of chemistry and resident of Wauwatosa, was one of four junior faculty members honored with the 2008 Young Scholar Award by Marquette University’s Helen Way Klingler College of Arts & Sciences at the Annual Distinguished Scholars Reception. The awards of up to $32,000 are intended to fund $2,000 in operating costs and cover up to 50 percent of salary to afford the recipient a one-semester sabbatical.
Gardinier, who received his Ph.D. degree in inorgranic chemistry at the University at Buffalo in 2000, focuses his research in inorganic supramolecular and materials chemistry. He is currently working to solve the global energy crisis. His research involves discovering new inorganic (metal-based) catalysts for converting petroleum sources and new organic (carbon-based) white-light emitting compounds for highly energy-efficient illumination sources.
“This much-appreciated award comes at a critical time in my research,” said Gardinier. “It provides me the freedom to gather and publish preliminary results to secure major funding from agencies such as the U.S. Department of Energy. I am eager to use the resources and research time to try to find solutions to a few of our country’s energy problems.”
Those efforts could reduce the burden of high-energy prices on the economically disadvantaged and potentially eliminate dependency on foreign oil sources, according to Gardinier.
“The recipients of the Way Klingler Young Scholar Awards were selected because of their contributions to research and their potential for outstanding future research,” said Dr. William Wiener, vice provost for research and dean of the graduate school.
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