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The ACS Astrochemistry 2016 Dissertation Award goes to Dr. Brian Hays for his
work at Emory University under the guidance of Susanna Widicus Weaver involving
highly exothermic O(1D) insertion reactions to form unstable organic molecules
that are thought to be important prebiotic precursors in interstellar organic
chemistry. Dr. Hays's work provides a comprehensive analysis stretching from
theoretical simulation to experimental analysis with necessary development of
the novel experimental tools taking place throughout.
Hays obtained his Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Loyola University of New Orleans in 2010 and is now a postdoctoral researcher at Purdue University working with Prof. Timothy Zwier. At the time of his dissertation's submission, Hays had six publications and nearly 20 oral and poster presentations to his credit.
Hays received a $500 award and gave an oral presentation at the Astrochemistry Symposium ("Frontiers of Solar System Chemistry-From Planets to Comets and Beyond") at the August 2016 ACS National Meeting in Philadelphia, PA.
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