Saint Peter’s Chemistry Professor Named 2024 Rising Star by the American Chemical Society

Jersey City, N.J. – October 3, 2023 – Saint Peter’s University is proud to announce that Yosra Badiei, Ph.D., associate professor of chemistry, has been chosen by the American Chemical Society (ACS), Women Chemists Committee (WCC) for a 2024 Rising Star Award for excellence in the scientific enterprise. 

The ACS Women Chemists Committee (WCC) is dedicated to attracting, developing, promoting, and advocating for women in the chemical sciences in order to positively impact society and the profession. The Rising Star Award was developed to annually recognize up to 10 outstanding women approaching mid-level careers who have demonstrated outstanding promise for contributions to their respective fields.

“Dr. Badiei’s dedication to research, teaching and community outreach is remarkable and her recognition as a Rising Star by the American Chemical Society is well-deserved,” said Frederick Bonato, Ph.D, executive vice president and provost at Saint Peter’s University. “Her contributions to the scientific world and her commitment to nurturing future STEM leaders are a source of immense pride for all of us at Saint Peter’s.”

Dr. Badiei actively performs research with undergraduate students at Saint Peter’s. Her research interests are in molecular catalysis, inorganic and organic synthesis, coordination chemistry, water-oxidation, electrode fabrication and catalyst immobilization for making sustainable energy fuels. Dr. Badiei is also the co-PI of the NSF Robert NOYCE grant which aims at recruiting and preparing STEM students to pursue a career in teaching K-12. She is also involved in an NSF and U.S. Department of Education HSI grant at Saint Peter’s, which aims at connecting and involving students in career and research opportunities. Dr. Badiei is also actively working on outreach projects with high school communities to enhance their learning experience of energy and sustainability topics.

Dr. Badiei obtained her Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry in 2009 from Georgetown University and was the recipient of the Harold Glassman Award for Best Dissertation in Sciences in 2010. She further pursued her postdoctoral studies at Johns Hopkins University and Brookhaven National Laboratory. 

She will discuss her research at the ACS Spring 2024 National Meeting in New Orleans and be presented with the award at a reception following the WCC Rising Star Symposium.

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