Dr. Luis Echegoyen to Deliver the 33rd Annual Arthur Sweeny, Jr. Lecture on May 3rd

April 30, 2013 12:04 pm Chemistry Dept, School of Natural and Social Sciences

Dr. Luis Echegoyen

Prominent chemistry researcher and professor Dr. Luis Echegoyen of the University of Texas at El Paso will deliver Lehman’s 33rd annual Arthur Sweeny, Jr. Lecture on Friday, May 3, at 5:15 p.m. in the Recital Hall of the Music Building. The lecture, sponsored by Lehman’s Department of Chemistry, will conclude Lehman’s first Research Awareness Month to promote scientific research on campus.

Dr. Echegoyen will give a talk on “Buckyball Maracas: The Inside (and Outside) Story of Endohedral Fullerenes,” which will cover the discovery and the preparation of endohedral compounds. He will also discuss the properties of endohedral fullerenes as acceptors in Organic Solar Cells (OSCs).

The Arthur Sweeny, Jr. Lecture is given annually by a leading scientist to discuss current topics in chemistry and pay tribute to the memory of Dr. Arthur Sweeny, an organic chemistry professor who helped break the barriers to medical school admission for women from working-class families and minority students. Sweeny retired in 1974 after 44 years of teaching and research at Hunter-in-the-Bronx—the institution that preceded Lehman on its campus—and six years at Lehman College.

Dr. Luis Echegoyen has an exemplary research career, having published over 300 research articles and more than 40 book chapters. He also served as Director of the Chemistry Division at the National Science Foundation from August 2006 to August 2010 where he was instrumental in establishing new funding programs and research centers.

Throughout his career, Echegoyen has maintained active research collaborations and partnerships with many researchers in Europe and across the US. The lecture is open to undergraduate majors, alumni and members of the public. For more information on the lecture, contact either Dr. Marc S. Lazarus at marc.lazarus@lehman.cuny.edu or  Dr. Andrei Jitianu at andrei.jitianu@lehman.cuny.edu.