Feb 21, 2017
Dr. Alex Spokoyny
Professor Alexander Spokoyny is one of four UCLA faculty members to be selected for 2017 Sloan Fellowships.
The Sloan Research Fellowships are extraordinarily competitive awards involving nominations for most of the very best young scientists from the United States and Canada.  
A true Bruin, Spokoyny received his B.S. in chemistry from UCLA in 2006 conducting research in the lab of inorganic chemistry professor Dr. M. Frederick Hawthorne. He received his Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry from Northwestern University in Prof. Chad Mirkin’s group and conducted his postdoctoral research with Profs. Stephen Buchwald and Bradley Pentelute at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  
Spokoyny joined the UCLA chemistry and biochemistry faculty in 2014. In 2016, he was named one of Chemical and Engineering News (C&EN) “Talented 12”, he received the 2016 3M Non-Tenured Faculty Award, and an American Chemistry Society (ACS) New Investigator grant. To learn more about Spokoyny’s research, visit his group’s website.
The other UCLA 2017 Sloan Fellowship recipients are Prof. Pablo Fajgelbaum (Economics), Prof. Weizhe Hong (Biological Chemistry & Neurobiobology), and Prof. Sriram Sankararaman (Computer Sciences & Human Genetics).
Excerpts from UCLA Newsroom (by Stuart Wolpert):
Four UCLA faculty members selected for 2017 Sloan Fellowships
Four exceptional young UCLA professors are among 126 scientists and scholars in the United States and Canada selected today to receive 2017 Sloan Research Fellowships.
The fellowships are awarded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to early-career scientists and scholars who are the “rising stars of the academic community” and who are “transforming their fields and opening up entirely new research horizons,” said Paul Joskow, president of the Sloan Foundation.
UCLA is tied for eighth in the United States among institutions with the largest number of Sloan Research Fellowships.
Alexander Spokoyny
Spokoyny, an assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry, takes an interdisciplinary approach, focusing on challenges in chemistry, biology, medicine and materials science. He and his research team establish fundamentally new synthetic avenues and develop an extensive and versatile synthetic toolbox, including multifunctional, atomically precise, nano-sized molecules. His research reveals novel and potentially useful solutions to important problems in science and technology, including catalysis, energy storage, and protein recognition and labeling.
Sloan Research Fellowships are intended to enhance the careers of exceptional young scientists and scholars in chemistry, computer science, economics, mathematics, computational and evolutionary molecular biology, neuroscience, ocean sciences and physics. The philanthropic, New York–based foundation was established in 1934.
Read the full UCLA Newsroom article here