Fulbright U.S. Scholar Award

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Professor Anastasia Alexandrova has been awarded a coveted 2016-17 Fulbright U.S. Scholar grant that will fund her research in France starting this April.

Her host institution in France will be the ENS: the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon, Institute of Chemistry.

“The collaborative project will focus on computational catalysis, done in a close synergy with the experiment. “ said Prof. Alexandrova. “The plan is to study two types promising catalytic systems: small bimetallic clusters deposited on alumina, and extended other surfaces, with the goal of understanding of their practical potential, and tuning and improvement of their properties through the insight into the electronic structure, and facilitated by experimental testing.“

“As part of the educational mission, during my visit,” Prof. Alexandrova continued. “I will give a set of seminars to the students in Lyon, on subjects such as computational materials design, chemical bonding in materials, multi-scale modeling of complex systems, and global optimization algorithms. We hope to influence the culture in the field of computational catalysis through upbringing the new generation of students in a way that exposes them to the whole spectrum of ideas from the details of the electronic structure, to molecular level, characterization, and industrial catalysis. It is also a goal to establish long-term scientific relations between ENS and UCLA, to continue after my return to California.”

The Fulbright Program aims to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries, and it is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government. As a Fulbright grantee, Prof. Alexandrova will join the ranks of distinguished participants in the Program. Fulbright alumni have become heads of state, judges, ambassadors, cabinet ministers, CEOs, and university presidents, as well as leading journalists, artists, scientists, and teachers. They have been awarded 53 Nobel Prizes. Since its beginnings in 1946, more than 360,000 Fulbrighters have participated in the Program.

To learn more about Prof. Alexandrova’s research visit her group’s website.

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