Chemistry Graduate Student Christina Dubceac Receives Prestigious National Award

Christina Dubceac is one of only 10 recipients nationally to receive the highly competitive Eli Lilly/Women Chemists Committee Award. This program provides funding for high-achieving women at the undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral levels to travel to a national meeting and present their research.

Ms. Dubceac gave a talk at the American Chemical Society (ACS) National Meeting in Boston titled, “Chemistry of Fullerenes, Carbon Nanotubes, and Graphene.” She also presented her work at an awardee poster session. She was recognized at the WCC Luncheon and had breakfast with Thomas Connelly, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of the ACS, as well as members of the WCC committee.

Ms. Dubceac is from Leova in the Republic of Moldova. She received her bachelor of science, summa cum laude, from the Department of Chemistry in 2011. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the University at Albany under the supervision of Prof. Marina A. Petrukhina with whom she has co-authored 11 peer-reviewed publications.

Ms. Dubceac's research is aimed at the controlled functionalization of curved π- bowls such as corannulene (C20H10).
Functionalized corannulenes have been shown to exhibit unique chemical and physical properties, making them promising candidates for a variety of emerging materials chemistry applications. These studies should facilitate the design of functionalized nonplanar polyarenes with structures
and properties tailored for further development of novel carbonaceous materials.