Javier Vela

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Dr. Javier Vela, associate professor of chemistry, received his B.S. with Honors from UNAM in 2001. He obtained M.S. and Ph.D. degrees working with Prof. Patrick L. Holland at the University of Rochester in 2003 and 2005, respectively. Before coming to Iowa State University, he was a postdoctoral research associate with Prof. Richard F. Jordan at the University of Chicago from 2005 to 2006, and a Director's Postdoctoral Fellow in the team of Jennifer A. Hollingsworth and Victor I. Klimov at Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies from 2007 to 2009. Trained as a synthetic inorganic and materials chemist, Dr. Vela’s current research focuses on the development of new optical nanomaterials, heterostructures and devices for applications in catalysis, energy conversion, and biological imaging. For his work, Javier received the ACS Inorganic Young Investigator Award in 2006, was named Top 40 Under 40 by Hispanic Engineering in 2011, received the NSF CAREER Award in 2013, the LAS Diversity Award in 2013, the LAS Early Achievement in Research Faculty Award in 2014, the Midwest Stanley C. Israel Award for Advancing Diversity in the Chemical Sciences in 2014, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Advancing One Community Faculty Award in 2017, and a Big XII Faculty Fellowship in 2017. Dr. Vela joined Iowa State University in 2009, and was promoted to associate professor with tenure in 2015. He also serves as Equity Advisor for the ISU College of Liberal Arts and Sciences for the period 2015-2018.


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