Feb. 25, 2021
Justin Walensky, an associate professor in the University of Missouri Department of Chemistry in the College of Arts and Science, recently earned the Humboldt Research Fellowship for Experienced Researchers. Each year Germany’s Humboldt Foundation invites a select number of internationally renowned academics to collaborate on long-term research projects with specialist colleagues in Germany in an effort to further promote international scientific collaboration. Waleksnky was nominated by Viktoria Gessner, chair of Inorganic Chemistry II at Ruhr University Bochum in Bochum, Germany. The two met when Gessner gave a talk at Mizzou in 2020.
The fellowship includes a 6–24-month research stay in Germany. Once in Germany, Walensky’s research will involve making new metal complexes and studying their properties. He and Gessner will combine their expertise of synthetic chemistry and work together on proposed research.
Due to COVID-19 preventing 2021 work, Walensky will spend the summers of 2022, 2023, and 2024 in Germany.