Alexander Spokoyny, an assistant professor in the department of chemistry and biochemistry, has received a 2016 3M Non-Tenured Faculty Award. The honor, which is intended to help young faculty achieve tenure while teaching and conducting research, recognizes Spokoyny for his work on developing new materials and synthetic methods using boron cluster compounds. Nominations for the annual award are made by 3M researchers.

Spokoyny joined the UCLA faculty in 2014. He attended UCLA as an undergraduate, where he was introduced to the area of boron cluster chemistry working as an undergraduate researcher in the laboratory of professor M. Frederick Hawthorne. He continued his graduate chemistry education at Northwestern University under the guidance of professor Chad A. Mirkin, where he developed new materials, devices and fundamentally new classes of ligand platforms based on organomimetic carborane clusters. Upon receiving his Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry in 2011, he was an NIH Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). There, his research interests involved the development of new bioconjugation strategies for peptides and proteins and regulation of protein-protein interactions.

For more information about Spokoyny’s research, visit his research website.