Paul Cremer joins PSU faculty

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Paul Cremer joins PSU faculty

Paul Cremer is a Professor of Chemistry and of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and a J. Lloyd Huck Chair in Natural Sciences. For the full story click on the headline. Paul Cremer focuses his research on the interplay of physical chemistry, biological chemistry, nanomaterials, and sensor design. Currently, he is working on developing new kinds of biosensors -- devices that combine a biological component with a chemical-detector component, such as those that are used to detect the efficacy of drug molecules. The new biosensors that he and his lab have developed are unique in that they incorporate nanomaterial films and nanopores for measuring proteins, small molecules, and viruses binding to model cell membranes. He and his lab also are purified, isolated, and characterized on glass chips that use some of the same lithographic technology used to make computer processors. Cremer's many honors include being named a Texas A&M University Distinguished Professor of Chemistry in 2012. He also was awarded a 2011 Texas A&M University System Excellence in Innovation Award, a 2010 O'Donnell Award from the Texas Academy of Medicine, Engineering, Science, a 2006 Robert A. Welch Foundation Norman Hackerman Award in Chemical Research, a 2003 Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award, a 2001 Beckman Young Investigator Award, and a 2001 National Science Foundation CAREER Award. He has published numerous scientific papers in journals such as the Journal of the American Chemical Society, the Annual Review of Physical Chemistry, and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and he is a Fellow of the American Chemical Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. In addition, Cremer is one of the youngest chemists to serve as an editor for the Journal of the American Chemical Society. He has given invited presentations about his research at symposia in the United States, Canada, China, Taiwan, and Europe. Before joining the Penn State faculty in 2012, Cremer was a professor of chemistry at Texas A&M University and a postdoctoral researcher at Stanford University. He earned a doctoral degree at the University of California at Berkeley in 1996 and a bachelor's degree at the University of Wisconsin in 1990. The photo was provided by Texas A&M University. Story provided by Katrina Voss