Woman selected as Fulbright Scholar

Sara E. Skrabalak, daughter of John P. Skrabalak of Altoona, has been selected to receive a 2017-18 Fulbright U.S. Scholar Fulbright Award to Spain in 2018.

The Fulbright Program, which aims to increase mutual understanding between the people of the U.S. and the people of other countries, is the flagship international education exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government.

This grant will allow Skrabalak to conduct research in the BioNanoPlasmonics Group led by Luis Liz-Marzan at CIC biomaGUNE in San Sebastian next spring.

Skrabalak, the James H. Rudy Associate Professor of Chemistry at Indiana University, Bloomington, received her bachelor of arts degree in chemistry from Washington University in St. Louis.

She then attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she received her doctorate in chemistry with an emphasis on materials, and where she was the recipient of the T.S. Piper Thesis Research Award for her dissertation titled “Porous Materials Prepared by Ultrasonic Spray Pyrolysis.”

She did postdoctoral work at the University of Washington, Seattle.

Her research group is currently developing new synthetic methods to solid materials with defined shapes and architecture, and studying the structure-function relationships of prepared materials as they are applied to energy applications.

Skrabalak has been recognized as a Cottrell Scholar, Sloan Fellow, Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar, and as recipient of the ACS Award in Pure Chemistry.