Holland, new Yale chemist, arrives with Blavatnik Award

Patrick Holland, a new professor in the Department of Chemistry, has received one of five 2013 Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists.

Patrick Holland

The prize, supported by the Blavatnik Family Foundation, recognizes promising young faculty-rank scientists age 42 and younger working in New York, New Jersey, or Connecticut, and provides an unrestricted $50,000.

Holland, who comes to Yale from the University of Rochester and started July 1, studies the structure, reactions and properties of iron-containing compounds that break bonds in small molecules. The aim is to develop catalysts that contain inexpensive, abundant and non-toxic metals, such as iron.

His lab’s main project aims to understand how to use atmospheric nitrogen as a feedstock for other compounds.

“It is great that the New York Academy of Sciences has recognized the importance of research that promises to decrease the burden of humans on the environment,” he said.

The award is administered by the academy on behalf of the foundation.

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