292 Frick Chemistry Lab
Paul Chirik was born outside of Philadelphia and joined the Princeton faculty as the Edward S. Sanford Professor of Chemistry in January, 2011. Before moving to New Jersey, he spent a decade at Cornell teaching large enrollment introductory chemistry courses to pre-meds and engineers and leading a research group in synthetic inorganic chemistry. His research focuses on “modern alchemy” whereby earth abundant base metals are transformed through rational chemical synthesis to mimic or surpass the function of more exotic precious metals. Base metal catalysts discovered by his group find application in drug synthesis, petroleum chemitry and in the manufacturer of silicones, which are found in jeans, soles of shoes, iPhones, shampoos and herbicides.