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Chemistry professor Lin receives Naval young investigator award

Cornell assistant professor Song Lin, from the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, is among 25 scientists selected to receive Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Program (YIP) awards, which support early-career academic scientists and engineers.

Song Lin

This year’s recipients, chosen from more than 260 applicants, will share $16.5 million in funding to conduct naval-relevant scientific research. The awards support laboratory equipment, graduate student stipends and scholarships, as well as other expenses critical to ongoing and planned research. Typical grants are between $500,000 and $750,000 over three years.

Lin, a Howard Milstein Faculty Fellow, is principal investigator of the Lin Research Group, an organic chemistry lab with specific research interests in electrosynthesis, asymmetric catalysis and organic materials.  

This award will support work in synthesizing energetic materials using electrochemistry. The generation of explosives in a safe and efficient manner aligns with the core missions of the Office of Naval Research. Lin will explore new chemical approaches based on electrochemistry to innovate the preparation of such critical materials.

“This award has made it possible for us to open a fundamentally new research direction in the lab,” Lin said. “In the past, our research has focused on discovering new reaction tools to promote the synthesis of medicinally active compounds. With this award, we will venture into a new endeavor in which we use new chemical reactions to synthesize compounds that can also be used in defense.”

This year’s grant winners represent 23 academic institutions nationwide, supporting efforts related to aerodynamics, autonomy, energetics, power and energy, machine learning, sensing and sensors, quantum materials and undersea-breathing technologies.

Kathy Hovis is a writer for the College of Arts and Sciences.

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