Daniel Mindiola, professor of chemistry, has been named Brush Family Professor of Chemistry. An internationally recognized inorganic chemist, Dr. Mindiola was a Presidential Professor from 2013 until July 2018. His research focuses on the design and assembly of reactive metal complexes of early metals and their role in unusual transformations such as the conversion of natural gas to more value-added materials with zero emissions and under mild conditions.
Dr. Mindiola’s many professional honors include the Presidential Early Career Award and the Faculty Early Career Development Award from the National Science Foundation, the Teacher-Scholar Award and New Faculty Award from the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation, the Fresenius Award from the American Chemical Society, and the Bessel Research Award from the Humboldt Foundation. He is also the recipient of fellowships from the National Institutes of Health, the Ford Foundation, Sloan Foundation and Guggenheim Foundation, and he is a fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
The Brush Family Professorship was established in 2008 by Karen Clark Brush (W’82) and David M. Brush (C’82). Mr. Brush is currently chief investment officer for MERLIN Properties in Spain. At Penn, he has served as a member of the Board of Trustees, on the Board of Overseers of the School of Arts and Sciences, and the Penn Alumni Board of Directors. He is currently chair of the Penn Soccer Executive Board and an Athletic Overseer, as well as a member of the UK Leadership Committee, where he formerly served as chair. The Brushes have generously supported Penn, including capital projects, athletics and undergraduate scholarships.