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Julie L. Fenton, Ph.D.

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Julie is a synthetic materials chemist. Her research is aimed at creative problem solving in materials chemistry, addressing significant bottlenecks in obtaining and understanding inorganic, organic, and hybrid solids. Julie grew up in Lancaster, Pennsylvania and earned a bachelor's degree in chemistry from Messiah College (Grantham, PA) in 2014. She earned her doctoral degree in chemistry from The Pennsylvania State University in 2018, where she worked with Raymond Schaak to develop new synthetic methods for inorganic nanomaterials. Prior to joining the faculty at Penn State, Julie was an Arnold O. Beckman Postdoctoral Fellow in the Chemical Sciences at Northwestern University, where she worked with William Dichtel on crystalline porous polymers and their applications. Outside of lab, Julie enjoys cross training, trivia, cooking, travel, and spending time with her family.

The Pennsylvania State University

Department of Chemistry

fenton at psu dot edu

520 Chemistry Building

University Park, PA 16802

Professional Appointments

Assistant Professor 

Department of Chemistry                

The Pennsylvania State University University Park, PA                  

2022 – present​

Education & Training

Northwestern University Postdoctoral Fellow

Research Advisor: Prof. William R. Dichtel

Synthesis and applications of crystalline, porous polymers

The Pennsylvania State University

Ph.D., Chemistry (Inorganic/Materials)

Research Advisor: Prof. Raymond E. Schaak

Design and synthesis of colloidal inorganic nanocrystals

Messiah College Grantham, PA

B.S., Chemistry; Minor: Mathematics; Summa Cum Laude; college & departmental honors

 2019 – 2021

2014 – 2018

 2010 – 2014

Select Honors & Awards

Arnold O. Beckman Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Chemical Sciences

Finalist (top 10), Reaxys Ph.D. Prize

ACS Division of Inorganic Chemistry Young Investigator

Alumni Association Dissertation Award & Doctoral Scholar Medal (Penn State)

Rustum & Della Roy Innovation in Materials Research Award (Penn State)

U.S. Delegate, 67th Lindau Nobel Laureates Meeting

Graduate Student Teaching Award (Penn State)

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship: Honorable Mention

Beatrice and Alan Schriesheim Distinguished Graduate Fellowship in Science (Penn State)

SEPS-ACS Senior Chemist Achievement Award     

SEPS-ACS Dr. Judith R. Bond Junior Chemist Scholarship Award

Ray H. Crist Student Research Scholarship (Messiah College)

 2019 – 2021












Select Affiliations & Service Experience 

MemberACS Materials Letters Early Career Advisory Board

Grant Review Panelist, National Science Foundation (MSN & GRFP)

Scientific Reviewer, ACS Nano, ACS Energy Lett., ACS Mater. Lett., Chem. Mater., Nature Synthesis, Science, Matter, iScience, Sci. Adv. (>40 reviews)

MemberAmerican Chemical Society (Inorganic Division)

President, Messiah College Class of 2014

 2020 – 2022

2022 – present

2017 – present


2011 – present

  2011 – 2014 

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