Paula Diaconescu

    BS: University of Bucharest, 1998
    PhD: MIT, 2003
    Post Doc: Cal Tech, 2005

    Paula Diaconescu joined the UCLA Chemistry & Biochemistry department in 2005 after spending two-years as a postdoctoral fellow in the group of Prof. Robert Grubbs at California Institute of Technology. She obtained her Ph.D. degree under the supervision of Prof. Christopher Cummins at Massachusetts Institute of Technology working on arene-bridged complexes of uranium. Her earlier education was completed in Romania, where she obtained her B.S. from University of Bucharest and worked on coordination complexes of transition metals and lanthanides at University Politehnica of Bucharest. Her current research efforts focus on the design of reactive metal complexes with applications to small molecule activation, organic synthesis, and polymer  formation.

Awards and Honors:
    Guggenheim Fellow (2015), Bessel Award, Humboldt Foundation (2014), AXE Seaborg Award, NSF CAREER, Sloan Fellowship, UCLA Faculty Career Development Award, BP Postdoctoral Fellowship, Bruker/MIT Symposium Poster Prize ; MIT Department of Chemistry Teaching Assistant Award, P & G Fellowship, University of Bucharest National Scholarship

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So Cal Organometallics
Pacifichem 2020
CCI Center for Integrated Catalysis