Professor Prashant Jain has been named one of the Top 10 young scientists to watch in the Science News annual spotlight of early- and mid-career scientists "on their way to greater widespread acclaim."
Each scientist included in the SN 10 list announced Sept. 30, 2020, was nominated by a Nobel laureate, recently elected member of the U.S. National Academies of Sciences or a scientist previously named to the SN 10 list. All are age 40 or under, and were selected by Science News for their potential to shape the science of the future.
Earlier this year, Jain was promoted to full professor in the Department of Chemistry with special recognition, one of 11 faculty members at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign who were recognized with the Provost’s Campus Distinguished Promotion Award for 2020, a special recognition in the annual promotion review process. The Campus Committee on Promotion and Tenure recognizes a select number of promoted scholars whose contributions have been extraordinary in terms of scope, quality and impact of their research, teaching, service and engagement. Jain was also named to the Alumni Scholar position within the Department of Chemistry.
He is also a professor in the Materials Research Lab and the Beckman Institute and an affiliate faculty member in physics. Jain received his B.Tech. from the Institute of Chemical Technology in Mumbai and his Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from Georgia Tech. He was a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard and a Miller Fellow at the University of California Berkeley before coming to the University of Illinois faculty. Read more about his path to Chemistry at Illinois.