Competition: US & Canada
Gordana Dukovic is a chemist who studies light-driven processes in nanoscale materials and a passionate teacher and mentor of junior scientists. She is a Professor of Chemistry and Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Colorado Boulder and serves as an Associate Director of the Renewable and Sustainable Energy Institute, where she is a Fellow. She directs a research lab that seeks to contribute to a sustainable future by using sunlight to drive important chemical reactions. She studies structural, electronic, and excited state properties of semiconductor nanomaterials to elucidate the processes that occur immediately after absorption of light. She also couples nanomaterials with catalysts such as enzymes to drive useful and complex reactions with sunlight. Gordana has received the NSF CAREER Award, and was named a Sloan Research Fellow, Cottrell Scholar, Beckman Young Investigator, and Finalist for the Blavatnik National Award for Young Scientists.