Bezdek’s research on ammonia’s chemical bonds has applications for environment, industry

By The Office of Communications
Wednesday, Apr. 17, 2019

Curiosity about the natural world and practical concerns guided Máté Bezdek’s research into the chemical bonds of nitrogen and hydrogen that make up ammonia.

Máté BezdekEarlier this year, Bezdek was named one of the four winners of the Porter Ogden Jacobus Fellowship, Princeton University’s top honor for graduate students. The fellowships support their final year of study at Princeton and are awarded to one Ph.D. student in each of the four divisions (humanities, social sciences, natural sciences and engineering) whose work has exhibited the highest scholarly excellence. The Jacobus Fellows were honored at Alumni Day ceremonies in February.

Bezdek, a doctoral student in inorganic chemistry who came to Princeton in 2014, earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of Calgary. His dissertation, “Interconversion of Ammonia with Its Elements by Molybdenum Complexes: Fundamental Investigations,” has implications for the development of environmentally friendly fuels using ammonia. Bezek has been a graduate student in the lab of Paul Chirik, the Edwards S. Sanford Professor of Chemistry.

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