Kahr Recognized for Research on Crystals and Their Interactions with Polarized Light

Bart Kahr

Bart Kahr, a professor of chemistry at New York University, has been named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Election as an AAAS Fellow is an honor bestowed upon AAAS members by their peers.

This year’s Fellows “have been awarded this honor by AAAS because of their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications,” the association said. The new Fellows will be recognized in February at the 2020 AAAS Annual Meeting in Seattle.

As part of the Section on Chemistry, Kahr was elected as an AAAS Fellow for his research on the growth mechanisms of crystals built from molecules and the physical properties of those crystals. His laboratory focuses on crystals with unusual morphologies and the patterns formed by ensembles of crystals. Analyses rely on the measurement and interpretation of light-matter interactions, particularly the interactions of circularly polarized states with complex organized media. This research is frequently grounded in experimental reinvestigations of science history—yet, it has led to the discovery of new pharmaceutical crystals, the design of optical and electronic materials, and the identification of crystals for public health applications.

AAAS is the world’s largest general scientific society and publisher of the journal Science, as well as Science Translational Medicine; Science Signaling; a digital, open-access journal, Science Advances; Science Immunology; and Science Robotics. This year’s AAAS Fellows will be formally announced in the AAAS News & Notes section of Science on November 29. The tradition of AAAS Fellows began in 1874. 

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