WPI assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry Marion Emmert has had an eventful couple of weeks. Emmert, who joined the WPI faculty in 2011, has been featured in news outlets across the world for two very different, but equally impressive, research projects.
In late September, Emmert made news for receiving a $346,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for a three-year project aimed at developing a more efficient method of designing medical drugs. A week later, she was back in the spotlight for research extracting rare earth metals from discarded engines of electric and hybrid cars.
“This is the first time my research has made headlines and been featured across a broad spectrum of sources,” says Emmert. “I’ve always felt that what we do in the lab is important, but seeing that other people care about it as well is truly amazing, as it’s often difficult for us as scientists to communicate what we spend all the time in the lab on.”