Tori Forbes, an Assistant Professor of Chemistry in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, is one of 44 scientists—just 27 of them from U.S. universities—selected for a U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science 2015 Early Career Research Program award.

Tori Forbes
With the award, announced today, Forbes will receive at least $150,000 per year to cover summer salary and research expenses. The research grants are planned for five years.

The research selected by DOE’s Office of Basic Energy Sciences was Forbes’ “Assessing Subtle Variations in the Actinyl Oxo Reactivity through Characterization of Neptunyl Complexes.”

Forbes specializes in inorganic chemistry, particularly uranium and its impact on the environment and human health. A member of the UI’s interdisciplinary Water Sustainability Initiative, Forbes is working to discover effective ways to extract uranium from the water using citrates. The current award looks to go beyond uranium to explore neptunium, which is a problematic element in the long-term storage of nuclear waste.  More about her may be found here.

Now in its sixth year, the Early Career Research Program supports the development of individual research programs of outstanding scientists early in their careers and stimulates research careers in the disciplines supported by the DOE Office of Science. Opportunities exist in Advanced Scientific Computing Research, Biological and Environmental Research, Basic Energy Sciences, Fusion Energy Sciences, High Energy Physics, and Nuclear Physics.

Awardees were selected from a large pool of university- and national laboratory-based applicants based on peer review by outside scientific experts.

“Supporting talented researchers in their early career years is one key to building and maintaining an effective scientific workforce for the nation,” said Patricia M. Dehmer, Acting Director of DOE's Office of Science.  “We congratulate the winners of this year’s competition and look forward to following their achievements over the next five years.”

Two years ago the National Science Foundation named Forbes an awardee of its prestigious Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER), which supports junior faculty “who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations.”

Forbes holds a B.S. from Beloit College, a Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame, and was a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of California Davis from 2008-2010.