David W. Flaherty

David W. Flaherty
dwflhrty at Illinois dot edu
Professor; Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Dow Chemical Company Scholar; Energy Biosciences Institute
Post-Doctoral Research: University of California, Berkeley (2010 – 2012)
Ph.D.: University of Texas, Austin (2010)
B.S.: University of California, Berkeley (2004)

Biography: David W. Flaherty is an Associate Professor and Dow Chemical Faculty in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. Research in the Flaherty Lab focuses on the overlapping topics of catalysis, surface science, and materials synthesis. Dr. Flaherty has received a number of notable awards in recent years, including the Department of Energy Early Career Award, the National Science Foundation CAREER Award, the AVS Prairie Chapter early career award and the New Investigator Award from the American Chemical Society. He also has been recognized for his excellence in advising and teaching students and received the SCS Excellence in Teaching Award in 2015. Dr. Flaherty joined the department in 2012. He earned his B.S. from the University of California, Berkeley in 2004 and his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin in 2010. His post-doctoral work was completed at the University of California, Berkeley.

Honors and Awards: 

  • [2022] 2022-23 LAS Dean’s Distinguished Professorial Scholar
  • [2022] College of Engineering Dean’s Award for Excellence in Research
  • [2021] Eastman Foundation Distinguished Lecturer in Catalysis, University of California, Berkeley
  • [2019] Department of Energy Early Career Award
  • [2019] ACS Catalysis Early Advisory Board
  • [2018] College of Engineering Dean’s Award for Excellence in Research
  • [2018] American Vacuum Society Prairie Chapter Early Career Award
  • [2016] National Science Foundation CAREER Award
  • [2013] ACS PRF Doctoral New Investigator Award
  • [2012 – 2017] Dow Chemical Faculty Scholar
  • [2013 – 2017] Five times included on the “List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Their Students”
  • [2014, 2015] Named to the College of Engineering “Outstanding Advisors List”
  • [2015] School of Chemical Sciences Teaching Award
  • [2014] Engineering Council Excellence in Advising Award

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