TITLE: Program Director
FUNDING AREAS: Chemistry, physical sciences, and undergraduate research
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PROFILE: In her research, Silvia Ronco, PhD, had a focus on solar power conversion, clearly well aware of the challenges facing humanity related to global climate change and energy use. In her role as program director for the Research Corporation for Science Advancement (RCSA), Ronco is after high-risk, high-reward projects to take on problems of such importance, and she's looking for them in places you might not expect.
Her professional bio shares:
Dr. Ronco received a B.S. in Chemistry (1980) and a Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry (1986) from the National University of La Plata in Argentina under the supervision of Dr. Pedro J. Aymonino.
Her research interests involve the synthesis and electron transfer studies of transition metal complexes with applications in solar energy conversion, luminescence sensors and photocatalysis.
From 1992-2003 Dr. Ronco was as a Professor of Chemistry at the University of South Dakota. She also served as the founding chair of the university-wide Undergraduate Research Council from 1998-2003.
She has been a Postdoctoral Fellow with Guillermo Ferraudi at the Radiation Laboratory (University of Notre Dame, 1986-1989) and with John D. Petersen at Clemson University (1991-1992), a Program Manager for the Photochemistry and Radiation Sciences Program at the U.S. Department of Energy (1995-1996), and a Visiting Scientist and Visiting Professor in Cliff Kubiak’s research group at the University of California, San Diego (2000-2001). Dr. Ronco is currently an elected Councilor for the ACS Division of Inorganic Chemistry (DIC), a member of the ACS Divisional Activities Committee (DAC), a co-chair of the DAC Divisional Enhancement Sub-Committee, a Chemistry Councilor for the Council on Undergraduate (CUR) Research, and an elected member for the CUR Executive Board. At RCSA, she directs the Cottrell Scholars Program.
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