Susan Odom (1980 – 2021)

Susan Odom (1980 – 2021)

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Professor Susan Odom, University of Kentucky, Lexington, USA, passed away on April 18, 2021.

Professor Odom’s research focused on the design, synthesis, and characterization of conjugated organic materials. Her research interests included the structure/property relationships of redox-active molecules for energy-storage applications, such as lithium-ion batteries and redox-flow batteries, as well as the electronic structure of organic molecules, electron transfer reactions, and the stability and reactivity of conjugated radical cations and dications.

Susan Anne Odom
was born in Paducah, KY, USA, on November 16, 1980. She studied chemistry at the University of Kentucky, where she completed her bachelor’s degree in 2003. In 2008, she received her Ph.D. from the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, USA, for work under the supervision of Seth R. Marder. After a stint as a Postdoctoral Fellow with Jeffrey S. Moore at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA, from 2008 to 2011, she returned to the University of Kentucky as Assistant Professor of Chemistry. She served as a Visiting Scientist at Argonne National Laboratory, IL, USA, from 2009 to 2011. Odom was promoted to Associate Professor at the University of Kentucky in 2017.

Among other honors, Odom received a Graduate Research Fellowship from the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) in 2005, an American Competitiveness in Chemistry (ACC) Postdoctoral Fellowship from the NSF in 2009, a Diversity in Research Award from the College of Arts & Sciences of the University of Kentucky in 2014, and a Women Chemists Committee (WCC) Rising Star Award from the American Chemical Society (ACS) in 2020. In addition to other commitments, Odom served on the Editorial Board of Materials Today. She also co-founded a group aimed at encouraging young girls to pursue their STEM interests.

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