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Vice Provost for Strategic Planning
As Vice Provost for Strategic Planning, Michael Hopkins leads the area of academic space allocation and, working with other faculty and administrative leaders, is the Provost’s Office representative in space planning, innovation, environmental sustainability, and matters pertaining to Argonne National Laboratory and Fermilab.
Michael is Professor in the Department of Chemistry and The College. He previously served as Deputy Dean of the Physical Sciences Division, where he assisted with long-range planning, oversight of the division’s graduate programs, and the development of the division’s graduate student recruiting strategy, and as Chair of the Department of Chemistry, during which he led planning for the Gordon Center for Integrative Science, the Searle Chemistry Laboratory, and the Searle Cleanroom. He received the Arthur L. Kelly Prize for Exceptional Faculty Service in 2014.
Michael’s research lies in two areas: the exploration of molecular approaches to artificial photosynthesis, which has as its goal the storage of solar energy in the form of renewable fuels, and the development of new methods for organizing nanomaterials on surfaces. He earned his B.A. from the University of California at San Diego and Ph.D. from the California Institute of Technology, and was then a postdoctoral scholar at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Prior to joining the faculty of the University of Chicago in 1999 he was a member of the faculty at the University of Pittsburgh, from which he received the Chancellor’s Distinguished Research Award.