Prof. Aaron Rossini

  • Professor



0205 Hach Hall
Ames, IA 50011-3111


I completed my PhD studies in September 2010 at the University of Windsor, Windsor, Ontario, Canada, under the supervision of Prof. Robert W. Schurko. My PhD work centered on the development and application of “exotic” NMR active nuclei for solid-state NMR studies of inorganic chemicals and materials. In January 2011 I moved to Lyon, France to work with Prof. Lyndon Emsley and Dr. Anne Lesage at the Centre de Resonance Magnetique Nucleaire à Très Haut Champs (CRMN Lyon) at the Ecole Normale Superieure de Lyon (ENS Lyon) as a Marie Curie International Incoming Fellow. My post-doctoral research primarily focused on developing dynamic nuclear polarization (DNP) enhanced solid-state NMR spectroscopy for the improved characterization of heterogeneous catalysts, materials and pharmaceuticals. In October 2014 I moved to École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Lausanne, Switzerland to continue working with Prof. Emsley. In August 2015, I moved to Ames, Iowa to join the Department of Chemistry at Iowa State University as an Assistant Professor to begin my independent academic career. I am also affiliated to the US Department of Energy Ames Laboratory as a faculty scientist. I was officially appointed as an Associate Professor with tenure in August 2021. In August 2023 I was promoted to full professor.

  • ProfessorIowa State University, Department of Chemistry, Ames, Iowa, USA, Aug. 2023 – Present
  • Associate ProfessorIowa State University, Department of Chemistry, Ames, Iowa, USA, Aug. 2021 – Aug. 2023
  • Faculty ScientistUS DOE Ames Laboratory, Division of Materials Science and Engineering, Ames, Iowa, USA, Aug. 2015 – Present
  • Assistant ProfessorIowa State University, Department of Chemistry, Ames, Iowa, USA, Aug. 2015 – Aug. 2021
  • Postdoctoral FellowÉcole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Lausanne, Switzerland, Oct. 2014-Aug. 2015  Advisor: Prof. Lyndon Emsley
  • Postdoctoral FellowCentre de RMN à Très Haut Champs/ENS Lyon, Villeurbanne, France, Feb. 2011 – Sept. 2014 Advisors: Prof. Lyndon Emsley and Dr. Anne Lesage
  • Postdoctoral FellowUniversity of Windsor, Windsor, ON, Canada, Sept. 2010 – Dec. 2010 Advisor: Prof. Robert W. Schurko
  • Ph.D. ChemistryUniversity of Windsor, Windsor, ON, Canada, Sept. 2005 – Sept. 2010 Thesis: “Solid-state NMR Studies of Metal Nuclei in Inorganic Complexes With Applications to Catalysis” Advisor: Prof. Robert W. Schurko
  • B.Sc. Chemistry with Thesis (Hons.)University of Windsor, Windsor, ON, Canada, Sept. 2001 – May. 2005 Thesis: “45Sc Solid-state NMR Studies of Coordination Compounds with Applications Towards Materials” Advisor: Prof. Robert W. Schurko

Awards and Fellowships

  • 2020 Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Research Fellow
  • Caldarelli Prize in Magnetic Resonance for Young Investigators ● 2019 ● Awarded at Alpine Conference on Magnetic Resonance in Solids.
  • Marie Curie International Incoming Post-Doctoral Fellowship ● 2011-2013
  • Governor General Gold Medal ● Top Ph.D. Thesis at the University of Windsor for 2010-2011
  • NSERC Postgraduate Scholarship-Doctoral (PGS D) ● 2008-2010
  • Ontario Graduate Scholarship ● 2005-2008
  • NSERC Summer Undergraduate Student Research Award ● 2002-2005