FORT WAYNE, Ind.—Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) Associate Professor of Chemistry Steven Stevenson is no stranger to having research papers he authored or co-authored appear in scientific journals. However, he was not expecting a graphic illustration from his latest co-authored paper to be selected to grace the cover of the Journal of the American Chemical Society (JACS).
But that’s exactly what happened with the Dec. 5, 2012 issue. Stevenson said the project which spawned the illustration was a joint effort between several institutions concerning a new molecule which he had recently discovered and published about separately. The illustration is of the new molecule, Sc402@C80. It is made up of four metal and two oxygen atoms bonded together in a cluster which itself is trapped inside a carbon cage. Stevenson says his role in the project was to make and separate the new molecule.
When asked for his reaction to this project being the cover story for the JACS, Stevenson said he felt humble and grateful at the recognition. “As my parents always said, ‘... Be a good person, work hard, and good things will happen to you. No need to promote yourself or your work. Your work will speak for itself ...’ So my thoughts on making the cover are as follows: It's nice to make the cover, but it's nicer to be a nice person."
Carl Drummond, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences said, “Having IPFW research featured on the cover of the Journal of the American Chemical Society is both a significant achievement and a testament to the very high quality of work being done by Professor Stevenson and his students.”