The Stille Symposium has been postponed until a later date due to COVID-19 concerns.

The 2020 Stille Science Symposium

The 9th Stille Symposium will be held at Colorado State University. Four world-renowned scientists, Jeanne E. Pemberton (Univ of Arizona); Luis M. Campos (Columbia University); Nathan S. Lewis (Caltech) and Thomas F. Jaramillo (Stanford) will give lectures on the frontiers in energy science. The symposium will also feature a poster session and reception.

The lectures and poster session are free and open to the public. If you are planning to attend, please fill out the brief registration information below so we can get an accurate head count.

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ProfStilles picessor John K. Stille was an internationally recognized scientist who pioneered research in synthetic, polymer, and organometallic chemistry and held the title of University Distinguished Professor at Colorado State University. His research contributions and discoveries in these fields formed the basis of many important developments and technologies in use today. Professor Stille’s untimely death was the result of a commercial airline crash in July 1989.

His wife, Dolores, was a strong supporter of her husband’s career and of the Department of Chemistry at Colorado State University until her death in February 1995.

Professor Stille’s former students and postdoctoral fellows continue to carry on his legacy, holding important positions in the academic, government, and industrial research communities.

In order to preserve the memory of this gifted scientist and his devoted wife, the Department of Chemistry, with the aid of numerous personal contributions from former students, faculty, colleagues, and industrial firms, has established the Stille Science Symposium. Since Professor Stille’s research interests and contributions ranged over diverse disciplines, each symposium has a different theme.


1990: Organic Synthesis–A Tool for the 21st Century

K.C. Nicolaou, Scripps Research Institute
Phil Magnus, UT Austin
Dieter Seebach, E.T.H, Zurich
David A. Evans, Harvard

1992: Catalytic Oxidation

James P. Collman, Stanford
Robert J. Madix, Stanford
Jack H. Lunsford, Texas A&M
Thomas J. Meyer, UNC

1993: Frontiers of Polymer Chemistry

Robert H.Grubbs, Cal Tech
Owen W. Webster, DuPont Central Research
Donald A. Tomalia, Michigan Molecular Inst.
Harold R. Allcock, Penn State

1995: The Electron Transfer Reaction

Harry B. Gray, Cal Tech
Norman Sutin, Brookhaven Nat. Lab
Graham R. Fleming, Chicago
Allen J. Bard, UT Austin

1997: Biological Chemistry

Adrian Bax, NIH
Jack E. Baldwin, Oxford
Thomas R. Cech, UC Boulder
Richard A. Lerner, Scripps Research Institute

2002: Frontiers in Organic Chemistry

Robert Bergman, UC Berkeley
Peter Dervan, Cal Tech
Eric Jacobsen, Harvard
George Whitesides, Harvard

 2011: Materials for a Sustainable World

A. Paul Alivisatos, UC Berkeley
Daniel G. Nocera, MIT
Ester S. Takeuchi, SUNY Buffalo
Robert M. Waymouth, Stanford

2016: Development and Application of NMR for Our World

Joseph Ackerman, Washington University in Saint Louis
Adriaan Bax, National Institutes of Health
Ann McDermott, Columbia University
Robert Tycko, National Institutes of Health