Awards to E. Iglesia, M. Davis, W. Goodman, and I. Wachs

Enrique Igle­sia has received the 2005 George A. Olah Award in Hydro­car­bon Chem­istry from the Amer­i­can Chem­i­cal Soci­ety. It will be pre­sent­ed at the 2005 ACS Meet­ing in San Diego in March 2005. The award is giv­en to rec­og­nize, encour­age, and stim­u­late out­stand­ing research achieve­ments in hydro­car­bon or petro­le­um chem­istry. The recip­i­ent must have accom­plished out­stand­ing research in the chem­istry of hydro­car­bons or of petro­le­um and its prod­ucts. Spe­cial con­sid­er­a­tion will be giv­en to the inde­pen­dence of thought and the orig­i­nal­i­ty shown. Enrique Igle­sia has brought togeth­er mech­a­nis­tic insights into sur­face reac­tions with detailed atom­ic-scale char­ac­ter­i­za­tion of inor­gan­ic solids to design advanced mate­ri­als for cat­alyt­ic hydro­car­bon con­ver­sions.

Mark Davis of Cal­tech has receieved the E. V. Mur­phree Award in Indus­tri­al and Engi­neer­ing Chem­istry spon­sored by Exxon­Mo­bil Research and Engi­neer­ing Com­pa­ny and Exxon­Mo­bil Chem­i­cal Com­pa­ny. This award is giv­en to stim­u­late fun­da­men­tal research in indus­tri­al and engi­neer­ing chem­istry, the devel­op­ment of chem­i­cal engi­neer­ing prin­ci­ples and their appli­ca­tion to indus­tri­al process­es.

D. Wayne Good­man, Texas A&M Uni­ver­si­ty will receive the 2005 Gabor A. Somor­jai Award for Cre­ative Research in Catal­y­sis spon­sored by the Gabor A. and Judith K. Somor­jai Endow­ment Fund. The award is to rec­og­nize out­stand­ing the­o­ret­i­cal, exper­i­men­tal, or devel­op­men­tal research result­ing in the advance­ment of under­stand­ing or appli­ca­tion of catal­y­sis.

Israel Wachs of Lehigh Uni­ver­si­ty was one of two sci­en­tists select­ed by the ACS Divi­sion of Col­loid & Sur­face Chem­istry as win­ners of its 2004 Lang­muir Lec­ture Awards. Israel has worked on the sur­face sci­ence of sup­port­ed met­al oxide cat­a­lysts, where an active 2‑D sur­face met­al oxide is dis­persed on an oxide sup­port sub­strate. He spoke on sol­id-vac­u­um or sol­id-gas inter­faces at the recent Philadel­phia ACS meet­ing in August 2004.