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Five Chemists Honored by American Chemical Society

Record number of faculty honored for work in the field of chemistry

EVANSTON, Ill. --- Five members of the Northwestern University department of chemistry faculty have been honored with 2016 American Chemical Society National Awards.

This is the largest number of Northwestern chemists to receive American Chemical Society (ACS) awards in a single year. 

The national awards program is designed to encourage the advancement of chemistry in all its branches, to support research in chemical science and industry and to promote the careers of chemists.

The Northwestern recipients and their awards are:

Antonio Facchetti, adjunct professor of chemistry in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, was honored with the ACS Award for Creative Invention. Facchetti’s area of research expertise is organic optoelectrics, including organic thin-film transistors and organic photovoltaics.

Mercouri Kanatzidis, the Charles E. and Emma H. Morrison Professor of Chemistry in Weinberg, was honored with the ACS Award in Inorganic Chemistry. Kanatzidis is an international leader in inorganic and solid-state chemistry. His research focuses on the development of new solid-state semiconductors able to recover waste heat and convert it directly into electricity.

Frederick D. Lewis, a professor of chemistry in Weinberg, was honored with the Josef Michl ACS Award in Photochemistry. Lewis’ research involves understanding the relationship between the unique structure of DNA and its interaction with light.

Mark A. Ratner, the L.B. Dumas Distinguished University Chair and co-director of the Institute for Sustainability and Energy at Northwestern (ISEN), was honored with the Peter Debye Award in Physical Chemistry. His research focuses on the structure, function and dynamics behavior of molecular systems.

George C. Schatz, the Charles E. and Emma H. Morrison Professor of Chemistry in Weinberg, was honored with the Irving Langmuir Award in Chemical Physics. Schatz’s research is concerned with theory and computational modeling in a variety of nanoscience topics and related fields of biophysics and materials.