Issue Date: July 7, 2008
Barbara Finlayson-Pitts Wins 2007 Tolman Medal
Barbara J. Finlayson-Pitts, professor of chemistry at the University of California, Irvine, is the winner of the 2007 Richard C. Tolman Medal, awarded annually by the ACS Southern California Section.
Finlayson-Pitts's research interests include the photochemistry, kinetics, and mechanisms of atmospheric reactions, especially heterogeneous reactions. Her current projects include the chemistry of sea salt particles, organics, and oxides of nitrogen and the photochemistry of species at interfaces.
The Tolman Medal recognizes broad accomplishments in chemistry rather than a single fundamental discovery. These contributions may be of several kinds, including influential fundamental research, achievements of broad impact in chemical technology, significant contributions to chemical education, and outstanding leadership in science on a national level. Recipients must have accomplished a major portion of his or her work while a resident of Southern California.
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