Issue Date: January 8, 2018
ACS Award for Distinguished Service in the Advancement of Inorganic Chemistry: Thomas B. Rauchfuss
Sponsor: Strem Chemicals
Citation: For leadership crucial to maintaining high standards and advancing inorganic chemistry and for sustained and creative contributions to synthetic inorganic chemistry.
Current position: Larry Faulkner Research Professor of Chemistry, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Education: B.S., chemistry, University of Puget Sound; Ph.D., chemistry, Washington State University
Rauchfuss on what gets his creative juices flowing: “For me, a great source of inspiration comes from the international nature of the research enterprise. It is striking how much research priorities vary from country to country. These diverse cultures not only affect my scholarship but improve my enjoyment of research.”
What his colleagues say: “As a current friendly (but serious) competitor of professor Rauchfuss in the field of biomimetics of hydrogenase enzyme active sites, I have the greatest admiration of his research. He has been at the forefront of several developing areas of research. He is a chemist’s chemist and an excellent scientist who simply loves his work. His group has published extensively on very challenging synthetic methods and new chemistries. I’m also impressed with his devotion to teaching undergraduates.”—Marcetta Darensbourg, Texas A&M University
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