Issue Date: January 8, 2018
George A. Olah Award in Hydrocarbon or Petroleum Chemistry: Oliver C. Mullins
Sponsor: George A. Olah Award Endowment
Citation: For fundamental contributions codified in the Yen-Mullins model of asphaltenes and asphaltene thermodynamics, in pioneering downhole fluid analysis, and in leading reservoir fluid geodynamics.
Current position: science advisor, Schlumberger-Doll Research
Education: B.S., biology, Beloit College; M.S. and Ph.D., chemistry, Carnegie Mellon University
Mullins on his scientific role model and why: “My father, William Wilson Mullins, is my scientific role model. He was a famous thermodynamicist and loved probing discussions in science and broadly in all areas of human endeavor. I learned more science at our dinner table than anywhere else. He created an atmosphere of open discussion with contribution by all. I try hard to emulate his leadership.”
What his colleagues say: “Oliver C. Mullins’s name is synonymous with the science of asphaltenes. His pioneering contributions spanning from the early 1990s have unveiled and quantified the nature of colloidal-like asphaltenes. These efforts have been transformational in petroleum science.”—Michael L. Klein, Temple University
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