Gabor Somorjai to Be Awarded the Richards Medal at March NESACS Meeting
Thursday, March 23, 2017 from 5:30 PM to 9:00 PM (EDT)
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
March 2017 Monthly Meeting of NESACS and Awarding of the Theodore William Richards Medal to Professor Gabor Somorjai
This meeting will feature Gabor Somorjai, Professor of Chemistry at University of California, Berkley, as our speaker as he awarded the Theodore William Richards Medal for his pioneering experimental and conceptual contributions to the understanding of surface chemistry and catalysis at a microscopic and molecular level.
Molecular Catalysis Science. The Development of Surface Science toward Integration of Heterogeneous, Homogeneous, and Enzyme Catalysis on the Nanoscale
The surface science of chemical reactivity utilized single crystal surfaces to determine the atomic structures at interfaces responsible for rearrangements of molecules through changes at covalent or charge transfer (acid-base) bonds. The evolution of nanomaterials science has had a large impact on molecular catalysis science since most heterogeneous, homogeneous and enzyme catalysts are nanoparticles in the 0.8-10 nm range. Monometallic and bimetallic nanoparticles as well as core-shell structures and oxide-metal interfaces are used to study multipath catalytic reactions with high product selectivity. At the same time instruments were developed that can be employed to study catalysts under reaction conditions to monitor dynamic changes that occur during catalytic reactions, their atomic and molecular structure, and composition and oxidation state with high spatial and time resolution. These in-situ surface techniques include sum frequency generation vibrational spectroscopy, high pressure scanning tunneling microscopy along with synchrotron techniques of X-ray spectroscopies. Discoveries have included the size and shape dependence of turnover rates and product selectivity and other kinetic variables, the importance of oxide-metal interfaces in heterogeneous catalysis and the dominance of covalent bond and charged ion chemistry in transition metal and acid-base catalysis. Below 2 nm the metal nanoparticles have electronic structures that stabilize charge states, which can be used to heterogenize homogeneous catalysts. Enzymes can be immobilized on a DNA to aniline functionalized glass and they maintain most of their catalytic activity in this mode. Our aim is integration of the three fields of catalysis, heterogeneous, homogeneous and enzyme by developing hybrid systems and new instruments that permit studies of increased catalytic complexity.
Please visit www.nesacs.org/awards_richards-medal.html for more information on the selection process, the history of the Award and the career of Theodore William Richards, as well as additional information about Professor Gabor Somorjai. Professor Somorjai's biography can also be found on the NESACS site.
NESACS would like to thank the Theodore William Richards Medal Committee of NESACS, especially Professor Mort Hoffman (emeritus, Boston University, Chair of the Award Committee), Professor Jerry Jasinski (Keene State University, 2016 Chair of NESACS), and Ms. Anna Singer for her assistance with arrangements and invitations to this event.
Registration is required and a ticket for will be necessary for admission to the symposium, the networking reception, and the board meeting. MBTA closest stop is Harvard Square, with many bus lines (1, 68, 83) providing access via Mass Ave. or Broadway. Please visit www.mbta.com.
Garage parking is located on Felton Street (1.5 block NE of 20 Quincy) as well as the Holyoke Street garage, between Holyoke and Dunster streets (5 blocks West of 20 Quincy). There is street parking around Harvard Square, but the 2 hour time limit might not be enough for the dinner or the meeting.
Please note, the Board Meeting, Social Hour, and Dinner will be held at Loeb House, 20 Quincy Street. The Richards Award address and talk will be held at 12 Oxford Street, in the Pfizer Chemistry building (approximately 1/2 mile, 8-10 minute walk between the two locations). Please let us know if you are unable to make transportation arrangements or if you need suggestions or directions.
Registration or other questions? Please contact: Ms. Anna Singer during regular business hours, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Schedule of Events
4:30 – 5:30 PM NESACS Board Meeting (17 Quincy Street)
5:30 PM Social Hour (17 Quincy Street, Loeb House)
6:15 PM Dinner (17 Quincy Street, Loeb House)
8:15 PM Monthly Meeting and Theodore William Richards Award Presentation to Gabor Somorjai for Conspicuous Achievement in Chemistry (12 Oxford Street)
Questions? Please contact: Ms. Anna Singer during standard business hours, email@example.com.
THE PUBLIC IS INVITED - RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED
What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
Parking is available in the Felton Street Garage and the Holyoke Garage (See above).
Please use the Red Line and exit at Harvard Square. Loeb House is located at 17 Quincy Street, and importantly, the Richards Medal Award Ceremony and Presentation will be at the Pfizer Lecture Hall, located at 12 Oxford Street in the Chemistry Department. Buses are available through MBTA (1, 68, 83) and drop off within 2 blocks of Loeb House.
Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?
With any questions whatsoever, please contact Ms. Anna Singer, firstname.lastname@example.org
Is my registration/ticket transferrable?
Yes, please contact Ms. Anna Singer, email@example.com, before March 15, 2017.
When & Where
The Northeastern Section of the American Chemical Society
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