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A lifetime in catalysis

Israel E. Wachs, a world-renowned expert in catalysis, will be the first engineer and non-chemist to receive the 2012 Vanadis Award at the 8th annual International Vanadium Symposium in mid-August. The award is presented to researchers who have displayed innovative research in vanadium chemistry, as well as documented impact on the field. Wachs, the G. Whitney Snyder professor of chemical engineering, has also recently received Germany’s Humboldt Research Award for senior scientists. According to the Humboldt citation, “Professor Wachs is an international authority on catalysis science. During his dual career in industry and academia he has continuously worked on the conceptual challenges of catalysis. In this capacity he pioneered the use of Raman spectroscopy as an in-situ tool investigating working catalysts.”

U.S. Department of Energy

Israel E. Wachs