Dr. Donald J. Darensbourg, professor of chemistry at Texas A&M University, has been selected from among the nation's most preeminent researchers as the 2010 recipient of the American Chemical Society (ACS) Award in Inorganic Chemistry.

Darensbourg will accept the award at a banquet honoring fellow ACS national award winners on Tuesday (March 23) in conjunction with the 239th ACS National Meeting, scheduled for March 21-25 in San Francisco, Calif. He will receive $5,000 and a certificate commemorating his contributions to inorganic chemistry.

A member of the Texas A&M faculty since 1982, Darensbourg is a noted expert in the mechanisms of organometallic reactions, including carbon dioxide insertion into hydrogen-, carbon- and oxygen-metal bonds. He will be recognized for those studies and their application to carbon dioxide utilization, specifically polycarbonate formation.

"It's an award that's given to you as an acknowledgement from your peers, and from that aspect, it means other researchers in your area have reasonably high regard for your efforts," Darensbourg said. "In some respects, it's luck, because there are so many well-qualified people."

In recent years, Darensbourg's research has expanded to include copolymerizing carbon dioxide with epoxides or oxetanes to produce polycarbonates. His work in this area has led to the synthesis of biodegradable polymers which have use in medical devices, including surgical sutures, internal fixation devices for repair of fractures to small bones, drug-delivery devices and dental implants.

After earning his bachelor's degree in chemistry from California State University, Los Angeles in 1964, Darensbourg received his Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry from the University of Illinois in 1968. Within the next year, he joined the faculty of the University of New York in Buffalo. In 1973, he moved to Tulane University, where he spent nine years and rose through the ranks to become a full professor before accepting his current faculty position at Texas A&M.

A prolific researcher, Darensbourg has more than 330 scholarly publications to his credit, many of which are featured in the most highly ranked international journals in the field, such as Journal of the American Chemical Society, Angewandte Chemie and Chemical Communications. His excellence in classroom and laboratory teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate level has been recognized with university-level Distinguished Achievement Awards in both Teaching (1988) and Research (1990) from the Texas A&M Association of Former Students. A current member of five editorial boards, Darensbourg is consistently called upon to serve on advisory and review teams and to lecture at conferences and research institutions all around the world.

Established in 1876, the American Chemical Society is the world's largest scientific society with a commitment "to advance the broader chemistry enterprise and its practitioners for the benefit of Earth and its people." The ACS is the known as the premier professional home for the world's leading chemists, as well as the vanguard of scientific publications and information.


Contact: Chris Jarvis, (979) 845-7246 or cjarvis@science.tamu.edu or Dr. Donald J. Darensbourg (979) 845-5417 or djdarens@chem.tamu.edu

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