COLLEGE STATION --
D. Wayne Goodman and Jack H. Lunsford, distinguished professors of chemistry at Texas A&M University, recently were honored with prestigious awards from the American Chemical Society.
Goodman, who holds a Robert A. Welch Chair in Chemistry at Texas A&M, was recognized with the Arthur W. Adams Award for Distinguished Service in the Advancement of Surface Chemistry, while Lunsford received the ACS Award for Creative Research in Homogeneous and Heterogeneous Catalysis
Goodman and Lunsford received their respective awards as part of the 223rd ACS National Meeting, held earlier this month in Orlando, Fla.
According to an ACS spokesperson, the awards reflect a collective commitment to the advancement of chemistry and the chemical sciences by the two professors as well as Texas A&M University, a sentiment that was echoed by H. Joseph Newton, interim dean of the College of Science.
"Wayne Goodman and Jack Lunsford and their accomplishments help to illustrate once again the many strengths of our nationally ranked chemistry department," Newton said. "Their inspired leadership and dedication to discovery speak volumes about Texas A&M University and the caliber its faculty."
Goodman, who joined the Texas A&M faculty in 1988, has served as director of the Center for Catalysis and Surface Chemistry since 1997. Renowned as a key figure in the development of modern surface science, his work on surface chemical problems has been recognized with many awards, including the Robert Burwell Lectureship, the Humboldt Research Award, the Yarwood Medal and an Association of Former Students' Distinguished Research Award.
In addition, he previously has been honored by the ACS as the winner of both its Ipatieff Prize and its Colloid and Surface Chemistry Award.
"Wayne Goodman's work has focused on the central question in heterogeneous catalysis, which deals with the chemical reactivity of surfaces as promoters of catalytic reactions," explained Emile A. Schweikert, professor and head of the Department of Chemistry. "With the Arthur W. Adams Award, the American Chemical Society recognizes Goodman's creative insight in surface chemistry."
Goodman earned his bachelor's degree from Mississippi College and his doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin. He currently serves as associate editor of the "Journal of Catalysis."
Lunsford, who began teaching chemistry at Texas A&M in 1966, has forged a 36-year career as a respected instructor and researcher at A&M. His research interests include surface chemistry, catalysts and catalytic reactions, specifically the conversion of methane into more useful compounds such as methanol and ethane.
In addition to more than 200 publications in chemistry journals, Lunsford boasts several major awards for his research, including the Paul H. Emmett Award, the Humboldt Research Award and the ACS Award in Petroleum Chemistry. He holds degrees from Texas A&M and Rice University.
"Jack Lunsford is a leading figure in catalytic research, specifically why catalysts work," Schweikert added. "His work has successfully addressed many questions in heterogeneous catalysis, including the important problem of the partial oxidation of methane to become a useful chemical feedstock. This latest American Chemical Society Award is another indication of Lunsford's superb reputation in the chemical community."
Since being chartered by the U.S. Congress in 1876, the American Chemical Society has become the world's largest scientific society with more than 163,000 members. The ACS advances knowledge and research through scholarly publishing, scientific conferences, information resources for education and business, and professional development efforts.
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