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Morris Bullock, Ph.D., Daniel DuBois, Ph.D., PNNL Hydrogen Catalysis Team win ACS award

American Chemical Society

ACS Catalysis and the American Chemical Society (ACS) Division of Catalysis Science & Technology are pleased to announce Morris Bullock, Ph.D., Daniel DuBois, Ph.D., and the Hydrogen Catalysis Team at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) have won the 2015 ACS Catalysis Lectureship for the Advancement of Catalytic Science. This is the first team win for the Lectureship.

The Hydrogen Catalysis Team's research has revolutionized our understanding of the role of proton movement in the electrocatalytic interconversion of electricity and hydrogen fuel. This body of work has had a profound impact on catalysis as a whole and has strengthened the connections between bio-related and molecular catalysis, as well as between experimental and theoretical chemists.

These individuals brought to bear expertise in synthesis, spectroscopy, electrochemistry, and high-level theory and computation to develop and understand challenging catalytic processes. A signature aspect of this team's work is their focus on catalysts based on earth-abundant metals, where they have established remarkable catalytic behavior for nickel, iron and manganese. The highly collaborative team led by Bullock and DuBois elucidated the design rules of one of the great breakthroughs in catalysis of this decade -- the diphosphine-amine ligands that facilitate the activation and production of dihydrogen by first row transition metal centers.

The ACS Catalysis Lectureship for the Advancement of Catalytic Science honors current groundbreaking research that enables better understanding of the links among the various subdisciplines of catalysis and also advances the field of catalysis as a whole. The lectureship is co-sponsored by the ACS Division of Catalysis Science & Technology and the ACS Publications journal ACS Catalysis.

The 2015 ACS Catalysis Lectureship for the Advancement of Catalytic Science will be presented at the 2015 ACS Fall National Meeting & Exposition in Boston.

ACS Catalysis publishes original research on heterogeneous catalysis, molecular catalysis and biocatalysis. Wide-ranging coverage includes life sciences, organometallics and synthesis, drug discovery and development, polymer discovery and production, materials science, energy and environment, photochemistry and electrochemistry. ACS Catalysis won the 2012 Association of American Publishers PROSE Award for Best New Journal in Science, Technology & Medicine and is highly ranked with a 7.572 Impact Factor in 2013. The journal also achieved 4,446 total citations as reported in the 2013 Journal Citation Reports® (Thomson Reuters, 2014).

The Catalysis Science and Technology Division was established in 2011 to promote the awareness of the latest research efforts and discoveries in catalysis. The division is very active in organizing and coordinating catalysis symposia at national meetings. Its membership has grown to over 1,000 within three years of its establishment.


The American Chemical Society is a nonprofit organization chartered by the U.S. Congress. With more than 158,000 members, ACS is the world's largest scientific society and a global leader in providing access to chemistry-related research through its multiple databases, peer-reviewed journals and scientific conferences. Its main offices are in Washington, D.C., and Columbus, Ohio.

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