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Kosolapoff Awards

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The G. M. Kosolapoff Lecture series is sponsored by the Auburn section of the American Chemical Society and the Auburn University Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. The award is named after Gennady Michael Kosolapoff who came to Alabama Polytechnic Institute in 1948. (Alabama Polytechnic Institute was re-named Auburn University in 1960.) The award is presented to chemists and biochemists in recognition of outstanding scientific contributions. Among the list of 30 awardees are 12 Nobel Laureates and 28 National Academy Members, scientists who have made transformative impacts on the world through their research.

2019 Recipient of the Kosolapoff Award

Kosolapoff Award Lecture Series

Since 1986, the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry has brought together past and future generations of chemistry professionals through an annual lecture series, the Auburn – G.M. Kosolapoff Award Lecture, which is sponsored by the American Chemical Society, Auburn Section.

Speakers from prestigious universities including Harvard, Purdue, Stanford, Columbia, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have shared their research at Auburn University for this event over the past three decades. The 2019 recipient of this award is Dr. Sharon Hammes-Schiffer from Yale University.

Dr. Hammes-Schiffer spoke on February 13 on the topic Enzymes: The Engines of Biology. She shared insight about chemical reactions in condensed phases. The three areas of her research includes proton-coupled electron transfer reactions, enzymatic processes, and non-Born-Oppenheimer electronic structure methods.

Read more about the 2019 recipient and view her lecture.

2018 Recipient of the Kosolapoff Award

 2018 Recipient of the Award

Congratulations to Dr. Marcetta Y. Darensbourg of Texas A&M University. She was the recipient of the 2018 Kosolapoff Award from the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry in the College of Sciences and Mathematics at Auburn University.

Dr. Darensbourg presented "Old Biology Inspires New Chemistry: The Hydrogen Economy from Pond Silt to Photovoltaic/Fuel Cells" to a packed room in the Sciences Classroom Center Building.

Dr. Darensbourg holds the title of Distinguished Professor of Chemistry at Texas A&M and teaches courses on inorganic and organometallic chemistry.

2017 Recipient of the Kosolapoff Award

 2017 Recipient

The 2017 Kosolapoff Award was presented to Princeton Professor of Chemistry, David MacMillan. In a packed room at the Sciences Classroom Center, he gave his lecture: “Why is Catalysis of Value to Society?”

MacMillan is a James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor at Princeton University, and served as Department Chair from 2010 - 2015. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Archive of Past Recipients

Research Page: Research Page; Nobel laureate: Nobel laureate; National Academy Member: NAS member

Scroll down, dates are ascending order: 
1986 --- William N. Lipscomb Nobel laureate NAS member
1987 --- Herbert C. Brown Nobel laureate NAS member
1988 --- Michael J. S. Dewar NAS member
1989 --- Donald J. Cram Research Page Nobel laureate NAS member
1990 --- Henry Taube Nobel laureate NAS member
1991 --- Derek H. R. Barton Nobel laureate NAS member
1992 --- Allen J. Bard Research Page NAS member
1993 --- Richard E. Smalley Research Page Nobel laureate NAS member
1994 --- Dudley R. Herschbach Research Page Nobel laureate NAS member
1995 --- William von Eggers Doering NAS member
1996 --- Rudolph A. Marcus Research Page Nobel laureate NAS member
1997 --- Mario J. Molina Research Page Nobel laureate NAS member
1998 --- Richard N. Zare Research Page NAS member
1999 --- Jacqueline K. Barton Research Page NAS member
2000 --- Josef Michl Research Page NAS member
2001 --- Harry B. Gray Research Page NAS member
2002 --- Ahmed H. Zewail Research Page Nobel laureate NAS member
2003 --- John D. Roberts Research Page NAS member
2004 --- Kenneth N. Raymond Research Page NAS member
2005 --- Ronald Breslow Research Page NAS member
2006 --- Kyriacos C. Nicolaou Research Page 
2007 --- Robert H. Grubbs Research Page Nobel laureate NAS member
2008 --- Barry M. Trost Research Page 
2009 --- Koji Nakanishi Research Page 
2010 --- Robert H. Crabtree Research Page 
2011 --- Eric N. Jacobsen Research Page NAS member
2012 --- Thomas J. Meyer Research Page NAS member
2013 --- Ei-ichi Negishi Research Page Nobel laureate NAS member
2014 --- Daniel G. Nocera Research Page NAS member
2015 --- Edward I. Solomon  Research Page NAS member
2016 --- John E. Bercaw  Research Page NAS member
2017 --- David W. C. MacMillan  Research Page 
2018 --- Marcetta Y. Darensbourg
2019 --- Sharon Hammes-Schiffer

Last Updated: 03/06/2019