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Randall Winans elected to the first Class of ACS Fellows, 2009


Randall E. Winans, a long time member of the Fuel Chemistry Division, as been elected to the inaugural 2009 class of Fellows of the American Chemical Society (ACS).

The ACS Fellows Program was created by the Board of Directors in December 2008 “to recognize members of the American Chemical Society for outstanding achievements in and contributions to Science, the Profession, and the Society.” Ultimately, the body of Fellows is intended to reach approximately 1-2% of ACS membership.  See: C&E New Article

Winans and the other 162 Class of 2009 ACS Fellows will be honored at a special ceremony during the ACS National Meeting in Washington, D.C., on Monday, August 17, 2009. 

Randy Winans received his Ph.D. in Physical Organic Chemistry from Cornell University in 1975, whereupon he took a postdoctoral appointment at Argonne, where he’s served as an Assistant Chemist, Chemist, and Chemistry Group Leader, achieving the rank of Senior Chemist. From 2001 to 2006 he was the Director of the Basic Energy Sciences Synchrotron Radiation Center at sectors 11 and 12 of the APS. In 2005 he became Group Leader of the Chemistry, Environmental and Polymer Group in the X-ray Operations and Research section of the X-ray Science Division. He was named Group leader of the newly formed Chemical and Materials Science Group in 2009.

Winans is co-author on numerous refereed publications and has made many contributions to the chemistry community.  For the Division of Fuel Chemistry he has served as: Treasurer 1983-1985; Trustee 1987;  Chair‑Elect 1988; Chair 1989; Past Chair 1990; Chair, Strategic Planning Committee 1993-1995; Director-at-Large 1995-1998; Chair of the Ad Hoc Committee to monitor Energy & Fuels 1994; Webmaster, and Chair of the ACS Storch Award Selection Committee; symposium chair of several national meeting symposia).  For all of these vital contributions, Randy was recognized with the FUEL Distinguished Service Award in 2007.  For the National Society, Randy was elected to serve on the American Chemical Society Committee on Science 2006 – 2009; he was the obvious candidate for our division to nominate for this august committee.  He has also been on the Editorial Board for the ACS Journal Energy & Fuels since 1994.

He is the only known division member who has achieved both their highest scientific honor (the ACS-Exxon Henry H. Storch Award for Excellence in Fuel Science) and the division’s Distinguished Service Award. 


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Harold Schobert Elected to the 2010 Class of ACS Fellows

Professor Harold Schobert

Harold Schobert, professor of fuel science in the Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering and leading researcher in fuel chemistry in the EMS Energy Institute at Penn State, has been elected to the 2010 class of Fellows of the American Chemical Society (ACS).

The ACS Fellows Program was created in 2008 to “recognize members for their contributions to the chemical sciences and outstanding service to ACS.” Last year, ACS honored the inaugural class of 162 Fellows.

The 2010 Fellows, including Schobert, will be honored at a special ceremony during the ACS National Meeting in Boston, MA this August.   

Schobert came to Penn State in 1986 and served as the Fuel Science Program Chair from 1988 – 1996 and as the EMS Energy Institute Director from 1998 – 2006. Schobert has made many important contributions to the advancement of fuel science and is internationally recognized as a leading researcher for his accomplishments in the areas of fuel chemistry, including molecular structures of coals, conversion of coals to synthetic fuels and to carbon materials, coal-based jet fuels, coal ash behavior, and CO2 capture. As one of his most notable research accomplishments, he directed a 20-year project that successfully developed a coal-based replacement for Jet A and JP-8 jet fuels that also has an application for thermal management on board aircraft. He has over 350 publications, including 10 books and over 100 refereed journal articles in leading research journals related to fuel chemistry. 

At Penn State, Schobert is widely respected as a teacher and leader in the area of energy and fuels. He has developed several new courses in energy and fuels during his tenure and two of his books, The Chemistry of Hydrocarbon Fuels and Energy and Society: An Introduction, are extensively used as textbooks in the US and the world. For his outstanding accomplishments in research and teaching, Schobert is one of the few Penn State faculty members to receive both the Matthew and Anne Wilson Award for Excellence in Teaching and the Matthew and Anne Wilson Award for Excellence in Research, which are the highest awards for research and teaching in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences at Penn State.

Schobert has also received the Richard A. Glenn Award for Best Paper in Fuel Chemistry from the ACS Fuel Chemistry Division, and, in 2004, he received the Henry H. Storch Award in Fuel Chemistry, which is the highest honor for research awarded by the ACS Fuel Chemistry Division. 

Schobert is an active leader and long time member of ACS. In 2009, Schobert received the Distinguished Service Award from the ACS Fuel Chemistry Division in recognition of his outstanding service and continued impact. He has served in seven elective or appointive offices with the division, including elected Chair for the ACS Fuel Chemistry Division. He also chaired the Long-Rang Planning Committee and led the strategic planning efforts and the report for the division. 


Chunshan Song Named 2010 Storch Award Winner and Elected to the 2010 Class of ACS Fellows


Chunshan Song, distinguished professor of fuel science in the Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering and Director of EMS Energy Institute at Penn State, was selected to receive the Henry H. Storch Award in Fuel Chemistry at the American Chemical Society (ACS) Spring 2010 national meeting held in March 2010. He received this prestigious award in recognition of his outstanding contributions to fuel science especially in the areas of clean fuels, catalysis, and CO2 capture and conversion research.     

The Henry H. Storch Award, co-sponsored by the Division of Fuel Chemistry of the ACS and Elsevier Ltd., is given annually to recognize an individual in the field of fuel science for an exceptional contribution to the research on the chemistry and utilization of hydrocarbon fuels. Special consideration is given to innovation and novelty in the use of fuels, characterization of fuels, and advances in fuel chemistry that benefit the public welfare or the environment. The award is the highest honor for research awarded by the ACS Fuel Chemistry Division.

Song was recently named a Distinguished Professor of Fuel Science by Penn State's Office of the President. He is also professor of chemical engineering and Associate Director of the Penn State Institutes of Energy and the Environment. He received a BS in chemical engineering in 1982 from Dalian University of Technology, China, and a MS in 1986 and PhD in 1989 in applied chemistry from Osaka University, Japan. He worked at the Research Center of Osaka Gas Company in Japan prior to joining Penn State in Nov 1989.

Song is internationally recognized for his original and innovative contributions to clean fuels, catalysis and CO2 capture and conversion research. His early research at Penn State on catalytic coal liquefaction and the effects of drying coal on coal conversion at low temperatures led to a new way of preparing highly active dispersed catalysts using water and sulfide precursor. Based on this discovery, further fundamental studies using probe molecules resulted in two patents for inventions on nano-sized ultra-high-surface metal sulfide catalysts that have been licensed to industry. From his efforts to make better use of coal-derived aromatics for value-added chemicals, he has designed shape-selective alkylation catalysts for synthesis of precursors for advanced polymers and engineering materials from naphthalene, which have been patented and licensed to industry. He has made major contributions to the development of coal-based advanced thermally stable jet fuels through his work on fundamental chemistry concerning the effects of intrinsic fuel composition and structure on thermal degradation of jet fuels, and his work on model compounds studies related to stable bicyclic structures and hydroaromatics and their tailored production through catalysis. These developments were part of the large, 20 year, U.S. government-funded jet fuel project led by Harold Schobert at Penn State, which has been scaled up to pilot plant production. For ultra-clean fuels and fuel cells, Song and his group devised an innovative approach to selective adsorption for removing sulfur from liquid hydrocarbon fuels over solid surface without using hydrogen, which has also been licensed to industry and already used for making prototype systems.

His group recently developed a novel approach to CO2 capture by “molecular-basket sorbents” consisting of nanoporous matrix and functional polymers with superior capacity and selectivity. In addition, his group developed sulfur-tolerant and carbon-resistant bimetallic and trimetallic catalysts for low-temperature steam reforming of liquid fuels and non-pyrophoric catalysts for oxygen-assisted water gas shift. He recently proposed a new design concept of sulfur-tolerant noble metal catalysts for low-temperature hydrotreating and dearomatization for ultra clean fuels.

Song is an active leader in hydrocarbon processing research and has been elected as Chair of the Fuel Chemistry and the Petroleum Chemistry Divisions of American Chemical Society as well as Chair of the Advisory Board for the International Pittsburgh Coal Conference. He has also served as chair or co-chair for over 35 international symposia, and is currently on eight research journal advisory boards, including Energy & Fuels, Catalysis Today, Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, RSC Catalysis series,  Research on Chemical Intermediates, Journal of Fuel Chemistry and Technology, Acta Petrolei Sinica, and Coal Conversion. In addition, he serves on the scientific advisory boards for several international conference series and for several R&D organizations worldwide.

A prolific author of many high-impact publications, Song has delivered 40 plenary or keynote lectures at international conferences and 190 invited lectures worldwide. He has 170 refereed journal articles (which received over 4000 citations), 6 refereed books, 25 book chapters, 11 special journal issues, 20 patents and patent applications, and over 280 conference papers. He has also received a number of major awards, including the Fulbright Distinguished Scholar from US-UK; the Herman Pines Award for Outstanding Research in Catalysis from Catalysis Club of Chicago in North American Catalysis Society; the Chang Jiang Scholar from the Ministry of Education of China; Most Cited Authors in Catalysis from Elsevier; Outstanding Scholar Overseas from the Chinese Academy of Sciences; the Distinguished Catalysis Researcher Lectureship from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory; the Robinson Distinguished Lectureship from University of Alberta, Canada; the NEDO Fellowship and AIST Fellowship Awards from Japan; Distinguished Service Awards from the American Chemical Society’s Petroleum Chemistry Division, and from the Annual International Pittsburgh Coal Conference. Within the Pennsylvania State University, he has received the Wilson Award for Excellence in Research, the Faculty Mentoring Award, Inventor Incentive Awards and the Materials Science & Engineering Service Award. . In addition, Song has held visiting professorships with Imperial College London, University of Paris VI, Tsinghua University, Dalian University of Technology, Taiyuan University of Technology, Tianjin University, and Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics as well as Institute of Coal Chemistry within Chinese Academy of Sciences. 

A Storch Award Symposium in Honor of Chunshan Song will be held at ACS Fall 2010 National Meeting in Boston during August 22-26, 2010.

Joe D. Allison ConocoPhillips Company

Joe Allison

Martin L. Gorbaty ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company (Retired)



Anne M. Gaffney AMG Chemistry and Catalysis Consulting

Anne Gaffney


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Kenneth J. Balkus, Jr., University of Texas, Dallas

Ken Balkus

Phillip F. Britt, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Phil Britt

Burtron H. Davis, University of Kentucky, CAER

Burt Davis

Geoffrey E. Dolbear, G.E. Dolbear & Associates, Inc.


Joe W. Hightower, Rice University [Emeritus]


Michael T. Klein, University of Delaware

Mike Klein

Umit S. Ozkan, Ohio State University

Umit  Ozkan

Eric M. Suuberg, Brown University

Eric Suuberg


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Calo, Joseph M.

Joe Callo

Brown University

Gregar, Kathleen Carrado

Katie Gregar

Argonne National Laboratory

Houston, Lisa J.

Lisa Houston


Oyama, Shigeo Ted

Ted Oyama

The University of Tokyo


Buchanan, III, A. C.

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Oak Ridge National Laboratory   

Contribution to the science/profession: Made distinguished contributions to advancing the fundamental understanding of the kinetics and mechanisms involved in the thermochemical transformations of fossil and renewable fuels.

Contribution to the ACS community: Contributed to the Divisions of Fuel Chemistry and Energy and Fuels through service as a Councilor and Alternate Councilor and has organized numerous technical symposia at national meetings.

Burrington, James D.

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The Lubrizol Corporation

Contribution to the science/profession: Achievements include mechanistic elucidation of selective (amm)oxidation of propylene over heterogeneous metal oxide catalysts; invention of controlled release forms of lubricant additives; and authoring a textbook and course Industrial Catalysis: Chemistry and Mechanism.

Contribution to the ACS community: Served as two-time Chair and 20-year Executive Committee member of (formerly) Petroleum Chemistry (now Energy and Fuels) Division. Developed numerous ACS symposia on petroleum chemistry, catalysis, and biotechnology, including ACS Symposium Series 392


Bush, Warren V.

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Shell Development Company (Retired)

Contribution to the science/profession: Developed improved processes for removal of sulfur compounds from natural and refinery gases, and for elimination of emission of sulfur oxides from Claus sulfur plants.

Contribution to the ACS community: Has served as a Career Consultant from the beginning of the program, assisting more than 2000 job seekers with their résumés and interviews and developing and presenting ACS career workshops.

Cugini, Anthony V.

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National Energy Technology Laboratory

Contribution to the science/profession: Was an early advocate for the application of computational approaches to develop energy processes, using advanced computational methods to accelerate the developmental cycle from discovery to commercialization.

Contribution to the ACS community: Recognized for support and contributions to the Division of Fuel Chemistry where he served as Treasurer and Chair.

Fjare, Kristi

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Phillips 66 Company

Contribution to the science/profession: Leads a team that is developing a new technology for renewable hydrocarbon fuels.

Contribution to the ACS community: Held leadership roles during successful mergers of two Oklahoma Local Sections and the Divisions of Petroleum Chemistry and Fuel Chemistry into the new Division of Energy and Fuels.


Brazdil, James F.

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INEOS Technologies

Contribution to the science/profession: Responsible for the discovery, understanding, development, and commercialization of catalysts and catalytic processes for important industrial chemicals benefitting the well-being of people and society.

Contribution to the ACS community: Held numerous leadership positions in the ACS, including Secretary, Treasurer, and Chair of the Division of Petroleum Chemistry (now Energy and Fuels), and Secretary, Treasurer, and Chair of the Cleveland Local Section.

Dadyburjor, Dady

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West Virginia University

Contribution to the science/profession: Conducted research in catalysis and fuel production, including catalyst deactivation by coking and sintering, and fuels/chemicals from coal and natural gas.

Contribution to the ACS community: Served as Chair and held other offices in the Division of Petroleum Chemistry (now Energy and Fuels) and served as Director-at-Large of the Division of Energy and Fuels. Also served as a Governing Board member of the Council for Chemical Research.

Eser, Semih

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Penn State University

Contribution to the science/profession: Achievements include explaining the pathways and inhibition of carbonaceous solid deposition on metal surfaces from heated hydrocarbons and heteroatom species in fuel delivery systems of internal combustion engines.

Contribution to the ACS community: Served as Chair and Program Chair of the Division of Fuel Chemistry (now Energy and Fuels), helping to expand technical programming topics. Also recognized for service on the Committee on Divisional Activities and its Divisional Enhancement Subcommittee.

Kocsis, Jody A.

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The Lubrizol Corporation

Contribution to the science/profession: Recognized as a global leader in engine oil fuel economy technology for the Lubrizol Corporation. Wrote SAE International Technical Papers on engine oil technology and holds 15 U.S. patents and several foreign patents.

Contribution to the ACS community: As Chair of the Northeastern Ohio Local Section, obtained an Innovative Project Grant for an outreach program that supplements the school science curriculum to impact at-risk students in grades 3 to 5.

Schabron, John F.

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Western Research Institute

Contribution to the science/profession: Developed patented on-column precipitation and re-dissolution separation technique, and many new analysis methods, including test kits and new ASTM International methods for field monitoring fuel spills and halogenated solvent contamination.

Contribution to the ACS community: Initiated annual heavy oil symposia at National Meetings for 16 years, which is now an international symposium series in the Division of Energy and Fuels.

Schriesheim, Alan

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Chicago Council on Science and Technology

Contribution to the science/profession: Served as Director of the Argonne National Laboratory, where achievements included dramatically increasing funding and coupling basic research with commercial development. Co-founded and serves as President of the Chicago Council on Science and Technology.

Contribution to the ACS community: Developed and implemented a number of outreach programs as Argonne National Laboratory Director and as President of the Chicago Council on Science and Technology. Served in many leadership roles, including Chair, for the Division of Petroleum Chemistry (now Energy and Fuels) and on the Advisory Board of Chemical & Engineering News.


Serio, Michael A.

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Advanced Fuel Research, Inc.

Contribution to the science/profession: Recognized for significant contributions to the understanding of the kinetics, mechanisms, and modeling approaches for the behavior of renewable and fossil materials in thermochemical conversion processes.

Contribution to the ACS community: Held leadership positions in the Division of Fuel Chemistry (Chair, Program Chair, and Program Secretary), now the Division of Energy and Fuels, and was Head Trustee during a period of significant growth in the Division Trust Fund.




Herring, Andrew M. 

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Colorado School of Mines

Contribution to the science/profession: Recognized internationally as an expert in polymer exchange membranes for electrochemical applications. He pioneered work in new fuel cell electro-catalysts, photo-electro-catalysts, heteropoly acid-based catalysts, and membranes for electrochemical applications.

Contribution to the ACS community: Served as Chair of the Division of Fuel Chemistry. Also served as the lead member of the committee to merge the Divisions of Fuel Chemistry and Petroleum Chemistry, presiding over the historic vote to merge two divisions for the first time in ACS history.


Mathews, Jonathan P.

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The Pennsylvania State University

Contribution to the science/profession: Recognized for a passion for coal science, he has advanced coal science internationally and is noted for characterization and capturing structural diversity within large-scale atomistic representations of coal/chars and their use.

Contribution to the ACS community: Served as inaugural Co-Chair (2012) of the Division of Energy and Fuels, aided in the merger process, and was a champion of the retention of preprints. Also has served as a long-standing Director of Membership (2003–present) for the Division of Fuel Chemistry (now Energy and Fuels) and a frequent reviewer for coal-related research.