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ACS Award in Inorganic Chemistry

The first Ph.D. thesis in Chemistry at Northwestern University was granted in 1896 for an inorganic topic, The Hydrolysis of Ferric Chloride. However, Inorganic Chemistry developed very slowly in the U.S. prior to the Second World War. In 1946, the Department hired Fred Basolo and he soon teamed up with a contemporary, Ralph Pearson, who initially was a Physical Organic chemist. Fred and Ralph published 53 joint papers as well as the highly influential book, Kinetics and Mechanisms of Inorganic Reactions. This was a renaissance period for Inorganic Chemistry and the discipline developed rapidly throughout the country.

The Inorganic faculty has grown over the years at Northwestern with other luminary scientists. The faculty have established vigorous research programs ranging from coordination to Solid-State Chemistry and Bioinorganic Chemistry. Major contributions to Inorganic Chemistry have been made by other faculty members who do research in Physical and Organic Chemistry. 

The Chemistry Department is internationally recognized as a world leader in Inorganic Chemistry and was listed as the fourth Best Chemistry Program in the World by the “2019 Academic Ranking of World Universities in Chemistry.”

Past ACS Lecturers 

2019

George Christou

University of Florida 

2018

James M. Mayer

Yale University

2017

Lawrence Que

University of Minnesota

2016

Mercouri Kanatzidis

Northwestern University 

2015

John T. Groves

Princeton University 

2014

Guy Bertrand

University of California, San Diego

2013

Daniel L. Dubois

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

2012

Clifford P. Kubiak

University of California, San Diego 

2011

Robert J. Cava

Princeton University 

2010

Donald J. Darensbourg

Texas A&M University 

2009

Daniel G. Nocera

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

2008

Kenneth N. Raymond

University of California, Berkeley 

2007

Sheldon Shore

Ohio State University 

2006

Karl Wieghardt

University of Heidekberg, Germany 

2005

William J. Evans 

University of California, Irvine 

2004

Herbert W. Roesky

University of Gottengen, Germany 

2003

Karl O. Christe

University of Southern California 

2002

Thomas B. Rauchfuss 

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

2001

Edward I. Solomon

Stanford University 

2000

Edward I. Stiefel

ExxonMobil

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