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Yong Wang named American Chemical Society Fellow

(July 2010)

Dr. Yong Wang

Yong Wang, associate director of the Institute for Integrated Catalysis at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, and Voiland Distinguished Professor in the Gene and Linda Voiland School of Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering at Washington State University, has been named a Fellow of the American Chemical Society, or ACS.

Fellows are recognized for their exceptional accomplishments in chemical science and the profession, as well as their service to the ACS.

Wang, an internationally known researcher in the area of energy and renewable energy, has a joint appointment with PNNL and WSU. A portion of Wang's appointment also is funded by WSU's Agricultural Research Center, the state's agricultural experiment station.

He is a leading researcher in the area of catalysis and biorenewable energy, where his work has had a significant impact on improving energy efficiency, particularly in the chemical and fuels industries. Wang's work spans from fundamental to applied research in clean energy conversion, including fundamental studies of structure and functional relationships of transition metal oxide and bimetallic catalysts, development of novel catalytic materials, and innovative work in reaction engineering to improve the conversion of biomass and hydrocarbons to fuels and chemicals. He also developed novel and durable materials for fuel cell applications.

Wang is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. The Chinese Institute of Engineers also named him the 2006 Asian American Engineer of the Year. He is well known for his innovations. He has received three R&D 100 awards, the Presidential Green Chemistry Award in 1999, and is an inventor/co-inventor of more than 100 issued patents.

Wang earned a master's of science degree and doctorate in chemical engineering from Washington State University in 1992 and 1993.

Wang has co-authored more than 130 peer reviewed publications, has given more than 60 invited presentations over the past five years, and has edited six books and topic journal issues on novel materials and reaction engineering for fossil and biomass conversions.

ACS is the world's largest chemical science professional society, with more than 161,000 members. The group publishes 38 professional journals.

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