2016 ACS Fellow

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Professor Richard Kaner is one of 57 distinguished members of the American Chemical Society (ACS) who have been named as 2016 ACS Fellows.  

The prestigious ACS Fellows Program recognizes and honors members of the American Chemical Society for their outstanding achievements in and contributions to the science and the profession as well as exemplary service to the society.

“While the ACS Fellows designation is a great honor for the recipients, it is a small measure of our gratitude for their dedicated service to chemistry,” said ACS President Donna Nelson in the July 18th announcement in Chemical and Engineering News (C&EN).

Kaner was recognized for his contributions to science and to the ACS community. He was recognized for the synthesis and applications of new materials, including the world’s hardest metals; conducting polymer membranes for water purification; and graphene-based energy storage devices. He also served as an advisor for the past 12 years to a successful ACS Student Chapter and made substantial contributions to extraordinary outreach programs for high school students and their teachers.

A member of the UCLA faculty since 1987, Kaner is a former Fulbright, Guggenheim, Packard and Sloan fellow, and is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Materials Research Society and the Royal Society of Chemistry. Kaner’s work has been recognized through numerous other national awards and fellowships including the Materials Research Society (MRS) Medal (2015), an ACS Award in the Chemistry of Materials (2012), and the ACS Tolman medal (2010).

He will be honored at the ACS National Meeting in Philadelphia on August 22, 2016 at the Philadelphia Marriott.

To learn more about Kaner’s research, visit his group’s website