2017 Tolman Medal

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Professor Jeffrey Zink has been selected to receive the 2017 SCALACS Tolman Medal.            

The medal is awarded each year by the Southern California Section of the American Chemical Society (SCALACS) in recognition of the medalist’s outstanding contributions to chemistry. 

Zink will be presented with the medal at the Richard C. Tolman Award Dinner Meeting on Tuesday, May 1, 2018 at the UCLA Faculty Center. The event is hosted by SCALACS and the UCLA Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry.  For registration information, visit the SCALACS event website.  

At the dinner meeting, Zink will present a lecture titled “Multifunctional Mesoporous Silica Nanoparticles Controlled by Nanomachines for Biomedical Targeting, Imaging and Drug Delivery”.

The Tolman Medal is named in honor of Richard C. Tolman, a pioneering chemist at Caltech during the first half of the 20th century, who made key discoveries on electrons, among other significant scientific findings. Tolman Medal recipients include eight Nobel Prize winners, two from UCLA. The first Tolman Medal was awarded in 1960 to UCLA Chemistry and Biochemistry Prof. William G. Young in 1960 for whom Young Hall is named.

Zink has been a faculty member in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry since 1970. He received his B.S. degree in Chemistry at the University of Wisconsin. He came to UCLA directly after receiving his Ph.D. degree from the University of Illinois under the direction of Russell S. Drago. He is currently a Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and a member of UCLA’s California Nanosystems Institute and the Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center. He has been an invited guest professor at the University of Paris VI and at the University of Amsterdam, and served as an ACS tour speaker

He is the recipient of the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award, Glenn T. Seaborg Award, Alexander von Humboldt award, Herbert Newby McCoy Award (twice), DOE Sustained Outstanding Research Award, Outstanding Teaching Award and a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship. He has over 500 research publications and is a Thomson-Reuters Highly Cited Author.

His research has been multi-disciplinary and included studies of triboluminescence, molecular photochemistry and photophysics, multifunctional nanomaterials, and nanomachines. His current research is focused on fundamental spectroscopic investigation of large metal-containing molecules and on the design and operation of functional nanoparticles containing nanomachines such as valves and impellers for on-command drug delivery in vitro and in vivo.

To learn more about Zink’s research visit his group’s website.