Four selected as American Chemical Society fellows


Sue Clark


Kerry Hipps


Kenneth Nash

Young Wang

PULLMAN – Four WSU faculty members have been named 2010 Fellows of the American Chemical Society (ACS). They are among 192 distinguished scientists who were named ACS Fellows in recognition of their outstanding accomplishments in chemistry and service to ACS, the world’s largest scientific society.

Professors Sue Clark, Kerry Hipps and Kenneth Nash, all from the College of Sciences, and Voiland Distinguished Professor Yong Wang of the College of Engineering and Architecture and Pacific Northwest National Laboratories, will be honored Aug. 23 at the organization’s national conference in Boston.
Second year
This is only the second year that the ACS has selected fellows, choosing from academe, government organizations and private industry.  The majority of institutions or universities are represented by a single selection. With four faculty selected, WSU joins the University of California, Davis, and the University of Minnesota for the most recognized institution. Those with three faculty selected include U.C. Berkeley, the University of Pennsylvania and the National Science Foundation.
In last year’s inaugural class, WSU professor emeritus Glenn Crosby was selected for the honor.  Among the top 364 scientists recognized by the ACS, five are affiliated with WSU.
Personifying excellence
“Everything we strive for at Washington State University is associated with excellence, and the four faculty newly recognized as fellows of the ACS personify this excellence,” said WSU Provost and Executive Vice President Warwick Bayly. “Their accomplishments are many and far reaching in their relevance.  I personally congratulate them on receiving this much deserved recognition and thank them for all that they have done and continue to do for the institution.”
Howard Grimes, vice president for research and dean of the Graduate School, said the awards are further recognition of the outstanding research being done at WSU. “Washington State University is making dramatic increases in our research enterprises,” he said.
In announcing the 2010 fellows, ACS President Joseph S. Francisco said, “Whether it’s making new materials, finding cures for disease or developing energy alternatives, these Fellows are scientific leaders, improving our lives through the transforming power of chemistry. They also are consummate volunteers who contribute tirelessly to the community and the profession.”
Sue Clark
Clark, who is currently serving as the interim dean of the College of Sciences, is internationally recognized for her research on the environmental chemistry of plutonium and other actinides. In particular, her lab is developing radioanalytical methods to measure actinide elements in environmental samples. These new methods for radiometric analysis support both cleanup of radioactive contamination at the Hanford Site and the possibilities of expanding the use of nuclear power.


Clark’s research is supported by grants from the U.S. Departments of Defense’s Defense Threat Reduction Agency, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science and the National Nuclear Security Administration, and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Domestic Nuclear Detection Office.  She is currently serving as an associate editor for the journal Radiochimica Acta, and has been very active in the Division of Nuclear Chemistry and Technology of the American Chemical Society.  She has served as a consultant to the Nuclear Energy Agency of France, the Korean Atomic Energy Research Institute, and the Battelle Memorial Institute.  She has been named by Energy Secretary Steven Chu to serve on the Basic Energy Sciences Advisory Committee for the Office of Science.  She is a past member of the National Research Council’s Nuclear and Radiation Studies Board.

Clark earned her Ph.D. from Florida State University and worked at the University of Georgia’s Savannah River Ecology Laboratory before joining the WSU faculty as an Assistant Professor in 1996. Clark served as interim vice chancellor for academic affairs at WSU Tri-Cities in 2007-2008 and was chair of the chemistry department for three years prior to that.

ACS Fellows Class of 2010

(for a detailed list with name, institution, title, location click here)

  • Judith L. Benham, 3M
  • Jerry A. Bell, American Chemical Society
  • Rita R. Boggs, American Research and Testing Inc.
  • Anne M Gaffney, Anellotech Inc.
  • Charles H. Reynold,s Ansaris, Inc.
  • Thomas J. Pacansky, Apollo Ventures, LLC
  • Alfred P. Sattelberger, Argonne Nat Laboratory
  • Connie M. Hendrickson, Arkon Consultants
  • V. Michael Mautin,o Bayer AG
  • Wayne E Jones, Jr., Binghamton University, SUNY
  • David A. Tirrell, California Institute of Technology
  • Ahmed H. Zewail, California Institute of Technology
  • Stanley H Pine, California State University Los Angeles
  • Stephen Rodemeyer, California State University, Fresno
  • Krzysztof Matyjaszewski, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Robert D. Tilton, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Wendell  L. Dilling, Central Michigan University
  • Elaine S. Yamaguchi, Chevron Corporation
  • Darryl DesMarteau, Clemson University
  • Mary  Virginia Orna, College of New Rochelle (The)
  • Louis S Hegedus, Colorado State University
  • Branka M. Ladanyi, Colorado State University
  • Joe D. Allison, ConocoPhillips Company
  • Judith Cohen, Cordis Corporation
  • Terry Edward, Acree Cornell University
  • Carol A. Duanme D&D Consultants of Mentor
  • Peter A. Jacobim Dartmouth College
  • James D. Burkem Dow Chemical Company
  • Alan D Englishm DuPont
  • Ralph A. Wheelerm Duquesne University
  • Joseph R. Zoellerm Eastman Chemical Company
  • Dennis Liotta, Emory University
  • Albert Padwa, Emory University
  • Martin L Gorbaty, ExxonMobil Corporation
  • David John Lohse, ExxonMobil Corporation
  • Charles E. Carraher, Jr. Florida Atlantic University
  • Nar S. (Naresh) Dalal Florida State University
  • W. H. Jack Breazeale, Jr., Francis Marion University
  • Kathleen C. Taylor, General Motors Company
  • Bridgette A. Barry, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Rigoberto Hernandez, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Paul H. Wine, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Donald G. Hicks, Georgia State University
  • John Penna, Governor Livingston High School
  • Douglas J. Raber, GreenPoint Science
  • Cynthia M. Friend, Harvard University
  • Russell W. Johnson Honeywell International, Inc.
  • William F. Polik Hope College
  • Walter S. Trahanovsky Iowa State University
  • John G. Verkade Iowa State University
  • Howard E. Katz Johns Hopkins University
  • Jean MJ Frechet
  • King Abdullah University of Science and
  • Technology
  • G. Bryan Balazs, Ph.D. Lawrence Livermore Nat’l Laboratory
  • Leslie H. Sperling Lehigh University
  • William H. Daly Louisiana State University
  • Saundra Yancy McGuire Louisiana State University
  • Dwight W. Chasar Lubrizol Corporation
  • Kathleen  O. Havelka Lubrizol Corporation
  • A. Truman Schwartz Macalester College
  • Fereidoon Shahidi Memorial University
  • Alan B. Cooper Merck Research Laboratories
  • Wendy Cornell Merck Research Laboratories
  • Christopher J Welch Merck Research Laboratories
  • Michael J. Owen Michigan Molecular Institute
  • Zafra Margolin Lerman MIMSAD, Inc.
  • Timothy K. Minton Montana State University, Bozeman
  • Kenneth A. Jacobson National Institutes of Health
  • Margaret A Cavanaugh National Science Foundation
  • Eun-Woo Chang National Science Foundation
  • Frederick George Heineken National Science Foundation
  • Helena Li Chum Nationial Renewable Energy Laboratory
  • Nicholas E. Geacintov New York University
  • Daniel L. Comins North Carolina State University
  • Diane Krone Northern Highlands Regional High School
  • Mark Ratner Northwestern University
  • Michelle Vaughan Buchanan Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  • Norman C Craig Oberlin College
  • Terry A. Miller Ohio State University (The)
  • Claudia Turro Ohio State University (The)
  • Warren T. Ford Oklahoma State University
  • William H. Flank Pace University
  • Bruce D. Kay Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
  • Barbara J. Garrison Pennsylvania State University
  • Harold Schobert Pennsylvania State University
  • Chunshan Song Pennsylvania State University
  • Howard M. Peters Peters, Verny, LLP
  • Henry F. Whalen, Jr. PQ Corporation
  • Timothy S. Zwier Purdue University
  • Jonathan S. Dordick Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Leonard Vincent Interrante Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Gustavo E. Scuseria Rice University
  • John E. Sheats Rider University
  • Joseph C. Salamone Rochal Industries, LLP
  • Chi-Tang Ho Rutgers University
  • John H. Engelman S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc
  • Herbert B. Silber San Jose State University
  • David T. Hobbs Savannah River National Laboratory
  • Dale L. Boger Scripps Research Institute (The)
  • E.  Robert Fanick Southwest Research Institute
  • Robert J. Madix Stanford University
  • Eric W. Kaler Stony Brook University
  • Iwao Ojima Stony Brook University
  • Michael E. Strem Strem Chemicals Inc.
  • Hai-Lung Dai Temple University
  • Scott McN. Sieburth Temple University
  • Magid Abou-Gharbia Temple University
  • Mike L Buttram Texarkana College
  • Joseph B. Natowitz Texas A&M University
  • Melanie Jemison Lesko Texas A&M University at Galveston
  • Richard A. Bartsch Texas Tech University
  • Mukund S. Chorghade THINQ Pharma
  • Alfred D. French U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • George E. Inglett U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • Attila E Pavlath U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • Paul H. Terry U.S. Department of Agricultre
  • John N. Russell, Jr. U.S. Naval Research Laboratory
  • George R. Gross Union High School
  • Robert A. Weiss University of Akron
  • Charles L. Wilkins University of Arkansas
  • Enrique Iglesia University of California, Berkeley
  • C. Bradley Moore University of California, Berkeley
  • Daniel M. Neumark University of California, Berkeley
  • Alan L. Balch University of California, Davis
  • William M. Jackson University of California, Davis
  • Gang-Yu Liu University of California, Davis
  • Claude F. Meares University of California, Davis
  • James N. Seiber University of California, Davis
  • Paul S. Weiss University of California, Los Angeles
  • Marye Anne Fox University of California, San Diego
  • Craig J. Hawker University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Philip E. Eaton University of Chicago
  • Josef Michl University of Colorado, Boulder
    and ASCR Prague, Czech Rep.
  • David J. Nesbitt University of Colorado, JILA/NIST
  • Rodney Joseph Bartlett University of Florida
  • Lisa McElwee-White University of Florida
  • Kenneth M. Merz, Jr. University of Florida
  • Rigoberto C. Advincula University of Houston
  • Mamie Wong Moy University of Houston
  • Jean’ne M. Shreeve University of Idaho
  • Malcolm M Renfrew University of Idaho
  • Peter Beak University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • Theodore L. Brown University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • Jeffrey S. Moore University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • Kenneth S. Suslick University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • Donald J. Burton University of Iowa
  • Kristin Bowman-James University of Kansas
  • Gary L. Grunewald University of Kansas
  • Maria M. Santore University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  • Galen B. Fisher University of Michigan
  • Paul F. Hollenberg University of Michigan
  • Paul R Jones University of Michigan
  • Vincent L. Pecoraro University of Michigan
  • Christopher J. Cramer University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
  • Timothy P. Lodge University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
  • Philip S Portoghese University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
  • William B. Tolman University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
  • J. David Robertson University of Missouri, Columbia
  • David G. Whitten University of New Mexico
  • Angela K. Wilson University of North Texas
  • Donna J. Nelson University of Oklahoma
  • Marsha I. Lester University of Pennslyvania
  • Gary Molander University of Pennsylvania
  • Trevor M. Penning University of Pennsylvania
  • Kay M. Brummond University of Pittsburgh
  • Peter Wipf University of Pittsburgh
  • Ingrid Montes University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras
  • William D. Jones University of Rochester
  • John H. Dawson University of South Carolina, Columbia
  • C Gordon McCarty University of South Carolina, Beaufort
  • Bruce E. Bursten University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • James E. Boggs University of Texas at Austin (The)
  • Dennis W. Smith, Jr. University of Texas at Dallas
  • Cynthia J. Burrows University of Utah
  • Bassam Z. Shakhashiri University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • C. Marvin Lang University of Wisconsin
  • Stevens PointE.  Gerald Meyer University of Wyoming
  • Laura L. Kiessling University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • M Elizabeth Derrick Valdosta State University
  • Lawrence J. Marnett Vanderbilt University
  • Paul A. Bouis Virginia Military Institute
  • Judy Riffle Virginia Polytech University
  • Yong Wang Washington State Univeristy
    & Pacific Northewest National Laboratory
  • Sue Brannon Clark Washington State University
  • K. W. Hipps Washington State University
  • Kenneth L. Nash Washington State University
  • William E. Buhro Washington University
  • C. David Gutsche Washington University
  • Dorothy J. Phillips Waters Coporation
  • James H. Rigby Wayne State University
  • Russell W. Phifer WC Environmental, LLC
  • Mark A. Johnson Yale University
  • Alanna Schepartz, Ph.D. Yale University 

Kenneth Nash

Nash’s research lab is also focused on solving challenges posed by the use of radioactive materials. After working for 25 years as a research scientist at Argonne National Laboratory and the U.S. Geological Survey, Nash joined the WSU faculty in 2003 to help train the next generation of radiochemists. Like Clark, he also earned his Ph.D. at Florida State University.
“Nuclear power cannot contribute more significantly to solving the problem of global warming without a viable solution of the problems (real and perceived) of nuclear power — waste management, safety, efficiency and security,” Nash writes on his WSU website. Gaining a more complete understanding of the chemistry of long-lived radioactive materials is critical, he writes. Much of the research conducted in his lab, funded by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Nuclear Energy, is directed at developing advanced nuclear fuel cycles that address the issues of waste management and fuel supplies.
Nash has published extensively on the fundamental solution chemistry of actinides, solvent extraction and ion exchange, and environmental chemistry. Among other service and professional activities, he is active in the Industrial and Engineering Chemistry and Nuclear Divisions of the American Chemical Society, co-editor-in-chief of the journal Solvent Extraction and Ion Exchange, and has been an associate editor of the journal Radiochimica Acta. In 2003 he was awarded the Glenn T. Seaborg Award for Actinide Separations and in 2009 he was named a Distinguished Faculty member in the College of Sciences.
Kerry Hipps
Hipps, professor of chemistry and materials science, is chair of the WSU chemistry department. He focuses his research on what happens at the interface between materials. “Much of the exciting physics and chemistry of modern technology occurs not in the body of materials,” he writes on his website, “but rather at the interface between materials.” Modern electronic devices are powered by reactions that take place over a few nanometers at the boundary between different solids, he writes, explaining that “the study of surfaces and interfaces is of critical importance to physical science, medical science and to technological development.”
Hipps also is active in developing organic nanostructures that may replace silicon based electronic devices.  These structures require much less energy to produce and are primarily made of carbon, nitrogen, oxygen, and hydrogen and therefore have little environmental impact when discarded.
Hipps, who earned undergraduate degrees in chemistry and physics from the University of Texas at El Paso, earned his Ph.D. in chemical physics from WSU in 1976. He  joined the WSU faculty in 1978 after doing postdoctoral work at the University of Michigan. He is a fellow of the the American Physical Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. He was named the 2002 WSU Distinguished Faculty and has also earned awards for both teaching and advising.
Young Wang
Wang, the Voiland Distinguished Professor in the Gene and Linda Voiland School of Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering, is also the associate director of the Institute for Interfacial Catalysis at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
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 (AAAS). The Chinese Institute of Engineers also named him the 2006 Asian American Engineer of the Year. He is the recipient of three prestigious R&D 100 awards (1997, 1999 and 2008), which annually recognize the 100 most significant and innovative, new technologies that have been introduced in the marketplace.
Wang received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in chemical engineering from WSU in 1992 and 1993 and joined the WSU faculty in 2009. Along with his joint appointment with PNNL, Wang’s research is also funded in part through WSU’s Agricultural Research Center, the state’s agricultural experiment station.
ACS is the world’s largest chemical science professional society, with more than 161,000 members. The group publishes 38 professional journals. The Fellows program began in 2009 to recognize and honor ACS members for their outstanding achievements in and contributions to science, the profession, and ACS.
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