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     Prof. Marcetta Darensbourg named 2019 Gibbs Medalist

    Texas A&M Prof. Marcetta Darensbourg named 2019 Willard Gibbs Medalist

    (Dec. 5, 2018) World-renowned expert on bio-inspired catalysis for hydrogren production, Dr. Marcetta Darensbourg, Distinguished Professor and Davidson Chair of Science at Texas A&M University, has been named the winner of the 2019 Willard Gibbs Award by the Chicago Section of the American Chemical Society. Darensbourg will be the 108th winner of the award, and will be the fourth woman in a row to receive this highly prestigious medal, after Profs. Laura Kiessling (2016), Judith Klinman (2017), and Cynthia Burrows (2018). In 2013, she was awarded the Fred Basolo Medal for inorganic chemistry by Northwestern University in a ceremony held jointly with the Chicago Section.

    Described as the chief architect of modern bioinorganic chemistry, Darensbourg's works aims to transform the world's fuel supply by developing high-powered hydrogen fuel cells for inexpensive, eco-friendly energy producion. Her laboratory specializes in a novel approach using abundant elements (iron, nickel, and sulfur) to synthesize hydrogen-producing molecular catalysts intended to replace extremely expensive platinum as the kick-starter in these fuel cells.

    The Willard Gibbs Medal is one of the most prestigious prizes in the field of chemistry. First awarded to Svante Arrhenius in 1911, prior recipients include G. N. Lewis, Linus Pauling, Marie Curie, F. Albert Cotton, Harry Gray, and Rudy Marcus. Several have also won the Nobel Prize.