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Chemical Pioneer Award


Call for 2018 Nominations
Deadline - 9/15/17




















Chemical Pioneer Award:

The Chemical Pioneer Award recognizes chemists, chemical engineers, or their associates who have made outstanding contributions which have had a major impact on advances in chemical science and industry and/or the chemical profession. This award was first given in 1966.

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2018 Chemical Pioneer Award starting July 1, 2017.

Previous Chemical Pioneer Award Winners

Professor of Biochemistry and Bioinformatics, Head of the School of Chemistry & Materials, Rochester Institue of Technology
Lita Annenberg Hazen Prof. of Chemistry – The Scripps Research Institute
J.E. Sirrine Foundation Endowed Chair and Professor of Chemistry – Clemson University
Dr. Paul A. Craig:
Ph.D., Biological Chemistry, University of Michigan, 1985
Postdoctorate, Biophysical Chemistry, Henry Ford Hospital, 1988
Research Focus
Dr. Craig works with faculty members to oversee student life in SCMS, representing SCMS in person and in print, and provides leadership and vision to the academic unit. Additionally, he heads an active research group where computational and wet lab methods are used to predict the functions of proteins.
The Human Visualization Project: A team of faculty and students from different colleges & departments at R.I.T. are collaborating to create a 3D virtual human all the way from gross anatomy to organs, tissues, cells, and molecules.
Proteomics: Working to develop interactive computer programs that simulate separations processes encountered in biochemistry and proteomics. To date, Dr. Craig’s team has developed simulations of ion exchange chromatography, and one- and two- dimensional electrophoresis.

Dr. Jeffrey W. Kelly:
B.S., Chemistry, SUNY College at Fredonia, 1982
Ph.D., Organic Chemistry, University of North Carolina, 1986
NIH Postdoctoral Training, The Rockefeller University, 1987-89
Research Focus
Dr. Kelly has held several different leadership positions at The Scripps Research Institute. He is presently Chair of the Department of Molecular & Experimental Medicine. His research team, The Kelly Research Group, has been investigating protein misfolding diseases, which are becoming increasingly common as the population ages and as we improve the diagnosis of these pathologies. Their goal is to understand the molecular mechanisms of protein folding and misfolding in a test tube, and in the cytoplasm and secretory pathway of mammalian cells. They also aim to develop new small molecule therapeutic strategies against these neurodegenerative disorders.

Dr. Marek Urban:
B.S./M.S. (1979) Materials Science & Engineering, AGH University Science & Technology, Krakow, Poland
M.S. (1981) Chemistry, Marquette University
Ph.D. (1984) Chemistry & Chemical Engineering, Michigan Technological University
Postdoctoral (1984-86) Dept. of Macromolecular Science, Case Western University

2003 - Innovation of the Year Award and Distinguished LETTERS Scholar (USM); 2004 - Distinguished Research Award (Marquette Univ.); 2006 – Outstanding Faculty Research Award (USM); 2009 – Distinguished Professorship Award (Shandong Univ., P.R. China)

Research Focus
The Urban Research Group, is an interdisciplinary research team interested in a broad range of fundamental and applied aspects of materials chemistry in general, and macromolecular science in particular. Their current efforts include: the design of self-repairing polymeric systems with light sensitivity, corrosion inhibition, anti-fouling, and other unique attributes; and the design of surface/interfacial reactions on polymeric substrates that lead to stimuli- responsiveness. Using chemical imaging as a tool, they design, develop, and formulate clever, environmentally benign materials attractive for many branches of technologies.


Professor Anthony Cheetham
Dr. Ann M. Valentine
Dr. Robert Langer


Professor Anthony Cheetham
Dr. Ann M. Valentine
Dr. Robert Langer
Prof. Anthony Cheetham was awarded The AIC Chemical Pioneer Award for his pioneering contributions to the synthesis and characterization of novel inorganic and hybrid materials (open-framework hybrids) and their applications in a variety of areas, including optoelectronics, magnetism and separation. Prof. Cheetham is the Goldsmiths' Professor of Materials Science at the University of Cambridge and the Treasurer and Vice-President of the Royal Society.
Prof. Cheetham has a long and distinguished career on the faculty of such prestigious institutions as Oxford and the University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB). He took up the directorship of the UCSB’s new Materials Research Laboratory, which he led for 12 years. He became Director of the newly created International Center for Materials Research at UCSB before moving to Cambridge in 2007.
Prof. Cheetham is a Fellow of the Leopoldina, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and several other academies. He has received numerous awards for his work in the field of materials chemistry, including a Chaire Blaise Pascal, Paris (1997–1999), the Sômiya Award of the IUMRS (2004), and the Platinum Medal of the IOM3 (2011). He holds honorary doctorates from several universities.

Dr. Ann Valentine was awarded The AIC Chemical Pioneer Award for her outstanding contributions towards advancing the science of chemistry and impacting the chemical profession. She is an Associate Professor at Temple University and currently serves as Vice-Chair of the Department of Chemistry.
Previously, Prof. Valentine had risen to the rank of Associate Professor in the Chemistry Department at Yale University. She served as a mentor in the Retention and Success Initiative through the Temple Teaching and Learning Center, focusing on increasing students' achievement in traditionally high-attrition courses across the university. She has embraced outreach and mentorship roles, including through the Philadelphia Area Girls Enjoying Science (PAGES) program and the Temple Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC) program.

Dr. Robert Langer was awarded The AIC Chemical Pioneer Award for his dedication to improving medical devices and materials for the sustenance of health. He has had a monumental impact on health and longevity of people worldwide. His distinguished career has earned him the rank of David H. Koch Institute Professor at his Alma matter, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Institute Professor is M.I.T.'s highest faculty honor.
Dr. Langer has served as a member of the United States Food and Drug Administration's SCIENCE Board and as its Chairman. He has received over 210 major awards, including the 2006 United States National Medal of Science, the Charles Stark Draper Prize (considered to be the equivalent of the Nobel Prize for engineers), the 2008 Millennium Prize, and the 2012 Priestly Medal. He is the most cited engineer in history.