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Five faculty to receive ACS awards

Five MIT faculty members will receive prizes from the American Chemical Society at the ACS National Meeting in San Diego on March 27.

Robert Langer, the David H. Koch Institute Professor, will receive the Priestley Medal for “revolutionary discoveries in the areas of polymeric controlled release systems and tissue engineering and synthesis of new materials that led to new medical treatments.” Langer will deliver the Priestley Medal Address at the ACS awards ceremony.

Gregory Fu, the Roger and Georges Firmenich Professor of Chemistry, will receive the ACS Award for Creative Work in Synthetic Organic Chemistry for his “fundamental contributions to organic synthesis, particularly in the areas of asymmetric catalysis and cross-coupling methodology.”

Timothy Jamison, professor of chemistry, will receive the Arthur C. Scope Scholar Award for “creative work on nickel-catalyzed coupling and epoxide cyclization reactions.”

Robert Field, the Haslam and Dewey Professor of Chemistry, will receive the E. Bright Wilson Award in Spectroscopy for “spectroscopic insights and experimental methods, such as stimulated emission pumping, which reveal chemically relevant large-amplitude dynamics encoded in the spectra of highly excited molecules.”

Keith Nelson, professor of chemistry, will receive the Ahmed Zewail Award in Ultrafast Science and Technology for his “innovations in the development of impulsive and shaped-pulse ultrafast spectroscopy for the study of dynamics in liquids and solids.

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