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PNNL’s Wang Named Fellow of American Chemical Society

July 12, 2010 Share This!

  • Yong Wang was named Fellow of the American Chemical Society. Wang is associate director of the Institute for Interfacial Catalysis at PNNL and Voiland Distinguished Professor in the Gene and Linda Voiland School of Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering at Washington State University.

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RICHLAND, Washington – Yong Wang, associate director of the Institute for Interfacial Catalysis at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, and Voiland Distinguished Professor in the Gene and Linda Voiland School of Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering at Washington State University, has been named a Fellow of the American Chemical Society, or ACS.

Fellows are recognized for their exceptional accomplishments in chemical science and the profession, as well as their service to the ACS.

Wang, an internationally known researcher in the area of energy and renewable energy, has a joint appointment with the Department of Energy national laboratory and WSU. A portion of Wang's appointment also is funded by WSU's Agricultural Research Center, the state's agricultural experiment station.

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. 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, which annually recognize 100 of the most significant and innovative technologies that have been introduced in the marketplace. He is recipient of the Presidential Green Chemistry Award in 1999 and was twice named PNNL Inventor of the Year, in 2004 and 2006.  He was honored as a Battelle Distinguished Inventor in 2004.  In 2005 he received the PNNL Laboratory Director's Award for Exceptional Scientific Achievement. Wang earned a master's of science degree and doctorate in chemical engineering from Washington State University in 1992 and 1993.

Wang has co-authored more than 130 peer reviewed publications, has given more than 60 invited presentations over the past five years, is an inventor/co-inventor of more than 100 issued patents, and has edited six books and topic journal issues on novel materials and reaction engineering for fossil and biomass conversions.

ACS is the world's largest chemical science professional society, with more than 161,000  members. The group publishes 38 professional journals.


Washington State University (WSU) is a comprehensive land-grant research institution with campuses in Pullman, Spokane, the Tri-Cities (Richland, Pasco and Kennewick) and Vancouver.  There are ten colleges and a graduate school.  More than 18,000 undergraduate and graduate students are served by the Pullman campus.  WSU offers some 300 fields of study including more than 150 majors plus many minors, options and certificate programs.   Bachelor's degrees are available in all major areas, with master's and doctoral degrees available in most.

Tags: Energy, Fundamental Science, Awards and Honors, Biomass, Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy, Chemistry, Catalysis

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