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Bell wins 2007 Michel Boudart Award

Professor Alexis Bell

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Chemical Engineering Professor Alexis Bell has been selected for the 2007 Michel Boudart Award for the Advancement of Catalysis.

The award recognizes individual contributions to the development of new methods that advance the understanding and practice of heterogeneous catalysis. The selection process emphasizes accomplishments and contributions published within the five preceding years.

The award is named after Michel Boudart, Professor Emeritus of Chemical Engineering at Stanford, a member of the Berkeley College of Chemistry faculty from 1961-64, and a long-time adjunct professor in Berkeley's chemical engineering department.

Sponsored by the Haldor Topsøe Company, the award is administered jointly by the North American Catalysis Society (NACS) and the European Federation of Catalysis Societies (EFCATS). It is presented biennially in odd numbered years.

Bell has been a professor of chemical engineering at Berkeley since 1967. He is a leader in experimental as well as theoretical aspects of catalysis and has made a number of contributions to the elucidation of reaction mechanism, the development of structure property relationships, novel methods for chemical synthesis, and the development and application of theoretical methods for catalytic systems.

He has demonstrated how the combination of theory and experiment can be exploited to establish the nature of the active sites and tailor the design of new materials. Bell recognized the value of in situ methods early in his career and has had great impact on the development of spectroscopic methods in catalysis.

Bell is the Editor in Chief of Catalysis Reviews, and is on the editorial board of many important journals in catalysis. He has been involved in the organization of many events for the North American Catalysis Society and the International Congress on Catalysis, where he is the current president. He is a member of National Academy of Engineering and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Bell will give a plenary lecture at the 2007 North American Catalysis Society (NACS) meeting in Houston as well as at the meeting of the European Federation of Catalysis Societies (EFCATS) in Turku, Finland.

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