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Prausnitz wins Dreyfus Senior Scientist Mentor Award

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John Prausnitz
John Prausnitz

February 9, 2011

Emeritus CBE Professor John Prausnitz has been chosen for the 2011 Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation Senior Scientist Mentor Program. The program supports emeriti faculty who maintain active research programs with undergraduates in the chemical sciences. The foundation provides an award of $20,000 over two years for undergraduate stipends and research support.

Prausnitz, a Professor of the Graduate School, has been a member of the CBE faculty since 1955. He is the sole professor in the department to win the National Medal of Science (2003).

Says Prausnitz, “I received the Dreyfus Senior Scientist Mentor Award for 2011 in recognition of my many years of mentoring undergraduates in research. In a typical year, I have 3 or more undergraduates working in my laboratory. As a result of their work, they often are co-authors of publications in standard research journals.”

Undergraduates Greg Landau, Teresa Nadolski, Joshua Seow Chun and Tan Hyelim Yang work with Prausnitz and CBE professor Clay Radke, studying solubility and transport of salt in water-saturated hydrogels with application to next-generation contact lenses.

Geoffrey Poon, Brian Yoo and Johannes Mutske work with Prausnitz on ionic liquids and biofuels at the joint UC Berkeley/LBNL Energy Biosciences Institute.

“Mentoring undergraduates has given me much pleasure and satisfaction,” adds Prausnitz. “Observing the growth of young minds and trying to answer their often astoundingly profound questions has provided me with a welcome stimulus toward better teaching and research. Many of my mentored students have remained in contact with me; nearly all of them have achieved successful careers. Their success is my reward.”

The Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation advances the chemical sciences as a means of improving human relations and circumstances. Established in 1946 by chemist, inventor and businessman Camille Dreyfus as a memorial to his brother Henry, the foundation became a memorial to both men when Camille Dreyfus died in 1956. Throughout its history the foundation has sought to take the lead in identifying and addressing needs and opportunities in the chemical sciences.

More Information

Fauculty Web Page: http://cheme.berkeley.edu/faculty/prausnitz/

Prausnitz Research Group: http://www.cchem.berkeley.edu/jmpgrp/