ACS Salute to Excellence

      By Marinda Li Wu, originally published in The Vortex, March 2002

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The California Section of ACS presented its first Salute to Excellence to Chemistry Professor Jean Frechet of the University of California, Berkeley on January 30, 2002. The award presentation took place at the conclusion of the local section program that included a research presentation by Professor Frechet on "Dendrimers and Other Functional Building Blocks in Nanotechnology." Past Chair, Dr. Marinda Li Wu, presented the California Section's Centennial Pin and Salute to Excellence award plaque.

The Salutes to Excellence program was created in 2000 by the OCA (Office of Community Activities) of ACS to provide an opportunity for members of the American Chemical Society to "recognize the positive impact on everyday life made by a product of chemistry, a practitioner of chemistry, or a place of importance in chemistry."

The nomination for our local section's first Salute to Excellence was made by Professor Samuel Markowitz, a colleague of Professor Jean Frechet, and was unanimously supported and passed by the Executive Committee of the California Section in 2001. At the award presentation, Professor Markowitz pointed out that Professor Frechet had the unusual honor of getting elected within a one year span to three prestigious organizations for his outstanding research contributions: National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, and American Academy of Arts & Sciences as well as receiving the American Chemical Society Award in Polymer Chemistry and numerous other awards.

The California Section's Salute to Excellence was presented to Professor Frechet in recognition of his outstanding research in organic, polymer and materials chemistry that has led to new materials for microlithography, separation and nanoscale technologies. His excellent interdisciplinary research, both fundamental and applied, has resulted in the discovery, development, and engineering of new materials for various applications ranging from the electronics industry to targeted drug delivery. For more information on the many exciting collaborative and pioneering research interests of Professor Frechet, see his website at http://www.cchem.berkeley.edu/~chemgrad/faculty/frechet/frechet.html

 

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