FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | October 01, 2009

Comment available Oct. 7 on 2009 Nobel Prize in Chemistry

WASHINGTON, Oct. 1, 2009 — To assist news media with coverage of the 2009 Nobel Prize in Chemistry on Oct. 7, the American Chemical Society (ACS) Office of Public Affairs will issue a statement and offer interviews with its president on Wednesday morning. The office also can suggest names of experts working in the same field recognized by the Nobel Prize.

The statement from ACS President Thomas H. Lane, Ph.D., will be issued shortly after the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences makes its official announcement in Stockholm. The Academy plans that announcement no sooner than 5:45 a.m. Eastern Time on Oct. 7. To ensure receipt of the ACS statement or to schedule telephone interviews with Lane in advance or on Oct. 7, journalists should contact the ACS Office of Public Affairs (above).

Many past winners of the chemistry prize were ACS members or authors of research papers published in ACS’ suite of 34 peer-reviewed journals.

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— Michael Woods

Thomas H. Lane, Ph.D., is 2009 President of the American Chemical Society and Scientist Emeritus at Dow Corning Corp., Midland, Mich. Lane has more than 35 years of research experience in the field of organosilicon chemistry. His work has allowed him to make significant contributions to the field in the areas of interfacial science, scientific computing, and most recently in the biology and biotechnology of silicon. Lane earned his B.S. degree from Purdue University in 1974; his M.S. from Central Michigan University in 1979 and his Ph.D. from Open University, Milton Keynes, England, in 1990.