Kenneth G. Hancock Memorial Award

Sponsors

The ACS Division of Environmental Chemistry and the National Institute of Standards & Technology. The award is administered by the ACS Green Chemistry Institute®.

Purpose

The award provides national recognition and honor for outstanding student contributions to furthering the goals of green chemistry through research and/or studies. This includes but is not limited to the research, development, and implementation of fundamental and innovative chemical technologies that incorporate the principles of green chemistry into chemical design, manufacture, and use, and that have the potential to be utilized in achieving national pollution prevention goals.

Nature

The recipient of the award receives $1000. The award is presented in conjunction with the U.S. EPA Green Chemistry Challange Award Ceremony (TBD) and the annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference, which will be held June 18-20, 2018, in Portland, Oregon. Conference travel and registration is reimbursable up to $2,000 USD.

Eligibility

The award is open to undergraduate and graduate students, regardless of citizenship or country of study. Students who completed their degree prior to May 1 of the year before the application year are not eligible for the award.

Establishment & Support

To honor his contributions in the field of green chemistry, Dr. Hancock’s colleagues from academia, government, and industry established the Kenneth G. Hancock Memorial Student Award in Green Chemistry, offered under the auspices of the ACS Division of Environmental Chemistry. ACS President Dr. Paul Anderson announced the Hancock Memorial Award in June 1997 as an opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students to compete for a prestigious award in recognition of their studies and/or research in green chemistry. In 2006, the ACS Division of Environmental Chemistry and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) expanded the award.

Read more about Kenneth Hancock, former Director of the Division of Chemistry at the National Science Foundation (NSF) and one of the earliest proponents of green chemistry, in the application document above.

2017 Hancock Award Winner Adam Fisher
2017 Hancock Award Winner Adam Fisher, an undergraduate student at the United States Merchant Marine Academy, was selected for his research on “Magnetic carbon nanocomposite for water treatment.” His work investigates the use of a magnetic carbon nanocomposite to remove dissolved aspirin and other pharmaceuticals from drinking water sources nationwide. Presented by Thomas Connelly, Ph.D., ACS Executive Director and CEO.
Photo Credit: Ben Zweig
2017 Hancock Award Winner Julian West
2017 Hancock Award Winner Julian West, a Ph.D. candidate in organic chemistry and catalysis from Princeton University, was selected for his research on “Design of New, Sustainable Chemical Reactions Through Earth Abundant Element Photocatalysis.” His work investigates the use of earth-abundant elements to solve a variety of synthetic problems, expand the potential of catalytic processes, and reduce the environmental footprint incurred from using noble metals. Presented by Thomas Connelly, Ph.D., ACS Executive Director and CEO.
Photo Credit: Ben Zweig