Gabor A. Somorjai Award for Creative Research in Catalysis

Sponsor: Gabor A. and Judith K. Somorjai Endowment Fund

Purpose: To recognize outstanding theoretical, experimental, or developmental research resulting in the advancement of understanding or application of catalysis.

Nature: The award consists of $5,000 and a certificate. Up to $2,500 for travel expenses to the meeting at which the award will be presented will be reimbursed.

Eligibility: The award will be granted regardless of race, gender, age, religion, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity, presence of disabilities, and educational background. U.S. residents will be given preference. Outstanding contributions to catalysis in any discipline will be considered.

Deadline: November 1 (annual review).

Establishment & Support: The award was established by the ACS Board of Directors in 2002. It is supported by the Gabor A. and Judith K. Somorjai Endowment Fund. A prior ACS Award for Creative Research in Homogenous or Heterogeneous Catalysis sponsored by the Shell Oil Foundation was established in 1997.

Contact Information

Awards Office

American Chemical Society
1155 16th Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20036-4801
Phone: 202-872-4575
Fax: 202-776-8008


2021: Paul J. Chirik

2020: David Milstein

2019: Manos Mavrikakis

2018: David W. C. MacMillan

2017: John E. Bercaw

2016: Donna G. Blackmond

2015: Maurice Brookhart

2014: Mark E. Davis

2013: Tobin J. Marks

2012: Enrique Iglesia

2011: Harold H. Kung

2010: Robert J. Madix

2009: Jens K. Nørskov

2008: Avelino Corma Canos

2007: Hans-Joachim Freund

2006: James A. Dumesic

2005: D. Wayne Goodman

2004: Bruce C. Gates

2003: Robert H. Grubbs

2002: Jack H. Lunsford

2001: Alexis T. Bell

2000: Gabor A. Somorjai

1999: Sir John Meurig Thomas

2019 recipient Manos Mavrikakis (center) is presented his award by award sponsor Gabor A. Somorjai (right) and Bonnie A. Charpentier, ACS President (left).
Photo by Loris Guzzetta/ACS