Peter Debye Award in Physical Chemistry

Purpose: To encourage and reward outstanding research in physical chemistry.

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: A nominee must have accomplished outstanding research of a theoretical or experimental nature in the field of physical chemistry. Because much of the impact of research depends upon the extension of the work by others, some consideration should be given to the nominee's success as a mentor and colleague. 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.

Deadline: November 1 (annual review)

Establishment & Support: The award has been sponsored by E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Co. since 1979. From 1970 to 1976 the award was sponsored by the Exxon Chemical Co. U.S.A. No awards were presented from 1977 to 1980. The Humble Oil and Refining Co. established the award in 1960.

Contact Information

Awards Office
American Chemical Society
1155 16th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036-4801
Phone: 202-872-4575
Fax: 202-776-8008


2017 Bruce J. Berne

2016 Mark A. Ratner

2015 Xiaoliang Sunney Xie

2014 Henry F. Schaefer III

2013 William E. Moerner

2012 David Chandler

2011 Louis E. Brus

2010 George Schatz

2009 Richard J. Saykally

2008 Michael L. Klein

2007 John T. Yates, Jr.

2006 Donald G. Truhlar

2005 Stephen R. Leone

2004 W. Carl Lineberger

2003 William H. Miller

2002 Giacinto Scoles

2001 John Ross

2000 Peter G. Wolynes

1999 Jesse L. Beauchamp

1998 Graham R. Fleming

1997 Robin M. Hochstrasser

1996 Ahmed Zewail

1995 John C. Tully

1994 William A. Klemperer

1993 F. Sherwood Rowland

1992 Frank H. Stillinger

1991 Richard N. Zare

1990 Harden M. McConnell

1989 Gabor A. Somorjai

1988 Rudolph A. Marcus

1987 Harry G. Drickamer

1986 Yuan T. Lee

1985 Stuart A. Rice

1984 B. S. Rabinovitch

1983 George C. Pimentel

1982 Peter M. Rentzepis

1981 Richard B. Bernstein

1976 Robert W. Zwanzig

1975 H. S. Gutowsky

1974 Walter H. Stockmayer

1973 William N. Lipscomb, Jr.

1972 Clyde A. Hutchison, Jr.

1971 Norman Davidson

1970 Oscar K. Rice

1969 Paul J. Flory

1968 George B. Kistiakowsky

1967 Joseph E. Mayer

1966 Joseph O. Hirschfelder

1965 Lars Onsager

1964 Henry Eyring

1963 Robert S. Mulliken

1962 E. Bright Wilson, Jr.

2016 recipient Mark A. Ratner (center) is presented his award by sponsor representative, Alexa A. Dembek (right), and Donna J. Nelson, ACS President (left).