2021 ACS Fellows

The 2021 Fellows were announced in the August 2, 2021 issue of Chemical & Engineering News.

List of all ACS Fellows (.xlsx)

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Angeles, Angie R.

Gilead Sciences

Contribution to the science/profession:  Recognized for her outstanding contributions to drug discovery by applying innovative synthetic chemistry to challenging problems that led to significant medical advancements in the development of new therapeutics.

Contribution to the ACS community:  Recognized for her outstanding leadership in the ACS Division of Organic Chemistry (DOC), serving as the Executive Officer of the National Organic Chemistry Symposium (NOS), the Co-Chair of the Graduate Research Symposium (GRS), and implementing initiatives for women and historically underrepresented minority groups.

Arriaga, Edgar A.

University of Minnesota

Contribution to the science/profession: Recognized for pioneering advances in bioanalytical technologies that address biological complexities underlying cancer, diabetes, and aging, and for establishing the first mass cytometry (CyTOF) platform in the state of Minnesota.

Contribution to the ACS community:  Recognized for exceptional service to ACS as Committee on Professional Training (CPT) Chair and as a leading advocate in ACS, CPT, and Journal of Chemical Education (JCE) initiatives on diversity, equity, inclusion, and respect in chemistry education.

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Baker, Lane A.

Indiana University

Contribution to the science/profession:  Recognized for advances in nanoscale electrochemical imaging, especially applications of scanning ion conductance microscopy, including electrochemical measurements at biological interfaces and surface charge mapping.

Contribution to the ACS community:  Recognized for leadership and contributions in the Division of Analytical Chemistry (2015-2021), including student recruitment, new programming opportunities and enhanced communication with Division membership through electronic platforms.

Blanco, Maria-Jesus

Sage Therapeutics

Contribution to the science/profession:  Recognized for outstanding expertise in medicinal chemistry and drug discovery leading to the progression of multiple (14) compounds to clinical trials with one being commercialized

Contribution to the ACS community:  Recognized for outstanding service to the ACS Division of Medicinal Chemistry, championing the advancement of women in ACS as an active mentor and sponsor, and by volunteering as a guest editor for the special issue on Women in Medicinal Chemistry.

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Cadwallader, Keith R.

University of Illinois

Contribution to the science/profession:  Recognized for both fundamental and applied contributions to flavor chemistry and flavor compound-protein interactions in foods. Internationally recognized as an outstanding educator and mentor of future flavor scientists.

Contribution to the ACS community:  Recognized for service to the ACS Division of Agricultural and Food Chemistry (AGFD)/ACS community. He has led in roles as subdivision and division Chair, Program Chair, and Alternate Councilor; as well as programming efforts promote international participation in AGFD.

Chavez, David E.

Los Alamos National Laboratory

Contribution to the science/profession: Recognized for distinguished contributions to the field of energetic materials chemistry, particularly the development of highly energetic, fundamentally novel, and environmentally friendly materials important to national security.

Contribution to the ACS community: Recognized for mentoring early-career scientists from historically marginalized groups in both laboratory and classroom environments, for providing access to quality chemical education, and for serving and promoting ACS Project SEED.

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Coffman, Jonathan L.

AstraZeneca

Contribution to the science/profession: Recognized for two seminal contributions that include high throughput robotic chromatography screening and weak partitioning chromatography, both of which are currently used broadly. Internationally recognized leader in continuous bioprocessing.

Contribution to the ACS community: Recognized for successfully championing gender diversity throughout ACS, initiating the Division of Biochemical Technology (BIOT) Webinar Series to allow global members to access talks, and inspiring and enabling generations of diverse BIOT leaders and presenters.

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de Bettencourt-Dias, Ana

University of Nevada, Reno

Contribution to the science/profession:  Pioneering studies of lanthanides, including the creative synthesis of new ligands, and the development of unique coordination complexes with unprecedented structures that exhibit high impact luminescence and singlet oxygen emitting abilites.

Contribution to the ACS community:  Recognized for initiating innovative symposia at ACS national meetings in collaboration with virtual issues in ACS journals, and spearheading monthly internet Periodic TableTalks for the Division of Inorganic Chemistry during the pandemic.

Deibler, Kathryn D.

GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare

Contribution to the science/profession:  Recognized for outstanding expertise in Flavor Science leading to unique products by utilizing a multidisciplinary product development approach combining chemistry, psychology, and neurobiology to the understanding of flavors.

Contribution to the ACS community:  Recognized for enthusiastic leadership of ACS programs by volunteering at the Agricultural and Food Chemistry (AGFD) Division level and the ACS section level, especially their education and outreach programs.

Duncan, Michael A.

University of Georgia

Contribution to the science/profession: Recognized for improved techniques for mass-selected ion spectroscopy and its application to metal complexes, carbocations, and protonated ion clusters, providing insights into solvation, metal-ligand interactions, proton transfer, and anharmonic vibration.

Contribution to the ACS community:  Recognized for leadership as an officer in the Division of Physical Chemistry (PHYS), facilitating diverse meeting programs, stabilization of budgets; particularly for the Langmuir Award, and the inclusion of women in PHYS leadership.

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Epps, III, Thomas H.

University of Delaware

Contribution to the science/profession:  Recognized for transformative studies linking chemistry, materials science, and engineering to develop new nanostructured materials for templating, ion-conduction, and therapeutics delivery applications, along with performanceadvantaged sustainable polymers.

Contribution to the ACS community:  Recognized for fostering activities to increase diversity in the chemical sciences and greater inclusive engagement through service on the Development Advisory Board, Diversity and Inclusion Board, and as Division of Polymer Chemistry (POLY) Programming Chair.

Ewing, William (Rick)

Bristol Myers Squibb

Contribution to the science/profession:  Recognized for leading teams at BMS and RPR in thrombosis, diabetes, obesity with 15 molecules nominated as development candidates. Coauthored >65 publications and is co-inventor on >75 patents.

Contribution to the ACS community:  Recognized for serving as Chair for the ACS Committee on Economic and Professional Affairs (CEPA) (2015-17), Committee on Meetings and Exposition (M&E) (2020-2022), and Philadelphia Local Section (2012 and 2016). Is a member of the Division of Medicinal Chemistry (MEDI), Division of Organic Chemistry (DOC) and the Committee on Corporation Associates (CA), and has served on three Presidential task forces.

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García-Martínez, Javier

University of Alicante, Spain

Contribution to the science/profession:  Recognized for commercialized Molecular Highway mesoporous zeolite technology in industrial catalytic refining/chemical processes. An invention that increased catalytic performance, profitability, and reduced CO2 emissions.

Contribution to the ACS community:  Recognized for service on C&EN Board, the Executive Committee of the Division of Energy and Fuels (ENFL). Led new initiatives, coordinated two global activities and outreach for Spanish-speakers on chemical practice and entrepreneurship and is the President-elect of IUPAC.

Glaser, Rainer E.

Missouri University of Science and Technology

Contribution to the science/profession:  Recognized for the combination of computation and experimentation to develop and realize new ideas in the areas of deamination chemistry, ferroelectric materials, oscillating chemical reactions, and CO2 sequestration from air.

Contribution to the ACS community:  Recognized for educational leadership initiatives to promote collaborative learning, peer review, science communication, and to explore crossdisciplinary science education in the U.S. and China.

Govindan, Meledath

Fitchburg State University

Contribution to the science/profession:  Recognized for excellence in teaching and dedicated mentorship of students pursuing STEM careers, with an emphasis on encouraging first generation students and first generation immigrant students.

Contribution to the ACS community:  Recognized as a passionate chemical educator who was instrumental in revitalizing the Central Massachusetts local section from inactivity and serving in multiple executive committee roles therein.

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Hanks, Timothy W.

Furman University

Contribution to the science/profession:  Recognized for broad contributions to technologies based on highly conjugated polymers, the theory of weak intermolecular interactions in solids, and to the field of chemical education.

Contribution to the ACS community:  Recognized for service to ACS for decades in major leadership roles in the Western Carolinas Section, the Southeast Regional Meeting and on the ACS International Activities Committee.

Harth, Eva M.

University of Houston

Contribution to the science/profession:  Recognized for developing innovative crosslinked nanonetwork structures to advance the delivery of drugs and merging olefins and acrylates by a one-pot process to produce segmented polymeric structures via photocatalysis.

Contribution to the ACS community:  Recognized for leadership as the Division of Polymeric Materials: Science and Engineering (PMSE) Secretary, Program Chair, Vice Chair, Chair Elect, Chair, representing PMSE during the pandemic, and initiating committees creating higher community and society interactions.

Heard, George L.

UNC Asheville

Contribution to the science/profession:  Recognized for contributions to computational chemistry, particularly in the calculation of rate constants for atmospheric processes, and for mentorship of successful undergraduate students.

Contribution to the ACS community:  Recognized for service to ACS Committees, particularly as Chair of the Committee on Community Activities (CCA), a member of the Committee on Chemists with Disabilities (CWD) and outreach coordinator for National Chemistry Olympiad, National Chemistry Week and Earth Week.

Hersam, Mark C.

Northwestern University

Contribution to the science/profession:  Recognized for pioneering contributions to the chemistry of nanomaterials, especially the synthesis, purification, functionalization, and application of carbon nanotubes, graphene, transition metal dichalcogenides, black phosphorus, and borophene.

Contribution to the ACS community:  Recognized for serving as a U.S. Science Envoy, Associate Editor of ACS Nano, Co-Chair of multiple ACS symposia, and extensive materials chemistry education and outreach to the general public.

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Jaramillo, Veronica I.

Pasadena City College

Contribution to the science/profession:  Recognized for her research, extensive work with students in science education, and her impact on diversity in the STEM workforce through work with minority and economically disadvantaged students.

Contribution to the ACS community:  Recognized for her research, extensive work with students in science education, and her impact on diversity in the STEM workforce through work with minority and economically disadvantaged students.

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Katsoulis, Dimitris

Dow

Contribution to the science/profession:  Recognized for foundational contributions to the characterization and creation of novel silicones, catalysts for organosilanes, and commercial impact of these developments.

Contribution to the ACS community:  Recognized for support of ACS efforts at the local, regional and national level, and for leadership and vision demonstrated as chair of the 2019 Central Regional Meeting.

Keinan, Ehud

Technion - Israel Institute of Technology

Contribution to the science/profession:  Recognized for pioneering discoveries in the fields of biocatalysis with antibodies and synthetic enzymes, molecular-computing devices, synthetic receptors, supra-molecular chemistry, and self-assembling molecular containers.

Contribution to the ACS community:  Recognized for strengthening the relations between the Israel Chemical Society (ICS) and the ACS through the Chemistry Enterprise Partnership agreement, founding and chairing the Israel ACS Chapter, and organizing multiple ICS-ACS conferences.

Kubicki, James D.

The University of Texas at El Paso

Contribution to the science/profession:  Recognized for leading the use of computational and quantum chemistry to elucidate molecular processes in environmental chemistry and geochemistry, which leads to sound management of geochemical and water systems.

Contribution to the ACS community:  Recognized for his strong leadership in ACS Geochemistry Division, Divisional Activities Committee, and Committee on Science, and for his strong promotion of interdisciplinary science and education.

Kulinowski, Kristen M.

IDA Science and Technology Policy Institute

Contribution to the science/profession:  Recognized for driving improvements in chemical and environmental health and safety through her leadership in governmental, educational, and policy organizations and through effective communication with policy makers and the public.

Contribution to the ACS community:  Recognized for inspiring ACS volunteers to engage effectively with policy makers through exemplary service as a Congressional Science Policy Fellow, Chair of the Greater Houston Section, and member of the Committee on Chemistry and Public Affairs (CCPA).

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LaFranzo, Natalie A.

 Cofactor Genomics, Inc.

Contribution to the science/profession:  Recognized as a successful industrial business leader within the field of biotechnology, a pioneer within precision medicine, and a champion of diversity and inclusion across the chemical enterprise.

Contribution to the ACS community:  Recognized for selfless dedication and service to ACS members as Younger Chemists Committee Chair, DEIR Advisory Board Chair, St. Louis Local Section Chair, as an ACS Career Counselor and more.

Lockhart, Vernita Bowden

The Coca-Cola Company and Agnes Scott College

Contribution to the science/profession:  Recognized for compassionate leadership in managing, developing, mentoring chemists in the beverage industry and significant leadership in sustaining and protecting the quality of products through technological advancements to enhance in-house capability.

Contribution to the ACS community:  Recognized for noteworthy service to ACS-Georgia as Treasurer, EXCOM Member, Committee Chair and member in meeting the goals of the section. Recognized for innovative, award winning programming for chemistry professionals and students.

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Mao, Chuanbin

University of Oklahoma

Contribution to the science/profession:  Recognized for seminal research and discoveries in phage-based biomaterials, which have established him as a worldwide leader in this field and have significantly advanced biomaterials, nanobiotechnology, nanomedicine, and regenerative medicine.

Contribution to the ACS community: Recognized for dedication to disseminating chemistry and for partnerships with underrepresented groups to help them understand biomedicine using chemistry knowledge and master new knowledge and skills for seeking biomedical jobs.

Marcaurelle, Lisa A.

GlaxoSmithKline

Contribution to the science/profession:  Recognized for the creation of the Broad Institute’s DOS collection and contributions to the development of the RNA splicing modulator H3B8800 currently in Phase 1 clinical trials for oncology.

Contribution to the ACS community: Recognized for service to connect, celebrate and advocate for chemists as ORGN Division Chair, NOS Chair, member of the ACS PRF Committee, NESACS Councilor and associate member of the Women Chemistry Committee (WCC).

Maynard, Heather D.

University of California, Los Angeles

Contribution to the science/profession:  Recognized for outstanding contributions to the synthesis of protein-polymer conjugates, protein stabilization, and protein drug delivery, as well as efforts to increase diversity, equality and inclusion in education.

Contribution to the ACS community:  Recognized for service to the ACS Polymer Chemistry and Polymeric Materials: Science and Engineering Divisions and to many ACS journals, as well as for innovative outreach activities.

Merkle, Denise Lynn

SciConsult, Inc.

Contribution to the science/profession:  Recognized for excellent basic biochemical research underpinning applied protein science for the application to disease amelioration, and the dedication to scientific excellence and innovation in support of chemical enterprise.

Contribution to the ACS community:  Recognized for decades-long campaign directed toward the Dallas-Fort Worth Local Section's sustainability, unfailing inclusivity for chemical careers with an emphasis on industry, and enhancement of accessibility to valuable ACS-related information and edifying programs.

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Naumov, Panche

New York University / NYU Abu Dhabi

Contribution to the science/profession:  Recognized for advancing solid-state chemistry and crystal engineering, and for pioneering the field of crystal adaptronics that explores the dynamic, shape-memory and self-healing properties of organic crystalline matter.

Contribution to the ACS community:  Recognized for contributing to the promotion of the ACS and chemistry in the Middle East, establishment of the United Arab Emirates chapter, organizing conferences, and advocating for peace through chemistry.

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Oliver-Hoyo, Maria

North Carolina State University

Contribution to the science/profession:  Recognized for pioneering research providing evidence of the value and function of active methodologies in chemistry instruction, which changed the landscape of Chemistry Education Research.

Contribution to the ACS community: Recognized for contributions promoting excellence in education through extensive service and leadership, which range from organizing technical programs to holding numerous elected and appointed leadership positions.

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Park, Bosoon

USDA Agricultural Research Service

Contribution to the science/profession:  Recognized for creative insights in nanotechnology and analytical chemistry, as well as enthusiastic efforts and commitments for developing innovative and creative research for food safety and quality.

Contribution to the ACS community:  Recognized for outstanding service to the Agricultural and Food Chemistry Division, and contributions to organizing well-attended symposia, serving in many leadership roles for strategic planning, and mentoring early career scientists.

Pettitt, B. Montgomery

University of Texas Medical Branch

Contribution to the science/profession:  Recognized for the development and application of theories of liquid state to protein and nucleic acid systems. Leadership in teaching is noteworthy, and he has trained one hundred students and postdoctoral fellows.

Contribution to the ACS community:  Recognized for service to the Greater Houston local section as Program Chair and General Chair for Southwest Regional ACS meetings (2006 and 2016), Project SEED mentor (2014-now), and committee service.

Pickel, Joseph M.

Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Contribution to the science/profession:  Recognized for enabling scientific excellence through the improvement of laboratory safety and operational processes and modernization of laboratory facilities.

Contribution to the ACS community:  Recognized for service to the ACS Division on Chemical Health and Safety (CHAS) as Chair and programming Co-Chair, and for organization of the Fall 2021 meeting theme, ACS Safety Summits, and numerous Presidential and CHAS symposia.

Pillai, Xavier

Leydig, Voit & Mayer, Ltd.

Contribution to the science/profession:  Recognized for early work in pioneering research in lithium ion battery technology, followed by an industrial career in membrane science and polymer technology.

Contribution to the ACS community:  Recognized for leadership in the ACS Division of Chemistry and the Law (CHAL), as a longtime member of the Committee on Patents and Related Matters (CPRM), and as prolific presenter and writer, in short an indispensable contributor to ACS in aspects of patent law.

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Rasmussen, Seth C. 

North Dakota State University

Contribution to the science/profession: Recognized as a leader in the fields of organic semiconducting polymers and the history of chemistry, with significant contributions in new synthetic methods and the development of low band gap materials.

Contribution to the ACS community:  Recognized for outstanding service to the Division of the History of Chemistry, the Red River Valley local section, and to ACS programming and conferences.

Rogers, Michelle

Cargill Incorporated

Contribution to the science/profession:  Recognized for expertise and leadership in product safety, compliance, and regulatory affairs in the global chemical industry.

Contribution to the ACS community:  Recognized for dedicated service at the local and national level, including leadership positions in the ACS Women Chemists and ACS Nomenclature, Termininology, and Symbols (NTS) Committees, and the U.S. National Committee for IUPAC.

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Schneider, Sharon K.

United States Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service

Contribution to the science/profession:  Recognized for exemplary contributions to understanding the distribution, transformation, sorption, and volatilization of pesticides after soil application, as well as impacts of soil erosion on soil properties and crop productivity.

Contribution to the ACS community:  Recognized for exemplary service to the Agrochemicals Division as elected Secretary, Awards committee member, and enthusiastic volunteer that has improved the efficiency and stature of Division affairs and service to its members.

Sharma, Virender K.

Texas A&M University

Contribution to the science/profession:  Recognized for establishing an internationally recognized water purification research program focused on designing novel iron-based sustainable ferrate, understanding their fundamental reaction mechanisms, and applying them for water purifictaion in complex matrices.

Contribution to the ACS community:  Recognized for contributions toward increasing international visibility and membership in the ACS and the Division of Environmental Chemistry (ENVR) through organizing international programs, ACS webinar serie, honorary award symposia, as member-at-large and ENVR Program Chair.

Shih, Susan M.

College of DuPage

Contribution to the science/profession:  Recognized for an academic career distinguished by her involvement in the scholarship of teaching, learning, and undergraduate research in chemistry at the community college level.

Contribution to the ACS community:  Recognized for extensive service in the Chicago Section as Chair, Councilor, Long Range Planning, Office Affairs, and GLRM Board. National service includes SOCED, Two-Year College Task Force, and Advisory Board.

Sremaniak, Laura S.

North Carolina State University

Contribution to the science/profession:  Recognized for contributions to the teaching of physical chemistry, for developing novel undergraduate laboratories in computational chemistry, for departmental leadership in transforming their safety program, and for national advocacy for non-tenure track faculty.

Contribution to the ACS community: Recognized for local section contributions in establishing a K-12 teacher education program and leadership in Chairing the Women Chemists Committee, leading efforts in awards and advocacy for non-tenure track faculty.

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Thomas, Cristina Urdaneta

3M 

Contribution to the science/profession:  Recognized for innovation in the modeling and simulation of polymeric materials and processes, for research and development organizational leadership and for delivering solutions for energy savings, worker safety, and traffic safety.

Contribution to the ACS community:  Recognized for her efforts and long-term commitment to serve the Division of Polymeric Materials: Science and Engineering (PMSE), to represent industry perspective and to deliver successful membership programs while securing more volunteering engagement.

Tran-Dubé, Michelle

Pfizer Inc.

Contribution to the science/profession:  Recognized for being instrumental to the discovery of crizotinib for the treatment of lung cancer and contributed a PRMT5 clinical candidate currently in Phase 1 for the treatment of cancer.

Contribution to the ACS community:  Recognized as a Member-at-Large and Alternate Councilor for the Division of Organic Chemisry (DOC); chairs the SURF program and led fundraising efforts that culminated in $250,000 toward undergraduate research fellowships.

Twiss-Brooks, Andrea

University of Chicago

Contribution to the science/profession:  Recognized for innovations and leadership in the transformation of chemical information science into our digital world and working to redefine the researcher information science relationship as the foundation for world-class research.

Contribution to the ACS community:  Recognized for leadership at the Chicago Local Section and service to ACS as Councilor, Division Chair, the Committee on Nominations and Elections, Council Policy Committee, and Committee on Committees.

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Vela, Javier

Iowa State University

Contribution to the science/profession:  Recognized for the development of reproducible and tunable synthesis of colloidal nanocrystals and their applications in chemical catalysis and energy conversion. Received the NSF CAREER Award in 2013.

Contribution to the ACS community:  Recognized for being an active ACS volunteer for a decade, holding multiple positions locally and nationally. Received the Stanley C. Israel Midwest Award for Advancing Diversity in 2014.

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Wong, Stanislaus S.

Stony Brook University

Contribution to the science/profession:  Recognized for distinguished contributions to carbon nanotube chemistry, the sustainable synthesis and characterization of novel nanoscale formulations of scientifically relevant oxide-based nanostructures, and the rational tailoring of nanomaterials for energy applications.

Contribution to the ACS community:  Recognized as Nanoscience Chair for Inorganic Division; Programming contributions to a number of ACS Divisions; Co-organizer of 18 major National symposia, benefiting multiple Divisions; and Editorial Advisory Board member to ACS journals.

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Yokoyama, Wallace H.

United States Department of Agriculture

Contribution to the science/profession: Recognized for research on the impact of food components, such as soluble fiber and polyphenols, on diseases related to fat metabolism, such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

Contribution to the ACS community:  Recognized for leadership in the Agricultural and Food Chemistry Division and the California Section, and for service to Project SEED, including mentoring students.

Yu, Liangli (Lucy)

University of Maryland

Contribution to the science/profession:  Recognized for improving the safety and nutritional value of foods by researching the molecular mechanisms of compositional changes induced by agronomic and post-harvest processing and developing approaches to their control.

Contribution to the ACS community:  Recognized for leading the AGFD Division by ably serving as its Chair, Program Chair, Membership Chair, Strategic Planning Committee member, organizing 15 symposia and co-founding the AGFD Food Safety Sub-division.


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