Gabor A. Somorjai Award for Creative Research in Catalysis

Award at a Glance

Recipient Industry, Faculty, Chemistry Professional, International
Category National Awards
Amount$5,000 + expenses
DeadlineNovember 1, 2023


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


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.


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.


November 1 (Annual Review)

How to Apply

The nomination period is open from July 1 to November 1 annually. Learn more about submitting a nomination for the ACS National Awards.


Supported by an Endowed Fund Established by Gabor A. and Judith K. Somorjai


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.

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2024 Somorjai Award Recipient Charles T. Campbell
2024 Recipient Charles T. Campbell (Center) is Presented with His Award by Mary K. Carroll, ACS President (Left), and Lee H. Latimer, ACS Board of Directors (Right)
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