Gabor A. Somorjai Award for Creative Research in Catalysis

Award at a Glance

Recipient Faculty, Industry, Chemistry Professional
Category National Awards
Amount$5,000 + expenses
DeadlineNovember 1, 2022


To recognize outstanding theoretical, experimental, or developmental research resulting in the advancement of understanding or 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. Learn more about ACS National Award Nominations.


Gabor A. and Judith K. Somorjai Endowment Fund


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, DC 20036-4801
Phone: 202-872-4575
Fax: 202-776-8008

photo of Jin-Quan Yu presented with his award
2022 recipient Jin-Quan Yu (right) is presented his award by Angela K. Wilson, ACS President (left).
Photo by Nam Thai,

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