T. Brent Gunnoe to lead ACS Catalysis as interim editor-in-chief

WASHINGTON, Aug. 13, 2020 – The Publications Division of the American Chemical Society (ACS) has appointed T. Brent Gunnoe, Ph.D., of the University of Virginia as the interim editor-in-chief of ACS Catalysis. This move follows the appointment of the journal’s previous editor, Christopher W. Jones, Ph.D., as editor-in-chief of JACS Au. The search for a permanent editor-in-chief for ACS Catalysis will soon be underway.

“I will support ACS Catalysis to maintain its strong trajectory and ensure smooth day-to-day operations with the editorial team until the next editor is appointed,” says Gunnoe. “I have been with the journal since its inception and am grateful to ACS for giving me this opportunity to serve in the interim as we celebrate 10 years of publication.“

Gunnoe obtained his Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of North Carolina in 1997. He has taught at both North Carolina State University and the University of Virginia, where he joined the faculty in 2008. He is the recipient of a National Science Foundation CAREER Award and an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship, among others. He is co-editor of two books and co-author of four book chapters and more than 150 refereed journal publications. At the University of Virginia, he is a Commonwealth professor of chemistry and the director for the University of Virginia effort within the MAXNET Energy Consortium. Gunnoe has served as an associate editor for ACS Catalysis since 2010.

“We are delighted Professor Gunnoe will be leading ACS Catalysis while we search for a permanent editor-in-chief,” says James Milne, Ph.D., president, ACS Publications Division. “The journal has grown into a leader in its field over the past 10 years, and we are confident this tradition for excellence will continue under Professor Gunnoe’s guidance.”

ACS is requesting nominations from the community as it searches for a permanent editor-in-chief for ACS Catalysis. As with the selection of editors for the Society’s over 65 journals, the search begins with the formation of a diverse, experienced and knowledgeable search committee that is tasked with identifying leading candidates from around the globe.

The merits of individual candidates are thoroughly evaluated and debated in assessing who will make the best editor for the next phase of the journal’s development. As with every journal editor-in-chief appointment, the ACS board of directors will approve the nomination to complete the search. Recommendations from the chemistry and engineering community will be considered and shared with the search committee.

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