FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | February 01, 2021

Cathleen Crudden to lead ACS Catalysis as editor-in-chief

WASHINGTON, Feb. 1, 2021 – The Publications Division of the American Chemical Society (ACS) has appointed Cathleen Crudden, Ph.D., of Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, as editor-in-chief (EIC) of ACS Catalysis. Crudden currently serves as an associate editor for the journal.

“I have had the pleasure of being involved with ACS Catalysis, the flagship journal internationally for the publication of catalysis research, as an author, reviewer, reader and associate editor. I am excited to take on the new role as EIC, where I will ensure that we continue to publish the very best of catalysis research, focusing on author satisfaction and solidifying a sense of community among catalysis researchers,” says Crudden. “Catalysis is a broad field, providing exceptional opportunities for multidisciplinary interactions. I will work to make certain that we support, encourage and highlight interdisciplinary chemistry related to catalysis, that we work to engage the diverse members of our community, and that we generate even more opportunities for valuable interactions between the historic subdisciplines and new evolving areas of catalysis.”

At Queen’s University, Crudden is the A.V. Douglas distinguished professor of chemistry and Canada Research Chair (Tier 1). She additionally holds a research professorship and runs a satellite lab at the Institute of Transformative Bio-Molecules in Nagoya, Japan. Crudden’s international experience is extensive, having held visiting professorships in Japan, Spain and France. Crudden’s work has included homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis with a recent focus on surface chemistry. She seeks to provide in-depth solutions to outstanding problems in molecular and materials chemistry, including tackling issues such as the creation of carbon-carbon bonds with stereochemistry using catalytic approaches and using insight from catalyst design in materials chemistry.

“Professor Crudden is a dynamic scientist with a global presence,” says James Milne, Ph.D., president, ACS Publications Division. “I am sure she will bring innovative approaches and great enthusiasm to ACS Catalysis, helping to even further champion scientific rigor and its reputation in the chemistry community.”

ACS Catalysis is dedicated to publishing original research on heterogeneous catalysis, molecular catalysis and biocatalysis. The journal seeks to acquire content in the areas of new reactions and new approaches to synthesis involving known catalysts, discovery or modification of new catalysts, novel mechanistic and investigatory studies on catalysis, practical enhancements of known processes, and conceptual advances. 


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