Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Illinois

Professor Hong Yang named Richard C. Alkire Professor in Chemical Engineering

Professor Hong YangProfessor Hong Yang has been named the inaugural Richard C. Alkire Professor in Chemical Engineering effective spring 2015.

Hong Yang, professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering
Hong Yang

The Richard C. Alkire Professorship was established in honor of Professor Alkire, who joined the Department in 1969 and has had a long and distinguished career at Illinois. Alkire, a member of the National Academy of Engineering since 1988, holds the rank of Charles and Dorothy Prizer Chair Emeritus. He continues to be very active in the Department and the academic community today, well beyond his official retirement in 2008. The endowment for the Alkire Professorship was provided anonymously.

Yang said he is honored and humbled to be named as the Richard C. Alkire Professor of Chemical Engineering.

“The excellence of Dr. Alkire’s life-long research at Illinois speaks volumes, which will be the guide and inspiration for me to carry on with my own,” he said. “I am also very grateful to the anonymous donor whose generosity makes this professorship possible.”

Professor Yang, received his B.S. degree in Chemistry from Tsinghua University, and his Ph.D. degree in Chemistry from the University of Toronto. After a postdoc at Harvard, he was on the faculty at the University of Rochester until 2011. In 2012 he joined the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Illinois.

The Alkire Professorship recognizes Yang’s outstanding scholarship in the field of nanotechnology, particularly in innovation in the synthesis of nanomaterials of well-defined structure and composition. Yang is a world leader in the synthesis of bi- and multi-metallic Pt-based nanostructures, which are heavily being researched for a range of catalytic applications including fuel cells.

An investiture will be held later this year.