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Congratulations to Huimin Zhao, who has been chosen to receive the 2018 Marvin Johnson Award from the Biochemical Technology Division of the American Chemical Society!

The Marvin J. Johnson Award in Microbial and Biochemical Technology recognizes outstanding research contributions toward the advancement of microbial and biochemical technology.

Zhao is the Steven L. Miller Chair of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, and a professor of chemistry, biochemistry, biophysics, and bioengineering at Illinois. His primary research interests are in the development and applications of synthetic biology tools to address society’s most daunting challenges in health, energy, and sustainability, and in the fundamental aspects of enzyme catalysis, cell metabolism, and gene regulation.

The award will be presented to Zhao at the 2018 Spring National Meeting of the ACS on March 18-22, 2018. At that meeting, Zhao will deliver a lecture on his research. Read more about Dr. Huimin Zhao.


Congratulations to Professor Ken Schweizer, recipient of the Joel Henry Hildebrand Award in the Theoretical and Experimental Chemistry of Liquids from the American Chemical Society.

Kenneth S. Schweizer
Kenneth S. Schweizer

Schweizer is the G. Ronald and Margaret H. Morris Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Illinois.

The annual award, established in 1980, recognizes distinguished contributions to the understanding of the chemistry and physics of liquids. It’s named after ACS Past President Joel H. Hildebrand.

Schweizer will receive the award at the 2016 American Chemical Society national meeting in San Diego on March 15, 2016. The award is sponsored by ExxonMobil.

Schweizer has a bachelor’s degree from Drexel University and a Ph.D. from Illinois. He develops and applies statistical mechanical theories to understand equilibrium and dynamical phenomena in soft materials, such as colloids, polymers, and liquid crystals. A member of the Illinois faculty since 1991, he has faculty appointments in the Departments of Materials Science, Chemistry and Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering.

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