Awards and Honors

Stoddart, Schatz, Marks named Top Influential Chemists

By Mark Heiden

November 12, 2020

Academic Influence named IIN Steering Committee member Sir Fraser Stoddart and affiliated faculty member George Schatz to its list of Top Influential Chemists Today, with an honorable mention for affiliated faculty member Tobin J. Marks.

The authors note that, “In what follows, we look at influential chemists over the last decade. Based on our ranking methodology, these individuals have significantly impacted the academic discipline of chemistry within 2010-2020.”

Prof. Stoddart’s research is described as focusing on “…supramolecular chemistry and nanotechnology. Nanotechnology has entered popular culture because of its exciting possibilities for the fabrication of products at the molecular level, such as materials or miniature devices. Stoddart has performed core research in development on nanotechnologies, including an important class of nanotech known as nanoelectromechanical systems (NEMS).”

For Prof. Schatz, the auth note that “His research specialty is in the field of reaction dynamics. One of the top theoretical chemists, he has conducted groundbreaking research into the computational modeling of the optical properties of nanoparticles, including how gold and silver nanoparticles absorb light. This work has important clinical implications for the diagnosis of illnesses such as Alzheimer’s Disease, through the use of biosensors.”

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