Colloid & Surface Chemistry

Langmuir Lecture

Irving Langmuir (31 January 1881 – 16 August 1957) was an American chemist and physicist. His most noted publication was the famous 1919 article "The Arrangement of Electrons in Atoms and Molecules" in which, building on Gilbert N. Lewis's cubical atom theory and Walther Kossel's chemical bonding theory, he outlined his "concentric theory of atomic structure". Langmuir became embroiled in a priority dispute with Lewis over this work; Langmuir's presentation skills were largely responsible for the popularization of the theory, although the credit for the theory itself belongs mostly to Lewis. While at General Electric, from 1909-1950, Langmuir advanced several basic fields of physics and chemistry, invented the gas-filled incandescent lamp, the hydrogen welding technique, and was awarded the 1932 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his work in surface chemistry. He was the first industrial chemist to become a Nobel laureate. The American Chemical Society Journal for Surface Science is named Langmuir in his honor.

The Division of Colloid and Surface Chemistry of the American Chemical Society presents the Langnmuir award annually at the American Chemical Society National Meeting. For more information on the award, and to make nominations go to Here:

Langmuir Award Recipients

2016

Bernard Binks

University of Hull

Rainbowcouloured Pickering Emulsions: Behaviour of Pigment Particles at Fluid Interfaces

Robert Hamers

University of Wisconsin - Madison

Diamond at the Extremes

 

2015

Catherine J. Murphy

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The Golden Age of Colloids and Surfaces

Buddy D. Ratner

University of Washington

Biointerfaces: Beginnings, State of the Art, and Horizons

 

2014

Anna Balazs

University of Pittsburgh

Designing Biomimetic Capsules and Gels that Undergo Directed Movement

Helmuth Möhwald

Max-Planck-Inst. of Colloids and Interfaces

From Langmuir Monolayers to Layer by Layer Assembly

 

2013

Prashant V. Kamat

University of Notre Dame

Meeting the Clean Energy Challange with Semiconductor Nanostructres

Nicholas A. Kotov

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Self-Assembly of Nanoparticles: FromConcept to Applicactions

 

2012

Hai-Lung Dai

Temple University

Nonlinear Light Scattering from Buried Interfaces in Colloids and Thin Films

Luis Liz-Marzán

CIC biomaGUNE

Colloidal Nanoplasmonics: From the Building Blocks to Sensing Devices

 

2011

Steve Granick

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Janus Colloids

Flemming Besenbacher

Aarhus University

Catalytic Model Systems Studied by High-Resolution, Video-Rate Scanning Tunneling Microscopy

 

2010

Richard M. Lambert

University of Seville

Catalytic Chemistry and Self-Assembly on Metal Surfaces

Vincent M. Rotello

University of Massachusetts Amherst

Engineering the Nanoparticle Interface for Materials and Biological Applications

 

2009

Jennifer A. Lewis

Harvard University

Microscale patterning of functional colloidal architectures

Phillip B. Messersmith

Northwestern University

Biointerfacial aspects of mussel adhesive proteins and their biomimetic analogs

 

2008

Martinus A. Cohen Stuart

Wageningen University

Charge-driven self-assembly: Micelles, worms, fibrils and gels

Miquel Salmeron

University of California, Berkeley

Water at interfaces: Adsorption, reactions, wetting

 

2007

C. M. Lieber

Harvard University

Nanowires, nanoscience and nanotechnologies

M. G. Bawendi

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Science and technology of nanocrystal quantum dots

 

2006

Arjun G. Yodh

University of Pennsylvania

Thomas J. McCarthy

University of Masschusetts, Amherst

 

2005

Hans-Joachim Freund

Fritz-Haber Institut der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft

Jay T. Groves

University of California Berkeley

 

2004

Israel Waches

Lehigh University

Darsh Wasan

Illinois Institute of Technology

 

2003

David J. Pine

UC-Santa Barbara

John C. Polanyi

University of Toronto

 

2002

William B. Russel

Princeton University

Martin Malmsten

Uppsala University

 

2001

Malgorzota Borowko

Marie Curie Sklodowska University, Lublin

James A. Schwarz

Syracuse University

 

2000

Marie-Paul Pileni

University Pierre et Marie Curie

Hermann Gaub

Ludwig-Maximilians University,  Munich

 

1999

Hyuk Yu

University of Wisconsin

Mark E. Davis

California Institute of Technology

 

1998

Bjorn Lindman

University of Lund

Srinivasan Manne

University of Arizona


1997

Matthew V. Tirrell

University of Minnesota

William A. Goddard

California Institute of Technology

 

1996

Gerhard J. Fleer

Wageningen University

Graham J. Hutchings

University of Wales

 

1995

Alice P. Gast

Stanford University

Cynthia M. Friend

Harvard University

 

1994

Eli Ruckenstein

SUNY, Buffalo

Benjamin Chu

SUNY, Stony Brook

 

1993

Jacob N. Israelachvili

UC-Santa Barbara

J. Michael White

University of Texas

 

1992

Alexis T. Bell

University of California, Berkeley

Dennis Chapman

University of London

 

1991

Stig. Friberg

Clarkson University

D.Wayne Goodman

Texas A&M University


1990

George L. Gaines, Jr.

Rensselaer Polytech Institute

Gabor A. Somorjai

University of California, Berkeley

 

1989

George M. Whitesides

Harvard University

Sylvia T. Ceyer

Massachusetts Institute of Technology


1988

J. Lunsford

Texas A&M University

Ron Ottewill

University of Bristol

 

1987

D. Fennel Evans

University of Minnesota

K. Klier

Lehigh University

 

1986

Gerhard Ertl

Fritz-Haber Inst. de MPG, Berlin

Benjamin Widom

Cornell University

 

1985

Eli Ruckenstein

SUNY, Buffalo

Benjamin Chu

SUNY, Stony Brook

 

1984

J.A. Mann

Case Western University

Mark Cardillo

AT&T Bell Laboratories

 

1983

Paul Becher

Paul Becher Associates

Paul Weisz

Mobil Research & Development, Princeton

 

1982

Ernest Yeager

Case Western Reserve University

W. Keith Hall

University of Pittsburgh

 

1981

Art Adamson

University of Southern California

Robert Madix

Stanford University

 

1980

Michel Boudart

Stanford University

Milton Kerker

Clarkson University

 

1979

John Yates

University of Pittsburgh

Janos Fendler

Clarkson University