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


Paul Cremer 

The Pennsylvania State University

Probing the Ineraction of Anions and Cations with Phospholipid Membranes

Frank Caruso 

The University of Melbourne

Engineering Particles for Bio-Nano Science and Beyond 



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



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



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



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



Hai-Lung Dai

Temple University

Nonlinear Light Scattering from Buried Interfaces in Colloids and Thin Films

Luis Liz-Marzán


Colloidal Nanoplasmonics: From the Building Blocks to Sensing Devices



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



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



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



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



C. M. Lieber

Harvard University

Nanowires, nanoscience and nanotechnologies

M. G. Bawendi

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Science and technology of nanocrystal quantum dots



Arjun G. Yodh

University of Pennsylvania

Thomas J. McCarthy

University of Masschusetts, Amherst



Hans-Joachim Freund

Fritz-Haber Institut der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft

Jay T. Groves

University of California Berkeley



Israel Waches

Lehigh University

Darsh Wasan

Illinois Institute of Technology



David J. Pine

UC-Santa Barbara

John C. Polanyi

University of Toronto



William B. Russel

Princeton University

Martin Malmsten

Uppsala University



Malgorzota Borowko

Marie Curie Sklodowska University, Lublin

James A. Schwarz

Syracuse University



Marie-Paul Pileni

University Pierre et Marie Curie

Hermann Gaub

Ludwig-Maximilians University,  Munich



Hyuk Yu

University of Wisconsin

Mark E. Davis

California Institute of Technology



Bjorn Lindman

University of Lund

Srinivasan Manne

University of Arizona


Matthew V. Tirrell

University of Minnesota

William A. Goddard

California Institute of Technology



Gerhard J. Fleer

Wageningen University

Graham J. Hutchings

University of Wales



Alice P. Gast

Stanford University

Cynthia M. Friend

Harvard University



Eli Ruckenstein

SUNY, Buffalo

Benjamin Chu

SUNY, Stony Brook



Jacob N. Israelachvili

UC-Santa Barbara

J. Michael White

University of Texas



Alexis T. Bell

University of California, Berkeley

Dennis Chapman

University of London



Stig. Friberg

Clarkson University

D.Wayne Goodman

Texas A&M University


George L. Gaines, Jr.

Rensselaer Polytech Institute

Gabor A. Somorjai

University of California, Berkeley



George M. Whitesides

Harvard University

Sylvia T. Ceyer

Massachusetts Institute of Technology


J. Lunsford

Texas A&M University

Ron Ottewill

University of Bristol



D. Fennel Evans

University of Minnesota

K. Klier

Lehigh University



Gerhard Ertl

Fritz-Haber Inst. de MPG, Berlin

Benjamin Widom

Cornell University



Eli Ruckenstein

SUNY, Buffalo

Benjamin Chu

SUNY, Stony Brook



J.A. Mann

Case Western University

Mark Cardillo

AT&T Bell Laboratories



Paul Becher

Paul Becher Associates

Paul Weisz

Mobil Research & Development, Princeton



Ernest Yeager

Case Western Reserve University

W. Keith Hall

University of Pittsburgh



Art Adamson

University of Southern California

Robert Madix

Stanford University



Michel Boudart

Stanford University

Milton Kerker

Clarkson University



John Yates

University of Pittsburgh

Janos Fendler

Clarkson University