The 2008 Harrison Howe Awardee

Daniel G. Nocera
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

The Rochester Section of the American Chemical Society is proud to announce the selection of Professor Daniel G. Nocera, the Henry Dreyfus Professor of Energy and Professor of Chemistry at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, as the 2008 recipient of the Harrison Howe Award.


Prof. Nocera is a world leader in the study of energy at the molecular level. He is best known for research on energy conversion in biology and chemistry, especially focusing on solar generation of hydrogen and oxygen from water. Nocera has been an innovator, discovering multielectron photoreactions for hydrogen production, and pioneering the molecular understanding of proton-coupled electron transfer. In addition, Nocera has been a tireless proponent of fundamental research on energy issues, organizing numerous recent workshops and conferences on renewable and sustainable energy. He is an engaging speaker, and will continue to be a major figure in energy catalysis in the future.


Established in 1946 to honor one of the founders of the Rochester Section, the Harrison Howe award recognizes outstanding contributions to research in chemistry. A distinguishing feature of the award is that many recipients have been recognized in the early to middle stages of their careers, and approximately 40% of the awardees have gone on to win a Nobel Prize. The call for 2009 nominations is now open.


The 2008 Harrison Howe Award will be presented at the University of Rochester on March 18, 2008. The public lecture and award presentation will be held in the atrium of Goergen Hall. For more information please see the Lecture page or contact Lori Hedges at alumni AT chem.rochester.edu or 585-275-2915.