Friday, March 25, 2022

Jerry Schnoor holding plaque

Jerald Schnoor, the Allen S. Henry Chair in Engineering and a professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of Iowa, has received the Outstanding Achievements in Environmental Science & Technology Award: The Americas Region from the American Chemical Society (ACS). Schnoor was recognized by ACS as a “global leader and mentor in solving complex environmental problems that have significant societal relevance and positive impact in the world.”

ACS also noted Schnoor’s expertise in “phytoremediation technology, pioneering the field on how to use plants to help clean the environment contaminated by toxic organic chemicals” and how his “pivotal research in the 1990s on how plant enzymes transform contaminants dominated subsequent phytoremediation research developments and paved the way for this technology to become common practice around the world.”

A member of the college since 1977, Schnoor is a member of several professional societies including the National Academy of Engineering, the American Academy of Environmental Engineers, the American Society of Civil Engineers, and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. He has also received several other distinguished awards including the ACS Award for Creative Advances in Environmental Science and Technology, the Perry L. McCarty AEESP Founders Award, and the Clarke Water Prize.

Schnoor shared this most recent award with Menachem Elimelech, the Sterling Professor Chemical and Environmental Engineering at Yale University. Both accepted the award at the ACS Spring Meeting held in March 2022 in San Diego, CA.

For more information on the award and winners, visit the award website.

About ACS

Founded in 1876 and chartered by the U.S. Congress, ACS is one of the world’s largest scientific organizations with membership of over 151,000 in 140 countries. Its mission is to advance the broader chemistry enterprise and its practitioners for the benefit of Earth and its people. Its vision is to improve people’s lives through the transforming power of chemistry.

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