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Suljo Linic wins the Michigan Catalysis Society Parravano Award

Linic will give an Award Keynote Lecture at the 37th Annual Michigan Catalysis Society Spring Symposium| Short Read
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Suljo Linic, Professor and Class of 1938E Faculty Scholar, in the Department of Chemical Engineering at University of Michigan, has been selected as the winner of the 2016 Michigan Catalysis Society Parravano Award for Excellence in Catalysis Research and Development. Linic will give an Award Keynote Lecture at the 37th Annual Michigan Catalysis Society Spring Symposium, which will be held on May 4, 2016 at the Midland Country Club in Midland, Michigan.

Linic was chosen for his groundbreaking contributions at the interface of heterogeneous catalysis, nanoscience and nanotechnology that have led to new understanding of catalytic reactions and catalyst design.

The award is given in honor of Giuseppe Parravano, a professor of chemical engineering at the University of Michigan from 1958 until his death in 1978. His early work at Michigan was characterized by the application of physical chemical techniques, which served for more complex systems. In his last 10 years of research he contributed frequently to the studies in the areas of electrochemical initiation of polymerization reactions, the measurement and use of chemical relaxation times to elucidate surface kinetics, and measurement of the activity of solid catalysts for oxygen and hydrogen transfer.

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