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Dr. David Hobart selected ACS fellow

Honored for his significant contributions to f-element science
Dr. David Hobart Selected ACS Fellow

Dr. David Hobart is an active member of the chemistry community. He continues to contribute to the LANL Periodic Table web site in his area of specialty: the f-elements. He is an acknowledged expert, and in 2009 he was invited by the Russian Academy of Sciences to visit Tobolsk, Siberia and lecture at a special Table-focused celebration of Dimitri Mendeleev’s 175th birthday.

Dr. David Hobart, long-time Chemistry Division employee and now-affiliate, has been selected as a Fellow of the American Chemical Society (ACS)

David was honored for his significant contributions to f-element science. The f-elements are those that have electrons in their f orbitals; the lanthanides and the actinides. Among other accomplishments, the ACS noted that he contributed the reduction potential for the americium(IV)/(III) redox couple to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development Nuclear Energy Database under "Chemical Thermodynamics of Americium." In addition to his scientific accomplishments, David has been a very active member of the chemistry community. He serves as the Chair-Elect of the Division of Nuclear Chemistry and Technology and has co-organized the Analytical Chemistry in Nuclear Technology Symposia series at ACS National Meetings for the past decade. He began working at LANL in 1983 and retired in 2012. He continues to actively contribute to the Laboratory as an affiliate.

At the upcoming national ACS meeting, 96 members will be celebrated as new Fellows. In all, there are over 163,000 members in ACS. David was the only chemist from Los Alamos selected this year. ACS Immediate Past-President Bassam Z. Shakhashiri said of the recent Fellows in announcing their selection, "This is an honor bestowed on members for their outstanding accomplishments in scientific research, education, and public service. Their individual contributions to ACS, to science, and to society are hallmarks of distinction in keeping with the ACS mission of advancing the chemical enterprise and its practitioners for the benefit of Earth and its people."

The ACS Fellows program began in 2009 as a way to recognize and honor members for outstanding achievements in and contributions to science, the profession, and ACS. The 2013 class of Fellows represents 28 National Committees, 30 Divisions, and 49 Local Sections of the ACS. For more information, see www.acs.org/fellows.

More information on Dr. Hobart and on the Periodic Table