Surface award

The American Chemical Society's most prestigious award, the Priestley Medal, this year is awarded to Gabor Somorjai of the University of California at Berkeley for his pioneering work in surface science and catalysis over the last four decades. Since becoming a professor at UCB in the 1960s, Somorjai has studied structure, bonding, and reactivity at the molecular level on solid surfaces. He has used and developed various novel techniques, such as low-energy electron diffraction surface crystallography and high-pressure tunneling microscopy, which have led to an array of discoveries in surface science.