The American Chemical Society’s ACS Fellows Program was created by the ACS Board of Directors in December 2008 to recognize members of the ACS for outstanding achievements in and contributions to science, the profession, and the Society. Prof. Willem Leenstra was one of 78 newly elected members for 2015
The ACS Fellow distinction is somewhat unusual compared to the fellow status in other scientific societies in that particular attention is paid to service to the ACS. At the Boston National Meeting, a reception in honor of the 2015 inductees, each Fellow was recognized with a brief description of contributions. Prof. Leenstra’s entry highlighted the following:
Contribution to the science/profession: Pioneered research to understand the structural details and photophysics of mixed-pendant, layered materials. specifically, arene-derivatized zirconium phosphonates have shown promise as nanoparticulate pressure sensors.
Contribution to the ACS community: Completed 25 years as a Councilor after being Green Mountain Local Section Chair and Secretary. Served as General Chair of the Northeast Regional Meeting twice. National-level Committee appointments have included Local Section Activities, Meetings & Expositions (Chair), and currently, Budget and Finance.
*Originally posted by Senthil Natesan on October 12, 2015 at 11:25 AM