John "Jack" Tossell, Professor Emeritus in the Chemistry & Biochemistry Department at the University of Maryland and currently Research Professor in the Chemistry Department and the Institute for Basic Energy Science and Technology at George Washington University, was the recipient of the 2011 ACS Geochemistry Division Medal.
The award was in recognition of his pioneering work in computational quantum chemistry to understand and predict the structure, bonding, and properties of a wide range of Earth materials. Tossell's recent research focuses on using computational methods to develop more efficient and cost-effective ways to remove CO2 from the atmosphere. His previous honors include: Honorary Woodrow Wilson Fellow; National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow, 1966-71; Distinguished Young Scientist of Maryland, 1978; Fellow, Mineralogical Society of America. During his career to date, he has authored over 200 papers.
The ACS Geochemistry Division Medal was awarded at a special Geochemistry Division swards symposium, which was held on March 29th, 2011, at the ACS Spring National Meeting in Anaheim, CA.