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Last modified: Tuesday, August 9, 2011

IU chemist Hieftje named American Chemical Society Fellow

Aug. 9, 2011

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Indiana University chemist Gary Hieftje has been named to the 2011 class of American Chemical Society Fellows, an honor bestowed upon 213 distinguished scientists who have made outstanding accomplishments in chemistry and important contributions to ACS.

Hieftje is Distinguished Professor and Robert and Marjorie Mann Professor of Chemistry in the College of Arts and Sciences at IU Bloomington. He and the other 2011 fellows will be recognized at an induction ceremony on Aug. 29 during the American Chemical Society's national meeting and exposition in Denver.

"ACS is especially proud to honor these chemists during the 2011 International Year of Chemistry," said Nancy B. Jackson, president of the society. "The work they are doing will improve all of our lives as they unleash the power of chemistry to solve global challenges like providing clean water, sufficient food, new energy sources and cures for disease.

"But that's not all. They're also organizing scientific conferences for their peers, doing outreach with scouts and schools, and being mentors to the next generation of scientists."

The ACS Fellows Program was created by the ACS Board of Directors in December 2008 "to recognize members of ACS for outstanding achievements in and contributions to Science, the Profession and the Society." Fellows come from academe, industry and government.

Hieftje joined the IU Bloomington Department of Chemistry faculty after receiving his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois in 1969. He became a full professor in 1977 and was named a Distinguished Professor in 1985.

His research interests include the investigation of basic mechanisms in atomic emission, absorption, fluorescence and mass spectrometric analysis, and the development of instrumentation and techniques for atomic and mass-spectrometric methods of analysis. He is the author of more than 550 scientific publications and 10 books and holds 18 patents. More than 60 students have received doctorates under his direction; many others have received master of science degrees and scores of undergraduates and visiting scientists have performed research in his laboratories.

In June, a mass-spectrometry array detection device developed by Hieftje and several collaborators was named a winner in the 49th annual R&D 100 Awards, which salute the 100 most technologically significant products introduced into the marketplace over the past year.

For more information on ACS and the 2011 fellows, see the ACS website at