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Alexis T. Bell

March 7: Pigford Memorial Lecture

California's Bell to deliver Robert L. Pigford Memorial Lecture


1:27 p.m., Feb. 21, 2014--Alexis T. Bell will deliver the Robert L. Pigford Memorial Lecture from 10-11 a.m., Friday, March 7, in 102 Colburn Laboratory on the University of Delaware campus in Newark.

The lecture is presented by UD’s Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering.

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Bell, Dow Professor of Sustainable Chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley, will speak on the topic “Effects of Local Composition, Structure and Confinement on the Activity and Selectivity of Catalytically Active Sites.”

A graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Bell joined the faculty of the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at California in 1967. He is also a senior faculty scientist in the Chemical Sciences Division at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

Bell is known internationally for his research in the field of heterogeneous catalysis and is recognized as a pioneer in the development of in situ spectroscopic techniques and isotopic tracer techniques for the study of catalyzed reactions.

His work has been recognized by numerous awards and his election to the National Academy of Engineering, the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

For details on the presentation, see the flyer in PDF format.

The lecture, which is free and open to the public, honors the late Robert Pigford, a founder of UD’s Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering whose vision and leadership in the field made long-lasting contributions to the department.

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