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Gibbs Award Dinner
The 101st Presentation of the Willard Gibbs Medal
Friday, May 18, 2012


Gibbs Medal Awardee:
Prof. Mark A. Ratner
Prof. Mark A. Ratner

Dumas University Professor and Chair
Department of Chemistry
Northwestern University
Evanston, IL

“From Rectifying to Energy: Some Reflections”

Date:  Friday, May 18, 2012
Location:    Casa Royale
783 Lee Street
Des Plaines, IL 60016

Cost for the dinner:  $40 per person, $20 for students, unemployed and retirees.  You must be a member of the ACS Chicago Section to qualify for the discounted rate.

Dinner reservations are required and should be received in the Section Office via phone (847-391-9091), email (, or web.    PLEASE HONOR YOUR RESERVATIONS.  The Section must pay for all food orders.  No-shows will be billed.  Seating will be available for those who wish to attend only the meeting.

Registration is now closed for the 2012 Gibbs Award Banquet.   We are sorry that we can accept no more reservations.

6:00 PM  Reception with hors d'œuvres and 2 complimentary drinks
7:00 PM Dinner
8:30 PM ACS Event Introduction
8:45 PM Gibbs Award Lecture

Gibbs Medal, front side

The History of the Willard Gibbs Award

Gibbs Medal, back side

The Citation: 

  For principal achievements in

 with substantial enhancement of our knowledge of the behavior of single molecules under transport conditions, as well as the dynamical properties of molecular systems.

Introducing Professor Ratner:  Prof. Tobin Marks, Northwestern University

Presentation of the medal:  Bill Carroll, Chair, Board of Directors of the American Chemical Society

Gibbs Acceptance Address: “From Rectifying to Energy: Some Reflections”


The power of chemical science to transform our understandings of the world, and of the world itself, are remarkable. The talk will describe some of the excitement that I have been privileged to participate in, starting from some rudimentary ideas about how current moves through molecules, and finishing (so far!) with a discussion of some of the ways that theory and experiment can come together to help us develop photovoltaic devices, devices that can lead to control of our energy future using molecules in an intelligent and interesting way.

The tour will feature some significant people, from Willard Gibbs on to 2012. 


Mark A. Ratner is a materials chemist, whose work focuses on the interplay between molecular structure and molecular properties. This includes such aspects as molecular electronics, molecular optoelectronics, molecular systems design and biomolecular behavior, as well quantum and classical methodologies for understanding and predicting molecular structure and response. The major focus of his research for the last three decades has been the understanding of charge transfer and charge transport processes based on molecular structures, ranging from nonadiabatic intramolecular behavior to aspects of molecular devices, including photovoltaics, conductive polymers, molecular transport junctions and molecular switches.

His professional history involves undergraduate work at Harvard, graduate work at Northwestern, postdoctoral work at Aarhus and Munich, and faculty positions at New York University and Northwestern. He is now Dumas University Professor at NU and Co-Director of the Initiative for Sustainability and Energy at Northwestern (ISEN). He has very active international collaborations, particularly in Denmark, Israel and the Netherlands. He has been awarded the Feynman Prize, the Langmuir Award of the American Chemical Society, and is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the International Academy of Quantum Molecular Sciences, the Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and an annual canoe trip which puts all things back into perspective.

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