Priestley Medal for Peter Stang

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  • Author: Jonathan Faiz/ChemViews
  • Published Date: 09 April 2013
  • Source / Publisher: American Chemical Society (ACS)
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Peter Stang, University of Utah, USA, has received the highest honor of the American Chemical Society (ACS), the 2013 Priestley Medal. Stang is awarded for his distinguished service in the field of chemistry, in particular, for his cutting-edge research in supramolecular chemistry that has had implications for many areas of science, including drug development and more efficient ways to produce gasoline and home heating oil.

The award was presented at the national awards ceremony and banquet held as part of the 245th ACS National Meeting in New Orleans, LA, USA, on April 9, 2013.


Peter J. Stang studied at DePaul University, Chicago, Illinois, USA, and earned his Ph.D. in chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley, USA, in 1966 under Andrew Streitwieser. He carried out postdoctoral research with Paul von Rague Schleyer at Princeton University, New Jersey, USA. In 1969, Stang joined the University of Utah, where he is currently Distinguished Professor of Chemistry. Stang’s other recent honors include the US National Medal of Science (2011), the F. A. Cotton Medal (2010) and the Fred Basolo Medal (2009). He has been Editor of the Journal of the American Chemical Society since 2002.

Stang’s research interests are in the area of self-assembly and supramolecular chemistry, in particular the use of metal–ligand dative interactions and directional bonding to self-assemble by rational design unique metallacyclic polygons, polyhedra, and related cages with well-defined shapes and sizes.




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