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Featured Profile: Jerry Atwood


Jerry Atwood

Dr. Jerry Atwood’s discoveries have led to new medical therapies and better fuel storage.

Atwood specializes in supramolecular chemistry, the study of how molecules interact with other molecules. Considered a “founding father” in the field, he has edited 19 volumes related to the topic, as well as an encyclopedia and a textbook.

Atwood has a long history of significant accomplishments. In 1969, he first discovered liquid clathrates. This work provided major underpinnings for what is now called “green” or “environmentally friendly” chemistry. In 1997, he discovered a way to make nanocapsules, which may eventually lead to better delivery methods for chemotherapy in cancer patients. In 2002, Atwood discovered materials useful for storing hydrogen and methane. This created the potential for storing alternative fuels.

Over the course of his distinguished career, Atwood has received numerous awards. Among other recognitions, the Royal Society of Chemistry granted him a Supramolecular Chemistry Award in 2012. In 2014, he was named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science for his distinguished contributions and innovations in the field of chemistry.

Dr. Jerry Atwood is Curators Distinguished Professor of Chemistry in the College of Arts and Science.

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