Ames Lab’s Corbett Named Royal Society of Chemistry Fellow

For release: April 20, 2009

John Corbett, Division of Materials Sciences and Engineering, 515-294-3086
Breehan Gerleman Lucchesi, Public Affairs, 515-294-9750


AMES, Iowa – John D. Corbett, a senior chemist at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory, has been named a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry. The Fellow award honors those who have made substantial contributions to advancing the wider application of chemical science.

Corbett, who is also an ISU Distinguished Professor of Liberal Arts and Sciences and a professor of chemistry, is a member of the National Academy of Sciences. His research interests lie within the more specialized field of inorganic solid-state chemistry.

“John Corbett continues to bring honor and distinction to Ames Laboratory and Iowa State University,” said Jacob Petrich, chair of the ISU Department of Chemistry and Corbett’s long-time colleague. “His selection as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry is a wonderful tribute to a lifetime of research and training generations of scientists in the domain of solid-state inorganic chemistry. He is an example to all of us.”

John D. Corbett

Numerous honors, awards and achievements mark Corbett’s 56+-year career at Ames Lab. He has served as a division chief and program director in the Ames Laboratory and as the chair of the ISU Chemistry Department. He is a recipient of the Spedding Award given in recognition of excellence and achievement in research centered on the science and technology of the rare earths.

Corbett has also won all three American Chemical Society awards in inorganic chemistry: the ACS F. Albert Cotton Award in Synthetic Inorganic Chemistry in 2008, the ACS Award for Distinguished Service in the Advancement of Inorganic Chemistry in 2000, and the ACS Inorganic Chemistry Award in 1986.

A prolific writer, Corbett has published more than 440 professional publications. He has mentored 41 Ph.D. students and 67 postdoctoral fellows.

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