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Professor Suzanne Bart earns prestigious synthetic inorganic chemistry award


Writer(s): Steve Scherer


The American Chemical Society (ACS) has announced that Professor Suzanne Bart will be the 2024 recipient of the F. Albert Cotton Award in Synthetic Inorganic Chemistry.

The award recognizes distinguished work in synthetic inorganic chemistry and was established by the ACS Board of Directors in 2002 and is supported by the F. Albert Cotton Endowment Fund.

Dr. Bart’s research group at Purdue specializes in the field of actinide chemistry focusing on understanding the fundamental chemistry of depleted uranium, and more recently, thorium and the transuranic elements. Studying f-block elements has the potential not only for significant scientific discoveries such as new fuels and materials, but social and economic impacts for recycling and environmental remediation of nuclear wastes and polluted sites.

Dr. Bart came to Purdue in 2008 after postdoctoral research in Germany at Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nuremberg. She earned a Ph.D. and M.S. at Cornell University and a B.S. at the University of Delaware.

In the Department of Chemistry, she is associate head of graduate education. In her field, Dr. Bart is associate editor of Inorganic Chemistry - an ACS journal.

The ACS is one of the world’s largest scientific organizations with more than 173,000 individuals in 140 countries.

The award will be presented to her in March at the ACS 2024 Spring Meeting and Exposition in New Orleans.