Steven Suib, whose work in solid state chemistry and the synthesis of novel materials has a strong environmental focus, was chosen for his “outstanding impact on the field of catalysis and materials science over the past 30 years.” He has collaborated closely with a host of Connecticut companies, including Pratt & Whitney, which funds research and a laboratory at UConn for studying fiber composites used in engine parts, and VeruTEK, for which Suib’s research team makes catalysts used in pollution prevention and water and soil remediation. His research has also aided companies looking for catalysts for upgrading fuel and those developing fuel cells. Suib has supervised more than 100 Ph.D. students, nearly 50 of whom now hold research positions in Connecticut industries. He has been designated a “Chemical Pioneer” by the American Institute of Chemists for outstanding contributions with major impact on advances in chemical science and industry, and was inducted into the Connecticut Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2008. Prof. Suib’s work on solid materials—catalysts, polymers, ceramics, and semi-conductors—involves research into how to control their properties. He also studies how to control the size and shape of holes in porous materials and nano-particles. The goal is to make the chemical process or the final material “greener.” A central question in his research is, “Can we make materials that no one else has made, using relatively simple materials?” He holds 50 patents and has published more than 450 research papers. His first patent involved the use of microwave energy to convert natural gas into gasoline. Asked by the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering (CASE) how he would like to be known, Suib wrote: “I’d like to be remembered in the field of science as someone who was interested in many different areas, as someone who carried out research in a fundamental way to try to solve practical problems, and as someone who has collaborated effectively with a variety of academic, industrial, and government researchers to help improve our global situation.” CASE is one of the sponsors of the Connecticut Medal of Science, along with the Board of Governors of Higher Education. -Article adapted from UConn Today