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Professor G. K. Surya Prakash

Professor | Director holding the Olah Nobel Laureate Chair in Hydrocarbon Chemistry at the Loker Hydrocarbon Research Institute, University of Southern California

Dr. Surya Prakash is a Professor and Director holding the Olah Nobel Laureate Chair in Hydrocarbon Chemistry at the Loker Hydrocarbon Research Institute, University of Southern California. His research interests are in superacid, hydrocarbon, synthetic organic & organofluorine chemistry, with particular emphasis in the areas of energy and catalysis. He is a co-proponent of the Methanol Economy concept through carbon dioxide capture and recycling (CCR). He co-invented the direct oxidation methanol fuel cell. He has trained more than 130 doctoral and post-doctoral scholars. He is prolific with more than 730 peer-reviewed publications holding ~ 50 patents. He has published 11 books. His awards include American Chemical Society (ACS) National Awards: 2004 Creative Work in Fluorine chemistry; 2006 George A. Olah Award in Hydrocarbon or Petroleum Chemistry and the 2006 Richard C. Tolman Award. He received the 2007 Distinguished Alumni Award from IIT, Madras and the 2010 CRSI Medal from the Chemical Research Society of India. He was awarded (jointly with Olah) the inaugural 2013 $1 Million Eric and Sheila Samson Prime Minister’s Prize for Innovation in Alternative Fuels for Transportation by Israel. In 2015, he received the Henri Moissan Prize for his outstanding work in fluorine chemistry. He is a fellow of the AAAS, a Member of the European Academy of Arts, Sciences and Humanities, Fellow of the European Academy of Sciences, Foreign Fellow of National Academy of Sciences, India and Fellow of the ACS. He also sits on several Editorial Boards.