The Charles H. Herty Medal is a beautiful solid gold medallion awarded annually by the Georgia Section of the American Chemical Society. The purpose of the award is to give public recognition to the work and service of outstanding chemists who have significantly contributed to their chosen fields. All chemists in academic, government, or industrial laboratories who have been residing in the southeastern United States for at least 10 years are eligible. (For this purpose Southeastern United States is defined as the union of the following states: Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, North Carolina, and South Carolina.)
Nominations for the 2022 Herty Medal are now closed.
Dr. H. N. Cheng is the recipient of the 2022 Herty Medal as awarded by the Georgia Section of the American Chemical Society, recognizing outstanding work and service by a chemist in the Southeast. A research chemist at the Southern Regional Research Center of the U.S. Department of Agriculture in New Orleans, Dr. Cheng also served as ACS President in 2021. He has been active in developing green polymer chemistry as a platform to producing eco-friendly and sustainable products, including utilization of agro-based materials, biocatalysis, green processing and methodology development, pulp and paper chemistry, polymerization theory, and polymer NMR. Prior to his election as President, Dr. Cheng served ACS in several leadership positions at the national level, in local sections, and in technical divisions. During his presidential year, he championed the cause of chemistry, emphasizing the importance of innovation, disciplinary growth, sustainability, and digitization. Moreover, he was active in organizing symposia and webinars to benefit ACS members and the chemistry enterprise.
The gold Herty medal will be presented at the 88th Herty Award Celebration in September 2022. Dr. Cheng will also be a keynote speaker at the Herty Medalist Undergraduate Symposium (HMURS).