UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Jonathan Mathews, associate professor of energy and mineral engineering, was named a 2016 Fellow by the American Chemical Society (ACS). The ACS Fellows Program recognizes members for their outstanding contributions to science and the profession, and service to the ACS community. He was honored during the ACS National Meeting and Exposition, held Aug. 21-25 in Philadelphia.
“I’m incredibly honored,” said Mathews. “To be one of only 57 inductees in a society of nearly 157,000 members speaks to the work that my colleagues and I have performed for our fields and the society.”
Mathews served as the inaugural co-chair of the ACS Energy and Fuels Technical Division, which was formed after the merger of two divisions, Fuel Chemistry and Petroleum. He also assisted the division with strategic planning and now serves as the membership chair.
In addition, Mathews served as chair for the 2013 International Conference on Coal Science and Technology. He also serves on the advisory board of the journal Energy and Fuels, as Penn State’s representative for the Coal Users Research Council, and as a reviewer and author of nearly 70 coal-related journal articles.
Mathews is a coal scientist investigating coal broadly, including: structure, combustion, gasification, oxy-fuel combustion, drying, liquefaction, coalbed methane, and carbon dioxide sequestration in coal.
Mathews joins three other faculty members from the John and Willie Leone Family Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering at Penn State as ACS Fellows: Semih Eser, professor of energy and geo-environmental engineering; Harold Schobert, professor emeritus of fuel science; and Chunshan Song, director of the EMS Energy Institute, distinguished professor of fuel science, and professor of chemical engineering.
The ACS is the world’s largest scientific society and one of the world's leading sources of authoritative scientific information. The society’s mission is to advance the broader chemistry enterprise and its practitioners for the benefit of Earth and its people.