February 09, 2021
Michael Hochella will receive the 2021 Clair C. Patterson Award, which recognizes an innovative breakthrough of fundamental significance in environmental geochemistry, particularly in service of society, consisting of either a single outstanding contribution or a short series of papers published within the last decade. Dr. Hochella is a Laboratory Fellow at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and a University Distinguished Professor (Emeritus) at Virginia Tech (USA). He is recognized for his research on environmental nanoparticles that resulted in the discovery of heretofore unknown nanocrystalline Magnéli-phase titanium suboxides in coal ash spilled in North Carolina. He and his co-workers carried out toxicological studies of these nanoparticles, which revealed their high toxicity to humans.