Sandia National Laboratories materials scientist and researcher Hongyou Fan has been named a fellow of the American Chemical Society. His work has applications in electronics, energy, materials separation and more. He received the ACS Fellow award, presented by Angela Wilson, immediate past president of American Chemical Society, on August 14. (Photo courtesy of

Materials scientist named fellow of American Chemical Society

September 13, 2023 8:00 am Published by

Sandia National Laboratories researcher and manager Hongyou Fan has been named a fellow of the American Chemical Society.

Founded in 1876 and chartered by the U.S. Congress, the society has more than 173,000 members in 140 countries and supports scientific inquiry in the field of chemistry.

The 2023 class of fellows were honored at a special ceremony during the fall meeting in San Francisco, California on Monday, Aug. 14.

Fan joins only two active Sandia researchers listed as American Chemical Society Fellows: Tina Nenoff, a Sandia Fellow, and Tim Zwier, who was elected a fellow when he was a Purdue University professor.

“Hongyou has been a prolific and first-rate scientific contributor who has been highly effective at converting scientific insights into technological breakthroughs,” said Sandia Climate Change Security Director Rob Leland.

Erik Webb, senior manager for geoscience research and applications, said, “I am thrilled that Hongyou has received this recognition for his outstanding contributions to basic science at the nanoscale. The selection also celebrates his ability to see applications of that basic work across a suite of societally important topics, including electronics, energy and material separations. He continues this research individually and as the leader of our geochemistry department, where he strongly encourages the development of several additional generations of scientists.”

The society recognized Fan “for outstanding contributions to the novel design, synthesis, functionalization and integration of nanomaterials leading to innovative applications in nanoelectronics, clean energy, sensor development and photocatalysis.”

It also recognized him “for impactful service in organizing ACS symposia, promoting the Division of Colloid and Surface Chemistry, STEM outreach events, ACS journal publications and the ACS Petroleum Research Fund program.”

“This recognition is a personal honor and undoubtedly a significant milestone in my career,” Fan said. “However, this achievement wouldn’t have been possible without the unwavering support of Sandia and the collaboration of an exceptional interdisciplinary team.”

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