Sheldon Shore Lecture

January 6, 2017
Friday, April 13, 2018 - 11:30am
Clifford Kubiak

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2015 Sheldon Shore Lecture: Professor Clifford Kubiak


Clifford Kubiak
University of California, San Diego - "If you make a solar fuel from CO2, what should it be?"

Clifford P. Kubiak received the Sc.B. degree with honors in chemistry from Brown University (1975) and the PhD (1980) in chemistry from the University of Rochester, where he worked with Richard Eisenberg.  He was a postdoctoral associate with Mark S. Wrighton at MIT (1980-81) before beginning his independent career as a faculty member at Purdue University from 1982 – 1998.  He moved to UCSD in 1998 as Harold C. Urey Professor, served as Chair of the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry (2002-2006), and was named Distinguished Professor at UCSD in 2008.  Dr. Kubiak has held visiting appointments at Tohoku University, University of Chicago, University of Erlangen, and University of Paris Diderot, and has been Visiting Associate in Chemistry with JCAP at the California Institute of Technology since 2012. He was the recipient of the ACS Award in Inorganic Chemistry (2012), Inter-American Photochemical Society Award in Photochemistry (2013), Basolo Medal for Outstanding Research in Inorganic Chemistry (2015), and has been elected to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences (2014).  Dr. Kubiak has served on the Editorial Advisory Boards of Accounts of Chemical Research, Inorganic Chemistry, and Materials Science in Semiconductor Processing. He is the author of 240 scientific articles, and his research interests are in catalytic transformations of CO2, artificial photosynthesis, ultrafast electron transfer within the ground states of inorganic mixed valence systems, and theoretical and experimental investigations of electrical conductivity of molecular assemblies.  


Sheldon G. Shore Lecture

Sheldon Shore Headshot

Sheldon Shore was born in Chicago in 1930. After completing his Bachelor's degree at the University of Illinois in 1951, he moved to the University of Michigan where he completed his Master's (1953) and Doctoral degrees (1957). Shortly thereafter, he moved to join the Chemistry faculty at The Ohio State University, where he provided 57 years of distinguished service.

Professor Shore’s research spanned vast areas of the periodic table, but perhaps he is best known for his pioneering work in the area of boron hydrides, metal cluster carbonyls and lanthanide transition metal systems. He and his coworkers developed the first rational synthesis of B4-B10 boron hydrides and one of his early compounds, ammonia borane, which had been predicted to be too unstable to isolate, was isolated by him and shown to be stable at elevated temperatures. It is currently a hot topic for hydrogen storage and release. He produced the first well-defined examples of boron nitride nanotubes, analogs of multi-walled carbon nanotubes. His mechanistic studies of the synthesis of metal cluster carbonylates and the water-gas shift reaction attracted wide attention. This work has been featured in current treatises on cluster chemistry and is also described in inorganic chemistry text books. His work on mixed metal clusters of lanthanide-transition metal elements and their conversion to nanoparticles has led to new heterogeneous catalysts for the selective hydrogenation of phenol to cyclohexanone, hydrodechlorination of chlorobenzenes, and the reforming of propane.

Dr. Shore authored over 300 scientific publications and 14 patents. He received numerous awards and recognitions for his research. Most notable among them is the Chemical Society’s Columbus Section Award, the Morley Medal of the Cleveland Section, the ACS Award for Inorganic Chemistry and election as a corresponding member of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences. The Ohio State University also recognized him with the Distinguished Lecturer Award, the Distinguished Scholar Award, the Charles H. Kimberly Chair of Chemistry, and the Distinguished Professor of Mathematical and Physical Sciences Award.  During Dr. Shore’s tenure at OSU, 91 students completed MS or Ph.D. degrees with him, and many more postdoctoral fellows and visiting scholars were associated with his laboratory, not including the thousands of undergraduates who passed through his classes.  Over a long and active career, Sheldon Shore left a profound and indelible imprint on the lives of the many faculty, staff, and students of the broader Ohio State University family that were fortunate to know him.  The annual Sheldon G Shore Lecture provides an opportunity to remember and celebrate his achievements.

Previous Lecturers:

2016 - Clifford Kubiak

2015 - Christopher Cummins

2014 - Peter Stang

2013 - Robert H. Grubbs

2012 - Roald Hoffman

2011 - Tobin Marks 

2010 - Harry Gray

2009 - Robert Crabtree

2008 - Daryl Busch

2007 - Thomas Fehlner