Robert J. Madix, a senior research fellow in chemical engineering at Harvard’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), and Sang-Hee Shim, a postdoctoral fellow in chemistry and chemical biology in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences along with her mentor Martin T. Zanni, an associate professor of chemistry at University of Wisconsin, Madison, were honored by the American Chemical Society (ACS) in San Francisco on March 23 for their chemistry research.

Madix was presented with the 2010 Garbor A. Somorjai Award for Creative Work for his role in establishing the molecular foundation for elementary surface reactions on single crystal catalytic metals and for his contributions to the understanding of partial oxidation reactions on silver surfaces, the dynamics and kinetics of adsorption and surface reactions, and the atomic-scale imaging of reactive processes on surfaces.

Shim and Zanni received the Nobel Laureate Signature Award for Graduate Education in Chemistry for revolutionizing the technology of two-dimensional infrared spectroscopy. With the new technology, they have performed a groundbreaking study of amyloid fibers.