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Carl Patterson Chair in
Chemical Engineering: John Vohs

Dr. John M. Vohs has been named the Carl V.S. Patterson Chair in Chemical Engineering. Dr. Vohs joined the faculty of the School of Engineering and Applied Science in 1989 after receiving his B.S. degree from the University of Illinois and his Ph.D. from the University of Delaware. He has held leadership roles in both the School of Engineering and Applied Science and his department. He served for four years as SEAS's associate dean for academic affairs and in January 2001 he was appointed to his current position of chair of the department of chemical engineering. Dr. Vohs has received numerous honors, including a Presidential Young Investigator Award and two Union Carbide Research Innovation Awards.

Dr. Vohs' research interests are in the field surface and interfacial science with emphasis on elucidating the relationships between the local atomic structure of surfaces and their chemical reactivity. He is well known for his work on structure-activity relationships for metal oxide catalysts, especially those used for selective oxidation reactions and automotive emissions control systems. In recent years, he has collaborated extensively with Dr. Raymond Gorte, also of the chemical engineering department, in the development of solid oxide fuel cells that run on readily available hydrocarbon fuels such as natural gas and diesel.

Engineering Dean Eduardo Glandt said, "John Vohs' name can be associated with some of the most exciting research results coming out of our School today. I am delighted that Penn is recognizing his distinction with this scholarly appointment."

The Patterson Chair was established in 1965 in honor of Carl V. S. Patterson (BS, ChE '11) who played a leading role in the use of x-rays in medical diagnostics through his development of the Patterson fluoroscopic screen. The screen allowed radiologists to study the dynamics of internal organs in both healthy and diseased states with greater ease and accuracy.

Almanac, Vol. 48, No. 22, February 12, 2002


February 12, 2002
Volume 48 Number 22

A new chair in gerontology for Dr. Naylor in Nursing.
A new chair in chemical engineering for Dr. Vohs.
The SAS Dean's Forum focuses on the Human Genome.
SEAS bridges the Digital Divide in Ghana with a grant from HP.
The Faculty Senate proposes a revision to procedures for the establishment, merger and closing of departments, divisions and similar entities.
The 2002 Models of Excellence Awards honor the contributions of staff achievements in a variety of settings across campus.
HR unveils a new Health and Wellness program for faculty and staff.
Time to plan for summer: Penn Camps for Children range from anthropology to volleyball.