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Debenedetti to Receive IChemE Guggenheim Medal

Pablo Debenedetti, Class of 1950 Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering and Dean for Research, has been named the recipient of the 2016 Guggenheim Medal (to be awarded in 2017) from the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE). Based in the United Kingdom, the IChemE is 'the global professional membership organization for chemical, biochemical and process engineers", and has over 44,000 members in more than 120 countries. The biennial Guggenheim Medal, awarded for the first time in 2015 (the 2014 award), was established to recognize major research contributions to thermodynamics and complex fluids; it honors Edward A. Guggenheim, Professor at the University of Reading and author of the 1933 book, "Modern Thermodynamics", which defined the then-emerging field. Through this award, the IChemE is recognizing Debenedetti for "contributions which have shaped our understanding of the liquid state, the properties of supercooled and glassy water, and the theory of hydrophobicity."