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Chemistry Employee Greg Kubas Recognized by Case Western

Professor Lawrence Sayre, Chair of Case Western Reserve Chemistry Department, (right) presented the Distinguished Alumnus Award to Greg Kubas (left) on May 2nd.

Greg Kubas (C-SIC) was recognized with an Outstanding Alumnus Award from his alma mater, Case Western Reserve University, on May 2, 2006. This award is given annually to a chemistry department alumnus (undergrad or grad student) who later attains career success. 

This prestigious award was first given in 1990 with the winner being the 2003 Nobel Laureate (in physiology and medicine) Paul Lauterbur, who pioneered the development of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

Kubas’s own contributions to science are widely recognized. He is known throughout the world for his discovery and characterization of transition metal complexes containing chemically bound hydrogen molecules (H2). Unlike in metal hydrides, H2 gas can be reversibly added or removed from the solid complexes at ordinary temperatures and pressures, an important feature for future hydrogen fuel systems.

Because of this discovery, Kubas is recognized as the founder of an entire field of research, a distinction that few others can claim. In 2001, Kubas published a monograph entitled Metal Dihydrogen and Sigma-Bond Complexes: Structure, Theory, and Reactivity (Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers, August 1, 2001). The monograph, which has quickly become the field standard, describes Kubas' discovery of dihydrogen coordination and the study of its structure and general properties. It also looks at both the theory and experimental results of bonding and activation of dihydrogen on metal centers.

An interesting side note is that Kubas attended Case Western as an undergrad (1962-1966) at the same time as former Laboratory Director Sig Hecker. Case Western Reserve University is located in Cleveland, Ohio, and Kubas is a native Clevelander.

posted 5/25/06, jes


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