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Luther receives Geochemistry Division Medal

Nov. 20, 2012 — George W. Luther III, Maxwell P. and Mildred H. Harrington Professor of Oceanography at the University of Delaware, has been named the 2013 recipient of the Geochemistry Division Medal from the American Chemical Society (ACS) for his wide-ranging contributions to aqueous geochemistry.

The distinction is the highest honor awarded by the society’s geochemistry division, given every other year to recognize outstanding achievements in the field. Geochemistry examines the chemical reactions behind geological processes occurring in the earth and oceans.

Luther’s accomplishments include applying physical inorganic chemistry to the transfer of electrons between chemical compounds in the environment. He developed chemical sensors and incorporated voltammetry, an analytical method of measuring electrical activity, in quantifying the presence of elements and their chemical compounds in natural waters.