2017 Linus Pauling Medal Award Symposium

Saturday, November 18, 2017 at Portland State University, in Portland, Oregon

The Pauling Medal Award recognizes outstanding achievement in chemistry and is presented annually by the PortlandPuget Sound, and Oregon Sections of the American Chemical Society. The award is named after Dr. Linus Pauling, a native of the Pacific Northwest, because of the inspiration of his example.

Pauling Medal Awardee

Christopher C. Cummins

Henry Dreyfus Professor of Chemistry

B.A. 1989, Cornell University
Ph.D. 1993, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

The American Chemical Society (ACS)  PortlandPuget Sound, and Oregon Sections have named Dr. Christopher “Kit” Cummins, Henry Dryfus Professor of Chemistry at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the 2017 recipient of the Linus Pauling Medal Award.

Pauling Medal Symposium

Location: Hoffman Hall1, Portland State University, Portland, OR

  • 12:30 PM Doors open
  • 1 PM Welcome & Symposium
  • 5:30 - 7 PM Reception & Poster Session

The lectures and reception/poster session are free and open to the public.

1 Hoffman Hall map coordinates D2; parking in Parking Structure Three (payment required all hours) map coor-
dinates B1.


Stephen J. Lippard

Arthur Amos Noyes Professor of Chemistry, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Synthesis and properties of selected transition metal complexes over half a century

Daniel G. Nocera

Patterson Rockwood Professor of Energy in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Harvard University

Food and Fuel from Air, Water, and Sunlight

T. Don Tilley

Professor of Chemistry, University of California, Berkeley

Highly Oxidized Metal Oxo Clusters and Metal-Metal Cooperativity in Water Splitting

Pauling Medalist:
Christopher 'Kit' Cummins

Henry Dreyfus Professor of Chemistry, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Phosphorus-Element Bond-Forming Reactions

and after dinner talk
Phosphorus: From the stars to Land and Sea

Pauling Medal Award Banquet

The banquet will celebrate the Pauling Medal Awardee and feature an after dinner talk by Professor Cummins. 

  • Time: 7 – 9 PM

Banquet tickets must be purchased in advance (deadline Nov. 10). Banquet tickets for students are $10; general dinner banquet tickets $35

purchase Symposium banquet tickets


Pauling Medal Award Symposium Sponsors


More information about Linus Pauling is available on the Pauling Blog; previous posts have including information about the Pauling Medal. Please also visit the Pauling Archives and Research Center

Medal photo copyright MGK Dibblee