Mohan to be Honored in Washington for Article
Ram Mohan

Professor of Chemistry Ram Mohan

August 6, 2009

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – Illinois Wesleyan University’s Earl H. and Marian A. Beling Professor in the Natural Sciences Ram Mohan will be honored in Washington, D.C. at the American Chemical Society (ACS) national conference this month for an article he authored with his collaborator and sabbatical host, Dr. Janet Scott.

The article, “Reactivity of ionic liquids” has been named one of the “Top 50 Most Cited Articles” from 2006-2009. The article was originally published in 2007 in the international journal Tetrahedron. This is the third time Mohan has received the honor, previously recognized for a 2004 article on bismuth reactivity co-authored with several IWU students. “Ionic liquids represent a fundamentally new and different class of solvents,” Mohan said,  “This is an exciting time to be working with ionic liquids.” 

Mohan’s celebrated research is geared toward discovering environmentally friendly synthetic methods for chemists to use at pharmaceutical and other companies, including work with bismuth compounds.  A member of the IWU faculty since 1996, his work is known worldwide. He is the recipient of several research grants, including the largest individual grant at the University.  During his time at Illinois Wesleyan, Mohan has co-authored 49 articles with University undergraduates as co-authors. He has recently been named to the editorial board of the The Open Catalysis Journal.

A graduate of Hansraj College in Delhi, India, Mohan holds a master’s degree in organic chemistry from the University of Delhi and a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. He conducted postdoctoral research at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Mohan was the 2002 winner of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Distinguished Alumnus Award and a 2001 winner of the national Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award.

Tetrahedron publishes five monthly journals covering different aspects of science, which are among the most accessed journals worldwide. According to James Milne publisher of the “Organic & Inorganic Chemistry” version of Tetrahedron, more than one million articles are downloaded each month.

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