Mohan to be Honored in Washington for Article
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.
Contact: Rachel Hatch, (309) 556-3960