Students assist with Professor Ram Mohan's green chemistry research at Illinois Wesleyan.
Mohan Receives Fulbright Award
June 4, 2012
BLOOMINGTON, Ill.— Illinois Wesleyan University’s Beling Professor of Natural Sciences
Ram Mohan has been awarded a Fulbright-Nehru award to India where he will teach a
special course on the principles of green chemistry at the Indian Institute of Science
Education and Research (IISER) at Mohali and other major institutions in that country.
”I am deeply honored and excited to be a Fulbright-Nehru teacher scholar in India,”
says Mohan, who will be on sabbatical from Illinois Wesleyan while participating in
the Fulbright program in 2012-13. “India is one of the fastest growing economies in
the world now and the chemical industry is especially booming, but with this growth
come environmental problems that are best addressed using green chemistry principles.”
Mohan’s green chemistry research at Illinois Wesleyan has been supported by grants
from the National Science Foundation, Pfizer Pharmaceuticals, the American Chemical
Society Petroleum Research Fund and the Research Corporation for Science Advancement.
His work, which has been widely published in scientific journals, focuses on developing
environmentally friendly organic synthesis using bismuth and iron compounds. Bismuth
and its compounds are remarkably non-toxic and attractive from a green chemistry perspective.
In 2011, the Illinois Heartland Section of the American Chemical Society named Mohan
Chemist of the Year.
“It is especially exciting to be a U.S. ambassador in India, where I was born and
did my schooling before immigrating to the U.S. for higher studies.” Mohan noted.
“I hope that my visits to several premier institutes in India will lead to fruitful
collaborations and exchanges that will benefit both the host institutes and Illinois
With almost 350 universities and over 17,000 colleges, India supports one of the largest
and most diverse systems of higher education in the world. The Indian Institute of
Science Education and Research was established in 2007 by the Indian government, with
a mission to carry out research in frontier areas of science and to provide quality
science education at the undergraduate and postgraduate level.
Operating in 150 countries worldwide, the Fulbright program is sponsored by the U.S.
Department of State, Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs. Envisioned by U.S.
Sen. J. William Fulbright in 1945, the program promotes a mutual understanding between
the people of the United States and other countries. India has grown to be the largest
of all Fulbright programs, with 80 or more awards annually made to American scholars
and professionals, and in recognition of this, grants to India are now called Fulbright-Nehru
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