Dr. A. C. Buchanan, III of the Chemical Sciences Division at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory has been awarded the 2013 Henry H. Storch Award in Fuel Science in recognition of distinguished contributions to fundamental research on the chemistry of hydrocarbon fuels. Over a thirty five year career, Dr. Buchanan has made significant contributions to understanding the kinetics and mechanisms involved in the chemical transformations of fuel molecules in molten salt hydrocracking catalysts, under gas- and solution-phase pyrolysis conditions, and in restricted mass transport environments including confinement in mesoporous silicas. This research has advanced the fundamental understanding of the reaction pathways involved in processing of fossil and renewable fuels. He has published 170 papers including journal
articles, book chapters, and symposium proceedings, and has numerous presentations at
scientific conferences, workshops, and universities. He has received three Richard A. Glenn Awards from the Division of Fuel Chemistry. Dr. Buchanan has been actively involved in the Divisions of Fuel Chemistry and now Energy and Fuels, where he has organized and chaired several symposia at national meetings and served as both Alternate Councilor and now Councilor.
The Storch Award is given annually to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to research in the field of fuel science. This includes research on all aspects of the chemistry and utilization of all hydrocarbon fuels with special consideration also given to innovation and novelty in the use of fuels, characterization of fuels, and advances in fuel chemistry that benefit the public welfare or the environment. The award was established in
1964 by the Division of Fuel Chemistry and is now co-sponsored by the Division of Energy & Fuels and Elsevier Ltd.