NIU Chemistry Professor Narayan Hosmane elected to Russian Academy of Natural Sciences

Narayan Hosmane

NIU Professor Narayan Hosmane

Northern Illinois University’s Narayan Hosmane, a Board of Trustees professor of chemistry and biochemistry, has been elected as a foreign member of the prestigious Russian Academy of Natural Sciences.

Supporting education and applied scientific research, the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences is one of the largest and most distinguished academic groups in Russia. The academy’s members include internationally known figures in Russian, European and American science, education and culture.

Hosmane was elected to the chemistry section of the academy. He will travel in late August to the Nizhny Novgorod region of Russia to lecture, be formally recognized during an international scientific conference and collaborate with Russian scientists.

The Russian Academy cited Hosmane for “creativity, breadth and diversity” in his research on carborane chemistry, involving main group, transition and lanthanide metals. The academy also noted Hosmane’s “landmark synthetic, mechanistic and structural investigations” that led him to become a lead scientist in a nanotechnology-driven drug delivery for boron neutron capture therapy and catalysis.

“The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry is thrilled for Dr. Hosmane to be receiving this honor from the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences,” said Jon Carnahan, NIU chemistry and biochemistry chair.

“His research has certainly attracted worldwide attention, but we’re equally proud of Narayan’s talents working with and mentoring young scientists, both in the classroom and his laboratory here at NIU,” Carnahan added.

Hosmane’s election as a foreign member to the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences is one of many international honors that have been bestowed upon the NIU professor.

Last summer, the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) appointed him to a visiting professorship for senior international scientists at the Ningbo Institute of Materials Technology & Engineering. That institute more recently named him to its High-end Foreign Experts Recruitment Program, providing support for further travel to China for academic and research purposes. He also has been nominated for the CAS Einstein Professorship Program.

Hosmane’s awards also have included the prestigious Humboldt Research Award for senior scientists (in 2001 and 2007) from Germany’s Alexander von Humboldt Foundation; the BUSA Award for Distinguished Achievements in Boron Science; the Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Distinguished Chair of Chemistry at the University of Hyderabad, India; and the Gauss Professorship of the Göttingen Academy of Sciences, Germany. Additionally, he has won numerous awards for teaching and research at NIU.

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