Professor Henry Curran displays his Boyle Higgins Gold Medal after his lecture at the Royal College of Surgeons on 26 April 2017.

Professor Henry Curran displays his Boyle Higgins Gold Medal after his lecture at the Royal College of Surgeons on 26 April 2017.

Henry Curran, Professor of Combustion Chemistry at the National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland, has been honored with The Institute of Chemistry of Ireland Boyle Higgins Gold Medal and Lecture Award. On Thursday, 27 April 2017, Prof. Curran delivered the award lecture, Developing Detailed Chemical Kinetic Mechanisms for Fuel Combustion, at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland.

The Institute of Chemistry of Ireland bestowed the gold medal and lecture award upon Prof. Curran “for a significant contribution to chemistry made by an Irish chemist working in Ireland or abroad, or by a chemist of any nationality, working in Ireland.”

“It is an honor to win the medal,” Prof. Curran said. “I believe it comes from a lot of hard work by me and all of the post-doctoral researchers and Ph.D. students who have worked with me throughout the years. Moreover, I have benefitted from many collaborations with other individuals and groups within the community throughout the world. In particular I should mention Drs. William Pitz and Charlie Westbrook at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory for all of the work we have undertaken together over the past twenty three years.”

At the National University of Ireland, Galway, Prof. Curran has served as Director of the Combustion Chemistry Centre since 2006 and Professor of Combustion Chemistry since 2013. He’s considered a leading expert in large hydrocarbon chemical kinetic mechanisms, particularly at low temperatures.

The Boyle Higgins Medal and Lecture Award, instituted in 1985, is an award for research work carried out in chemistry under the headings: (a) Pure Chemistry, (b) Applied and Industrial Chemistry or (c) Chemical Education. The award is made for an outstanding and internationally recognised research contribution to the advancement of chemistry by a chemist of any nationality working in Ireland or by an Irish chemist working overseas.

Please join The Combustion Institute in congratulating Prof. Curran on receiving this prestigious award.

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