September 22, 2020
A profile of Prof. Cynthia Friend accompanied her inaugural article in PNAS as a member of the National Academy of Science in September. The profile follows Friend from cow-pasture golf and car repair in her early life in southern Nebraska, through her education, and up to her current catalysis research, which has implications to improve the sustainability of chemistry on an industrial scale. The inaugural article is about palladium/silver bimetallic materials. The formation of a dense hydrogen phase on palladium is critical for hydrogen migration to silver, where more selective hydrgenation might occur.