May 2, 2019 Mavrikakis receives UW-Madison faculty award Written By: Staff Departments: Chemical & Biological Engineering Categories Awards Manos Mavrikakis, Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor and Paul A. Elfers Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, is among the 32 members of the University of Wisconsin–Madison faculty who have been awarded 2019-20 faculty fellowships. The awardees span the four divisions — arts and humanities, physical sciences, social sciences and biological sciences — on campus. Manos Mavrikakis “Our faculty are a key component of what makes UW–Madison a world research institute and I am excited that we can recognize a cohort each spring with these fellowships,” says Norman Drinkwater, interim vice chancellor for research and graduate education. “These awards highlight faculty efforts to support the research, teaching, outreach and public service missions of the university.” The awards are made possible by research efforts of UW–Madison faculty and staff. Technology arising from these research efforts is licensed by the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation. Income from successful licenses is returned to the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education to fund research activities throughout the divisions on campus, including these awards. Mavrikakis is one of 10 faculty appointed to WARF Named Professorships. The awards, which come with $100,000, honor faculty who have made major contributions to the advancement of knowledge, primarily through their research endeavors, but also as a result of their teaching and service activities. Award recipients choose the names associated with their professorships. Mavrikakis, James A. Dumesic Professor of Chemical Engineering, studies the elucidation of detailed reaction mechanisms for heterogeneously catalyzed reactions and the identification of improved catalytic materials through a combination of molecular and microkinetic modeling with reaction kinetics experiments. Mavrikakis has been the editor-in-chief of Surface Science since 2012, and is a Visiting Miller Research Professor at the University of California, Berkeley.