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BNL Names Retiree Carol Creutz Senior Scientist Emeritus

The Emeritus position at BNL was established to recognize retired scientists who have made particularly noteworthy contributions to the Laboratory's reputation as a world-class scientific institution.

Carol Creutz

Carol Creutz has received the title of Senior Scientist Emeritus for her distinguished contributions in mechanistic chemistry, photochemistry, and catalysis. Creutz was named Chair of the Chemistry Department in 1995, the year this photo was taken.

Emeritus status was granted to Carol Creutz, effective at the time of her retirement as a senior chemist on September 30, 2012, for her long and distinguished career at the Laboratory. She joined BNL on November 1, 1972, after earning her Ph.D. at Stanford University in 1971. 

In a congratulatory letter to Creutz from then-Lab Director Sam Aronson, he cited many of her accomplishments and contributions:

"As part of DOE's Solar Photochemistry program at the Laboratory, you have made distinguished contributions in mechanistic chemistry, photochemistry, and catalysis. You have advanced understanding of oxidation-reduction reactions and shown how such reactions can be effectively applied in proposed solar-to-fuels conversion. Your research advances in the spectroscopy of mixed-valence transition metal complexes and in mechanistic studies of reactions important to conversion of solar energy to fuels have had wide scientific impact.

"You have been a valuable member of the Chemistry Department since 1972, and you have been a key contributor in the strong worldwide reputation of the BNL Solar Photochemistry program. Your service as Chair of the Chemistry Department from 1995 to 2000 helped guide the Department through the difficult times following the shutdown of the BNL research reactors and the associated program impacts. You have contributed to the growth in importance of basic energy science, and the initiation of new programs in nanoscience that are playing an increasingly important role in the Chemistry Department's research. 

"Your continued engagement and reputation as a creative research scientist and work in mechanistic chemistry and solar photochemistry are extremely valuable to the Laboratory."

Said Creutz, "I am very moved by and grateful for Dr. Aronson's letter. I am also very grateful for the opportunity to continue in my studies of chemical mechanisms for reactions to be used in converting and storing the energy from sunlight into electricity and fuels. This vast and important field offers many demanding unsolved problems and solving these contributes to a broader understanding of the world at large."

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