A Clemson University professor of inorganic and analytical chemistry is among the newest fellows of the American Chemical Society, an honor bestowed on fewer than one percent of its members.

Joseph S. Thrasher and 56 other new fellows have been invited to the society’s fall national meeting in Philadelphia, where they will be feted.

Joseph S. Thrasher, who has been named fellow of the American Chemical Society, is shown working in his lab.

Joseph S. Thrasher, who has been named fellow of the American Chemical Society, is shown working in his lab.

With more than 156,000 members, the ACS is the world’s largest scientific society. Fewer than 1,000 members, or less than 0.65 percent, have been recognized with the distinction of ACS Fellow.

Thrasher has become the fifth Clemson faculty member to be recognized with this honor, following Melanie M. Copper in 2009, Darryl D. DesMarteau in 2010, I. Dwaine Eubanks in 2012, and Alan W. Elzerman in 2013.

Thrasher was recognized for:

  •      Outstanding contributions in the areas of sulfur-fluorine chemistry, halogen exchange chemistry, and tetrafluoroethylene-based molecular and macromolecular chemistry
  •     Excellence in leadership at the departmental level in academics
  •     Excellence in service, primarily to the Division of Fluorine Chemistry, in terms of both leadership and the organization of outstanding symposia at the international, national, and regional levels

“It’s an honor to be recognized by my colleagues and to be included on a list of such highly esteemed researchers and leaders,” Thrasher said. “Thank you to those who nominated and selected me.”

Karl Dieter, chair of the Department of Chemistry, said selection as fellow is a high honor.

“This is well-deserved,” Dieter said. “Dr. Thrasher has held many leadership positions in academia and ACS. He is a superb researcher and plays a central role in the success of our department. His selection as fellow helps raise the Department of Chemistry’s nationwide profile among the nation’s leading experts.”

Thrasher has served as chair of the American Chemical Society’s Division of Fluorine Chemistry and co-chaired two ACS Winter Fluorine Conferences. He was lead organizer of the 19th International Symposium of Fluorine Chemistry in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

Thrasher has been a guest editor of two issues of the Journal of Fluorine Chemistry and joined its editorial board in 2013. He became regional editor for the Americas in 2016.

The fellows program began in 2009 as a way to recognize and honor ACS members for outstanding achievements in and contributions to science, the profession, and ACS, according to a press release from the society.

“While the ACS Fellows designation is a great honor for the recipients, it is a small measure of our gratitude for their dedicated service to chemistry,” ACS President Donna Nelson said in a press release.

Mark Leising, interim dean of the College of Science, congratulated Thrasher on being a member of the 2016 class of fellows.

“Dr. Thrasher is a highly accomplished researcher and a leader in his field,” Leising said. “Only the most outstanding ACS members are named fellow, and Dr. Thrasher is among them. This is a richly deserved honor.”