Garg wins Stephen Brunauer Award

7/2/2021 11:24:36 AM

A graphic summary of the 2019 article that led to the award.
A graphic summary of the 2019 article that led to the award.

Nishant Garg, CEE assistant professor, has won the prestigious Stephen Brunauer Award from the Cements Division of the American Ceramic Society. The award was presented to Garg and his former Ph.D. adviser, Jørgen Skibsted, a professor at Aarhus University, Denmark, for their 2019 article, “Dissolution kinetics of calcined kaolinite and montmorillonite in alkaline conditions: evidence for reactive Al (V) sites,” published in the Journal of the American Ceramic Society.

“Understanding factors influencing dissolution of calcined clays is important in our quest to develop the next generation of sustainable cements,” Garg said.

The announcement was made at the 11th Advances in Cement-Based Materials Conference held virtually June 23-25, 2021. This award is given every year to the authors of the best-refereed paper published by the American Ceramic Society in the previous calendar year, in the Bulletin or the Journal of the American Ceramic Society. 

This award honors Stephen Brunauer (1903-1986), a surface scientist and chemist, who is best known for his BET (Brunauer, Emmett and Teller) paper on “Adsorption of Gases in Multi-Molecular Layers,” published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society in 1938. The BET method is one of the most widely used methods for measuring the specific surface area of porous as well as powdered materials. Brunauer also made significant contributions to our microstructural understanding of cement hydrates.