Chemistry prof publishes paper number 250

Janet Del Bene

Janet Del Bene

Janet E. Del Bene, professor emeritus, Chemistry, has hit another milestone – the publication of her 250th scientific paper, believed to be the most ever by a YSU faculty member.

Del Bene, who earned bachelor’s degrees in Education and Chemistry from YSU before receiving a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Cincinnati, published her first paper in The Journal of Chemical Physics in 1968. Her 250th paper, titled “John Pople: The Man and His Science,” was published earlier this year in Pioneers of Quantum Chemistry. Pople is a Nobel Prize laureate with whom Del Bene worked.

Retired from YSU since 1999, Del Bene’s research focuses on quantum chemical studies of intermolecular interactions, including hydrogen bonds, halogen bonds, and most recently, pnicogen bonds.

She is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and was granted the first CERFnet Award for Excellence in Networked Applications in 1991. She received a Two-Year Extension for Special Creativity to her NSF grant, a BBVA Visiting Fellowship at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and the triennial National Honorary Member Award for an Outstanding Women Chemist from Iota Sigma Pi2. She has also been a visiting professor at the University of Sydney, Australia.  She delivered the Maria Goeppert-Mayer Lecture at the University of California, San Diego and the San Diego Supercomputer Center. She was awarded the 2008 Morley Medal presented by the Cleveland Section of the American Chemical Society. She also received an Honorary Doctor of Science Degree from YSU in May 2009.