Friederike Jentoft, a professor in the Chemical Engineering Department (ChE) at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, has been named a Fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), the highest grade of membership in the organization.
As the AIChE letter to Jentoft said about her election, “This honor reaffirms the high esteem with which your colleagues and peers view your distinctive professional achievements and accomplishments.”
AIChE says that its grade of Fellows is achieved only through election by the AIChE Board of Directors, generally upon recommendation of the AIChE Admissions Committee, through whom all nominations for election to Fellow are processed. Fellows are an important resource for AIChE in providing experience-based guidance to leadership and members, as well as contributing to the activities of many AIChE entities.
Prior to joining UMass in 2015, Jentoft served as group leader from 1996 to 2008 at the Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society in Berlin, Germany, and was awarded her Habilitation on Physical Chemistry from Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin in 2005. She then joined the School of Chemical, Biological, and Materials Engineering at the University of Oklahoma as an associate professor in 2008 and was subsequently promoted to full professor before joining the UMass ChE department.
As Jentoft says about her research group, “Our research interest is in catalysis…Our goal is to understand how catalytic reactions proceed and how performance of a catalyst is linked to its composition and structure. With this knowledge, we seek to design novel, more effective catalysts.”
Jentoft explains that key competences of her laboratory are in the areas of catalyst preparation, structural and surface characterization, kinetics analysis, and spectroscopic monitoring of the adsorption and reaction of molecules on surfaces.
Jentoft’s research has been funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Department of Energy (DOE), the American Chemical Society (ACS), and various industrial companies, including Chevron-Phillips Chemical Company.
In her field, Jentoft serves on the ACS Catalysis Division Executive Committee, has organized sessions at the ACS and AIChE national meetings, and has served as a reviewer for the NSF, DOE, ACS, and several international funding agencies.
In recognition of her groundbreaking work, Jentoft received the prestigious Excellence in Catalysis Award from the Catalysis Society of Metropolitan New York in 2018.
Among many other honors achieved by Jentoft, she has won the Young Scientists Prize of the International Association of Catalysis Societies (2000) and served as member and chair of the Acid-Base-Catalysis Board of Directors (2005-2013). She served on the Editorial Board of Applied Catalysis A: General (2007-2010), was the associate editor/editor of Advances in Catalysis (2008-2015), and served on the International Advisory Board of ChemCatChem (2013-2016). Jentoft received the Anadarko Petroleum Corporation Presidential Professorship (2014), won the UMass College of Engineering Outstanding Senior Faculty Award (2021), and was awarded a Lady Davis Fellowship for Visiting Professor on the Faculty of Chemical Engineering at Technion (2021).