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LAURELS: Engineering Professor Gates Elected to Inventors Academy – UC Davis

The Department of Chemical Engineering’s Bruce Gates, world-renowned for his work with catalysts, has been elected a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors, or NAI. He’s a member of the class of 2021, announced in December.
Gates, a distinguished professor, is the first member of his department to be earn the honor. The NAI accords fellow status to academics whose outstanding inventions have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development and societal welfare.
His other honors include election to the National Academy of Engineering in 2017. In his five-decade career, Gates has incorporated sophisticated catalyst synthesis methods and catalyst characterization and testing techniques to help improve X-ray absorption spectroscopy and complementary methods to better understand the atomic-scale structures of catalytic materials and how they control catalyst performance.
He is a pioneer in the area of structurally well-defined catalysts, which are increasingly finding technological application. His work on fossil fuel conversion led to the identification of the “bottleneck” sulfur-containing compounds in petroleum that are hardest to remove in processes to manufacture clean-burning (low-sulfur) fuels. The discovery helped greatly improve air quality worldwide by limiting the emissions of sulfur oxides from fuel combustion, leading to the near elimination of the term “acid rain” from our vocabularies.
“I especially appreciate how the NAI recognizes advances in fundamental understanding that have opened the way—often years later—to new technology,” Gates said. “The NAI encourages us engineering faculty to work with our research students to develop their basic skills and independence while casting an eye on technology and trying to do something significant in the long run for the good of people and our environment.”
— Noah Pflueger-Peters, content specialist, College of Engineering
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