Ex-Technion chief wins prestigious chemistry honor


(JTA) — The former president of the Technion was the first Israeli scientist to receive a prestigious award in silicon chemistry.

The American Chemistry Society recognized Yitzhak Apeloig with the Frederic Stanley Kipping Award in Silicon Chemistry at its 239th meeting in San Francisco Tuesday. 

Established in 1960, the award is considered to be the most important award of its kind in the field of silicon chemistry.

Apeloig was the first to develop complex computations that opened the door for producing previously nonexistent silicon compounds that can serve as a basis for producing new polymer materials with unique properties.

Apeloig served as president of the Technion from 2001 to 2009.

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