Galen D. Stucky

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Galen D. Stucky is an American inorganic materials chemist noted for his work with porous ordered mesoporous materials such as SBA-15.He won the Prince of Asturias Award in 2014, in the Scientific and Technological Research area.


Stucky has been ranked in the top five most-cited materials scientists in the world, according to Thomson Scientific's in-cites publication (more than 80 publications with over 60 citations).[1] According to another publication by Thomson in late 2006, his work involving SBA was the most-cited paper in the Journal of the American Chemical Society.[2] In 2007 his Hirsch index rating ranked in the top 40 among living chemists,[3] and he was ranked in the top 30 most-cited scientists in chemistry by in-cites in late 2007.[4] In June 2008, featured "Mesoporous Materials" as a Special Topics analysis publication.[5]

He is also the co-chair of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (IBN), A*STAR, Singapore[6] which is headed by Jackie Y. Ying (Executive Director of IBN[7] and adjunct professor of chemical engineering at MIT[8]). In 2013 Galen Stucky was elected a member of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) for his excellence in original scientific research.[9]


Stucky received his PhD in physical chemistry from Iowa State University (Advisor: R. E. Rundle) in 1962. In 1962–63, he was a postdoctoral associate in the Department of Physics at MIT (Prof. Clifford G. Shull). His independent academic career started in 1964, when he was a professor of inorganic chemistry at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In 1972, he was promoted to full professor at UIUC but left in 1980 to work at Sandia National Laboratory and the DuPont Central Research and Development. He joined the faculty of the University of California, Santa Barbara, in 1986, where he is now the E. Khashoggi Industries, LLC Professor in Letters and Science, professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry (College of Letters and Science), professor in the Materials Department (College of Engineering), and a member of the Interdepartmental Program in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.[10]

Research group[edit]

Alumni of Stucky's research group include Angela Belcher of MIT.[11] In late 2006, former and current group members and colleagues gathered for a Symposium on Recent Advances in Nanoscale Materials Research at UCSB to celebrate Stucky's 70th birthday.[12] The event was hosted by CNSI (Elings Hall[13]) at UCSB.[14]


  1. ^ "Second Bimonthly Period of 2007 – Top 10 Researchers In Materials Science". in-cites. Retrieved December 17, 2011. 
  2. ^ "SCI-BYTES: Top Ten Most-Cited Journals (All Fields), 1996–2006". Retrieved December 17, 2011. 
  3. ^ "H-index ranking of living chemists". Retrieved December 17, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Most-Cited Scientists in Chemistry (Jan 97 – Jun 07)". Retrieved December 17, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Mesoporous Materials, Special Topics,, June 2008". February 29, 2008. Retrieved December 17, 2011. 
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  8. ^ MIT – Department of Chemical Engineering. "Jackie Y. Ying's profile at MIT". Retrieved December 17, 2011. 
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  10. ^ "The Stucky Group: Home at UCSB". Retrieved December 17, 2011. 
  11. ^ "Biomolecular Materials Group at MIT". Retrieved December 17, 2011. 
  12. ^ Symposium on Recent Advances in Nanoscale Materials Research at UCSB, December 8, 2006[dead link]
  13. ^ "UCSB Receives $12.5 Million Gift from Virgil Elings and Betty Elings, 4 June 2007". June 4, 2007. Retrieved December 17, 2011. 
  14. ^ "California NanoSystems Institute (Elings Hall), UCSB". Retrieved December 17, 2011.