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2017 Arthur C. Stern Award for Distinguished Paper - Wilcox et al.

Established in 2013, the Arthur C. Stern Award for Distinguished Paper is given annually to an author or authors for an outstanding contribution to the Journal of the Air & Waste Management Association (JA&WMA) in the fields of air and waste management. The award is based on the publication of a paper in JA&WMA that has greatly advanced science and technology; is technical, scientific, or management in nature, while advancing the mission of JA&WMA; and is considered to be a substantial contribution toward improving our understanding of air pollution and waste management problems, their impact on environment and health, and the use of sustainable practices in reducing our environmental footprint. There is no publication date limitation for this award, any previously published JA&WMA paper is eligible, and it is open to both members and nonmembers of the Association. Critical Review papers and discussion papers published in JA&WMA are not eligible for this award.

Arthur C. Stern (1909–1992) was a long-time member and past president of the Air Pollution Control Association (APCA), a forerunner of A&WMA. He made major contributions to JA&WMA and his books on air pollution control are well-recognized nationally and internationally.

A&WMA presents the 2017 Arthur C. Stern Distinguished Paper Award to Prof. Jennifer Wilcox of the Colorado School of Mines and her co-authors, Dr. Erdem Sasmaz (University of South Carolina), Dr. Abbigail Kirchofer (Chevron), and Prof. Sang-Sup Lee (Chungbuk University), for their outstanding paper on the heterogeneous mercury reaction chemistry on activated carbon: "Heterogeneous Mercury Reaction Chemistry on Activated Carbon" by Jennifer Wilcox et al., Vol 61 (4), 2011.

The paper, published in 2011, addresses the mechanisms of mercury oxidation across activated carbon surfaces via halogens either naturally present in the flue gas or injected in the boiler, specifically for the purpose of mercury oxidation and subsequent capture.

It shows from both experimental and theoretical methods the primary route of mercury oxidation on activated carbon via halogen species and that oxygen bound within the activated carbon has the potential of enhancing mercury oxidation and subsequent adsorption of mercury’s oxidized form. This work leads to a deeper understanding of how materials may be modified for more effective mercury removal from exhaust streams of coal-fired power plants and further, to prevent mercury’s release into the atmosphere.


Arthur C. Stern Award for Distinguished Paper

Past Winners
Nomination Procedure
The nominator should summarize the significant methods and findings of the paper, demonstrating the impact and importance of the paper in the air pollution or waste management fields, and submit the nomination package to the attention of the Committee Chair, Dr. S.T. Rao (JA&WMA Editor-in-Chief), at strao@ncsu.edu, no later than September 15, 2017. The winner will be announced in December 2017.