Chemistry Honorary Fellow Dr. Bill Banholzer Receives ACS National Award

Dr. Bill Banholzer
Dr. Bill Banholzer

Dr. Bill Banholzer, honorary fellow in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, will receive the Earle B. Barnes Award for Leadership in Chemical Research Management at the 247th American Chemical Society (ACS) meeting in Dallas.

Banholzer joined UW-Madison in 2013 after retiring from the Dow Chemical Company, where he oversaw the activities of 7,000 scientists and engineers around the world. As the executive vice president and chief technical officer at Dow, Banholzer helped translate research and development efforts into new products and successful business ventures in photovoltaics, new composite materials, and energy storage.

At UW-Madison, Banholzer holds appointments in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering and the Wisconsin Energy Institute. In this new position, Banholzer is using his business experience to make a difference in research and education.

The Earle B. Barnes Award recognizes Banholzer’s outstanding achievements in chemical research management. The award was established by the Dow Chemical Company Foundation in 1982. Banholzer will join Professors Samuel Gellman and Laura Kiessling, who also will receive awards, at the ACS Award Banquet on March 18.