Texas A&M University
Marcetta Darensbourg is the Distinguished Professor of Chemistry at Texas A&M University and a leader in developing methods to perfect hydrogen-powered fuel cell technology. Her research focuses on biology-inspired chemistry and the simplest of all molecules – hydrogen – in her laboratory’s search for inexpensive, eco-friendly alternative energy options. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and has held faculty appointments at Vassar College, the State University of New York, Buffalo and Tulane University. In 1995, Dr. Darensbourg became the first woman to receive the American Chemical Society (ACS) Distinguished Service in the Advancement of Inorganic Chemistry Award. She received the 2017 ACS Award in Organometallic Chemistry, and that year she was also elected to the National Academy of Sciences. Dr. Darensbourg teaches courses in inorganic and organometallic chemistry, and she has directed the dissertations of more than 50 students. She co-wrote the freshman chemistry textbook Chemical Principles, authored 260 refereed papers, co-edited two specialty chemistry books, and has given lectures at many prestigious international conferences.