Professor Phil Bühlmann receives ACS’ 2023 Minnesota Award

MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL (8/2/2023) – Distinguished University Teaching Professor Phil Bühlmann received the American Chemical Society’s 2023 Minnesota Award earlier this year. The award, administered by the Minnesota Local Section of the American Chemical Society (MN ACS)  is given to an outstanding researcher who has shown strong commitment and innovative work in chemistry-related fields.

Bühlmann was named this year’s award recipient “for being an international authority in the field of ion-selective electrodes and related research fields, for his outstanding work in volunteering for MN ACS, for being an outstanding research advisor, mentor, scholar and teacher AND having a positive impact on the lives of many graduate students in his own research group, in the Chemistry Department, and beyond.” Bühlmann has been a member of the University of Minnesota Department of Chemistry since 2000. His group’s research focuses on the use of molecular recognition for chemical sensing. Over the past two decades, his dedication to research and mentorship have earned the 3M/Alumni Professorship and the Distinguished University Teaching Professorship. 

Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs Professor David Blank,  wrote in nominating Prof Bühlmann for the award: “Phil is the definition of quality, excellence, innovation, leadership, and commitment in chemistry. He is an outstanding chemist and a world leader in his field. He runs a research program with great national and international impact, quality, and productivity, with a highly cited publication record and strong connections to industry. His teaching is excellent and his service contributions are superb, as reflected in his outreach activities, development of teaching aids, journal editing, as Director of Graduate Studies of a very large Ph.D. program over eight years, and his leadership in faculty governance at the University level, among many other contributions. I am particularly excited that his leadership in the field of addressing stress and mental health in graduate studies is gaining recognition well beyond the University of Minnesota.”

The Minnesota Award – given annually to an exceptional member of the MN ACS – grants the recipient a $500 honorarium. The local chapter serves chemists, chemical engineers, educators, and the general public in Minnesota and Western Wisconsin.