Francis D'Souza, professor of chemistry, has been named a 2013 Distinguished Research Professor. Dr. D'Souza has earned an international reputation with his groundbreaking research in supramolecular chemistry. Fellow researchers consider him a pioneer in the field whose scholarship has tremendous real-word applications. D'Souza's publications total more than 240 refereed articles and book chapters. He has also collaborated on nearly 90 international joint publications. "Further evidence of the high quality of his work is that Professor D'Souza's research has been featured on the covers of 18 journals and books," says Del McDaniel, associate dean for research in the College of Arts and Sciences.
In 2010, the Electrochemical Society named Dr. D'Souza a Fellow. He also served as the Chairperson of the Fullerenes, Nanotubes, and Carbon Nanostructures (FNCN) Division of this Society. Additionally, he serves the scientific community as a reviewer for high quality journals and funding agencies. D'Souza believes in preparing the next generation of chemistry scholars and actively mentors 20 past and present graduate and more than 40 undergraduate students. A noted international colleague, Dr. Dirk Guidi summarizes, "Prof. Francis D'Souza is exceptionally skilled in research and education, highly motivated, exremely hard working and an excellent ambassador for UNT."
The purpose of this prestigious award is to recognize tenured faculty at the rank of professor who have achieved a truly exceptional record of creative activities or research productivity and who demonstrate a record of continued extraordinary productivity. Dr. D'Souza will receive the 2013-2014 Distinguished Research designation at the Salute to Faculty Excellence Awards Dinner and Ceremony, September 27, 2013 at Apogee Stadium.