Charles Knobler, UCLA Research Professor and a former chair of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, has been selected as a member of the 2013 class of the American Chemical Society’s (ACS) Fellows. The Fellows are nominated by their peers and selected for their outstanding accomplishments in scientific research, education and public service.

ACS recognized his contributions to the sciences through “experimental studies in thermodynamics, critical phenomena in fluid mixtures, kinetics of phase transitions, monolayers at the air/water interface (recognized by an ACS Award in Colloid and Surface Chemistry), and, recently, the physical chemistry of viruses.” The ACS also recognized his service contributions to the society.

Knobler’s research has been in soft condensed matter physics, a field that lies at the border between physics, physical chemistry and chemical engineering. After conducting more than three decades of research in physical chemistry, Knobler more recently focused his research, with his UCLA colleague William Gelbart, on viruses. They have played a major role in the development of the new science of physical virology in which the properties of viruses — their structures, their assembly, their replication and their mode of infection — are examined both experimentally and theoretically in terms of general physical principles. Their research, federally funded by the National Science Foundation, involves studies of bacterial, plant and mammalian viruses.

The 2013 ACS Fellows will be honored at a ceremony during the ACS national meeting in Indianapolis on Sept. 9.