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The ACS International Award for Research in Agrochemicals is given to a scientist who has made outstanding contributions to the field of agrochemicals at the international level. Their vision and sustained contributions will have opened new horizons for other investigators in their field and beyond. Nominations are now being sought for the 2021 Award winner to be presented at the ACS Fall 2022 National Meeting in Chicago, Illinois.  Deadline for nominations is December 31, 2020. For details on the nomination process, see the the Call for Nominations.

For more information, please contact Qing Li, AGRO Awards Committee Chair, 808-956-2011.

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2020 Award Recipient

Qing X. Li received his Ph.D. in agricultural and environmental chemistry from the University of California at Davis in 1990 and then post-doctoral training at the University of California at Berkeley. In 1995, he joined the University of Hawai’i (UH) at Mānoa as an assistant professor. He received tenure and promotion to an associate professor in 1999 and to professor in 2002.

Agricultural chemistry is a cornerstone, essential to the production and protection of our crops, livestock, and land. Qing’s research has greatly advanced understanding of agricultural chemistry even at the most fundamental levels. His work has covered a broad range of topics, incuding chemical proteomics, phytopharmaceuticals, pesticide chemistry, environmental fate of pesticides and pollutants, immunoassays, food safety, and environmental remediation. His work has resulted in more than 400 peer-reviewed scientific publications and 20 patent applications and licensing and technology disclosures. His papers were cited more than 10,000 times. His current H-index by Google Scholar is 52, and his current i10-index is 221. As of February 2020, Qing is ranked the 4th most prolific author in the University of Hawai’i system in SciFinder.

Qing has maintained a very active research program over the past 24 years at UH-Mānoa. He has mentored 49 undergraduates, 19 M.S. students, 28 Ph.D. students, 32 post-doctoral fellows, 20 junior researchers, and 43 visiting scientists in leadership positions around the world. A few of his scientific highlights include immunochemical research that finds ways to make sensitive and rapid diagnostic kits for pesticides and toxicants. He and his colleagues discovered π-cation interactions between an antibody and the target molecule as a mechanism of molecular recognition, which has been widely used in the design and synthesis of novel drugs and pesticides. This concept has been recently used by his group to improve the potency of Alzheimer’s drug candidates by 300+ fold.

Qing’s bioremediation research explains how recalcitrant chemicals resist microbial transformation in the environment, which helps effectively remediate contaminated sites. His research in chemical proteomics elucidates novel modes of action of bioactive molecules such as drug and insecticide candidates as well as structure and function relationship of enzymes. His team discovered that some monoterpenoids are selective insecticides. Recently, his group discovered flavonoids in maize silk that are potentially active against Alzheimer’s disease and elucidated the mechanism of action as selective modulation of glycogen synthase kinase-3β via an adenosine triphosphate (ATP) noncompetitive inhibition. His work has supported the registration/re-registration of 20 pesticides in 26 minor crops as part of the IR-4 program.

The quality, originality, and significance of Qing’s research has been well-recognized by numerous awards such as the American Chemical Society (ACS) AGRO Award for Innovation in Chemistry of Agriculture (2017), UH Board of Regents’ Research Medal (2020), and ACS AGRO International Award for Research in Agrochemicals (2020). He is a member of the US National Academy of Inventors (2015). He has been an associate editor for the ACS Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry since 2015 and currently serves as the AGRO Division vice chair.

Past Awardees

2019

Vincent L. Salgado, BASF, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina

2018

Stephen Powles, University of Western Australia, Australia

2017

Jeffrey Bloomquist, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida

2016

Yoshihisa Ozoe, Shimane University, Japan

2015

Keith D. Wing, formerly of Rohm and Haas and DuPont Crop Protection, Wilmington, DE

2014

Ralf Nauen, Bayer CropScience, Monheim, Germany

2013

René Feyereisen, National Institute of Agronomic Research (INRA), France

2012

Thomas C. Sparks, Dow AgroSciences, Indianapolis, IN

2011

George P. Lahm, DuPont Crop Science, Newark, Delaware

2010

Shinzo Kagabu, Gifu University, Gifu, Japan

2009

R. Donald Wauchope, USDA-ARS (retired), Tifton, Georgia

2008

David M. Soderlund, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York

2007

Gerald T. Brooks, University of Sussex (retired), Brighton, UK

2007

Fredrick J. Perlak, Monsanto, St. Louis, Missouri

2006

Joel Coats, Iowa State University, Ames

2006

Isamu Yamaguchi, Agricultural Chemicals Inspection Station, Tokyo, Japan

2005

Robert Krieger, University of California-Riverside

2005

Janice E. Chambers, Mississippi State University, Starkville

2004

Stephen Duke, USDA-ARS, Oxford, Mississippi

2004

John Marshall Clark, University of Massachusetts-Amherst

2003

Hideo Ohkawa, Kobe University, Japan

2003

Bob Hollingworth, Michigan State University, East Lansing

2002

Marinus Los, American Cyanamid, Princeton, New Jersey

2002

Keith Solomon, University of Guelph, Canada

2001

Ralph Mumma, Pennsylvania State University, University Park

2001

Donald Crosby, University of California-Davis

2000

Herbert B. Scher, Zeneca, Richmond, California

2000

George P. Georghiou, University of California-Riverside

1999

James Seiber, University of Nevada-Reno

1999

Don Baker, Zeneca, Richmond, California

1998

Leslie Crombie, University of Nottingham, England

1998

George Levitt, DuPont, Wilmington, Delaware

1997

Izuru Yamamoto, University of Tokyo, Japan

1997

Fritz Führ, Institute of Chemistry and Dynamic, Jülich, Germany

1996

Klaus Naumann, Bayer AG, Leverkusen, Germany

1996

Günther Voss, Ciba, Basel, Switzerland

1995

Mohyee Eldefrawi, University of Maryland-Baltimore

1995

Koji Nakanishi, Columbia University, New York, New York

1994

Toshio Fujita, Kyoto University, Japan

1993

Morifusa Eto, Kyushu University, Fukoka, Japan

1992

Bruce Hammock, University of California-Davis

1991

Stuart Frear, USDA-ARS, Fargo, North Dakota

1990

David Schooley, University of Nevada-Reno

1989

Toshio Narahashi, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois

1988

Ernest Hodgson, North Carolina State University

1987

Fumio Matsumura, Michigan State University, East Lansing

1986

James Tumlinson, USDA-ARS, Gainesville, Florida

1985

Junshi Miyamoto, Sumitomo Chemical Co., Japan

1984

Jacques Jean Martel, Roussel Uclaf, Paris, France

1983

Karl Heinz Buechel, Bayer AG, Leverkusen, Germany

1982

Jack R. Plimmer, USDA-ARS, Beltsville, Maryland

1981

Philip C. Kearney, USDA-ARS, Beltsville, Maryland

1980

Minoru Nakajima, Kyoto University, Japan

1979

Milton S. Schechter, USDA-ARS (retired), Beltsville, Maryland

1978

Julius J. Menn, Stauffer Chemical Co., Mountain View, California

1977

Francis A. Gunther, University of California-Riverside

1976

Morton Beroza, USDA-ARS (retired), Beltsville, Maryland

1975

Michael Elliot, Rothamsted Experimental Station, Harpenden, England

1974

T. Roy Fukuto, University of California-Riverside

1973

Hubert Martin, British Crop Protection Council, London, England

1972

Ralph L. Wain, Wye College, University of London,England

1971

Robert L. Metcalf, University of Illinois, Champagne-Urban

1970

Richard D. O’Brien, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York

1969

John E. Casida, University of California-Berkley

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