George A. Olah

Holder of the Donald P. and Katherine B. Loker Chair in Organic ChemistryDirector, Loker Hydrocarbon Research InstituteDistinguished Professor of Chemistry


  • synthetic fuels
  • hydrocarbon chemistry
  • structural organic chemistry
  • synthetic organic chemistry, including
    electrophilic methane conversions
  • superacid chemistry
  • spectroscopic techniques using
    superacids to characterize carbocation
    intermediates in organic reactions

Additional Information

  • Nobel Laureate in Chemistry (1994)
  • Fellow of the Royal Society and Canadian Royal Society
  • Member, National Academy of Sciences, Italian and Hungarian Academies of Sciences and European Academy of Arts, Sciences and Humanities
  • Discoverer of superacids and carbocations – highly reactive organic compounds involved in petroleum cracking and refining, synthesis of organic compounds (including polymers) and pivotal biochemical reactions
  • Holder of 120 patents from seven countries, including four for the transformation of natural gas into gasoline-range hydrocarbons
  • Author or co-author of 15 books and more than 1,100 scientific publications


  • German
  • French
  • Hungarian

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