Honda Prize 2011 for UC Berkeley Chemist Dr. Gabor Somorjai

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

 
Price Honda, the most trusted Honda dealership in Dover, DE, is pleased to announce that Dr. Gabor Somorjai, Professor of Chemistry at the University of California Berkeley, U.S.A., is going to receive the Honda Prize 2011 for his leading contributions to surface science. The prize will be given by The Honda Foundation, a public interest incorporated foundation, created by Honda Motor’s founder Soichiro Honda and his younger brother Benjiro Honda, and currently headed by Hiroto Ishida. 

The 32nd award ceremony for the Honda Prize will be held at the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo on November 17th, 2011. In addition to the prize medal and certificate, sub-prize money of 10 million yen will be awarded to the laureate.

Honda Prize is Japan's first international science and technology award that was inaugurated in 1980. It is recognized as one of the most important awards of the world by the U.S. International Congress of Distinguished Awards.

Dr. Somorjai’s introduction of basic chemical approaches to solid-state physics revolutionized the understanding of the nature of surface interactions when scientific data on surfaces were scarce, and elevated the study of catalysis to the mainstay of surface science. Dr. Somorjai becomes the 32nd laureate of the Honda Prize.

Catalytic chemistry has various applications in modern man’s life including ammonia-based fertilizers, polyethylene and other plastic polymers, amino acids synthesized by using the Nobel laureate Dr. Noyori's asymmetric hydrogenation process, and catalytic converters that clean up car exhaust. Plus, it is expected that further sophistication of metallic catalysts would substantially reduce the cost of fuel cell production. With Dr. Somorjai's finding the molecules produced in reactions are controlled by the size and shape of catalyst nano particles that will led to the evolution of green chemistry that produces only the desired product molecule without the chemical waste byproducts. In steps toward a green economy, photocatalytic processes hold the key to efficiently make large amounts of hydrogen fuel - the ultimate clean energy - from sunlight and water.
Years ago when Dr. Somorjai started his research, little was known about surface chemistry or what exactly occurs on surfaces. Dr. Somorjai felt the necessity of exploring this area of chemistry and he developed the necessary techniques to understand the subject in depth. For his utmost contribution towards this unexplored branch of chemistry, Dr. Somorjai is hailed as the “father of modern surface chemistry” by his peers. 

Today, many of Dr. Somorjai’s discoveries serve as the foundation of different chemical processes that are now studied extensively. His findings and discoveries are used in different fields including medicine, microelectronics, biochemistry, photochemistry, and magnetic storage industry. 

Here is a short account of Dr. Somorjai’s major academic achievements till date:

1.  -Development of single-crystal model surfaces to understand catalysis and other surface interactions and extrapolate the results to more complex surfaces. His synthesis of uniform metal and bimetallic nanoparticles in the 1-10 nm size range and controlled shape extended model surface studies of catalysis in a range that overlaps the nanoparticles utilized in catalyst-based technologies.

2.     -Establishment of Low Energy Electron Diffraction (LEED) crystallography to determine the surface structures of crystalline materials and adsorbed layers of molecules.

3.   -Development and application of reaction cells working at high reactant pressures (atmospheres) and low pressures (10-7 to 10-3 Pa) to bridge the pressure gap that stands between traditional surface analysis and newer catalytic reaction studies.

4.   -Development of non-linear laser optics techniques based on sum frequency generation (SFG) vibrational spectroscopy and its application to chemical analysis of structure and bonding of adsorbed molecules on surfaces at high pressures and under catalytic reaction conditions.

5.    -Development of applications of scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) to be used under high reactant pressures during chemical reactions.

6.      -Development of the application of X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) to be used under high reactant pressures.

A Brief Bio-Data of Dr. Gabor A. Somorjai
University Professor (appointed by the Regents of the University of California)
Professor of Chemistry, Chemistry Department,
University of California, Berkeley
Faculty Senior Scientist and Director, Surface Science & Catalysis Program, Materials Sciences Division,
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, CA

Education
1960
Ph.D., Chemistry, University of California at Berkeley (UC Berkeley), CA
1956
B.S., Chemical Engineering, Technical University, Budapest, Hungary
Employment
1964-Present
Professor, Department of Chemistry, UC Berkeley
Professor, 1972; Associate Professor, 1967; and Assistant Professor, 1964
1964-Present
Faculty Senior Scientist, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
1960-64
Research Staff, IBM, Yorktown Heights, New York

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Top 5 places to visit in Dover, DE

Tuesday, November 15, 2011


Dover, the capital of the state of Delaware, is also a popular vacation spot for the entire family in the region. Whether you are interested in art, culture, history, or adventure, the city has something to offer for every traveler. If you are planning to spend your next vacation, then here is a list of most popular tourist attractions in Dover from Price Honda.

Air Mobility Command Museum 

Air Mobility Command Museum is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Dover. Located on the Dover Air Force Base, this museum showcases the history of military aviation through exhibits and a sizeable collection of planes that have been used throughout history

Dover International Speedway 

The Dover International Speedway is a popular venue for races like NASCAR Winston Cup, Busch and Craftsman Truck series and it is considered, by many, to be one of the best tracks in the U.S. While driving around the visit, do plan to make a visit to this famous speedway. 

Johnson Victrola Museum 

The Johnson Victrola Museum is named to commemorate the local inventor E.R. Johnson. The museum has interesting exhibits from the sound recording industry from its beginnings. The museum also has exhibits of early talking machines, records, and other remnants from the 1890s to 1929.  

Biggs Museum of American Art 

Constructed in 1993, the Biggs Museum of American Art has a vast collection of American fine and decorative arts. Work of Peale family, Alberet Bierstadt, Gilbert, Stuart, and Childe Hassam are on display in the museum. There is no admission fee and it remains open from 9 AM- 4 PM Tuesday through Saturday and 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM on Sundays.

Delaware Agricultural Museum and Village

The Delaware Agricultural Museum and Village is an ideal place to learn about farming practices that were once an integral part of American life. The village has restored train station, mill, school house, and a church so that they appear as authentic as possible. The main exhibit hall displays different technological inventions that were used by Delaware farmers. These include power inventions, dairying inventions, and much more. If you wish to take a glimpse of the past of the city, then this is a must-visit for you. 

What’s your favorite spot in Dover?

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2012 Honda Pilot SUV- Better Looks, More Miles

Thursday, September 22, 2011


2012 Honda Pilot has been upgraded, enhanced and improved, right from the grille to the engine; powerful performance and better mileage packed within captivatingly sleeker looks. Honda Pilot, 2012 gives you two miles more per gallon on the highway compared to the earlier model. The eight-passenger SUV has an EPA city-highway combined rating of 25 mpg.

The four models of the 2012 Pilot start with LX; go on to EX, EX-L and finally the premium Touring, each in 4WD and 2WD configurations. Pilot Touring is the premium offer in this range. Under all the hoods, 3.5-liter 24-valve SOHC i-VTEC® V-6 Aluminum-Alloy engines produce 250 hp and 253lb-ft @ 4800-rpm torque.
Good news starts right at the front: a grille with a three bar chrome-styling, dynamic contours and an alluring finish have fashioned the total new upscale look, you look for in a SUV of this class. Upgrades have gone quite ahead of the looks. A new front air dam and optimized strakes (rectangular air deflectors positioned in front of the wheels) reduce frontal air turbulence and result in the 2012 Pilot’s better fuel economy. 

Low-friction piston treatments, ion-plated piston rings, load-variable alternator and high-efficiency spark plugs make more mileage per gallon possible. If at any time and if anyone thinks 25 mpg is after all not a big deal, recall that 2012 Honda Pilot carries eight passengers. The mpg is definitely attractive for such a large vehicle.
In Handling, 2012 Honda Pilot scores a point with the front MacPherson strut and rear multi-link trailing arm supported suspension and redesigned chassis. Low-rolling resistance tires, low-drag front ventilated and rear disc brakes and improved aerodynamics help in superior driving pleasure.

Rides are quieter and peaceful; acoustic Windshield, refined chassis and improved insulation cut down outside noise. Honda Pilot EX and higher models run on coveted 18-inch wheels. All Pilot SUVs have a power tailgates and lift-up glass hatches, which make stowing the luggage, less cumbersome. Camping-comfort also has got a word in; you can tow 2000 pounds with 2WD and 4500 pounds with 4WD 2012 Honda Pilot. 

Spacious it is; 2012 Honda Pilot can comfortably seat eight adults in the 153.7cu.ft. Once inside, you can rearrange seating, hold your breath, in 16 different ways, if you want to expand the 18cu.ft cargo space to as much as 87cu.ft. Simplified keyless entry, front and rear air conditioning and air filtration are standard on all the four variants. Tilt and telescope type steering column and liberal space for the driver contribute to driving comfort. Those looking for tri-zone automatic climate control, with 10-way power adjustment with lumbar support for the driver's seat, can opt for Pilot Ex and above.

Melody department is geared quite well: AM/FM/CD stereo system with seven speakers, subwoofer and Radio Data System (RDS). AAC audio file playback from data discs to the CD player and Bluetooth are the additions to Honda Pilot-2012, right from LX onwards.

Safety in a vehicle of 2012 Honda Pilot class, will naturally and does provide advanced protection systems. Maintaining stability and ameliorating skid and rollover effects are taken care of by a combo of Standard Vehicle Stability Assist, Anti-lock Braking System with Electronic Brake Distribution and Brake Assist and cruise control. 

Dual-stage, multiple-threshold driver and front-passenger's air bags, 3-row side-curtain airbags with rollover sensor as well as the passenger-side Occupant Position Detection System mind the cushioning duty (in case of mishap.) Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System with rearview camera is included in the Pilot Touring. 

Awards have naturally followed the 2012 Honda Pilot; fitted out, as it is all these heart-warmers, it has charmed the people who know cars. "Best Value of the Year" from IntelliChoice, "Most Wanted SUV," and “Best Retained Value Award for Non-Luxury Brands” from Edmunds.com, Kelley Blue Book's "Top 50 Most Popular Cars" and other trophies have paid off the Honda R&D Americas’ R&D efforts. Just for the record, Honda Pilot’s 2012 model is manufactured at Lincoln, Alabama. Plush and efficient, 2012 Honda Pilot keeps the family in smiles, even on a long drive.

Price Honda is a leading Honda car dealership in Dover, DE. Drop by to explore our new Honda inventory and quality used cars, trucks and SUVs. We even supply genuine Honda auto parts. You can also schedule service appointment online or by calling Price Honda.

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Honda and Soy Beans

Thursday, September 8, 2011


Honda Cars and soya beans; does it sound to be a curious combination? Not really, considering that Honda of America Mfg., Inc. invests in environmental protection as much it does in manufacturing cars. A visit to the Honda Plants in Marysville, and East Liberty, Ohio shows by a dozen methods, that though tailpipe emissions are inevitable, at least as of now, there are ways to limit the effects.


You will be struck by the lush soya bean fields spanning 3.6 million-square-feet, surrounding this huge auto plant. It takes just 16 hours, to fashion spanking Honda Accords here. You may be tempted to stretch the imagination a little bit and say the scene looks like ballet; but it is only the persistent efficiency producing top class cars, Honda Acura TL and Honda RDX (the first four-cylinder luxury SUV). The idea is quite simple; eliminate waste as much as possible and the pollution will be controlled.

As you move around, you may hear an interesting anecdote. In early days, car parts were brought in containers, which had to be returned empty. Honda hit upon a bright idea; they filled the containers with the finest soya Ohio was yielding in abundance and exported it to Asia. In the process, Honda of America also became Ohio’s largest exporter of organic soya. The idea is cute from two angles – it saved a deal of freight and it also decreased pollution. 

To paint the instrument panels, there is a giant robot; powered by 70,000 volts, it turns at a giddy 35,00rpm. This minimizes overspray, and the little dribble is caught by the dry limestone powder spread underneath. The limestone goes to cement kilns as raw material. Once again, it is Honda’s way of controlling paint sludge. Additionally, you get Acuras or RDXs with a sophisticated painting. Actually, Honda is greener at 10 other plants, in Alabama, Indiana, having attained zero-waste goals.

Even while making 586,000 cars and 771,000 V-6 and four-cylinder engines in Ohio alone, Honda is taking resolute steps to minimize pollution at the manufacturing-stage.

When you drive, an Acura or any other Honda car, you can be confident on two fronts. As much as 80% of it is made in America. And, it is made by a manufacturer endeavoring to keep this earth greener.
Price Honda is a leading Honda car dealership in Dover, DE. Drop by to explore our new Honda inventory and quality used cars, trucks and SUVs. We even supply genuine Honda auto parts. You can also schedule service appointment online or by calling Price Honda.

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2012 Honda Ridgeline Truck Gets a Facelift

Monday, August 22, 2011

Honda has already announced about the release of its Ridgeline pickup truck for the 2012 model year and here is a sneak peek review from Price Honda, your most trusted Honda car dealer in Dover, DE.
The new Honda Ridgeline Sport is expected to get nip and tuck. The existing grille within a grille sported by the 2011 model will be fine tuned to resemble the more handsome three bar face of the automaker’s 2012 Pilot.
The new 2012 Honda Ridgeline will be powered by v6 engine which is definitely going to outperform its earlier version in 2011 Ridgeline that had an EPA rating of 15 miles per gallon in the city, 20 on highway, and 17 combined.
Apart from the betterment of the performance, we are expecting some interior tweaks and modifications. Visit Price Honda a full-service Honda car dealership specializing in selling new Honda cars, used cars, offering Honda repair, genuine Honda parts. The dealership also provides attractive finance and lease offers on all Honda cars.

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Prestigious Awards for Honda Plant

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Price Honda, the leading Honda car dealer in Dover, DE, is pleased to announce that J.D. Power and Associates has honored Honda Manufacturing of Indiana’s (HMIN) Greensburg plant with two prestigious awards. J.D. Power and Associates has long been considered as the standard bearer in determining such honors.


The two honors include the “Best Compact Car” award for its consistently popular Honda Civic sedan, and “Platinum Plant” award to recognize HMIN as the best of its kind in the US. The “Platinum Plant” award is indeed prestigious as HMIN is only the third automobile factory in the world to receive this award. This award is considered to be a milestone for the plant’s growth as this much coveted prize came at a time when the plant is still in its budding state( the plant is actively engaged into production for less than three years).

With the award of “Best Compact Car”, Honda’s Civic Sedan joins the elite group of Element, Accord, Insight Hybrid, Fit, Accord Crosstour, and Ridgeline as “industry leading models”.

The awards were given based on a survey conducted among 400,000 recent car buyers where the goal for the automobile manufacturers was to attain a lowest score and HMIN scored an unbelievable 24 points in the competition. Hundreds of Honda employees attended the ceremony to witness such a memorable event!
To learn more about Honda Civic or any other Honda car of your choice, visit Price Honda, your most trusted Honda car dealership in Dover, DE. Select a new or used car from our vast inventory of  new Honda cars, trucks, SUVs and  Used Cars for Sale in Newark, DE and don’t miss out on our special online offers!

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Honda Announces New Global CO2 Emissions Reduction Targets

Monday, July 25, 2011

Being a leading car manufacturer, Honda is committed to environment protection and has been pursuing its own green targets since many years. The company has rolled out a series of green cars like Civic Hybrid, Insight and FCX Clarity. They are also making sincere efforts to reduce carbon footprints in almost all ways possible. Price Honda, the leading Delaware Honda car dealer in Dover, is pleased to state that Honda’s 2011 Environmental Annual Report gives a new direction to their green initiatives.
Five years ago, Honda decided that it would reduce its global CO2 emissions by 10 percent by the end of 2010 compared to year 2000 levels. The goal was achieved by all Honda products last year. Now the company has announced 2020 CO2 emissions reduction targets and has adopted a global environmental slogan – Blue Skies for Our Children which draws directly from their environmental heritage.
Honda aims to reduce CO2 emissions from its global products by 30 percent by the end of 2020 compared to year 2000 levels. It will also strengthen efforts to realize reductions in CO2 emissions through its entire corporate activities. They have resolved to develop advanced technologies in total energy management and to reduce CO2 emissions through mobility and people's everyday lives. Price Honda, known for new Delaware Honda cars and Dover used Honda cars, feels proud to be associated with Honda which is striving hard to become the leader in the area of environmental and energy technologies very soon. Those interested can walk in to Price Honda’s showroom anytime and see Honda’s green cars. They can also drive home the Honda cars of their choice by taking advantage of Price Honda’s Special Offers on new Honda cars.

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