Mark Stephen Wrighton
George Washington University
Chemist; Educator; Academic administrator
Mathematical and Physical Sciences
President of the George Washington University, elected on January 1, 2022. For almost 24 years (July 1995-May 2019), Wrighton served as the 14th Chancellor and chief executive officer of Washington University in St. Louis. Professor of Chemistry. Author or co-author of more than 300 articles and holds 14 patents. Principal objectives of his research have been to elucidate the basic principles underlying the conversion of solar energy to chemical fuels and electricity, to discern new catalysts and ways of making them, to understand chemistry at interfaces, and to provide the knowledge base for development of new electrochemical devices.