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News ReleaseAir Products Names Winners Of Faculty Excellence Awards

July 13, 2005 Lehigh Valley, Pa.

Air Products has named the winners of its inaugural Faculty Excellence Awards, a program designed to recognize outstanding, emerging faculty in technology areas strategic to the company's long-term growth. The two winners, Dr. Judy Hoyt of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Dr. Jinbo Hu of the Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, will each receive a $30,000 unrestricted gift for their institutions to further their research—Dr. Hoyt for semiconductor processing and Dr. Hu for organofluorine chemistry and advanced materials.

"Air Products is pleased and honored to recognize and support the outstanding work and contributions of Dr. Judy Hoyt and Dr. Jinbo Hu," said Miles Drake, Air Products vice president and chief technology officer. "We believe that these scientists are developing the technology and training future scientists to support the products of the future."

The two winners of the Faculty Excellence Awards were selected from 12 nominees by Air Products' Technology Board, comprised of senior scientists and engineers across the company. Nominations were open globally to emerging faculty having six years or less in a faculty position and conducting research in one of four technology areas: material science (fluorine chemistry, fuel cell, organic electronics and electronic materials); process synthesis; CO2 separation technologies; and hydrogen production technologies. Candidates could be nominated by any member of the Air Products technical community.

Dr. Judy Hoyt
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Dr. Hoyt earned a B.S. in Physics and Applied Mathematics from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1981. From 1988 to 1999, she served as a Research Associate and Senior Research Scientist at Stanford University, where she received a Ph.D. in Applied Physics in 1988. At Stanford, Dr. Hoyt developed the first proof of concept that strain engineering in semiconductors can significantly improve device performance, a technique that is now widely applied in the semiconductor industry. Dr. Hoyt is currently studying new processes and materials for silicon device fabrication. She has authored numerous articles that have been published in peer-reviewed journals, as well as authored and contributed to scientific books.

Dr. Jinbo Hu
Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry

Dr. Hu earned his B.S. in Chemistry from Hangzhou University, Hangzhou, China, in 1994. In 1997, he received an M.S. in Chemistry from Shanghai Institute of Metallurgy, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai, China. Dr. Hu studied in the United States at the University of Southern California from 1997 to 2005, earning a Ph.D. in Chemistry in 2002 and studying as a Postdoctoral Fellow from 2002 to 2005. Dr. Hu is a talented and prolific organofluorine chemist. His achievements include several highly-distinguished awards and honors, including a recent selection as one of the "Hundreds-Talent," a program sponsored by the Chinese Academy of Sciences to support outstanding young Chinese scientists, as well as numerous published articles in peer-reviewed journals and several recognized patents.

Air Products (NYSE:APD) serves customers in technology, energy, healthcare and industrial markets worldwide with a unique portfolio of products, services and solutions, providing atmospheric gases, process and specialty gases, performance materials and chemical intermediates. Founded in 1940, Air Products has built leading positions in key growth markets such as semiconductor materials, refinery hydrogen, home healthcare services, natural gas liquefaction, and advanced coatings and adhesives. The company is recognized for its innovative culture, operational excellence and commitment to safety and the environment and is listed in the Dow Jones Sustainability and FTSE4Good Indices. The company has annual revenues of $7.4 billion, operations in over 30 countries, and nearly 20,000 employees around the globe. For more information, visit

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