Awards

Northwestern University Department of Chemistry established the Omar Farha Award for Research Leadership “awarded for stewardship, cooperation and leadership in the finest pursuit of research in chemistry.” This award will be given annually to an outstanding research scientist working in the department. (Northwestern University, September 2011)

  • Named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS, 2017)
  • Named by Clarivate Analytics One of the “Highly Cited Researchers in Chemistry” (Clarivate Analytics, 2017)
  • The Satinder Ahuja Award for Young Investigators in Separation Science (ACS, Pittcon, 2017)
  • Named by Thomson Reuters one of the “Highly Cited Researchers”, (Thomson Reuters, 2016)
  • Named the “Kavli Emerging Leader Lecturer” for the ACS National Meeting in Philadelphia (Kavli Foundation/ACS, 2016)
  • Named the 2016 RSC CryEngComm Lecturer (RSC, 2016)
  • Published in the “2015 Worlds Most Influential Scientific Minds” Book, (Thomson Reuters, 2015)
  • Named by Thomson Reuters One of the “Highly Cited Researchers”, (Thomson Reuters, 2015)
  • Environment, Sustainability and Energy Division Early Career Award (RSC, 2015)
  • Named the 2015 Hawthorne Lecturer (UCLA, 2015)
  • Named a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC, 2015)
  • Published in the “2014 Worlds Most Influential Scientific Minds” Book, (Thomson Reuters, 2014)
  • Named by Thomson Reuters One of the “Highly Cited Researchers”, (Thomson Reuters, 2014)
  • NASDAQ Stock Market Closing Bell, August 24, (The Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship, Rice University, 2012)
  • Selected as one of the Chemical Entrepreneurs, THE BOSS, Chemical & Engineering News, August 20, page 52 (C&EN, 2012)
  • Award for innovation and leadership presented by Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management Dean Sally Blount for pursuing global prosperity and as an outstanding example of innovation and leadership at Northwestern University (Northwestern University, 2012)
  • Award for Research Leadership (Northwestern University, 2011)
  • Safety Award Northwestern Safety Award presented by Northwestern University President Morton Shapiro in recognition and appreciation for heroic service to the Northwestern community in a time of crisis (Northwestern University, 2011)
  • NSF-NSEC recognition of major contribution to the advancement of nanoscience and nanotechnology research and educational programs (Northwestern University, 2010)
  • NSF-NSEC Outstanding Researcher (Northwestern University, 2008)
  • Inorganic Chemistry Dissertation of the Year (UCLA, 2006)
  • NSF Graduate Student Fellowship (UCLA, 2003-2006)
  • Excellence in Academics and Research-First Year Graduate Student (UCLA, 2002-2003)
  • Merck Index Award (UCLA, 2001)
  • Albert Williams Scholarship (Fullerton College, 1999 and 1998)
  • Fullerton College Man of the Year (Fullerton College, 1998)
  • Mu Omicron Delta Award (Fullerton College, 1998)
  • Organic Chemistry Student of the Year (Fullerton College,1998)
  • Outstanding Chemistry Student of the Year (ACS-Orange County Section, 1998)
  • Inorganic Chemistry Student of the Year (Fullerton College, 1997)