Reg Penner, UC Irvine chemistry professor and Center for Solar Energy director, has been awarded the 2009 Faraday Medal from the Royal Society of Chemistry, the major European group that promotes chemistry. This award is one of the most significant in the field of electrochemistry. Penner is an expert in growing nanowires in different patterns. He will receive his award and give a lecture during the Electrochem ’09 meeting in Manchester, England, in September.