Douglas Kirkpatrick has been named the winner of the 41st Annual Leopold Marcus Award competition held at Saint Louis University on April 6, 2011. Given to a senior chemistry major doing undergraduate research at Saint Louis University, the Marcus Award was established by the late Jack and Gertrude Marcus in memory of his father.
It consists of a $100 cash award and a certificate of merit.
In addition to Kirkpatrick, Michael Watson, Catherine Entriken, Rebecca Grout, Trent Parker, Alexander Cioffi, and David Wetzel were finalists in the competition; their awards are $50 and a certificate of merit.
The Marcus Award is administered by the Saint Louis University Department of Chemistry and the St. Louis Section of the American Chemical Society. The winner and finalists will receive their awards and citations at the Awards Night Banquet of Chemical Progress Week, to be held at Maggiano's Restaurant in Richmond Heights, on April 11.
Kirkpatrick was chosen on the basis of his presentation, "Improving the Versatility of Microchip-Based Electrochemical Detection: Use of Compact Discs for Electrode Fabrication and Integration of Segmented Flow," carried out under the direction of Scott Martin, Ph.D.
Watson's talk, "The Translational Diffusion of Organic Solutes in Squalane," was prepared in collaboration with Bruce Kowert, Ph.D. Entriken, working with Dana Baum, Ph.D., discussed "Progress Towards Identifying an Aldehyde Dehydrogenase Deoxyribozyme For Use in Biofuel Cells."
Grout, also working with Baum, presented "In Vitro Selection of RNA-Ligating DNA Aptazymes for Use in Pesticide Biosensors."
Parker worked with Michael Lewis, Ph.D., and described "Aromatic Substituent Effects on Cation-Pi Binding: The Correlation Between Binding Energy and the Hammett Substituent Constant."
Cioffi collaborated with Istvan Kiss, Ph.D.; his talk was titled "Electrochemical Oscillations of Nickel Electrodissolution in an Epoxy-Based Microchip Flow Cell."
Shelley Minteer, Ph.D., worked with Wetzel to prepare "Mitoplast Bioelectrocatalysis."
Kowert was the 2011 Marcus chair. He can be reached at 314-977-2837 or firstname.lastname@example.org if more information is required.