Student Honored by National Chemical Society
February 16, 2009
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – Senior chemistry major Matthew Spafford has been selected as a
2009 Illinois Heartland American Chemical Society (ACS) Collegiate Scholar.
Award recipients are chosen based on research accomplishments and grade point average.
Spafford’s research focuses on developing environmentally friendly methods for organic
synthesis, specifically, the use of bismuth compounds as catalysts. His research findings
have been published in the international chemistry journals Tetrahedron Letters and The Australian Journal of Chemistry. He has also presented his findings in the organic division of The American Chemical
Spafford, from Bartlett, Ill., will be presented with an engraved plaque, a certificate
and $200 award at the Awards and Recognition Banquet of the Illinois Heartland ACS.
For additional information about this award, visit membership.acs.org/p/Peoria/awards.html.
Contact: Jessica Block ‘09, (309) 556-3181