Matt Spafford

Matthew Spafford

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 Society.

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.

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Contact: Jessica Block ‘09, (309) 556-3181