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Oct. 14, 2003

Assistant Chemistry Professor MacGillivray To Receive Award

Leonard MacGillivray, assistant professor of chemistry in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, will receive the 2004 Inter-American Photochemical Society (I-APS) Young Investigator Award during the organization's 15th annual winter conference Jan. 1-4 in Tempe, Ariz. He will also be a featured lecturer at the event.

The Young Investigator Award, one of five annual I-APS awards, recognizes outstanding photoscientific contributions by society members who have held an independent research position for no more than five years.

MacGillivray, who has been at the UI since August 2000, is being recognized for his research in the development of a general method for directing organic reactions in crystals.

"We are hoping to show that the solid state can be used as a medium to conduct reactions with the same synthetic freedoms as the liquid phase," MacGillivray said. "To achieve such synthetic freedoms, we use molecules, which we refer to as templates, that act as a molecular equivalent of hands to position molecules in the solid state for reactions. Our current reactions are photochemical in nature."

The potential benefits of MacGillivray's research include making molecules that cannot normally be accessed using more conventional methods, developing environmentally friendly routes to molecules and developing solid-state materials that can be used as optical storage devices.

"I was very pleased to find out I had been selected for the award," MacGillivray said, "but in science you really have to continue to try and show development of new ideas. This award is a recognition of what we have done so far, and hopefully it is good indication for the future."

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