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Aug. 30, 2004

MacGillivray Wins Solid-State Chemistry Award

Leonard MacGillivray, assistant professor of chemistry in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, has been named the winner of the 2004 Margaret C. Etter Early Career Award by the American Crystallographic Association.

The award recognizes outstanding achievement and exceptional potential in crystallographic research by scientists at an early stage in their careers.

MacGillivray's work, for which he earlier received the 2004 Inter-American Photochemical Society Young Investigator Award, involves the development of a general method for directing organic reactions in crystals. While his current work employs photochemical reactions, he ultimately hopes to demonstrate that many chemical reactions can take place in a solid state medium as easily as in a liquid state.

MacGillivray, who joined the UI faculty in 2000, earned his doctorate from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1998.

The Etter award was established in 2002 to honor the memory of Margaret C. Etter (1943-1992), who was a major contributor to the field of organic solid-state chemistry.

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