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Professor Scott McLuckey presents Kolthoff Lecture Series, April 4-7

Professor Scott McLuckey from the Department of Chemistry at Purdue University will present three seminars and meet with faculty and students, Monday, April 4, through Thursday, April 7, as part of the spring Kolthoff Lecture Series.

His seminars are scheduled for:

  • 4 p.m. Monday, April 4, in 331 Smith Hall, Creativity with a Capital ‘C’: Laying the Framework for Making a Lasting Difference. There will be a reception following in the Kate and Michael Barany Conference Room (117/119 Smith Hall).
  • 9:45 a.m. Tuesday, April 5, in 331 Smith Hall, New Reactions for Tandem Mass Spectrometry I: Proton Transfer and Electron Transfer Ion/Ion Reactions
  • 9:45 a.m. Thursday, April 7, in 331 Smith Hall, New Reactions for Tandem Mass Spectrometry II: Selective Covalent and Non-covalent Ion/Ion Reactions

Scott McLuckey

Scott McLuckey is the John A. Leighty Distinguished Professor at Purdue University. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from Westminster College in New Wilmington, PA, and his doctorate in chemistry from Purdue University. Professor McLuckey is an award-winning scientist whose honors include the American Chemical Society Field and Franklin Award in Mass Spectrometry, Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, ANACHEM Award from the National Federation of Analytical Chemistry and Spectroscopy, and American Chemical Society Division of Analytical Chemistry Award in Chemical Instrumentation. His service to the chemistry community includes serving as president of the American Society of Mass Spectrometry, and editor for the International Journal of Mass Spectrometry.

His research initiatives are heavily directed toward relatively large polymeric species including peptides, proteins, oligonucleotides, and synthetic polymers. Current projects include the application of electrospray and ion/ion chemistry to the rapid sequencing of DNA, the study of the dissociation chemistry of multiply-charged macro-ions, and the combination of ion/ion chemistry and unimolecular dissociation chemistry for the rapid identification of proteins in complex mixtures.

Izaak Kolthoff

The Kolthoff Lectureship honors the legacy of Izaak Maurits Kolthoff. He was born on February 11, 1894, in Almelo, Holland. He died on March 4, 1993, in St. Paul, Minnesota. In 1911, he entered the University of Utrecht, Holland. He published his first paper on acid titrations in 1915. On the basis of his world-renowned reputation, he was invited to join the faculty of the University of Minnesota’s Department of Chemistry in 1927. By the time of his retirement from the University in 1962, he had published approximately 800 papers. He continued to publish approximately 150 more papers until his health failed. His research, covering approximately a dozen areas of chemistry, was recognized by many medals and memberships in learned societies throughout the world, including the National Academy of Sciences and the Nichols Medal of the American Chemical Society. Best known to the general public is his work on synthetic rubber. During World War II, the government established a comprehensive research program at major industrial companies and several universities, including Minnesota. Kolthoff quickly assembled a large research group and made major contributions to the program. Many of Kolthoff’s graduate students went on to successful careers in industry and academic life and, in turn, trained many more. In 1982, it was estimated that approximately 1,100 Ph.D. holders could trace their scientific roots to Kolthoff. In 1983, he received the inaugural American Chemical Society Division of Analytical Chemistry Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Abstracts for McLuckey's seminars are available on the Department of Chemistry seminar webpage.