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Alumnus Dwight Stoll receives Gustavus' Faculty Scholarly Achievement Award

Alumnus Dwight Stoll, Ph.D. has received Gustavus Adolphus College's 2016 Faculty Scholarly Achievement Award. He is an associate professor and co-chair of the college’s Department of Chemistry. He earned his doctorate in analytical chemistry in 2007, working with Professor Peter Carr. 

Faculty members are nominated for the Faculty Scholarly Achievement Award by fellow faculty members based on professional accomplishments regarding research activities in private, public, or corporate settings, publications, presentations at scholarly meetings or conferences, and exhibits or performances. First awarded in 1986, the Gustavus Faculty Scholarly Achievement Award was reestablished in 2004 and is now announced during the annual Honors Day Convocation. Stoll received this honor at this year’s Honors Day Convocation, which was conducted, Saturday, May 7, 2016.

Stoll did his undergraduate work at Minnesota State University, Mankato, receiving bachelor degrees in plant biology and biochemistry in 1999 and 2001. After graduating in 1999, he took a job in industry as a research technician with ZirChrom Separations. At ZirChrom, he learned about the liquid chromatography market, and became interested in the role of separation science in the development of new analytical methodologies for use in other disciplines such as biology.

Returning to school to earn his doctorate, Stoll worked on the development of fast, comprehensive two-dimensional liquid chromatography, using the principles of high temperature and ultra-fast gradient elution liquid chromatography to improve the overall speed of two-dimensional separations. Before receiving his doctorate, he took a nine-month break from graduate studies to teach as an adjunct faculty member at St. Olaf College where he taught analytical and general chemistry. After earning his doctorate, Stoll spent nine months working as a post-doctorate with Dr. Christine Wendt in the Lung Health Center at the University of Minnesota, where he began analyzing the low molecular weight constituents of human lung lavage fluid using liquid chromatography coupled with mass spectrometry.

In the fall of 2008, Stoll became a professor in the chemistry department at Gustavus Adolphus College, where he teaches quantitative and instrumental analysis courses, and directs a research program involving mainly undergraduate students. His active research projects include the development of rapid multidimensional liquid chromatography for targeted analysis in complex matrices, and optimization of isocratic and gradient elution high performance liquid chromatography.