Professor Richard Crooks Selected for 2010 Charles N. Reilley Award

Professor and Chemistry and Biochemistry Department Chairman Richard Crooks is the 2010 recipient of the Charles N. Reilley Award in Electroanalytical Chemistry. The C. N. Reilley Award is given in memory of one of the most distigushed analytical chemists of the 20th century. Reilley's interests were both fundamental and broad. He made seminal contributions not only to electroanalysis, but also optical spectroscopy, NMR, chromatography, data analysis, instrumentation, and surface analysis. The signature of his research was to decline empiricism, seeking a basic understanding of measurements and detection schemes. Reilley recognized that measuring things is at the heart of modern chemistry. Reilley is central in the history of the Society for Electroanalytical Chemistry, which was formed following his death in 1981, as a vehicle for managing the award. The Award is supported by Bioanalytical Systems, Inc.

Professor Crooks' research focuses in electrochemistry, nanomaterials, catalysis, chemical and biological sensing, and microanalytical systems. The research is presently focused in three main areas: (1) synthesis and characterization of very well-defined mono- and multimetallic catalysts in the 1 - 2 nm size range, (2) design and fabrication of a new family of array-based electrochemical microsensors, and (3) development of a novel means for replicating DNA and RNA microarrays. His group recently developed an approach for synthesizing very well-defined mono- and multimetallic catalysts using dendrimer templates. The process leads to stable, nearly size-monodisperse, catalytically active nanoparticles composed of Pt, Pd, Au, Ag, Ni, Fe, or Cu. It is also possible to prepare alloy and core/shell bimetallic DENs using a slight variation of this basic approach.

Professor Crooks also continues to work on the development of microsensors based on massively parallel arrays of electrodes that can be interrogated simultaneously. A single potential source is required to control all the electrodes in the array, and the output is measured in parallel using electrogenerated chemiluminescence (ECL). His group is also working on parallel replication of DNA and RNA arrays, with an eye toward current emphases on personalized medicine, and he has reported fabrication of RNA replica arrays from DNA masters.

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