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Sarpong wins Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award

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Richmond Sarpong
Richmond Sarpong

April 30, 2009

Assistant Professor of Chemistry Richmond Sarpong has won a Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award. The award provides an unrestricted research grant of $75,000.

The Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program supports the research and teaching careers of talented young faculty in the chemical sciences. The program provides discretionary funding to faculty at an early stage in their careers.

Sarpong is one of 14 young faculty members to win the award this year, including Harvard's Alan Aspuru-Guzik, an alumnus of the research group of Berkeley chemistry professor Willam Lester.

Sarpong won the award for developing new strategies and methods for the total synthesis of natural and non-natural compounds using metal-catalyzed reactions. The compounds synthesized in the Sarpong laboratory may ultimately become important as tools to study biological systems or provide a starting point for the development of therapeutics.

"I am honored to have been selected," says Sarpong. "This recognition of my group's research efforts comes at a time when we are initiating many new projects that will benefit tremendously from the Dreyfus Foundation's generosity. My group and I are very appreciative."

The Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation, Inc., was established in 1946 by chemist, inventor and businessman Camille Dreyfus as a memorial to his brother Henry. The Foundation became a memorial to both men when Camille Dreyfus died in 1956. The Dreyfus brothers, who founded the Celanese Corporation, were widely recognized as chemical pioneers and exceptional businessmen.

The purpose of the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation, Inc., is to advance the science of chemistry, chemical engineering and related sciences as a means of improving human relations and circumstances. Throughout its history the Foundation has sought to take the lead in identifying and addressing needs and opportunities in the chemical sciences.

More Information

The Sarpong Group
http://www.dreyfus.org

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