Chemistry's Scott Miller Adds Pfizer Award to Honors

Chemistry's Scott Miller Adds Pfizer Award to Honors

Prof. Scott Miller (Chemistry) has received the Pfizer Award for Creativity in Organic Chemistry, which carries with it $100,000 in research support over a two-year period.

Miller is one of three recipients of the award given by Pfizer Global Research and Development in recognition of significant creative contributions to organic chemistry research, and excellence in graduate student training.

"My laboratory has been developing catalysts that facilitate the efficient synthesis of pharmaceutically relevant molecules," said Miller.

"This goal requires precise control over the molecular details that govern the transformation of one substance into another. My lab has been focusing in particular on catalysts that are designed to mimic enzymes.

"We can't do that yet, but with this support from Pfizer, we are excited to continue our search," he said.

The Pfizer is the latest in a series of awards that have recognized Miller's research.

His previous honors include a DuPont Young Professor Award, a Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award, an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship, a Glaxo-Wellcome Chemistry Scholar Award and a Cottrell Scholar Award, all received in 2000, as well as an Eli Lilly Grant and a National Science Foundation Career Award, both of which he earned in 1999.

For more on Miller's research, visit his Web page.

-Mark Sullivan

 

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