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Canadian chemist wins 2015 Young Chemist Award


Riverview, FL – Chad Atkins, Ph.D. candidate at the University of British Columbia, has won the Metrohm USA and Metrohm Canada 2015 Young Chemist Award. Atkins is completing his Ph.D. at the University of British Columbia where he works under the supervision of Robin Turner and Michael Blades.

Atkins’s research uses Raman spectroscopy to assess the degradation of stored red blood cells to measure age-related changes in stored cell breakdown. By measuring samples through the storage bag the possibility of contamination is reduced. Confirming the viability of stored red blood cells prior to transfusion leads to a more successful patient outcome.

He presented a short overview of his work and was awarded the prize at Pittcon 2015 in New Orleans on March 9.

“Metrohm has a history of giving back to the scientific community,” said Edward Colihan, president & CEO of Metrohm USA. “This year we saw a record number of applications for this award, demonstrating ingenuity and a passion for solving very practical problems. We are proud to support the next generation of scientists.”

This is the third year Metrohm USA and Metrohm Canada have awarded the $10,000 Young Chemist award, continuing their philanthropic support and commitment to the advancement of science.

The Young Chemist Award is open to all graduate, post-graduate and doctorate students residing and studying in the U.S. and Canada, who are performing novel research in the fields of titration, ion chromatography, spectroscopy and electrochemistry. More details are available on Metrohm’s website.