Prize-winning chemist to lecture May 4-5


    LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Prize-winning chemist Graham Cooks, known for his work to make chemical analysis a faster “CSI”–style process using portable field devices, will speak May 4-5 at the University of Louisville.

    The longtime Purdue University professor won the third Dreyfus Prize in the chemical sciences in 2013 for research that advanced the field of chemical instrumentation. Cooks was nominated for his impact in instrumentation development and mass spectrometry, a technique of identifying compounds in complex mixtures. Potential applications include medical diagnosis, explosives detection and chemical fingerprinting such as that featured on the television program “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.”

    Cooks will give a free, public talk, “Mass Spectrometry for Chemical Synthesis and On-site Analysis,” at 2 p.m. May 4 in Gheens Science Hall and Rauch Planetarium on the Belknap Campus.

    UofL’s Chemistry Graduate Student Association sponsors the annual distinguished lecturer series with Clariant.

    Judy Hughes
    Judy Hughes is a senior communications and marketing coordinator for UofL’s Office of Communications and Marketing and associate editor of UofL Magazine. She previously worked in news as a writer and editor for a daily newspaper and The Associated Press.