Shelley Minteer, professor of chemistry at Saint Louis University, is the winner of the 2005 Innovation Award, presented by the Academy of Sciences of St Louis. The award recognizes a scientist or engineer under age 40 who has demonstrated unusual potential for future accomplishments in a branch of science or engineering based on exceptional initial contributions. Shelley was recognized for her research in alternative energy sources.
From the award citation: “Over just four years, Dr. Minteer’s research in biofuel cells has resulted in the formation of a start-up company in St Louis, while at the same time her research in magnetically-modified electrodes has resulted in the development of several industrial partnerships with outside companies. Her new biofuel cells can produce energy densities nearly 100 times larger than any previously reported systems, making these systems the first viable biocell replacements for currently-used chemical batteries.”