The award citation refers to Dr Minteer’s research on immobilized dehydrogenase enzymes at the anode of biofuel cells. Her work has resulted in enzymes stable at the bioanode for over a year, but she and her research group are working on improved immobilization membranes that can tolerate higher concentrations of biofuels such as glucose, methanol, and ethanol.
Further projects are under way on direct electron transfer involving electropolymerized dyes (methylene green, methylene blue, azure C, etc.) as mediators, along with binding of the mediator dye to polymeric backbones.
The award will be presented formally at the Pittcon Young Investigator Award Symposium, Wednesday, March 5, 2008, at Morial Convention Center, New Orleans, LA. The full citation and a brief professional bio are posted on the Pittcon Awards page.