|Volume 60, No. 6||September, 2009|
Dr Christopher D Spilling came to St Louis in August 1989 to join the faculty of the Chemistry Department at the University of Missouri–St Louis as Assistant Professor. Prior to that he spent three years as a postdoctoral fellow at Northwestern University with Professor Tony Barrett. At UM–St Louis, he was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in 1996 and in 2001 to Full Professor. During the 1996-97 academic year he was a visiting scholar with Professor Steven V Ley at Cambridge University. Chris was the obvious choice for department chair in 2004 when the former chair, Gordon Anderson, left the University.
An Englishman, he was born in Norwich, East Anglia, and was educated at the University of Loughborough, where he received a BSc degree in chemistry in 1983 and a PhD degree in organic chemistry under the direction of Brian Marples in 1986.
At UM–St Louis, he developed a very productive, high quality research program. He has published about 70 articles, four patents, several chapters, reviews, etc. He has garnered substantial external funding for his research, both from granting agencies and industry, for the support of his graduate students and postdoctoral research associates. He has also presented his work many times at meetings and conferences and has given about 60 invited lectures at other universities. In 1991, the graduate students voted him the best teacher in the chemistry department. Chris has also been an active and contributing participant in the affairs of the St Louis Section of the American Chemical Society. He served as ACS Student Affiliates advisor in his early years at UM–St Louis and since 1994, he has served as the St Louis Section representative to the ACS Midwest Regional Steering Committee. He chaired the 2000 Midwest Regional Meeting in St Louis, a very successful one, and perhaps an important reason the St Louis Section won the Award for Outstanding Performance by a Large Section the following year.
Early in his career he developed a research program that had three foci: the use of phosphorus reagents for asymmetric synthesis, the chemistry of glucal halohydrins and the total synthesis of marine sponge metabolites. More recently his work has taken a more biological bent as the world-wide emphasis in organic chemistry moves in that direction. He and his students are now using their phosphorus chemistry to prepare biologically active molecules and testing them on cell lines and enzymes.
A relatively recent development in his research activity is in entrepreneurship. He has on several occasions consulted with local firms, but recently he and some colleagues founded the company Alkymos in order to fund some collaborative research. A consequence of that is that the University of Missouri System-Wide Faculty Entrepreneur of the Year Award for 2009 went to Professors Wes Harris and Chris Spilling for their work on removal of aluminum from infant feeding solutions. The award was established to honor a University of Missouri faculty member for a record of entrepreneurial innovation that demonstrates commercial utility, contributes to the public welfare, and brings visibility to the University of Missouri.
Chris lives in Bel-Nor with his wife Kathy and three sons: Andrew, Robert, and William. He still plays soccer and racquetball and enjoys a beer on Friday evenings with his colleagues.
The St Louis Award Symposium will be held on October 16, and the Banquet on October 17. Check the website and the October Bond for up-to-the-minute information.
The 5th Annual St Louis ACS Section picnic was held in Tilles Park on June 6, 2009—a new location after the Tower Grove Park venue of the previous four picnics. The Skow Shelter was a fine spot, with plenty of shade, picnic benches, and nearby restrooms. The weather was good this year (for a change), and the turnout was a respectable 26 adults and several children, from infant to ... no longer children. There were members of the Younger Chemists Committee, old-time Board members, spouses and guests, and some for whom this was the first section event they had ever attended.
The section served up a barbeque of bratwursts, hot dogs, burgers, and chicken—plenty for everyone—and lots of beverages, chips, and cookies to go along with it. Past-Chair Keith Stine was the grill ninja. Sheryl Loux brought a game of Kubb (a Swedish game, rhymes with rube). Kubb teams were so captivated with the competition that they almost forgot to eat. Sheryl also helped avert disaster by running out for charcoal lighter fluid we desperately needed to get off the ground. You would think a bunch of chemists could come up with better ways to light charcoal, but no one had any pyrophorics with them. Later in the afternoon, Frisbees appeared to help people work off their indulgence before we cleaned up and headed home.
... is this year’s theme for National Chemistry Week, October 18-24, 2009, and it is time to start planning how you are going to celebrate it along with other ACS members around the country. As this is the 140th year of the Periodic Table developed by Dmitri Mendeleev, we are planning activities that will commemorate both events ... possibly a human Periodic Table?
As part of the 20th National Chemistry Week, we will be holding our annual Industry Expo at the Science Center on October 24 from 10 am to 4 pm. So break out your Periodic Table tie and anything else that is elemental to you, and join the fun. This is our best public outreach event of the year—your opportunity to let others know you are a chemist and how chemistry affects all of our everyday lives.
For holding an event, to reserve your spot as an Academic or Industrial participant in the Industry Expo, or just to volunteer, contact Greg Wall at 314.435.6487 or firstname.lastname@example.org. After all, It’s Elemental!
Encrypted below is a chemical compound that is essential to all life. Find the chemical in
Answer to be found in the next Chemical Bond. Or, if you just can’t wait, send $50 and an autographed rookie Stan Musial baseball card to:
“I Just Can’t Wait” Teaser
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Thursday, September 17, 2009
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The Younger Chemists Committee of Saint Louis (YCC STL) and the Saint Louis Section of the American Chemical Society cordially invite you to attend Chemistry Career Night. Please RSVP to Dayna Turner at email@example.com by September 7th, 2009. On-site parking will be available free of charge for attendees.
We hope you will be able to participate in this unique opportunity to explore possible careers in chemistry.
St Louis SectionACS Board of Directors meets the second Thursday of each month, usually at the Glen Echo Country Club (map available on website). Meetings are open to all members, and all are encouraged to attend. Elected officers and chairs of major committees vote on questions put to the Board; others in attendance have voice but no vote.
If you want to attend for dinner, please contact Bill Doub (firstname.lastname@example.org or 314.651.7514) at least a week in advance. Usual cost of the dinner is $20. Members wishing to become active in section activities are welcomed for their first dinner as guests of the section.
Date: Sep 10
Social hour: 5:30 pm
Dinner: 6:30 pm
Business meeting: 7:15 pm
Future Meetings: Oct 8, Nov 12
Seminars start at 4 pm in Room 12 Monsanto Hall, except as noted. For more information, contact the Chemistry Department, 314-977-2850. All topics are TBA.
Dr Michael Lewis
Saint Louis University
Dr Brent Znosko
Saint Louis University
Dr John Pojman
Louisiana State University
Dr Svetlana M. Mitrovski
Eastern Illinois University
Dr Punit Kohli
So. Illinois University–Carbondale
Fridays at 4 pm in 451 Benton Hall, unless otherwise specified. Refreshments 15 minutes prior to seminar time. For more information, contact the Chemistry Department, 314.516.5311.
University of Missouri–St Louis
Amyloid-β and the Innate Immune Response
University of Missouri–St Louis
Systematic Approaches for Engineering Molecule-Based Magnetic and Photo-responsive Materials
University of Missouri–St Louis
Development of Non-invasive Blood Glucose Detector for Better Diabetes Control
Seminars are in McMillen 311 at 4 pm unless otherwise noted. For information, contact Lev Gelb, email@example.com.
Erick D Ellis
Jackson State University
Our speaker is a PhD chemist and a patent attorney. She helps her clients procure patent rights in the U.S. and around the world and supports her clients’ capital acquisition and due diligence activities.
September 24, 6:30 pm
Dr Janet Hendrickson
Senniger Powers Law Firm
Patent Primer: What an Inventor Needs to Know About Patent Law
The meeting is in the Gast Conference Room of the Weidenbaum Center (Seigle Bldg) on the main Washington University campus.
The Younger Chemists Committee invites you to this evening of career advice, discussion, and networking. See announcement above for full details.
September 17, 6–8 pm
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