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BYU's Milton L. Lee to give lecture following Chemistry Department award ceremony Sept. 23

The Brigham Young University Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry will honor Milton L. Lee, H. Tracy Hall Professor of Chemistry, with The Reed M. Izatt and James J. Christensen Faculty Excellence in Research Award on Tuesday, Sept. 23, at 4 p.m. in W140 Ezra Taft Benson Building at BYU.

Following the award presentation, Lee will present a lecture titled “Novel Microseparation Techniques — Nerve Agents to Proteins.” The public is welcome to attend.

With more than 500 scientific publications to his credit, Lee has research interests covering many areas of chemistry, including gas chromatography and mass spectrometry, which make it possible to analyze samples of material, identifying explosives, toxins or other harmful substances. Where GC-MS units have been the size of a washing machine or larger in the past, Lee’s recent activities in this area have produced a briefcase-sized, battery-powered unit that can be used in the field.

This award is named for Reed M. Izatt and James J. Christensen, initiators of BYU’s internationally recognized joint research program in chemical thermodynamics and chemical separations. During their careers, these scientists authored or coauthored nearly 900 books, book chapters and peer reviewed articles. They also hold many U.S. and foreign patents.

This endowed lecture is made possible by donations from the scientists’ family members, associates and former students.

For more information, call the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at (801) 422-3667.

Writer: Brady Toone

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Photo by Jaren S. Wilkey/BYU Photo

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