Oklahoma State University



Distinguished Chemistry Professors' Endowed Scholarship Fund


2011 - The Chemistry Department Announces a New Fund with $50,000 Goal

December 2014 - Sufficient Funds received for Pickins Legacy Match 


Update, November 2014

Goal, $50,000 before 2015 (eligible for matching funds if goal is met)



 We are extremely happy to report that we have exceed our initial goal of $50,000 and are eligible for the matching funds from the Pickins legacy match.  Now it is time for use to move on to Phase 2 of for this fund which is $1,000,000 which will provide approximatly 50 one-month research fellowships per year. 




This fund will support excellence in chemistry research in honor of the outstanding careers of Professors Horacio Mottola, Warren T. Ford, Neil Purdie, K. Darrel Berlin, and Lionel Raff. Each of these scholars has positively impacted thousands of lives through their classroom teaching and mentoring on all levels. Funds will be used to provide/enhance fellowship support for graduate or undergraduate students.




Dr. Horacio A. Mottola (1930-2015), Emeritus Regents Professor of Chemistry, joined Oklahoma State in the autumn of 1967. He was Chairman of the Chemistry Department at Oklahoma State from March 1991 until March 1994. He and his research group developed a closed-loop flow system with the circulating enzyme glucose oxidase. Injection of glucose samples, followed by an evaluation of oxygen consumption at an exposed platinum wire electrode, enabled the quantitative determination of glucose. This glucose analyzer allowed a medical technician to determine the glucose level in a blood sample within 1-5 minutes. He retired June 1998.


altDr. Warren T. Ford, Regents' Professor of Chemistry, came to OSU in 1978. His specialty is organic chemistry with a focus on polymer and nanomaterials. Dr. Ford's group of graduate students and post-doctoral fellows determined the fundamental mechanisms of phase transfer catalysis by polymeric quaternary ammonium ions in polymer beads, polymer colloids, and dendrimers. His group provided an understanding of how polymer radicals add to C60 and extended the results to grafting of polymers to single walled carbon nanotubes.



Dr. Neil Purdie, Regents' Service Professor of Chemistry, came to OSU in 1965. His interests began in physical chemistry that morphed into inorganic chemistry and fast reactions. Never satisfied with the status quo, he then turned his focus to analytical chemistry and the determination of controlled substances and forensics using circular dichroism, which was at that time, an entirely new spectroscopic tool. His other interests broadened to health assays and the study of cholesterol, its fractions, and long-chain fatty acids, which is his current focus.


altDr. K. Darrell Berlin, Regents' Professor of Chemistry, started at OSU in 1960.Bioorganic or medicinal chemistry have been his primary focus. His group did pioneering work in organo-phosphorus chemistry and demonstrated that aryl-substituted phosphonium salts can be converted to phosphorus heterocycles with anticancer activity. He was a founding member of the Phosphorus, Sulfur, and Silicon. His research group discovered agents to inhibit the bacteria in anthrax spores. A heterocyclic agent developed in his laboratory, in collaboration with the OU Health Sciences Center, has completed pre-clinical trials for treatment of several kidney cancers.


altDr. Lionel Raff, Regents' Professor of Chemistry came to OSU in 1964. He specializes in physical chemistry with a focus on computational chemistry. Dr. Raff’s research group discovered the fundamental importance of momentum conservation, now termed “dynamics effects” in determining reaction rates and mechanisms. His group has most recently done pioneering research in interfacing ab initio quantum mechanical calculations and molecular dynamics by the development of powerful computational methods based on neural networks that have provided solutions to problems in reaction dynamics that have been considered for decades to be intractable.



Multiply your investment in the OSU Chemistry Department. Gifts and/or pledges made in 2011 for this Fund are eligible for a match from the Pickens fund. Please consider providing a tax-deductible gift to further the work of the OSU Chemistry Department. Gifts and pledges of all sizes are welcome and should be made out to the OSU Foundation for the OSU Chemistry Department. Your gift can be designated to benefit the particular area you desire. Please send donations to: OSU Foundation, 400 South Monroe, P.O. Box 1749, Stillwater, OK 74076-1749, Ph. 800.622.4678, Fax 405.385.5102,  info@OSUgiving.com   Please mark contribution for Project 22-86350.

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