Oklahoma State University

Apblett 2014 oklahoma chemist of the year


At the Pentasectional Meeting of the American Chemical Society (5 local ACS sections in Oklahoma) in Stillwater on Saturday 13 April 2014, the following award was made to Chemistry Faculty Member, Allen Apblett.

2014 Oklahoma Chemist

The recipient of the 2014 Oklahoma Chemist Award is Allen Apblett, Professor of Chemistry at Oklahoma State University. This award is made in recognition of his outstanding contributions in chemical research, education, leadership, and entrepreneurship in the State of Oklahoma.

Allen Apblett received a B.Sc. First Class Honours degree from the University of New Brunswick in 1984 and a Ph.D. from The University of Calgary in 1989. He was awarded an NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship for research at Harvard University. In 1991 he became assistant professor at Tulane University before moving on to Oklahoma State University in 1997. Since arriving in Oklahoma, he has been a staunch supporter of the Oklahoma Section of the American Chemical Society and has served continuously on its executive committee.

He currently serves as the section’s councilor, an elected position he has held since 2007. He is also a member of the national ACS’s Committee on Chemical Safety.

Dr. Apblett’s research is focused on the application of metallo-organic chemistry to challenges faced by our society in the areas of environmental protection and clean-up, improvements in industrial processes, and the development of novel routes to advanced materials. This research has led to 4 patents, the publication of over 110 papers and book chapters, and the graduation of 8 M.S. and 38 Ph.D. students. Several of his students are faculty members at or employees of institutions in Oklahoma.



dr. Bunce- oklahoma chemist of the year awardee


bunceamalgam Dr. Bunce became the 11th chemistry faculty member to win the Oklahoma Chemist Award-2009 in its 38th year history. The award was given at the 54th ACS Oklahoma Pentasectional meeting at Oral Roberts University in April. Rich received his B.S. from Marietta College and a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin under Professor Howard Zimmerman. Following a postdoctoral stint at the University of California-Berkeley, he joined OSU in 1983 where he is now a full Professor. His research on tandem reactions leading to novel heterocyclic systems has been recognized by his appointments to the Editorial Boards of two journals, namely Organic Preparations and Procedures and Research Letters in Organic Chemistry. His research has brought more than one-half million dollars to the University. In addition to over 80 publications in peer reviewed journals and having graduated 7 Ph.D. students and 5 M.S. students, he has mentored more than 70 undergraduates on research projects. His current group consists of three Ph.D. candidates. Other activities include being a Camp Cowboy Volunteer, an

Alpha Volunteer, a Faculty Associate, and a Faculty Advisor for the Honors College Athletic League. Moreover, he is also the advisor to our undergraduate majors which number around 50. His advising has received accolades in the form of two A&S Faculty Advising Awards in 2001and 2006. Congratulations to Rich!