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2022 EAS Award for Outstanding Achievements in the Fields of Analytical Chemistry

Richard M. Crooks received a B.S. degree in Chemistry from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1981.  During his undergraduate studies he was a member of Prof. Larry Faulkner’s research group and studied adsorption of organic molecules onto mercury electrodes.  His doctoral studies with Prof. Allen J. Bard at The University of Texas in Austin focused on the examination of electrochemical processes in supercritical fluids.  He studied chemical sensors in the group of Prof. Mark S. Wrighton at MIT from 1987-1989.  Prof. Crooks started his independent career in 1989 as an assistant professor of chemistry at the University of New Mexico and then moved to Texas A&M University in 1993.  In 2005 he returned to The University of Texas where he is presently the Robert A. Welch Chair in Materials Chemistry.  His interests include synthesis, characterization, and electrocatalytic properties of nanoparticles, microelectrochemical sensors, and bioelectrochemistry.  He has published about 330 peer-reviewed research papers and is the recipient of several awards including the Carl Wagner Memorial Award of the Electrochemical Society, the American Chemical Society Electrochemistry Award, the Society for Electroanalytical Chemistry C. N. Reilley Award, the Pittsburgh Award in Analytical Chemistry, and the Faraday Medal of the Royal Society of Chemistry.  He has had the privilege of working with about 125 graduate students and postdocs, plus a number of undergraduate students, during his career.  Crooks is a co-founder of a start-up company, Galvanyx, LLC, which seeks to commercialize a sensor technology that emerged from his lab.  He also founded the Gordon Research Conferences Graduate Research Seminars, which now serve thousands of graduate students per year.  He splits his time between Austin and a small ranch in east-central Texas, which he shares with his wife and two German Shepherds.