Metrohm USA is pleased to announce the winner of its 2017 Young Chemist Award, Aldin Malkoc. Aldin is completing his graduate work at Arizona State University where he works under the supervision of Professor Michael Caplan, chair of the Biomedical Engineering Department, and assistant professor Jeffrey LaBelle. 

Aldin MalkocThe winner of Metrohm's 2017 Young Chemist Award, Aldin Malkoc.Aldin’s research focuses on cooperative, DNA-based molecular elements for electrochemical biosensors. This rapid, point-of-care, low-cost, and highly specific method of genetic mutation detection is an entirely new technology that has the potential to have a significant impact in health care, especially for developing countries and underrepresented clinics where low cost and rapid treatment are important. Aldin’s work impacts the existing field by developing a new gold standard for molecular recognition. 

“We are very proud to celebrate the 5th anniversary of our Young Chemist Award this year,“ says Edward Colihan, president and CEO of Metrohm USA. “We take giving back to the scientific community very seriously and are pleased to recognize the efforts of chemists that are just starting their career. These researchers have demonstrated extraordinary vision and make a true difference in the world with their area of work. At only 22, Aldin is our youngest winner yet.”  

Metrohm USA has donated more than $50,000 over the last 5 years to support the advancement of science. Aldin will accept his award and present a short overview of his work at Metrohm’s on-booth event at Pittcon 2017 on March 7 at 3 p.m. 

The Young Chemist Award is open to all undergraduate, graduate, post-graduate, and doctorate students residing and studying in the U.S. and Canada, who are performing novel research in the fields of titration, ion chromatography, spectroscopy, and electrochemistry. For more details, visit the Youn Chemist Award website: youngchemistaward.metrohmusa.com.