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Chapple selected for Purdue's top
research honor

Chapple

Clint Chapple, department head and distinguished professor of biochemistry, is the 2011 recipient of the Herbert Newby McCoy Award, the most prestigious research honor given by Purdue.

Chapple was recognized for his pioneering efforts in the mapping of plant cell walls to make them better suited for forage, fiber and fuel.

His lignin research has led to improved processing techniques for producing pulp for paper.

Chapple is studying ways to alter lignin so that cellulose from plants such as poplar trees can be used for ethanol production in the biofuels industry.

The McCoy Award, established in 1964 by Ethel Terry McCoy in memory of her husband, is presented annually to a Purdue student or faculty member for outstanding contributions to science. The winner is nominated by colleagues and selected by faculty representatives and the university president.

The university will formally recognize Chapple on Nov. 1 at the McCoy Distinguished Lecture, during which he will give a presentation on his research accomplishments.

Contact Chapple at chapple@purdue.edu


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