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Chemistry professor receives distinguished honors


Congratulations to Chemistry Prof. Hilkka Kenttamaa on becoming one of the College's newest distinguished professors. She received the honors in December.

Hilkka Kenttamaa

Hilkka Kenttämaa

Kenttämaa is a professor of chemistry and has been at Purdue since 1983, when she was a visiting research scientist. She also was an assistant professor and associate professor of chemistry before being named professor in

1999. Before coming to Purdue, she was a research scientist at the Academy of Finland and at Helsinki University.

Her research involves organic and bioorganic mass spectrometry, including gas-phase ion chemistry and structural characterization of molecules in complex mixtures. She developed an approach to study the chemistry of organic free radicals involving the use of "distonic ions," which enables manipulation and study of radicals in the gas phase.

Kenttämaa received the Outstanding Achievement in Mass Spectrometry Award from the American Chemical Society in 2015, was elected to the Finnish Academy of Science in 2004, was a University Faculty Scholar at Purdue from 2001-06 and in 2009 received the Provost's Award for Outstanding Graduate Faculty Mentor. In 2013 she received the Leadership Award of the College of Science. She is a member of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry and Finnish Mass Spectrometry Society.

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