Michael C. Leopold, associate professor of chemistry at the University of Richmond, has received a Henry Dreyfus Teacher Scholar-Award for 2010.

The award provides Leopold with $60,000 to spend over five years in support of his research assisted by Richmond undergraduates.

Fewer than 10 of the awards are made annually by the Camille & Henry Dreyfus Foundation Inc.

Leopold studies nanomaterials in the environment, work that is at the junction of materials science and bioanalytical chemistry. He is particularly interested in the interactions between synthetic nanomaterials and biomolecules.

Leopold's work routinely includes student researchers, many of whom publish their findings with him before going on to graduate school and careers in the chemical sciences.

The Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program supports the teaching and research careers of talented young faculty in the chemical sciences. Selection is based on accomplishments in scholarly research with undergraduates, as well as a compelling commitment to teaching.

Leopold has taught at the University of Richmond since 2002. He was recently honored for his teaching by Omicron Delta Kappa and was named an Outstanding Mentor at Richmond in 2009 and Distinguished Educator in 2008.