March 6 - 10, 2016
Georgia World Congress Center
Atlanta, GA USA

2016 Award Recipients.

Honoring scientists who have made outstanding contributions to analytical chemistry and applied spectroscopy.

Pittsburgh Analytical Chemistry Award

Sanford A. Asher
University of Pittsburgh
Presentation: Tuesday, March 8, 8:30 AM
Room: B312

Sanford A. Asher is Distinguished Professor of Chemistry at the University of Pittsburgh. He pioneered the development of deep UV resonance Spectroscopy for use in Biophysical, Physical Chemistry and Analytical Chemistry. His group developed both instrumentation and methodologies for determining protein structure and protein folding. They are developing standoff instruments for detection of explosive molecule. They are also developing novel photonic crystal optical devices and responsive materials. Prof. Asher received his PhD in chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley and was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard in Applied Physics. He is the author of greater than 290 publications and the inventor in over 29 patents in the area of photonic crystals.

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Chromatography Forum of the Delaware Valley Dal Nogare Award

Stephen Weber
University of Pittsburgh
Presentation: Monday, March 7, 8:30 AM
Room: B312

Stephen Weber is Professor of Chemistry and Clinical Translational Science at the University of Pittsburgh. He received his PhD in 1979 from McGill University for theory and application of the electrochemical detector. His research encompasses analytical separations theory and application as well as chromatographic detection/quantitation in bioanalytical chemistry, especially neurochemistry.


The LCGC Lifetime Achievement in Chromatography Award

Milton L. Lee
Brigham Young University
Presentation: Monday, March 7, 1:30 PM
Room: B314

Milton L. Lee received a Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from Indiana University and is currently the H. Tracy Hall Professor of Chemistry at Brigham Young University. He has co-authored many scientific publications, has received a number of national and international awards, and has founded several analytical instrument companies.


Ralph N. Adams Award

David R. Walt
Tufts University
Presentation: Wedensday, March 9, 1:30 PM
Room: B312

David R. Walt is University Professor at Tufts University. He has received numerous awards for work in the field of microwell arrays and single molecules and is a member of the National Academy of Engineering. Dr. Walt is the Scientific Founder and a Director of Illumina Inc. and Quanterix Corp.


Pittsburgh Spectroscopy Award

Juergen Popp
Friedrich-Schiller University Jena
Presentation: Tuesday, March 8, 1:30 PM
Room: B312

Jürgen Popp studied chemistry at the universities of Erlangen and Wuerzburg, Germany. Since 2002, he holds a chair for Physical Chemistry at the Friedrich-Schiller University Jena. Furthermore, he is the Scientific Director of the Leibniz Institute of Photonic Technology, Jena, since 2006. His research interests are mainly concerned with biophotonics.


Pittsburgh Conference Achievement Award

Jared L. Anderson
Iowa State University
Presentation: Monday, March 7, 8:30 AM
Room: B314

Jared L. Anderson is a Professor in the Department of Chemistry at Iowa State University. His research focuses on the development of stationary phases for multidimensional gas chromatography, alternative approaches in sample preparation, particularly in nucleic acid extraction, and developing analytical tools for trace analysis within active pharmaceutical ingredients.


Satinder Ahuja Award for Young Investigator in Separation Sciences

Matthew Miller
Dow Chemical
Presentation: Wednesday, March 9, 8:30 AM
Room: B312

Matthew Miller is currently a Technical Leader at Dow Chemical in the Analytical Sciences Core R&D group, located in Freeport, Texas. Prior to joining Dow in 2005, Matthew received his Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from Michigan State University and his B.S. in Chemistry from Saginaw Valley State University.


The Coblentz Society/ABB – Bomem-Michelson Award

Shaul Mukamel
University of California Irvine
Presentation: Tuesday, March 8, 8:30 AM
Room: B314

Shaul Mukamel is a Distinguished Professor of Chemistry at The University of California; Irvine. He had made pioneering contributions to the development of coherent multidimensional electronic and vibrational molecular spectroscopy spanning the infrared to the x-ray spectral regimes, and has authored the book “Principles of Nonlinear Optical Spectroscopy”, Oxford University Press (1995).


The Coblentz Society – Williams-Wright Award

Drouet Warren Vidrine
Vidrine Consulting
Presentation: Wednesday, March 9, 1:30 PM
Room: B314

Drouét Warren Vidrine (Vidrine Consulting) will receive the 2016 Williams-Wright Award from the Coblentz Society in recognition of his significant contributions in both instrument and application innovations, particularly those that have helped FTIR mature from fragile laboratory technique to ubiquitous industrial tool.


The LCGC Emerging Leader in Chromatography Award

Debby Mangelings
Vrije Universiteit Brussell
Presentation: Monday, March 7, 3:45 PM
Room: B314

Debby Mangelings is an associate professor in the department Analytical Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Technology at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. Her research interests are chiral separations and miniaturized separation techniques. Defining generic chiral method development strategies and investigating the potential of capillary electrochromatography as a separation technique are currently her main focus.


SEAC – Charles N. Reilley Award

Reginald Penner
University of California Irvine
Presentation: Monday, March 7, 1:30 PM
Room: B312

Reginald Penner is Chancellor’s Professor and Chairman in the Department of Chemistry at the University of California, Irvine. He received a Ph.D. in Chemistry in 1987 from Texas A&M University under the supervision of Professor Charles R. Martin. His research group develops methods based upon electrodeposition for making nanomaterials.


SEAC – Royce W. Murray Award

Ryan White
University of Maryland Baltimore County
Presentation: Monday, March 7, 3:45 PM
Room: B312

Ryan White is an assistant professor at the University of Maryland Baltimore County. He worked in Royce Murray’s laboratory as an undergraduate before joining Henry White’s laboratory. Ryan followed up his graduate studies as a NIH postdoc in Kevin Plaxco’s laboratory before starting at UMBC in 2011. His research group works on developing bio-inspired sensors.


RSC – JAAS Emerging Investigator Lectureship Award

Gerardo Gamez
Texas Tech University
Presentation: Tuesday, March 8, 1:30 PM
Room: B314

Gerardo Gamez obtained his PhD in Analytical Chemistry at Indiana University-Bloomington with Professor Hieftje where he performed research in plasma-based analytical spectrochemistry. His postdoctoral work at ETH Zurich was in the area of ambient molecular MS. He then worked as a Scientist at EMPA Thun before joining the faculty of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Texas Tech University in 2013.

Lara Lobo Revilla
University of Oviedo
Presentation: Tuesday, March 8, 3:45 PM
Room: B314

Lara Lobo Revilla completed her PhD at the University of Oviedo under the supervision of Professor Rosario Pereiro and Dr. Nerea Bordel, before joining the A&MS group of Professor Frank Vanhaecke at Ghent University (Belgium). Currently, she is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Oviedo involved in the development of different analytical mass spectrometry techniques.


The Pittcon Heritage Award

Kenji Kazato
Kazuo Ito
Presentation: Sunday, March 6, 4:45 PM
Room: Sidney Marcus Auditorium, Building A, Level 4

Presentation of the 2016 Pittcon Heritage Award to Kauzo Ito and posthumously to Kenji Kazato, founders of JEOL – accepted by Gon-emon Kurihara, President of JEOL.

Kenji Kazato and Kazuo Ito led the post WWII effort in Japan to build an electron microscope. This resulted in their development in 1947 of a magnetic field type electron microscope – the DA-1. They founded the Japan Electron Optics Laboratory Company (JEOL) and led the company through future advances in the development of SEM and other types of scientific instruments.

In 1975, Kazato retired as president of JEOL and became adviser until his passing in 2012. Ito served as president of JEOL from 1982 to 1987. Under his direction, JEOL made important advances in software development. In 1984, Ito established the long-term management vision “V-90” for the company’s future direction.




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