Feb 26 - Mar 1, 2018
Orange County Convention Center
Orlando, Florida, USA

2018 Award Recipients

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

Pittsburgh Analytical Chemistry Award

Xiaowei Zhuang
Harvard University
Presentation: Thursday, March 1, 8:30 AM
Room: 310AB

Xiaowei Zhuang is the David B. Arnold Professor of Science and the director of Center for Advanced Imaging at Harvard University, an investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and a member of the National Academy of Sciences. Her lab develops advanced imaging technologies, in particular single-molecule and super-resolution imaging methods, and applies these methods to study biological systems.

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Symposium Overview

Invited speakers in the Pittcon Analytical Chemistry Award session will describe state-of-the art imaging methods, in particular super-resolution and single-molecule imaging methods, for the studies of biological systems. In addition, single-cell genomics and transcriptomics approaches, including sequencing-based and imaging-based omics methods, will be described. The speakers will also discuss exciting applications of these methods to the studies of various cellular structures, gene expression regulation, and diseases. Xiaowei Zhuang, Harvard University, will receive the 2018 Pittcon Analytical Chemistry Award presented by the Society of Analytical Chemists of Pittsburgh.


Pittsburgh Conference Achievement Award

Parastoo Hashemi
University of South Carolina
Presentation: Monday, February 26, 8:30 AM
Room: 207A

Parastoo Hashemi is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of South Carolina. She performed her undergraduate studies in King’s College, London and her PhD with Martyn Boutelle in the Department of Bioengineering in Imperial College, London. Her postdoctoral work was at UNC Chapel Hill with Mark Wightman. Parry has pioneered an interdisciplinary and translational research program that centers on the development and optimization of in situ electrochemical methods for analyzing biologically and environmentally impactful molecules. Parry has previously been awarded the Masao Horiba Award for Analytical Chemistry, the Eli Lilly Young Investigator Award in Analytical Chemistry and an NSF CAREER Award.

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Symposium Overview

Brain function is underpinned by highly elaborate biochemical processes. These processes are very difficult to define because of the chemical dynamism and physical intricacies of this organ. For this reason it has been extremely challenging to diagnose and treat the many different forms of brain diseases, ranging from brain damage to psychiatric disorders. In this session, the development and application of diverse and cutting edge technologies for studying the brain under health and disease conditions will be explored by pioneers in neuroanalysis. These tools include biosensors, fast-scan cyclic voltammetry, microfluidics, in vivo microdialysis and diamond electrodes.
Parastoo Hashemi will receive the 2018 Pittsburgh Conference Achievement Award, presented by the Society for Analytical Chemists of Pittsburgh.


Pittsburgh Spectroscopy Award

Michael D. Fayer
Stanford University
Presentation: Wednesday, February 28, 8:30 AM
Room: 310AB

Michael D. Fayer is the David Mulvane Ehrsam and Edward Curtis Franklin Professor of Chemistry at Stanford University. He received his Ph. D. in Chemistry in 1974 from U.C. Berkeley and went directly to the Department of Chemistry, Stanford University, where he has been a professor for forty three years. He was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2007 and has received a number of other honors. He has written two books on quantum theory, a graduate text and a book for non-experimentalsts, “Absolutely Small – How Quantum Theory Explains Our Everyday World. He has been married to Terry Fayer for almost 50 years and has two grown children and a granddaughter.

Dr. Fayer’s research interests include: the dynamics and intermolecular interactions of molecules in liquids, liquids in nanoscopic environments, room temperature ionic organic liquids, supercooled liquids, and liquid crystals; the development and application of ultrafast 2D infrared spectroscopy and other ultrafast infrared optical methods and associated theory as general probes of structural dynamics in complex molecular systems; the development and application of ultrafast visible and UV spectroscopy to the study of dynamics in complex molecular systems; the statistical mechanics theory of molecular systems and experimental observables.

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Symposium Overview

A variety of fast spectroscopic methods are applied to the study of dynamics in condensed matter systems. The topics include 2D IR spectroscopy of liquids and interfaces and site-specific dynamics of protein molecular recognition; triplet dynamics during singlet fission probed using vibrations; shock compression spectroscopy under a microscope investigating shock induced chemistry of energetic materials; and nonlinear and 2D THz spectroscopy of ferroelectrics and correlated electron materials and THz magnetic resonance of high-spin transition metal complexes. The common theme is fast spectroscopic measurements of the dynamics and interactions in complex chemical systems. Michael D. Fayer, Stanford University, will receive the 2018 Pittsburgh Spectroscopy Award. This award was established in 1957 and honors an individual who has made outstanding contributions in the field of spectroscopy.


Ralph N. Adams Award

Chad A. Mirkin
Northwestern University
Presentation: Wednesday, February 28, 1:30 PM
Room: 310AB

Dr. Chad A. Mirkin is the Director of the International Institute for Nanotechnology and the George B. Rathmann Prof. of Chemistry, Chemical and Biological Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Materials Science & Engineering, and Medicine at Northwestern University. He is a chemist and a world-renowned nanoscience expert, who is known for his discovery and development of spherical nucleic acids (SNAs) and SNA-based biodetection and therapeutic schemes, Dip-Pen Nanolithography (DPN) and related cantilever-free nanopatterning methodologies, On-Wire Lithography (OWL), and Co-Axial Lithography (COAL), and contributions to supramolecular chemistry and nanoparticle synthesis. He is the author of over 680 manuscripts and over 1,000 patent applications worldwide (over 300 issued), and he is the founder of multiple companies, including Nanosphere, AuraSense, Exicure, and TERA-print, which are commercializing nanotechnology applications in the life sciences, biomedicine, and semiconductor industries. Mirkin has been recognized with over 120 national and international awards, including the RUSNANOPRIZE, the Dan David Prize and the inaugural Sackler Prize in Convergence Research. He was an eight-year Member of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science & Technology (Obama Administration), and one of very few scientists to be elected to all three US National Academies. He is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Inventors, among others. Mirkin has served on the Editorial Advisory Boards of over 20 scholarly journals, including JACS, Angew. Chem., and Adv. Mater.; at present, he is an Associate Editor of JACS. He is the founding editor of the journal Small, and he has co-edited multiple bestselling books. Mirkin holds a B.S. degree from Dickinson College (1986, elected into Phi Beta Kappa) and a Ph.D. degree from the Penn. State Univ. (1989). He was an NSF Postdoctoral Fellow at the MIT prior to becoming a professor at Northwestern Univ. in 1991.

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Symposium Overview

This session, which celebrates the Ralph Adams Award honoree Chad Mirkin, will cover a broad range of topics related to nanotechnology and new probes for cellular engineering and analysis. The speakers will highlight specific nanomaterials and molecular probes that have opened new application areas in biomolecular sensing, drug delivery, and the study of disease biology.


Advances in Measurement Science Lectureship Awards

Neil Kelleher
Northwestern University
Presentation: Tuesday, February 27, 8:30 AM
Room: 310AB

Neil Kelleher is the Walter and Mary E. Glass Professor of Molecular Biosciences, Professor of Chemistry and Medicine, and Director of Northwestern Proteomics at Northwestern University. He is a transdisciplinary investigator whose research group is making an impact in the field of proteomics and the discovery of new antibiotics and anti‐cancer molecules. The mission of Northwestern Proteomics is to develop new proteomics technologies applicable to translational and clinical research and to educate researchers about these proteomics methodologies. In 2016, Kelleher delivered a TEDx talk about the Cell‐Based Human Proteome Project, an effort to map one billion proteins throughout the human body.

Francesco Ricci
University of Rome
Francesco Ricci is an Associate Professor of the Laboratory of Biosensors and Nanomachines in the Chemistry Department at the University of Rome, Tor Vergata, Italy. His research interests include DNA functional nanotechnology and DNA-based nanomachines and nanodevices with applications in sensing and drug delivery. After receiving his Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Rome, Tor Vergata, Francesco spent 2 years as a post-doctoral researcher at the University of California, Santa Barbara under a Marie Curie International Outgoing Fellowship. Francesco holds a 2013 ERC Starting Grant and is an author of more than 80 research papers in peer-reviewed high-impact factor international journals.
Kourosh
Kalantar-zadeh

RMIT
Kourosh Kalantar-zadeh is a Distinguished Professor and the Director of the Centre for Advanced Electronics and Sensors at RMIT in Melbourne, Australia. He received his B.Sc. (1993) and M.Sc. (1997) degrees from Sharif University of Technology and Tehran University, respectively, and his Ph.D. from RMIT (2002). His research interests include chemical and biochemical sensors, materials science, electronics, gastroenterology, medical devices and microfluidics. Kourosh has co-authored over 350 highly cited scientific papers and books. He has made many internationally recognized contributions to the development of ingestible and gas pollutant sensors as well as two-dimensional semiconductors and liquid metal based systems.

Symposium Overview

ACS Publications and the ACS Division of Analytical Chemistry are delighted to present the inaugural Advances in Measurement Science Lectureship Award recipients for 2018. These awards are co-sponsored by ACS Sensors, Analytical Chemistry, Journal of Proteome Research, and the ACS Division of Analytical Chemistry and honor the contributions of one individual from each of three geographic regions – the Americas, Europe/ Middle East/Africa, and Asia-Pacific – who have made a major recent impact in the field of measurement science.


Chromatography Forum of the Delaware Valley Dal Nogare Award

Robert Kennedy
University of Michigan
Presentation: Monday, February 26, 8:30 AM
Room: 311CD

Robert Kennedy is the Willard Professor of Chemistry at the University of Michigan. Prof. Kennedy’s research interests are analytical chemistry its application to neuroscience, endocrinology, and biotechnology. A theme of his group has been development of high-speed separations for sensing, detection of non-covalent complexes, and screening. His group has developed instrumentation that couples sampling probes to capillary electrophoresis, capillary chromatography, LC-MS, and microfluidic assays for monitoring neurotransmitters in vivo. These methods have been used for studying changes in neurotransmitter concentrations associated with behavior and diseases. His group has also developed sensors and microfluidic electrophoresis devices for monitoring insulin secretion from pancreatic β-cells. These methods are coupled with LC-MS metabolomics to understand the biochemical mechanism of insulin secretion and perturbations associated with diabetes. His group is also researching use of rapid electrophoretic and mass spectrometric assays for high-throughput screening. His work has been recognized by several awards including McKnight Award for Technical Innovations in Neuroscience, EAS Separation Science Award, Golay Award for Achievements in Chromatography, The Ralph Adams Award in Bioanalytical Chemistry and several teaching awards. He has held several service posts and is presently Associate Editor of Analytical Chemistry and Chair of the Chemistry Department at University of Michigan.

Symposium Overview

The 2018 Dal Nogare award winner is Professor Robert Kennedy, the Hobart Willard Distinguished University Professor from the University of Michigan. Kennedy is being recognized for his contributions to the theory and application of separation science in neuroscience, endocrinology and biotechnology. The Dal Nogare award is given by the Chromatography Forum of the Delaware Valley and Dr. Kennedy will be the 46th awardee to receive this prestigious award which has been given yearly since 1972. The following additional speakers will contribute to the award symposium: Prof. Mary J. Wirth of Purdue, Dr. James L. Edwards of Saint Louis University in Missouri, Professor Milton Lee of Brigham Young in Provo, Utah, and Professor Joshua Coon of University of Wisconsin, Madison. Both Professor Wirth and Lee are previous Dal Nogare awardee’s.


The Coblentz Society – Williams-Wright Award

Charles R. Anderson
Spectral Systems, LLC
Presentation: Wednesday, February 28, 1:30 PM
Room: 205A

After completing his undergraduate and graduate degrees in engineering from Carnegie-Mellon University in 1968, Chuck went to Los Alamos National Laboratory, weapons testing division. There he developed an airborne FTIR system used to measure solar emission in the 1970, 1972 and 1973 total eclipses.

Chuck joined Nicolet Instruments in 1975 and was instrumental in the creation of the Nicolet FT-IR product line and many new applications. During his tenure, Nicolet grew to become the world market leader in FT-IR spectrometer sales.

In 1994, Chuck became the President of Spectral Systems, now the leading source of infrared optics and beamsplitters for spectroscopy.

Symposium Overview

The Coblentz Society’s Williams-Wright Award is presented annually at Pittcon to an industrial spectroscopist who has made significant contributions to vibrational spectroscopy while working in the industry. Charles R. Anderson will receive the 2018, Williams-Wright award.


The LCGC Lifetime Achievement in Chromatography Award

Ronald Majors
ChromPrep
Presentation: Monday, February 26, 1:30 PM
Room: 311AB

After 45 years of working in sample preparation, chromatography column, and instrumentation technology, Ron Majors retired from Agilent Technologies in 2013, and is now a consultant. He received his PhD in analytical chemistry from Purdue University under L.B. Rogers in the area of molecularly imprinted phases. For 33 years, Ron was the editor of the “Column Watch” and “Sample Prep Perspectives” columns in LCGC magazine. He chaired HPLC ’86 and was a member of the Instrumentation Advisory Board of Analytical Chemistry. He has received many awards including the 2007 Martin Gold Medal from The Chromatographic Society in the United Kingdom.

LCGC Emerging Leader in Chromatography Award

Zachary Breitbach
AbbVie
Presentation: Monday, February 26, 3:45 PM
Room: 311AB

Zachary Breitbach obtained his BS in chemistry from Clarke College in 2005. In 2010, he obtained his PhD in analytical chemistry from The University of Texas at Arlington. He then continued his career at UTA as a research engineering scientist and as a consultant to AZYP, LLC, a small business he cofounded in 2010. In 2016, he transitioned to an industrial career at AbbVie, developing new technologies and methods to support drug product development. He has published over 70 research articles, has been cited over 1400 times, and holds three patents related to the development of materials for chemical separations.


The Pittcon Heritage Award

Mike Morris
SpectrEcology
Presentation: Monday, February 26, 4:45 PM
Room: Chapin Theater W320

An oceanographer by training and entrepreneur by nature, Mike Morris is the president of SpectrEcology, a high-tech company that develops new products and applications for optical sensing and spectroscopy. He was also the founder of Ocean Optics, in Dunedin, Florida, and its president from start-up through the sale to Halma in 2004.

At Ocean Optics, Morris has directed the development of over 2,000 new products, including spectrometers currently used on the Mars rover. He also pioneered the use of miniature fiber-optic spectrometers. During his tenure new products were introduced every week, enabling spectrometer use in laboratory, process and industrial control, environmental, space-based, and education settings.

Symposium Overview

Mike Morris, founder of Ocean Optics and President of SpectrEcology, will receive the 2018 Pittcon Heritage Award.


The Satinder Ahuja Award for Young Investigators in Separation Science

Zachary Breitbach
AbbVie
Presentation: Wednesday, February 28, 8:30 AM
Room: 205A

Zachary Breitbach obtained his BS in chemistry from Clarke College in 2005. In 2010, he obtained his PhD in analytical chemistry from The University of Texas at Arlington. He then continued his career at UTA as a research engineering scientist and as a consultant to AZYP, LLC, a small business he cofounded in 2010. In 2016, he transitioned to an industrial career at AbbVie, developing new technologies and methods to support drug product development. He has published over 70 research articles, has been cited over 1400 times, and holds three patents related to the development of materials for chemical separations.

Symposium Overview

The Satinder Ahuja Award for Young Investigators in Separation Science was instituted by the Subdivision of Chromatography and Separations Chemistry, a subdivision of the Analytical Division of the American Chemical Society. It was established to recognize and encourage outstanding contributions to the field of separation science by a young chemist or chemical engineer. The recipient of the 2018 Award is Zachary Breitbach.


SEAC – Charles N. Reilley Award

Patrick Unwin
University of Warwick
Presentation: Monday, February 26, 1:30 PM
Room: 311CD

Pat Unwin is Professor of Chemistry at the University of Warwick, where he founded the Electrochemistry & Interfaces Group. Pat’s group is particularly well known for pioneering innovative nanoscale electrochemical imaging techniques of wide applicability. Pat is the author of more than 350 papers and book chapters. He has won a number of awards, including the Marlow Medal, Corday-Morgan Medal, Barker Medal and Tilden Prize from the RSC, and the Vetter Prize and Experimental Electrochemistry Prize from the ISE. A Fellow of the RSC and ISE, Pat is a member of a number of editorial committees including Annual Review of Analytical Chemistry and Langmuir.

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SEAC – Royce W. Murray Award

Parastoo Hashemi
University of South Carolina
Presentation: Monday, February 26, 3:45 PM
Room: 311CD

Parastoo Hashemi is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of South Carolina. She performed her undergraduate studies in King’s College, London and her PhD with Martyn Boutelle in the Department of Bioengineering in Imperial College, London. Her postdoctoral work was at UNC Chapel Hill with Mark Wightman. Parry has pioneered an interdisciplinary and translational research program that centers on the development and optimization of in situ electrochemical methods for analyzing biologically and environmentally impactful molecules. Parry has previously been awarded the Masao Horiba Award for Analytical Chemistry, the Eli Lilly Young Investigator Award in Analytical Chemistry and an NSF CAREER Award.

Symposium Overview

The Reilley Award Symposium honors the groundbreaking contributions of former University of North Carolina Professors Charles N. Reilley and Royce W. Murray by recognizing excellence in the field of electrochemistry. The 2018 symposium features talks from the C. N. Reilley Awardee, Prof. Patrick Unwin, of the University of Warwick, and the Royce W. Murray Young Investigator Awardee, Prof. Parastoo Hashemi, of the University of South Carolina. The Reilley Award Symposium is organized and presented by the Society of Electroanalytical Chemistry.

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