March 8 - 12, 2021
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2020 award recipients will be available October 1.

2020 Award Recipients

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

Pittsburgh Spectroscopy Award

Ji-Xin Cheng
Boston University
Presentation: Tuesday, March 03, 8:30 AM – 11:50 AM
Room: W183A

This award is given annually to a researcher who demonstrates outstanding achievements in spectroscopy. Dr. Ji-Xin Cheng was chosen for his outstanding contribution in the advanced understanding and applications in the field of bioanalytical spectroscopy, as well as his leadership in the scientific community and mentorship of young scientists.

Dr. Cheng is a Professor at Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering and Department of Chemistry.


Pittsburgh Analytical Chemistry Award

Milan Mrksich
Northwestern University
Presentation: Tuesday, March 03, 1:30 PM – 4:50 PM
Room: W183B

Milan Mrksich is the Henry Wade Rogers Professor at Northwestern University, with appointments in Chemistry, Biomedical Engineering and Cell & Developmental Biology. His research program develops and applies surface chemistries in analytical chemistry and chemical biology, and has invented the SAMDI mass spectrometry label-free technology for performing high throughput experiments.


Pittsburgh Conference Achievement Award

Schiavinato Eberlin

University of Texas
at Austin
Presentation: Monday, March 02, 1:30 PM – 4:50 PM
Room: W183B

This award is presented annually to a researcher that made a significant and independent impact in an area of analytical chemistry, within the first ten years of their academic career. Livia Schiavinato Eberlin was chosen based on her inventive research, strong collaboration, and development of diagnostic tools for cancer detection.

Professor Eberlin is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry at The University of Texas at Austin.


Ralph N. Adams Award

Nancy L. Allbritton
University of Washington
in Seattle
Presentation: Monday, March 02, 1:30 PM – 4:50 PM
Room: W179A

Nancy L. Allbritton is the Frank & Julie Jungers Dean of Engineering at the University of Washington in Seattle. Her research focuses on the development of novel analytical technologies for biomedical research. Companies formed from her research innovations include Protein Simple, Cell Microsystems, and Altis Biosystems.


Advances in Measurement Science Lectureship Awards

Andrew J. deMello
ETH Zürich
Presentation: Wednesday, March 04, 8:30 AM – 12:20 PM
Room: W183A

Andrew J. deMello is Professor of Biochemical Engineering and Chair of the Institute for Chemical and Bioengineering at ETH Zürich. Prior to this, he was Professor of Chemical Nanosciences at Imperial College London. He is a chemist by training, obtaining a first-class degree in Chemistry and Ph.D. in Molecular Photophysics from Imperial College London. Between 1995 and 1997 he held a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Chemistry at the University of California Berkeley.


Zhen Liu
Nanjing University

Zhen Liu is a Distinguished Professor at Nanjing University, China. His main research interest is to develop affinity recognition materials and reagents for separation, disease diagnosis, single-cell analysis and cancer therapy. He was awarded the National Science Fund for Distinguished Young Scholars in 2014.

Jennifer Brodbelt
University of Texas
at Austin

Jennifer Brodbelt is the Rowland Pettit Centennial Professor of Chemistry and Chairperson at the University of Texas at Austin. Her research focuses on the development of photodissociation mass spectrometry for characterization of biological molecules. She serves as an Associate Editor for the Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry.

Chromatography Forum of the Delaware Valley Dal Nogare Award

Ron Majors
Agilent Technologies
Presentation: Monday, March 02, 8:30 AM – 11:45 AM
Room: W181A

Ron Majors retired from Agilent Technologies, where he worked in sample preparation and column technology. Ron received his B.S. from California State University, Fresno, and his Ph.D. from Purdue University. His Ph.D. thesis was on molecular-imprinted phases for chromatography and sample preparation. He is author of over 150 publications in HPLC, GC, sample preparation and surface chemistry. For over 30 years, Dr. Majors was monthly editor of LC/GC’s “Column Watch” and “Sample Preparation Perspectives”; he continues to serve on their Editorial Board. Dr. Majors has served as Chairman of HPLC ’86 and Anabiotec ’90and on the Instrumentation Advisory Board of Analytical Chemistry.


The Coblentz Society – Williams-Wright Award

Christopher D. Brown
908 Devices
Presentation: Wednesday, March 04, 8:30 AM – 11:45 AM
Room: W181B

Chris’s professional career has been focused on the development of smart, high-performance miniature analytical systems across a range of industries/applications. His early career work at InLight Solutions involved clinical & biodiagnostic applications of spectroscopy. Joining Ahura Scientific in 2004 he worked on the world’s first handheld Raman and FTIR systems, paving the way for today’s handheld spectroscopy industry. 25,000 fielded systems later, Chris spent two years at Apple developing advanced sensing technologies in the wearables sector. He co-founded 908 Devices in 2012, commercializing the world’s first handheld mass spectrometer (4 lbs.), and numerous other products for forensics and life-science applications.


LCGC Lifetime Achievement in Chromatography Award

Daniel W. Armstrong
University of Texas
at Arlington
Presentation: Tuesday, March 03, 1:30 PM – 4:50 PM
Room: W183A

Daniel W. Armstrong is the R.A. Welch Distinguished Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry at the University of Texas at Arlington. His research has spanned a wide scope, including HPLC, GC, SFC, and seminal work in enantiomeric separations and ionic liquids. His theoretical contributions spanned pseudophase, ultrafast and modeling in separations.


LCGC Emerging Leader in Chromatography Award

Szabolcs Fekete
University of Geneva

Szabolcs Fekete is a scientific collaborator at the University of Geneva. Major areas of his work include new possibilities in protein chromatography using reversed-phase, ion-exchange, size-exclusion, HIC, and HILIC modes; pharmaceutical analysis; LC column technology and method development; and fundamental studies on retention and band broadening.

Pittcon Heritage Award

Stan Stearns
Presentation: Monday, March 2, 2020, 4:45 PM
Room: Skyline Ballroom

Stan Stearns is the founder and director of research of the VICI Group of companies.
Through his storied career, Stearns has garnered 48 patents and has won the R&D 100 Award for two of his products. Additionally, his published authored/co-authored works include 34 papers and two book chapters. Stan Stearns continues to lead VICI into the next 50 years of scientific advancement, currently with over 500 employees worldwide at multiple locations in the United States, Switzerland, Italy, and Canada.


Satinder Ahuja Award for Young Investigators in Separation Science

Katelynn Perrault
University of Honolulu
Presentation: Monday, March 02, 8:30 AM – 11:50 AM
Room: W181B

Katelynn Perrault is an Assistant Professor of Forensic Sciences and Chemistry at Chaminade University of Honolulu in Hawaii with research focuses on the use of multidimensional chromatography for odor analysis applications. She is developing an exciting career with synergistic approaches for novel research, undergraduate education, and science outreach.


SEAC – Charles N. Reilley Award

Shelley Minteer
University of Utah
Presentation: Monday, March 02, 1:30 PM – 4:50 PM
Room: W183C

Shelley Minteer is a Professor of Chemistry at the University of Utah. She received her PhD at the University of Iowa working with Professor Johna Leddy. She began her career at Saint Louis University before moving to the University of Utah. Her interests are focused on bioelectrochemistry and electroanalytical chemistry.


SEAC – Royce W. Murray Award

Martin Edwards
University of Utah

Martin Edwards is a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Utah. He received his PhD at the University of Warwick, UK, supervised by Pat Unwin. His research in physical and analytical electrochemistry couples innovative instrumentation, numerical methods and statistics.




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