March 18-22, 2023
Pennsylvania Convention Center
Philadelphia, PA, USA

2022 Award Recipients

Honoring scientists who have made outstanding contributions to analytical chemistry and applied spectroscopy.
Pittcon 2023 Award Recipients will be listed in September.

Pittsburgh Spectroscopy Award

Rohit Bhargava
Illinois University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The Pittsburgh Spectroscopy Award, established in 1957, is given annually to a researcher who has demonstrated outstanding achievements in the field of spectroscopy.

Rohit Bhargava was chosen based on his fundamental contribution in the application of chemical imaging to diagnose cancer and microscopic structures. The Cancer Center at Illinois is the first technology-focused cancer research in US, of which he is the founder. His leadership in the community has been blessed with new investigators and mentees around the world. His depth of knowledge and accomplishments can be observed from the large numbers of publications, authoring a book, and various patents.

Rohit is widely recognized for research on chemical imaging with key advances in theory, instrumentation, and applications of this technology. Using artificial intelligence techniques with IR imaging, his recent work is focused on understanding and using the native molecular content of the tumor and its microenvironment for improved cancer pathology.

Pittsburgh Analytical Chemistry Award

Kimberly Prather
University of California, San Diego

The Pittsburgh Analytical Chemistry Award was established to recognize a scientist’s significant contributions to the field of Analytical Chemistry including; introducing of a significant technique, theory or instrument or providing exceptional training or a fertile environment for progress in Analytical Chemistry.

Her invention and development of aerosol time-of-flight mass spectrometry (ATOFMS) is used in research studies worldwide to determine the origins of atmospheric aerosols and their role in modifying clouds and precipitation processes.

Through her decades of research she has systematically expanded the capabilities of ATOFMS and made it field deployable, providing critically needed measurements of how aerosols emitted from different sources directly warm or cool the planet.

Professor Kimberly Prather is Distinguished Professor and Distinguished Chair in Atmospheric Chemistry at Scripps Institution of Oceanography and in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of California, San Diego. In April 2020, she was elected to membership in the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) in honor of outstanding contributions to aerosol chemistry. In February 2019, she became the first woman at UC San Diego to be elected to membership in the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) for contributions including “technologies that transformed understanding of aerosols and their impacts on air quality, climate, and human health.”

Pittsburgh Conference Achievement Award

Wei Gao
California Institute of Technology

The Pittsburgh Conference Achievement Award is given annually to a researcher who has made a significant and independent impact in the area of analytical chemistry within the first ten years after his or her doctoral degree.

Professor Wei Gao was chosen based on his significant contributions in analytical chemistry, especially in the field of wearable electrochemical biosensors for personalized medicine. This non-invasive technique will open up new avenues in the field of wireless sensing devices, which will have tremendous application in the physiological monitoring.

Wei Gao is an Assistant Professor of Medical Engineering at the California Institute of Technology. His research focuses on the development of wearable biosensors and bioelectronic devices for personalized healthcare. He serves as an Associate Editor of Science Advances and Sensors & Diagnostics.

Ralph N. Adams Award

Steven A. Soper
University of Kansas

The Ralph N. Adams Award in Bioanalytical Chemistry recognizes contributions to the field of bioanalytical chemistry by introduction of a significant technique, theory, or instrument, or applications thereof, important to the life sciences, along with providing an exceptional environment to educate bioanalytical chemists.

Professor Steven A. Soper is recognized for his work with single molecule detection by laser induced fluorescence and development of microchip technology for automated, highly miniaturized analysis systems. He is a worldwide recognized pioneer in the development of diagnostic platforms. Dr. Soper is currently a Professor in Biomedical Engineering and Chemistry at University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. He is also Director of the Center for BioModular Multi-scale Systems for Precision Medicine at UNC-Chapel Hill, which is focused on designing, manufacturing, and delivering new tools to the biomedical community that utilize liquid biopsies for disease detection and management — Precision Medicine.

Prof. Soper (since 2016) is a Foundation Distinguished Professor in Chemistry and Mechanical Engineering at the University of Kansas. At KUMC, Prof. Soper holds an adjunct appointment in the Cancer Biology Department and is a member of the KU Cancer Center. He also holds an appointment at Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology in Ulsan, South Korea, where he is a World Class University Professor.

As a result of his efforts, Prof. Soper has secured extramural funding totaling >$105M, has published over 245 peer-reviewed manuscripts (h index = 67; 16,188 citations); 31 book chapters and 71 peer-reviewed conference proceeding papers, and is the author of 12 patents. He is also the founder of a startup company, BioFluidica, which is marketing devices for the isolation and enumeration of circulating tumor cells. Soper recently founded a second company, Sunflower Genomics, which is seeking to market a new DNA/RNA single-molecule sequencing platform. His list of awards includes Chemical Instrumentation by the American Chemical Society, the Benedetti-Pichler Award for Microchemistry, Fellow of the AAAS, Fellow of Applied Spectroscopy, Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, R&D 100 Award, Distinguished Masters Award at LSU and Outstanding Scientist/Engineer in the state of Louisiana in 2001. Finally, Prof. Soper has granted 48 PhDs and 7 MS degrees to students under his mentorship. He currently heads a group of 15 researchers.

His major discoveries include: (1) Technology for the detection of circulating tumor cells that can manage a variety of cancer diseases using a simple blood test (test has been demonstrated in multiple myeloma, pediatric acute lymphoblastic leukemia, acute myeloid leukemia, pancreatic, breast, colorectal, prostate, and ovarian cancers); (2) new hardware and assay for the point-of-care diagnosis of acute ischemic stroke; (3) single-molecule DNA and RNA sequencing nanotechnology; and (4) currently working on a home-test for COVID-19 infections (handheld instrument and the associated assay).

ACS Analytical Division Satinder Ahuja Award for Young Investigators in Separation Science

James P. Grinias
Rowan University

James Grinias is an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry at Rowan University. The Grinias Lab focuses on research related to chromatography and microfluidics, as well as the design of low-cost and miniaturized platforms to facilitate these techniques. He is also actively involved in several leadership roles with the separation science community. James’ interests also include various aspects of undergraduate analytical chemistry education.

Chromatography Forum of Delaware Valley Dal Nogare (Dal Nogare) Award

Luis A. Colon
University at Buffalo (SUNY)

This Award recognizes contributions to the theory and application of chromatographic science.

Luis A. Colón is the A. Conger Goodyear Chair Professor of Chemistry at University at Buffalo (SUNY). He received the B.Sc. degree from the University of Puerto Rico at Cayey, the Ph.D. degree in chemistry (analytical) from the UMASS-Lowell and was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Stanford University. His current research focuses on the development and study of materials for use in separation science and chemical analysis, with particular attention to chromatographic media for liquid phase separations and the development of new strategies to separate and analyze complex chemical or biochemical sample mixtures. He also works on issues that advance diversity in graduate education. His has mentored over 50 graduate students.

Colón has received several awards for his work, including the NSF Special Creativity Award, the Benedetti-Pichler Award from the Microchemical Society, the Jacob F. Schoellkopf Medal (ACS-WNY) and the EAS Outstanding Achievements in Separation Science Award. He is Fellow of the American Chemical Society (ACS), the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences (AAAS), and the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC). Other distinctions include the AAAS Mentor Award, ACS Award for Encouraging Disadvantaged Students into Careers in the Chemical Sciences, the ACS Stanley C. Israel Award, and the USA Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring.

Coblentz Society – Williams-Wright Award

Paul David Austin Pudney
Unilever R&D

Paul has a PhD in Physical Chemistry from East Anglia. After post-doctoral studies at Liverpool, he worked at the synchrotron before joining Unilever in 1994, where his innovative R&D with Raman led to many consumer product advances. He has over 60 publications and has received many awards in his career.

LCGC Lifetime Achievement in Chromatography Award

Barry L. Karger
Northeastern University

Barry Karger began with gas chromatography in the 1960s, then contributed to liquid chromatography, particularly in peptide and protein separations. In the 1990s, he developed replaceable polymer matrices for sequencing the human genome by capillary electrophoresis. He then focused on LC–MS and CE–MS, especially in the life sciences.

LCGC Emerging Leader in Chromatography Award

James P. Grinias
Rowan University

James Grinias is an Associate Professor at Rowan University, where he focuses on research on chromatography and microfluidics, including the design of low-cost and miniaturized platforms. His interests also include various aspects of undergraduate analytical chemistry education. He is actively involved in leadership roles with the separation science community.

Pittcon Heritage Award

Fasha Mahjoor

An architect, entrepreneur, visionary and a passionate philanthropist. Fasha designs corporate cultures of innovation that pave the way for his scientific companies to achieve explosive and transformative success. Fasha was the founder and CEO of Phenomenex and Phenova and is the founder and CEO of Neoteryx.

SEAC – Charles N. Reilley Award

Paul Bohn
University of Notre Dame

Bohn was selected as the 2022 Charles Reilley Awardee because he is creative and has a knack for focusing on important problems, he is thorough and quantitative, and he is an excellent colleague, teacher, lecturer, and mentor. He also has a broad perspective on electrochemistry, into which he incorporates his expertise in spectroscopy, separation science, and fluid mechanics. Indeed, the selection committee especially appreciated Bohn’s ability to bring a deep understanding of tools and concepts, other than those common within the electrochemical community, to bear on electrochemical novel and difficult scientific problems.

Paul Bohn is the Arthur J. Schmitt Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Notre Dame. Bohn’s contributions have ranged from the study of in-plane potential gradients for surface mapping to atomic-scale junctions, electrochemical zero-mode waveguides, and nanopore electrode arrays for redox cycling, single molecule electrochemistry, and ionotronics.

SEAC – Royce W. Murray Award

Justin Sambur
Colorado State University

Sambur’s lab specializes in developing novel methods for studying electrochemical phenomena relevant to energy conversion technologies. For example, his group showed that it is possible to study ion intercalation relevant to electrochromics and batteries at the single particle level using localized Raman spectroscopy, photoluminescence, and photoelectrochemical current measurements as a means to map the heterogeneous reactivity of individual two-dimensional sheets of metal chalcogenides. In general, what sets Justin’s work apart from preceding studies is his ability to leverage methods developed by the the single molecule community and apply them to the field of electrochemistry.

Justin Sambur is an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Colorado State University. Justin’s team studies electrochemical energy production and storage using single entity electrochemistry. Justin is a Scialog Fellow and recipient of the Air Force Young Investigator Award, NSF CAREER Award, and DOE Early Career Award.

Talanta Medal Award

Dr. Joseph Wang
University California San Diego, La Jolla

Professor Wang has made outstanding contributions in analytical chemistry with pioneering developments in electrochemistry, biosensors, and wearable devices. His prolific productivity includes 43 patents, 1,100 articles and 11 books. Professor Wang has been an ISI Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researcher in both Chemistry and Engineering between 2014 and 2019.




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