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Award Recipients

The following awards were presented at Pittcon 2017.

Pittsburgh Analytical Chemistry Award

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Janusz Pawliszyn
University of Waterloo
The primary focus of Professor Pawliszyn’s research program is the design of highly automated and integrated instrumentation for the isolation of analytes from complex matrices and the subsequent separation, identification and determination of these species. Currently his research is focusing on elimination of organic solvents from the sample preparation step to facilitate on-site monitoring and in-vivo analysis. Several alternative techniques to solvent extraction are investigated including use of coated fibers, packed needles, membranes and supercritical fluids. Dr. Pawliszyn is exploring application of the computational and modeling techniques to enhance performance of sample preparation, chromatographic separations and detection. The major area of his interest involves the development and application of imaging detection techniques. Professor Pawliszyn has supervised 45 PhD and 64 MS students and he is an author of over 550 scientific publications and a book on Solid Phase Microextraction. His Hirsch Index (H-index) is 85.

Pittsburgh Conference Achievement Award

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Renã A S Robinson
University of Pittsburgh
Dr. Renã A. S. Robinson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Robinson is as an emerging leader in the field of proteomics, aging, and Alzheimer’s disease. Recently Chemical and Engineering News awarded her with the 2016 Talented Twelve Award, distinguishing her as one of the world’s brightest young minds in the field of chemistry. She received her B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Louisville and her Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from Indiana University. She was both a Lyman T. Johnson and UNCF/Merck Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Kentucky.


Paul Dauenhauer
University of Minnesota
Paul Dauenhauer received a B.S. in chemical engineering and chemistry from the University of Wisconsin 2004, and a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Minnesota in 2008. His thesis on the reactive flash volatilization of carbohydrates for millisecond reforming of biomass was supervised by Professor Lanny D. Schmidt. From 2008 to 2009, Paul worked as a senior research engineer for the Dow Chemical Company. In 2009, he joined the University of Massachusetts as an assistant professor. He is currently an associate professor at the University of Minnesota in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science.