The American Chemical Society has named UT Arlington chemistry and biochemistry professor Daniel Armstrong to its 2013 Class of Fellows, recognizing his innovative achievements in the lab as well as his effective, engaging outreach projects.
Armstrong, UT Arlington's Robert A. Welch Chair in Chemistry, has authored more than 550 publications, including 29 book chapters and one book, and holds 20 U.S. patents. His development of new methods for separating chemical mixtures in solution or as gas has led to advances in realms of science essential to pharmaceutical drug development and disease identification and treatment. For example, he is considered the "father" of pseudophase separations, a type of liquid chromatography that provides higher selectivity for substances with lower cost and less volatility and toxicity than previous analytical methods.
In naming him a fellow, the Society also noted Armstrong's contribution to the community-at-large. Those include the founding of a syndicated National Public Radio show on science and his mentoring of more than 100 graduate students, many of whom were the first in their families to pursue college degrees.
"Dr. Armstrong's incredible body of work represents the epitome of the research excellence and trailblazing dedication we encourage our students and professors to aspire to," UT Arlington President Vistasp Karbhari said. "His recognition as a fellow is exceedingly well-deserved."
The American Chemical Society is the world's largest scientific society with more than 163,000 members. Armstrong was among 96 members named to its 2013 Class of Fellows, the Society recently announced. They will be honored at an induction ceremony at the 246th ACS National Meeting in September in Indianapolis.
In addition to his introduction of the pseudophase concept, the ACS award citation for Armstrong also noted his "central role in the enantiomeric separations/chiral recognition revolution" and his achievement in characterizing and synthesizing ionic liquids. Enantiomeric separation is a way of differentiating chiral molecules - those with "left-handed" and "right-handed" sides. Their differentiation is important in drug development, because, for example, only the left-handed molecule may have the desired effect, while the right-handed molecule may be inactive or even have toxic side effects. Ionic liquids consist of a mixture of negatively and positively charged species.