College of Science

Magazine ranks Armstrong among top analytical scientists

Daniel W. Armstrong, professor of chemistry & biochemistry and an innovative leader in the fields of separations and mass spectrometry, is No. 16 on a recent list of the most influential people in analytical sciences published by The Analytical Scientist magazine.

The new Power List 2013 includes 100 noted scientists. The United Kingdom-based publication, which has an editorial board made up of scientists from the world’s leading institutions, ranked just the top 20. An announcement from the magazine said the Power List aims “to shine a light on some of the scientists, engineers, software developers and business leaders who are shaping the most used and innovative techniques today.”

“Dr. Armstrong is without question one of the most influential analytical scientists in the world, so this is a very fitting honor for him,” Dean of Science Pamela Jansma said. “He has been doing groundbreaking and innovative work in separations and chromatography for decades. His name certainly belongs with the other illustrious names from around the world on this list. This is a wonderful honor for Dr. Armstrong and the University, as UT Arlington is the only Texas university represented in this year’s top 20.”

Added Rasika Dias, professor and chair of the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, “This is a fantastic honor, to be ranked as number 16 of the analytical scientists in the world! In addition to this world ranking, Dan won the 2014 ACS Award in Separations Science & Technology and 2014 M.J.E. Golay Award -- this is all just during this semester. That is more awards than most people win in a lifetime. Dan deserves all this and more.”

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 23 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.

Armstrong told The Analytical Scientist: “My main motivation has always been to do, develop and/or explain things that are new, interesting and potentially useful - and to teach others to do likewise. This is the enjoyable and most gratifying part of research.”

Asked about his future aspirations, Armstrong told the magazine: “My goal is to continue to innovate and be as useful and productive as possible with the time I have - and to have as good a time as possible doing so!”

Armstrong, who came to UT Arlington from Iowa State University in 2006, has also mentored more than 100 graduate students, many of whom were the first in their families to go to college. He has received numerous awards and honors over the course of his career. In August, he was named to the 2013 Class of Fellows by the American Chemical Society, and he is a past winner of the Chirality Gold Medal, the ACS Award in Chromatography, the Dal Nogare Award for Separation Science, The Chromatographic Society’s Martin Medal, the ACS Helen M. Free Award for Public Outreach and numerous other honors.

The full Power List 2013 can be found here: https://theanalyticalscientist.com/the-power-list-2013/.

Posted November 20, 2013