UT Arlington professor Daniel W. Armstrong will receive his second national award from the American Chemical Society in March, honoring his landmark contributions to the field of analytical separations.
The ACS Award in Separations Science and Technology, which is sponsored by Waters Corp., recognizes “the development of novel applications with major impacts and/or the practical implementations of modern advancements in the field of separation science and technology.” It will be presented at the ACS national conference in Dallas on March 17.
“Throughout his career, Dr. Armstrong has worked to increase our understanding of the world around us through development of new instruments and analytical methods,” said Ronald L. Elsenbaumer, UT Arlington provost and vice president for academic affairs. "His international reputation has elevated the College of Science and the University overall, and we are pleased to see this recognition of his contributions.”
Armstrong, who holds the UT Arlington Robert A. Welch Chair in Chemistry, joined UT Arlington in 2006. Throughout his career, he has developed more than 30 different types of columns used in chromatography, the science of separating molecules in gas or liquid for analysis.
The commercial applications of his inventions have been wide-ranging - including use by the drug development, petrochemical and environmental monitoring community. In addition, Armstrong is the author of more than 550 scientific publications, including 29 book chapters and holds 23 U.S. and international patents.
“One of the strengths of our group is we come with new things to explore constantly, which is fun,” Armstrong said. He added that evidence his work is influencing and helping other scientific endeavors - such as the 27,000 scientific citations his lab has achieved - is a gratifying result.
“You want to do things that have an impact and are useful, either adding knowledge, insight or something practical that people can actually use,” he said.
Armstrong is often called the “father of pseudophase separations” - a type of