of Texas at Arlington professor Purnendu “Sandy” Dasgupta will be honored as
the 2012 recipient of the Dal Nogare Award on March 12 at the Pittcon Conference
and Expo in Orlando, Fla., one of the premier events in the world of laboratory science.
Dasgupta is UT Arlington’s Jenkins Garrett Professor
of Chemistry. Given by the Chromatography Forum of the Delaware Valley, the Dal
Nogare recognition honors that group’s co-founder and second president, Stephen
Dal Nogare. Since 1972, the award has honored scientists on the basis of their
contributions to the fundamental understanding of the chromatographic
process. His awards symposium is one of
the few at the conference that will be webcast live and on-demand.
Dasgupta has made numerous improvements to
methods of ion chromatography, the
process of separating and detecting ions – atoms and molecules bearing a net
electrical charge – for analysis. Ion chromatography can be used in air or
water quality monitoring, drug development and several other applications. Dasgupta is credited with the development of electrodialytic
suppressors, eluent generators and post column reagent introduction devices.
"We are so pleased to see Dr. Dasgupta honored with this
prestigious award for his energetic and varied pursuits in expanding the field
of chromatography,” said Ronald L. Elsenbaumer, UT Arlington provost and vice
president for academic affairs and a former chair of the chemistry and
biochemistry department. “Years of discoveries lie ahead thanks to the more
refined equipment and better processes he has developed."
Dasgupta said he is honored and humbled to become part of the elite
group of Dal Nogare recipients. He joined the College of Science Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry in
2007, following a distinguished career at Texas Tech University. Dasgupta is
the author more than 400 scientific papers and book chapters, holds 22 U.S.
patents and has been awarded more than $18 million in research grants.
Some of his most noted work focuses on the presence of the contaminant
perchlorate in the environment. He is currently researching how it could be
transmitted through human breast milk. Dasgupta also recently received a $1.2
million grant from NASA to develop “An Ion Chromatograph for Extraterrestrial
Explorations.” His goal is to create a better system for testing the chemical
composition of soil on Mars and other extraterrestrial bodies.
Janusz Pawliszyn, professor and Canada Research Chair at the
University of Waterloo, is one of the scientific colleagues who nominated Dasgupta
for the Dal Nogare award. Pawliszyn said he always has been impressed by Dasgupta’s
“innovative and practical research.”
has one of the most impressive records of achievements among analytical
chemists alive,” Pawliszyn said. “I would rate him as one of the top ten
productive and imaginative analytical researchers in the world.”
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