University of Texas at 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
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
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
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 liquid chromatography that
provides higher selectivity for substances with lower cost and less volatility
and toxicity than previous analytical methods. In addition, he has been
heralded for his work synthesizing ionic liquids, which have more advanced
separation capabilities for a variety of important molecules.
In another example of his
influence, a gas chromatography column that Armstrong developed is one of three
that are part of the Rosetta mission of the European Space Agency. The goal of
the Rosetta mission, launched in 2004, is to orbit a comet and land scientific
equipment on it in fall 2014, in order to explore the composition of the comet
and learn more about the origins of the universe.
Most recently, Armstrong has been working on improving methods for
detecting performance-enhancing drugs such as those used in the sports world.
The 2014 ACS awards were announced in the January issue of Chemical
& Engineering News in an article where several colleagues praised
Armstrong, his innovations and his dedication to training and mentoring more
than 170 students, post-doctoral researchers and visiting professors.
Krishnan Rajeshwar, a chemistry/biochemistry professor at UT Arlington,
told the magazine: “Few scientists have had a greater impact on the advancement
of chemical analysis.”
Armstrong received the ACS Award
for Chromatography in 1999 and has also won the 1998 ACS Helen M. Free Award for Public Outreach, as well as numerous
other awards. Last year, he was named to the 2013 class of ACS Fellows.
The American Chemical Society is
the world’s largest scientific society with more than 163,000 members.
About UT Arlington
The University of
Texas at Arlington is a comprehensive research institution and the second
largest institution in The University of Texas System. The Chronicle of Higher Education ranked UT Arlington as the
seventh fastest-growing public research university in 2013. U.S. News &
World Report ranks UT Arlington fifth in the nation for undergraduate
diversity. Visit www.uta.edu to learn more.