The ACA Editors Symposium

Tues 11th December 2012

Analytica Chimica Acta is an international journal devoted to all branches of analytical chemistry, particularly those areas at the forefront of analytical development. Published since 1947 by Elsevier, the journal provides a forum for the rapid publication of high quality refereed research papers, letters and reviews and has a current impact factor of 4.555.

We are proud to announce that the editors of this prestigious journal will be special guests of the 20th R & D Topics meeting. As such, an extra day of proceedings will be dedicated to seminars from these highly respected chemists.

ACA Editors

Richard P. Baldwin

Professor of Analytical Chemistry
University of Louisville, USA

Dr. Richard P. Baldwin (B.A., Thomas More College, 1970; Ph.D., Purdue University, 1976) is an analytical chemist currently holding the position of Professor in the Chemistry Department at the University of Louisville. He served as Chemistry Department Chair from 1989 to 1996 and is also Adjunct Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering. His professional training and research interests span the areas of electroanalysis, HPLC and capillary electrophoresis, and microfabricated analytical instrumentation. He has over 85 publications and 130 presentations based on this work. He is currently a co-editor of Analytica Chimica Acta (since 2000), has served on the editorial board of Electroanalysis (1988-95), and has been visiting professor at Aarhus University (Denmark) and at the University of Bucharest (Romania).

Neil W. Barnett

Professor of Analytical Chemistry
Deakin University, Australia

Neil graduated with a Bachelor of Applied Science (Applied Chemistry) from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in 1978. The year before, he joined the laboratories at Carlton and United Breweries, Melbourne to work on process and analytical chemistry. In late January 1981 he started his PhD with Professor Gordon Kirkbright’s recently established Department of Instrumentation and Analytical Science at the University of Manchester. In the summer of 1985 Neil was appointed as a lecturer in inorganic/analytical chemistry Plymouth Polytechnic and in August 1988 he had taken up a position as a senior research scientist with ICI Chemicals and Polymers UK. The lure of academic life drew him back to Australia at Deakin University where he is now Professor of Analytical Chemistry.

He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and the Royal Australian Chemical Institute. He has co-authored more than one hundred and sixty papers and leads an active research group concerned with the fundamental chemistry and applications of analytically important chemiluminescence reactions.

Wolfgang W. Buchberger

Professor of Analytical Chemistry
Johannes Kepler University of Linz, Austria

Wolfgang completed studies of Technical Chemistry at the Technical University Vienna in 1976 and his doctorate studies at the Johannes Kepler University, Linz in 1978. He is now Full Professor of Analytical Chemistry and Head of the Institute of Analytical Chemistry at Johannes Kepler University. His main research interests are in the fields of organic analytical sciences and organic trace analysis with applications in the areas of environmental analytical chemistry as well as method development for industrial chemistry, including the characterisation of polymeric materials. His current projects are mainly based on coupling of analytical high-performance separation techniques such as chromatography and capillary electrophoresis with advanced and novel mass-spectrometric detection tools.

He has co-authored more than 230 papers, various chapters in books on analytical separation techniques and published a book on electroanalytical chemistry. He has received the Feigl Prize of the Austrian Society of Analytical Chemistry, the Pregl Award of the Austrian Academy of Sciences and the International Ion Chromatography Award. Currently, he is a member of the editorial boards of several analytical journals, and he represents Austria in the Division of Analytical Chemistry within EuCheMS.

Lutgarde M.C. Buydens

Professor of Analytical Chemistry
Radboud University Nijmegen, Netherlands

Prof. Buydens studied pharmacy and informatics at the Brussels Free University (Belgium). She obtained her PhD at the same University on the subject "Structure activity relationships: contributions of gas chromatography and study of neuroleptics". Since 1989 she has been working at the Radboud University Nijmegen in the Netherlands within the Institute for Molecules and Materials at the Faculty of Sciences, and is currently the Head of the Analytical Chemistry department.

In 1992 she was presented the ‘Elsevier Chemometrics Award' for noteworthy accomplishments in the field of chemometrics by younger scientists.

Her research interest is the development of novel methods for the Chemometric analysis and interpretation of complex multivariate data - generated in chemical/biological fields - that do not exhibit a well behaved statistical behaviour, allowing standard techniques. Her specific research lines are the development of novel explorative (such as visualisation) and quantitative techniques and introduction of prior knowledge and strategies for data fusion; Spectroscopic (Image) Analysis and Molecular Profiling (i.e. genomics, proteomics and metabolomics).

She has co-authored more than 200 scientific papers and about 270 conference papers. She also co-authored four scientific textbooks including the “Handbook of Chemometrics and Qualimetrics” (parts A and B) and was section editor in the “Comprehensive Chemometrics” series (2009). She is member of the permanent committee of the CAC Conference: “Chemometrics in Analytical Chemistry” and is the co-founder and first president of the ICRM conferences (“International Chemometrics Research Meetings”, Also known as the Veldhoven Conferences). She acts as Editor of the journal Analytica Chimica Acta and of the Elsevier book series “Data Handling in Chemistry and Technology”; she is also member of the editorial board of Chemometrics and Intelligent Laboratory Instruments.

Purnendu K. (Sandy) Dasgupta

Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Univeristy of Texas at Arlington, USA

A native of India, “Sandy” has spent virtually all his adult life in the US, specifically Baton Rouge, Louisiana (where he got his PhD), Davis, California (where he worked as an Aerosol Research Chemist and taught Environmental Engineering), Lubbock, Texas (where he spent 25 years at Texas Tech), and most recently, Arlington, TX, which he now calls home. Sandy has had training both in electrical engineering and analytical chemistry; his first love is building instruments. Although he has acquired some distinction for his work in chromatography, particularly ion chromatography, he keeps fleeting from this to that - at heart he is just a tinkerer. For a somewhat dated but extended bio, see or visit the current website at current flagship project in the lab is a NASA sponsored effort to build an ion chromatograph for extraterrestrial explorations.

Ulrich J. Krull

Professor of Analytical Chemistry
University of Toronto

Ulrich completed his BSc, MSc and PhD (1983) degrees at the University of Toronto. He is appointed as a Professor of Analytical Chemistry at the University of Toronto, and holds the endowed AstraZeneca Chair in Biotechnology. He presently handles the portfolio of Vice-Principal: Research at the University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM). His professional interests focus in the area of biosensor research, and development of molecular diagnostics technology for biomedical and environmental applications.  His research work is exploring the use of nanoscale materials and microfluidics chip technologies to build devices for detection of DNA and RNA targets, and includes nanotechnology for real-time intracellular determination of expression. Some of these device technologies are presently being commercialised, and work by his research team has been fundamental in the launch of 4 start-up companies.

Ulrich is recognised as one of the leading analytical chemists in Canada. He has over 200 refereed publications, has co-authored more than 60 book chapters, has co-edited 4 books and is an inventor listed on over a dozen patents. He is a Fellow of the Chemical Institute of Canada. He has received both the McBryde Medal, and the Maxxam Award of the Canadian Society for Chemistry (the top awards for analytical chemistry research in Canada). He has been a recipient of the University of Toronto Faculty Excellence Award (top award for research-teaching-service), as well as a Teaching Excellence Award. Ulrich has served as the Associate Dean-Sciences, Vice-Dean: Graduate Affairs at UTM, and also Vice-President of the Royal Canadian Institute. He serves on a number of Advisory Boards for industry, on Boards for organisations that support acceleration of commercialisation opportunities, and is Chair of the Healthy City Stewardship Centre.

James P. Landers

Professor of Chemistry
Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Associate Professor of Pathology
University of Virginia and the University of Virginia Health System, USA

James obtained his undergraduate and graduate education at the University of Guelph in Ontario (Canada) where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry (with a minor in Biomedicine) in 1984 and his Ph.D. in Biochemistry in 1988. After a one post-doctoral fellowship at the Banting Institute at the University of Toronto’s School of Medicine and at the Hospital for Sick Children, he was awarded a Canadian Medical Research Council (MRC) Fellowship to study cancer biology and diagnostics under Dr. Thomas Spelsberg at the Mayo Clinic in 1989. In 1993, he launched and directed the Clinical Capillary Electrophoresis Facility in the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology at Mayo-Rochester, developing clinical assays using capillary electrophoretic technology. He became an Assistant Professor of Analytical Chemistry at the University of Pittsburgh in 1997, transferring experience in Clinical Chemistry and diaghnostic assay development to analytical microfluidic systems with the goal of developing a ‘next-generation’ molecular diagnostics platform. His program moved to the University of Virginia in 1999 where a dedicated class-100 cleanroom in his laboratory for microchip fabrication allowed for rapid prototyping of microdevices for separations, DNA purification and DNA amplification. He has published more than 200 peer-reviewed papers, 22 book chapters, edited three editions of the CRC Press Handbook of Capillary Electrophoresis, and was the recipient of the 2008 Association for Lab Automation ‘Innovative Technology of the Year’ Award.

Liang Li

Professor of Chemistry
Adjunct Professor of Biochemistry
University of Alberta, Canada

Dr. Li obtained his PhD from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan and joined the Department of Chemistry at the University of Alberta in July 1989, where he is now a Professor of Chemistry, Adjunct professor of Biochemistry and Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Analytical Chemistry. Dr. Li's research interest is in the area of developing analytical mass spectrometry for biomolecule and polymer analysis, including proteomics and metabolomics applications. He has published 172 papers and given over 198 invited lectures. He holds 4 US patents. He has won several awards including the Rutherford Memorial Medal in Chemistry from the Royal Society of Canada (2003), the F.P. Lossing Award from the Canadian Society for Mass Spectrometry (2006), the Maxxam Award from the Canadian Society of Chemistry (2009) and the Gerhard Herzberg Award from the Canadian Society for Analytical Sciences and Spectroscopy (2010). Dr. Li has served on editorial boards of several journals.

Manuel Miró

Associate Professor of Analytical Chemistry
University of the Balearic Islands, Spain

Manuel received his M.Sc. (1998) and Ph.D. (2002) in Chemistry at the University of the Balearic Islands, Spain. He has conducted post-doctoral research in several universities including the Technical University of Berlin, Technical University of Denmark and University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences in Austria. Since 2007 he is Associate Professor in Analytical Chemistry at the University of the Balearic Islands. His publication record shows over 110 refereed articles including 7 book chapters, with an H-index of 26 and over 1600 citations.

Manuel’s research interests are focused on the development of on-line sample processing strategies for isolation and/or preconcentration of trace levels of environmental pollutants exploiting the various generations of flow injection, including Lab-on-a-Valve mesofluidic platforms, in hyphenation with modern analytical instrumentation. In recent years, he has placed particular emphasis on the characterisation and exploitation of automated fractionation methods in a dynamic fashion for ascertaining the current bioaccessibility of trace elements and nutrients in environmental solid substrates, solid wastes and biomass fuels.

Janusz Pawliszyn

Professor of Analytical Chemistry
University of Waterloo, Canada

Prof. Pawliszyn graduated from the Technical University of Gdansk in 1977 with a BS in Chemical Engineering and with a Master's of Science, the following year. He received his Ph.D. from Southern Illinois University in 1982.

The primary focus of his research program is the design of highly automated and integrated instrumentation for the isolation of analytes from complex matrices and the subsequent separation, identification and determination of these species. Currently his research is focusing on elimination of organic solvents from the sample preparation step to facilitate on-site monitoring and in-vivo analysis. Janusz is exploring application of the computational and modelling techniques to enhance performance of sample preparation, chromatographic separations and detection. The major area of his interest involves the development and application of imaging detection techniques for microcolumn chromatography, capillary electrophoresis and micro chip separation devices.

He is an author of over 400 scientific publications and a book on Solid Phase Microextraction. He is a Fellow of Royal Society of Canada and Chemical Institute of Canada, editor of Analytica Chimica Acta, Trends in Analytical Chemistry and Journal of Separation Science. He initiated a conference, “ExTech”, focusing on new advances in sample preparation and disseminates new scientific developments in the area, which meets every year in different part of the world. He is the recipient of numerous prestigious international awards, most recently the 2010 Marcel Golay Award, 2010 ACS Award in Separation Science and Technology, 2011 PittCon Dal Nogare Award and 2012 E.W.R. Steacie Award. He presently holds the Canada Research Chair and Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Chair in New Analytical Methods and Technologies.

Paul J. Worsfold

Professor of Analytical Chemistry
University of Plymouth, UK

Paul has been Professor of Analytical Chemistry in the School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Plymouth since 1990 and is currently head of the Biogeochemistry and Environmental Analytical Chemistry (BEACh) Research Group. He obtained his BSc at Loughborough University of Technology in 1976 and his PhD in Analytical Chemistry at the University of Toronto in 1980. This was followed by positions at the Technical University of Denmark, Sheffield City Polytechnic and the University of Hull. He has been an editor of Analytica Chimica Acta since 1991, served on the boards of Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry, Environmenntal Chemistry, Journal of Environmental Analytical Chemistry, and Journal of Flow Injection Analysis and was editor of the Elsevier Encyclopedia of Analytical Science. He is currently Chair of the Division of Analytical Chemistry (DAC) of the European Association for Chemical and Molecular Sciences (EuCheMS) and a Past-President of the Analytical Division of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Paul’s research is at the interface of Analytical Chemistry with Environmental Chemistry. Particular areas of interest are the development of field based and laboratory techniques for the determination of macronutrients (e.g. P, N species) and micronutrients (e.g. Fe species) in natural waters and understanding their role in terrestrial, freshwater and marine biogeochemical processes. The technique of flow injection (FI) analysis provides an integrating theme for his research activities and he has recently co-authored a textbook on the subject.


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