LCGC Announces Winners of the LCGC 2014 Lifetime Achievement and Emerging Leader in Chromatography Awards

Feb 24, 2014
By LCGC Editors

Iselin, New Jersey – February 24, 2014 - LCGC, the industry's leading and most-recognized resource for chromatographers, is proud to announce the winners of the 7th Annual Lifetime Achievement and Emerging Leader in Chromatography Awards.

The Lifetime Achievement award honors a seasoned professional for a lifetime of contributions to the advancement of chromatographic techniques and applications.

The winner of the LCGC 2014 Lifetime Achievement award is Fred E. Regnier, the John H. Law Distinguished Professor in the Department of Chemistry at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana.

Regnier is known as an innovator and has received 45 patents related to the separation and detection of proteins and peptides. His work includes developing the first high-performance chromatography columns for size exclusion (SEC), anion exchange, cation exchange, hydrophobic interaction (HIC), and macroporous reversed-phase chromatography separations of proteins; describing "footprint" retention models for ion exchange chromatography (IEC), HIC, and reversed-phase chromatography of proteins; fabricating a variety of capillary and collocated monolith support structure capillary electrochromatography systems; and synthesizing multiple polymeric bonded phases for SEC, IEC, HIC, and affinity chromatography that enabled silica, titania, zirconia, alumina, and poly(styrene–divinylbenzene) supports to be used for protein separations; and the synthesis of gigaporous chromatographic media with enhanced mass transfer and pore diameters exceeding 400 nm.

Regnier has published more than 300 journal articles, two books, more than 30 book chapters, more than 70 review papers, and holds more than 45 patents.

During his academic career, Regnier has mentored more than 30 postdoctoral students and more than 80 graduate students. He has also been on the editorial boards of 13 journals, including LCGC North America since its inception in 1983 as LC Magazine.

Regnier co-founded five high tech companies related to separations and analytical chemistry including Bioseparations, PerSeptive Biosystems, BG Medicine, Quadraspec, and Perfinity Biosciences.

Regnier has also been an active member of our professional community, and throughout his distinguished career, has received numerous awards and recognitions.

The Emerging Leader award recognizes the achievements and aspirations of a talented young scientific or technical professional who has made strides early in his or her career toward the advancement of chromatographic applications and techniques.

The winner of the LCGC 2014 Emerging Leader award is André Joubert de Villiers, an associate professor of chemistry at Stellenbosch University in Stellenbosch, South Africa.

De Villiers’ research interests include fundamental studies that push the boundaries of the chemical characterization of complex mixtures using state-of-the-art techniques such as multidimensional LC and gas chromatography (GC) combined with mass spectrometry (MS) and their applications, primarily to natural product analysis. He has published 50 papers in peer-reviewed journals, and his papers have been cited 925 times.

De Villiers has received a number of awards from the separation science community, including the 2009 Csaba Horváth Memorial Award from the International Symposium on High-Performance Liquid Phase Separations and Related Techniques (HPLC) and the 2012 Chromatographer of the Year award from the Chromatographic Society of South Africa. He has also been invited to deliver lectures at prestigious international conferences, such as the HPLC and the International Symposium on Hyphenated Techniques in Chromatography.

De Villiers is currently chairing the Western Cape board of the Chromatographic Society of South Africa. He was also responsible for the organization of two successful conferences that took place in Stellenbosch: the 39th National South African Chemical Institute convention in 2008 and ANALITIKA 2010.

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