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The LCGC Blog: Digging Deeper into the History of HPLC: Elmar Piel

Ron Majors was the 2020 recipient of the Chromatography Forum of the Delaware Valley (CFDV) Award, which is given to those who have provided exceptional service for the Forum in addition to outstanding contributions within the field of chromatography. Readers of LCGC are well aware of his nearly 60 years of research and leadership in this area (1), but few outside the Delaware Valley region know of his decades of membership on the CFDV Executive Committee, including two terms as president. As part of this well-deserved honor, Ron gave a (remote) address to the organization in October 2020, detailing his many accomplishments in the field and summarizing the current state-of-the-art in high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) column technology (2). However, it was his introduction describing the early days of HPLC that stood out to me, specifically a name I had not heard before: Elmar Piel. For this month’s blog post, I invited Ron to join me in writing a bit more about this scientist who may be unfamiliar to many chromatographers.

The LCGC Blog: The Lost Art of Fundamental Electronics in Analytical Chemistry

The first to pick up the mantle of The LCGC Blog on behalf of the American Chemical Society Analytical Division, Subdivision on Chromatography and Separations Chemistry, is James Grinias. From coding to circuitry, James expresses the need for electronics to be central to analytical chemistry education. He discusses the critical nature of electronic principles for chromatographers in particular—key to data collection and method design.

The LCGC Blog: Lost Art of Fundamental Electronics in Analytical Chemistry

As described in last month’s blog post, the ongoing global pandemic has transformed the way that educators approach teaching analytical chemistry. As I reflect back on my own experience from the Spring 2020 semester, one positive aspect that has come from the seemingly infinite number of video meetings has been the opportunity to connect with colleagues that we might not consider if it weren’t for the “new normal” of working remotely.