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Ron Majors, editor of "Column Watch" and "Sample Prep Perspectives," has been with LCGC North America for over 26 years. Currently a senior scientist with Agilent Technologies, Wilmington, Delaware, Ron is known industry-wide as one of the premier chromatography experts in the field. He is also a member of LCGC's editorial advisory board.


Ahuja Award Session Demonstrates the Significance of Analytical Extraction Techniques

Prof. Emanuela Gionfriddo of the University of Toledo, in Ohio, is the recipient of the ACS Analytical Division 2023 Satinder Ahuja Award for Young Investigators in Separation Science, which was presented to her at Pittcon 2023. The purpose of this award is to recognize and encourage outstanding contributions to the fields of analytical chemistry by a young analytical scientist based on or more of the following criteria: conceptualization and development of unique instrumentation for separations; development of novel and important separation methods or methodologies; elucidation of theory or fundamental processes involved in separations; and other significant contributions to the furtherance of separation science role in the use of chemical instrumentation. Read more about this awards session here.

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.