Purnendu (Sandy) Dasgupta Awarded EAS Honor for Outstanding Achievements in the Fields of Analytical Chemistry

November 14, 2016

Purnendu (Sandy) Dasgupta has received the 2016 EAS Award for Outstanding Achievements in the Fields of Analytical Chemistry. The award was presented to him at the Eastern Analytical Symposium conference in Somerset, New Jersey, on November 14.

Purnendu (Sandy) Dasgupta has received the 2016 EAS Award for Outstanding Achievements in the Fields of Analytical Chemistry. The award was presented to him at the Eastern Analytical Symposium conference in Somerset, New Jersey, on November 14.

Dasgupta is currently Hamish Small Chair of Ion Analysis in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and an adjunct Professor in the Department of Physics at the University of Texas at Arlington. He received his B.Sc. degree in chemistry with honors from Bankura Christian College in 1968 and his M.Sc. degree in inorganic chemistry from the University of Burdwan in 1970, both in West Bengal, India. He received his Ph.D. in analytical chemistry under Professor Philip W. West in 1977 from Louisiana State University (LSU), with a minor in electrical engineering. He worked at LSU as an instructor for a short time and until mid-1981 at the California Primate Research Center as an Aerosol Research Chemist and an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of California-Davis. He joined Texas Tech University and remained there for 25 years, rising to the rank of Paul Whitfield Horn Professor, which is the highest honor at that institution. He moved to the University of Texas at Arlington in 2007.

Dasgupta has worked with more than 200 PhD students, postdoctoral fellows, and visiting scientists, published more than 400 papers, and has 26 patents that have now been cited over 15,000 times.

Dasgupta has been awarded the Benedetti-Pichler Award of the American Microchemical Society (1989), ACS Award in Chromatography (2011), Dal Nogare Award in Chromatography (2012), and the J. Calvin Giddings Award in Chemical Education (2015). In 2015, he was also elected a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and an honorary member of the Japan Society of Analytical Chemistry.