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Pittcon 2017 Trip to the Windy City

Editor: Dipl.-Chem. Marc Platthaus

The Pittsburgh Conference 2017 will be held at the McCormick Place West Hall in Chicago from March 5 to 9. With a variety of symposia, short courses and a exhibition with over 750 companies it will mark the start of the analytical and laboratory year 2017.

Figure 1: There will be over 750 companies exhibiting at Pittcon 2017.
Figure 1: There will be over 750 companies exhibiting at Pittcon 2017.

First held in 1950, the Pittsburgh Conference on Analytical Chemistry & Applied Spectroscopy (Pittcon) is a well established conference on analytical and laboratory technologies. The 2017 show will be held from March 5 to 9 in Chicago. Pittcon serves two broad communities: the research community connected to analytical instrumentation and techniques, and exhibitors from the instrumentation industry, laboratory equipment and supplies industries. This year the number of exhibiting companies is 774 (as of February 3). Symposium sessions will include methodologies such as mass spectroscopy, LC/GC, x-ray techniques, microscopy, electrochemistry and separations in applications including, but not limited to, pharmaceutical/drug discovery, fuels, biomedical, materials science, neurochemistry and bioanalytical.

15 Awards will be presented

The Pittcon Program Committee announced this years’ recipients of 15 awards honoring scientists who have made outstanding contributions to analytical chemistry and applied spectroscopy. Each award will be presented in a scheduled symposium during Pittcon. These are the awards and recipients:

  • The Pittsburgh Conference Achievement Award: Dr. Renã A S Robinson, University of Pittsburgh
  • The Pittsburgh Spectroscopy Award: Edward I. Solomon, Stanford University
  • The Pittsburgh Analytical Chemistry Award: Janusz Pawliszyn, University of Waterloo
  • The Pittsburgh Conference Achievement Award: Paul J. Dauenhaurer, University of Minnesota
  • The Satinder Ahuja Award for Young Investigators in Separation Science: Omar K. Farha, Northwestern University
  • The Chromatography Forum of the Delaware Valley Dal Nogare Award: Andras Guttman, Sciex
  • The Coblentz Society/ABB — Bomem-Michelson Award: Keith A. Nelson, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • The Coblentz Society — Williams-Wright Award: Slobodan Sasic, SSCI, a Division of Albany Molecular Research Inc.
  • The LCGC Lifetime Achievement in Chromatography: Pat Sandra, Research Institute for Chromatography
  • The LCGC Emerging Leader in Chromatography Award: Deirdre Cabooter, KU of Leuven
  • The Pittcon Heritage Award: Robert J. Warren, Leco
  • The Ralph N. Adams Award: Robert T. Kennedy, University of Michigan
  • The Royal Society of Chemistry Award: Kirsty Penkman, University of York, United Kingdom
  • SEAC — Charles N. Reilley Award: Juan Feliu, University of Alicante
  • Royce W. Murray Award: Joaquin Rodriguez Lopez, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The next Pittcon will take place in Orlando, Florida from February 25 to March 1, 2018.