An Indian-American Purnendu Dasgupta on 20 February 2015 was awarded with the 2015 J. Calvin Giddings Award for Excellence in Education. The award is given by the American Chemical Society (ACS) Division of Analytical Chemistry.
Dasgupta, a Jenkins Garrett professor of chemistry at the University of Texas at Arlington, was awarded for his contribution in the field of analytical chemistry.
He had developed an environment friendly field analyser for checking toxic arsenic levels in water.
Dasgupta will receive a plaque and cash prize as an award at the ACS national conference in August 2015 in Boston. He will address the conference and participate in an awards symposium on education in analytical chemistry.
About Purnendu Dasgupta
Dasgupta is an author of more than 400 scientific papers and book chapters and holds 25 US patents. His work has earned more than 18 million US dollars in research grants. His research area includes
• Methods for environment-friendly analysis of arsenic in drinking water
• Rapid analysis of trace heavy metals in the atmosphere
• Iodine nutrition in women and infants and the role of the chemical perchlorate
• The development of a NASA-funded ion chromatograph for testing extraterrestrial soil, such as on a trip to Mars
About American Chemical Society's J. Calvin Giddings Award
The award is named after J. Calvin Giddings, Professor of Chemistry at the University of Utah, US. Giddings is credited with the invention of field flow fractionation.
The award recognises, a scientist, who has enhanced the professional development of analytical chemistry students, developed and published innovative experiments, designed and improved equipment or teaching labs and published influential textbooks or significant articles on teaching analytical chemistry.
Who: Purnendu Dasgupta
When: 20 February 2015