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Paul Haddad Honored With CASSS Award for 2018

Sunday, September 2, 2018   (0 Comments)
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Paul Haddad Announced as 2018 Winner of CASSS Award

For Outstanding Achievements in Separation Science


Paul Haddad has been named the 2018 recipient of the CASSS Award for Outstanding Achievements in Separation Science.  The award will be presented September 23, 2018 at the 32nd International Symposium on Chromatography (ISC 2018) in Cannes-Mandelieu, France.

CASSS gives this prestigious honor annually in recognition of outstanding contributions to separation science and technology, with particular consideration given to developments of new methods and techniques.

Professor Haddad is an Emeritus Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and an Australian Research Council Federation Fellow. He established the Tasmanian branch of the Australian Centre for Research on Separation Science (ACROSS) and served as the foundation director from 2001-2013.  Professor Haddad was also the Director of the Pfizer Analytical Research Centre from 2006-2013. He was awarded the title of Distinguished Professor in 2011.

As Director of ACROSS in Tasmania, Haddad was outstanding in collecting a large and distinguished team of separation scientists, world famous for their skills in the field. Widely respected for its diverse scientific expertise, ACROSS has been engaged by international heavyweights such as the US Department of Homeland Security and pharmaceutical giant Pfizer.

Paul’s passion for his work is well known. Despite retiring last year, he still comes to work, unpaid, almost every day.  His research focused on analytical separation science, which comprised the design and study of separation techniques used for the analysis of complex samples. The research fields he covered with this, are wide and broad and encompass besides analytical chemistry instrumentation, electroanalytical chemistry, computational chemistry, industrial chemistry, oceanography, environmental chemistry, biochemistry, pharmaceutical sciences, food, nanotechnology, explosive analysis, and much, much more.

2016 CASSS Scientific Award Winner Frank Svec said, "What I especially appreciate in the work of Paul Haddad and his group is the sound combination of fundamental (separation) science and pragmatic solutions, especially for new and challenging types of samples. All solutions are firmly anchored in real life and Paul and his group show a good grip on the experimental reality.”  Further, Svec appreciated how Haddad, “combines all this with a warm and welcoming attitude to any student in the field.”

CASSS board member, Cari Sänger – van de Griend similarly described, "the pragmatic “down-under” way, the work of Paul Haddad and his group combines sound science with realistic solutions, very aware of real life and the restrictions, or rather framework, this put on the methodologies.  Several people fostered by Haddad's group, including Michael Breadmore and Emily Hilder, can be found in the Analytical Scientist’s power lists,” Sänger – van de Griend further noted.

Haddad was an editor of Journal of Chromatography A, a contributing editor for Trends in Analytical Chemistry, and is a member of the editorial boards of 10 other journals. He is world leading the area of ion chromatography. He wrote the definitive textbook on the topic and has developed and commercialized industry-leading equipment in the field. His expertise comprises analytical separation science in liquid systems. He excels in: (i) high performance liquid chromatography, including theoretical aspects and applications to foods, pharmaceuticals, and trace metal analysis, (ii) ion chromatography (IC), with emphasis on theory, retention models, detection methods, sample handling procedures, (iii) computer optimisation methods in HPLC, (iv) capillary electrophoresis and capillary electrochromatography of inorganic species and low molecular weight acids and bases, with emphasis on theory, migration models and detection, (v) spectrofluorometry, as applied to trace metal analysis using ternary complexes, and (vi) the development of electrochemical detectors for liquid chromatography.

Prof. Haddad has been the recipient of multiple awards and was the first Australian to win the AJP Martin Gold Medal of the Chromatographic Society (2002), the Marcel Golay Award (2011) and the American Chemical Society Award in Chromatography (2013).

“Paul is one of the most influential chromatographers I have ever met. He made a remarkable contribution to the progress of chromatographic methods. His passion for chromatography is contagious” says Frank Svec. 

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