Robert Synovec wins GCxGC Scientific Achievement Award

SynovecProfessor Robert E. Synovec has been awarded the GCxGC Scientific Achievement Award. He presented a plenary lecture and received his award at the 10th International GCxGC Symposium in May 2013. The GCxGC Scientific Achievement Award recognizes the pioneering contributions of key scientists in promoting two-dimensional gas chromatography (GCxGC) instrumentation, software, and method development and/or applications. Comprehensive two-dimensional gas chromatography is an analytical technique ideally applicable to the separation of complex samples of volatile and semi-volatile compounds. Professor Synovec and his research group have made significant contributions to this emerging technology since 1998.

To learn more about Professor Synovec’s research, please visit his faculty page and research group website.

Rob Synovec appointed CPAC Faculty Director

Robert Synovec, Professor and Associate Chair of the Graduate Program, has been named as the Faculty Director for the Center for Process Analytical Chemistry (CPAC). Founding Faculty Director Emeritus Professor Bruce Kowalski has called Synovec the “ideal choice” because of the quality of his research program, his commitment to CPAC, and his deep historical knowledge of the organization.

Synovec intends to maintain CPAC’s unifying vision to develop analytical strategies and tools to measure, control, and more fully understand chemical processes in order to foster environmental and economic sustainability. He proposes an increased focus on bio-related arenas including biotechnology (proteomics, metabolomics, bioprocesses), biofuels, and medical technology. The interdisciplinary nature of CPAC, a key facet of the organization in the past, will continue to be emphasized. As Faculty Director, Synovec will work closely with CPAC Executive Director Mel Koch to create a bright future for the organization.

For more information about Rob Synovec and his research, please visit his faculty page or research group website.

For more information about the Center for Process Analytical Chemistry (CPAC), please visit the CPAC website.

Rob Synovec succeeds Heinekey as Associate Chair for Graduate Studies

After a decade of exemplary service first in the role of Associate Chair for Undergraduate Studies and subsequently as Associate Chair for Graduate Studies, Professor D. Michael Heinekey has chosen to step down from the latter position. Professor Robert Synovec has been named as the new Associate Chair for Graduate Studies.

Our educational programs in Chemistry have flourished under the leadership of Heinekey, and the Department is extremely grateful for all of his hard work. Heinekey, whose research focuses on transition metal organometallic chemistry, now plans to focus all of his energy on his work as a primary investigator for the new Center for Enabling New Technologies through Catalysis (CENTC).

Synovec has been a faculty member in the Department for over twenty years, whose research is in the area of separation science. Synovec brings substantial experience in both mentoring graduate student thesis projects and in the management of our graduate program. We are fortunate that he has agreed to take on this important role, and greatly appreciate his commitment to our educational mission.

For more information about our graduate program, please visit our page on general graduate student information, or our page specifically for prospective graduate students.

For more information about Mike Heinekey and his research, please visit his faculty page.

For more information about Rob Synovec and his research, please visit his faculty page or research group website.