Faculty focus is on chemistry pioneer

“Solving Problems” is Purnendu Dasgupta’s topic for this month’s Focus on Faculty lecture series at noon Wednesday, Nov. 3, in the sixth floor parlor of the Central Library.

Dr. Dasgupta is the Jenkins Garrett Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry and chair of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. He was honored recently by the American Chemical Society for pioneering advances in the field of chromatography, a process used in water quality studies, air pollution monitoring, and drug development.

Nicknamed “Sandy,” the renowned researcher is a published poet in his native language of Bengali, but is best known for his work in analytical chemistry. He has 17 U.S. patents, including the electrodialytic reagent generation and suppression technologies on which current ion chromatography is based. He is a chemistry journal editor and recipient of numerous chemistry awards.

In 1994 Dasgupta testified as the principal expert witness in the Royal High Courts of Justice for Hoechst-Celanese against British Petroleum. In 2005 he was asked to brief the U.S. Congress on the significance of the widespread occurrence of perchlorate, an environmental contaminant, in human milk.

The free lecture will be followed by a reception at 1 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. If you need special accommodations to fully participate in this program, contact Tommie Wingfield at 2-2658 orwingfield@uta.edu.

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