Professor receives American Chemical Society award

Nicholas Winograd, Evan Pugh Professor of Chemistry at Penn State, has been honored with an American Chemical Society award in analytical chemistry, sponsored by the Batelle Memorial Institute. The award recognizes Winograd for his four decades of creative research in surface analysis and mass spectrometry, for his mentoring of nearly 80 doctoral students and 35 postdoctoral associates, and for his extensive service to the chemistry community.

Winograd is noted for his ability to merge advanced theoretical principles with novel experimental approaches to create powerful analytical methods. He has performed extensive research on ion-beam modification of oxide materials and he was active in introducing the concept of high-molecular-weight mass spectrometry to the chemistry community. In addition, Winograd and his collaborators were the first researchers to produce molecule-specific images of a single biological cell. The latest groundbreaking experiments from Winograd's lab involve the implementation of molecular depth profiling and three-dimensional chemical imaging.

Winograd has published more than 400 research papers in Analytical Chemistry, Physical Review Letters, Science and many other journals, and he holds five patents. His research papers have been cited more than 700 times per year over the last four years, and have garnered more than 11,000 citations overall. In addition to his teaching and research duties at Penn State, Winograd has served in various consulting positions for a number of private companies, including the Shell Oil Company, Astra Pharmaceutical Company, Precise Technology, and Atom Sciences. He has given invited and distinguished lectures throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and Asia. His professional affiliations include the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Chemical Society, the American Physical Society, and Phi Lambda Upsilon. He has served on the National Science Foundation Chemistry Advisory Board, the Department of Energy Assessment Panel, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research Chemical Sciences Review Panel, and many other advisory boards and panels. He also has served as an editor for the Journal of Trace and Microprobe Techniques, Surface and Interface Analysis, Chemtracts, Vacuum and many other scientific journals.

Winograd has received awards and honors throughout his career, including an American Vacuum Society Fellow Award in 2002, the Phyllis Johnson Patrick Award from Kansas State University in 1999, the American Microchemical Society Bennedetti-Pichler Award in 1991, the Outstanding Alumnus Award from Case Western Reserve University in 1991, the Akron American Chemical Society Section Award in 1986, a Penn State Faculty Scholar Medal for Outstanding Achievement in 1985, and the Texas Instruments Foundation 1984 Founders' Prize.

Before joining the Penn State faculty in 1979, Winograd was a professor at Purdue University. He earned a doctoral degree at Case Western Reserve University in 1970 and a bachelor's degree at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1967.

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Last Updated September 16, 2011