Award Recipients

The following awards were presented at Pittcon 2017.

Pittsburgh Spectroscopy Award

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Edward I. Solomon
Stanford University
Edward I Solomon received his Ph.D. at Princeton, and was a postdoctoral fellow at the Ørsted Institute in Denmark and then at Caltech. He was a Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology until 1982, when he joined the faculty at Stanford University, where he is now the Monroe E. Spaght Professor of Chemistry and Professor of Photon Science at SLAC. Professor Solomon’s research is in the fields of Physical–Inorganic and Bioinorganic Chemistry with emphasis on the application of a wide range of spectroscopic methods combined with QM calculations to elucidate the electronic structure of transition metal sites and its contribution to physical properties and reactivity.

Pittsburgh Conference Achievement Award

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Renã A S Robinson
University of Pittsburgh
Dr. Renã A. S. Robinson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Robinson is as an emerging leader in the field of proteomics, aging, and Alzheimer’s disease. Recently Chemical and Engineering News awarded her with the 2016 Talented Twelve Award, distinguishing her as one of the world’s brightest young minds in the field of chemistry. She received her B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Louisville and her Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from Indiana University. She was both a Lyman T. Johnson and UNCF/Merck Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Kentucky.


Paul Dauenhauer
University of Minnesota
Paul Dauenhauer received a B.S. in chemical engineering and chemistry from the University of Wisconsin 2004, and a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Minnesota in 2008. His thesis on the reactive flash volatilization of carbohydrates for millisecond reforming of biomass was supervised by Professor Lanny D. Schmidt. From 2008 to 2009, Paul worked as a senior research engineer for the Dow Chemical Company. In 2009, he joined the University of Massachusetts as an assistant professor. He is currently an associate professor at the University of Minnesota in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science.