The prestigious award was conferred to Prof. Luigi Mondello, professor of Analytical Chemistry at the University of Messina, during the opening ceremony of the “40th ISCC & 13rd GC×GC Symposium” (Riva del Garda, 29 May-3 June 2016 ), congress of which he himself is Chairman and which constitutes an event of great international importance in the field of the science of separations.
The prize is awarded, after careful selection by an accredited jury of qualified experts, as a tribute to the career of scientists who have particularly distinguished themselves for their contribution to the development of separation techniques using “comprehensive” multidimensional gas chromatography.
As per tradition, on the occasion of the award ceremony, Prof. Mondello gave a lecture entitled “Comprehensive 2D Gas Chromatography. A 17 – Year Balance”. This presentation illustrated the pioneering contributions of the Messina school, the most accredited in the world in the field of “Comprehensive” techniques, in all their forms; the studies conducted by Prof. Mondello’s group significantly supported , and in some cases revolutionized, fundamental developments in the field of instrumentation, techniques and application potential.
Years of rigorous, inspired research and intense collaborations with foreign universities and leading multinationals in the analytical instrumentation sector have resulted in a remarkable scientific production that has earned the University of Messina the placement, the only presence at national level, in the “The Cream of Chromatography ” of the 31 most prestigious institutions worldwide (Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, 2015), compared to its impact factor on the global scientific landscape.
Luigi Mondello is editor of the best-seller “Comprehensive Chromatography in Combination with Mass Spectrometry” (John Wiley & sons Inc.) as well as co-author of 6 chapters out of 12 which confirm the contribution of the Messina school to the development and dissemination of the technique. He is the first Italian and European to be awarded this honour, since its establishment in 2011; scientists who represent, in various capacities, distinguished exponents in the field preceded him: John Seeley (Oakland University, Michigan, USA), Glenn Frysinger and Richard Gaines (U.S. Coast Guard Academy, USA), Robert Synovec (University of Washington, USA) , Philip Marriott (Monash University, Australia), Donald Patterson (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, USA).