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Excellence in separation science recognised internationally

For almost four decades Emeritus Distinguished Professor of Chemistry Paul Haddad has devoted his working life to the world of separation science.

This week, his efforts were acknowledged internationally when he was honoured with the CASSS Award for Outstanding Achievements in Separation Science.

He was presented with the prestigious accolade at the International Symposium on Chromatography (ISC 2018) in France.

CASSS is a professional scientific society made up of more than 4000 industry, academic and regulatory professionals across the world.

CASSS awards the honour every year in recognition of outstanding contributions to separation science and technology.

“This award is wonderful recognition of not just my contributions, but also those of the very large number of students and collaborators with whom I have worked with over my career,” he said.

“All of these people share this award with me.”

Professor Haddad was the foundation director of the Australian Centre for Research on Separation Science (ACROSS), serving in the role from 2001 – 2013.

In his role as Director he brought together a large team of distinguished separation scientists, such that ACROSS is the largest research centre devoted to separation science in the world.

ACROSS has graduated more than 120 PhDs and has published over 1000 refereed journal papers.

Led by Professor Haddad, the team’s work has been sought globally having been engaged by international heavyweights including the US Department of Homeland Security and pharmaceutical giant Pfizer.

His research has focussed on analytical separation science, which comprised the design and study of separation techniques used for analysis of complex samples.

The research fields have included electroanalytical chemistry, computational chemistry, industrial chemistry, oceanography, environmental chemistry, biochemistry, pharmaceutical sciences, food, nanotechnology and explosive analysis.

One of the most notable research areas pursued by the Tasmanian node of ACROSS has been ion chromatography, the separation method used in bomb residue analysis.

From 2006 until 2013 he was also Director of the Pfizer Analytical Research Centre.

Despite retiring formally at the end of 2013, his enthusiasm and love of separation science remains and he still comes to work, unpaid, almost every day.

“I still love the challenge of research and the thrill of tackling new projects, as well as working with students through their PhD projects,” he said. 

Published on: 01 Oct 2018 1:44pm