Yeung Receives ACS Analytical Chemistry Award

Ames Laboratory senior chemist honored for Distinguished Service

For release: March 13, 2009

Ed Yeung, Chemical and Biological Sciences, 515-294-8062
Kerry Gibson, Public Affairs, 515-294-1405

AMES, Iowa – Ed Yeung, senior chemist at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory, has been selected to receive the American Chemical Society’s Division of Analytical Chemistry Award for Distinguished Service in the Advancement of Analytical Chemistry. The award, sponsored by Waters Corp., with its $2,500 cash prize, will be presented at the 238th ACS National Meeting to be held in Washington, D.C., August 16-20, 2009.


Yeung, a long-time director of Ames Laboratory’s Chemical and Biological Sciences Program, currently serves as the program’s deputy director and is a Distinguished Professor in Liberal Arts and Sciences and holds the Robert Allen Wright Chair at Iowa State University. He has a distinguished career in the field of analytical chemistry. He pioneered separation analysis techniques, including multiplexed capillary electrophoresis, that won R&D 100 Awards in 1989, 1991, 1997 and 2001. He was also named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 1992.

“In a stunningly productive career now exceeding three decades, Ed Yeung has time and again defined, then pushed beyond, the outer boundaries of chemical measurement science,” said Paul Bohn, Arthur J. Schmitt Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at theUniversity of Notre Dame and a long-time colleague of Yeung’s. “From his early work mapping cutting edge laser spectroscopies onto molecular separations to a decade spent defining what can be learned from the study of single molecules, Ed has consistently moved into fruitful new areas and, by so doing, catalyzed enormously important developments by large numbers of researchers.”

“In addition to a rich legacy of intellectual leadership he has served the profession through his tireless promotion of analytical chemistry nationally and internationally, his contributions to countless boards, panels and committees and, of course, his long-time and very effective association with the journal Analytical Chemistry,” Bohn continued. “I cannot think of a more deserving recipient of the Award for Distinguished Service in the Advancement of Analytical Chemistry.”

This isn’t the first time that ACS has recognized Yeung. He received the ACS Division of Analytical Chemistry Award in Chemical Instrumentation in 1987, ACS Fisher Award in Analytical Chemistry in 1994, and the ACS Award in Chromatography in 2002. Other honors include: an Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship (1974), the Lester W. Strock Award (1990), the Pittsburgh Analytical Chemistry Award (1993), the L. S. Palmer Award (1994), the Frederick Conference on Capillary Electrophoresis Award (1997), the Eastern Analytical Symposium Award (1998), the International Prize of the Belgian Society of Pharmaceutical Sciences (2002), the Eastern Analytical Symposium Award in Separation Science (2003), 2004 Iowa Inventor of the Year, the inaugural Ralph N. Adams Award in Bioanalytical Chemistry (2005), and the M. J. E. Golay Award (2006).

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