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Luis Colon named AAAS Fellow

Conger Goodyear Chair Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Associate Dean for Graduate and Postdoctoral Education Luis A. Colón has been named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). The honor is bestowed on AAAS members by their peers for their efforts to advance science applications deemed scientifically or socially distinguished. Colon was recognized for “distinguished contributions to the field of separation science and service to the profession, particularly for the mentoring efforts advancing diversity in the chemical sciences.”

Colón is a prolific researcher who holds eight U.S. patents and has contributed to more than 100 research publications and delivered more than 180 invited lectures on his research worldwide. His specialty is in the field of analytical chemistry, with particular interest in separation science — the science of separating chemicals in a mixture from one another. His work ranges from the development of materials used in separation techniques to the creation of strategies for separating and analyzing complex chemical or biochemical samples. He recently received a $490,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to develop new materials to improve the current analytical technology used in chemical analysis — in particular the separation of chemical components in a mixture.

Colón has been recognized with numerous awards and honors for his research, as well as for his work in mentoring and promoting diversity in STEM disciplines. Of particular note, he traveled to the White House this June to meet President Barack Obama, who named Colón as a recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring.

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