Daniel Armstrong

1998 Helen M. Free Award Winner

Daniel W. Armstrong, Robert A. Welch Professor of Chemistry at the University of Texas at Arlington, is the 1998 Helen M. Free Award for Public Outreach recipient. He originated and broadcast the National Public Radio show, “We’re Science” that was broadcast on ~140 stations and the Armed Forces Network.

Armstrong received his B. S. (1972) from Washington and Lee University and his M. S. (1974) and Ph.D. (1977) from Texas A&M University.

Armstrong is considered the "father" of pseudophase (micelle and cyclodextrin-based) separations. He elucidated the first chiral recognition mechanism for cyclodextrins. He developed macrocyclic antibiotics as chiral selectors. He is one of the world's leading authorities on the theory, mechanism and use of enantioselective molecular interactions. Over 30 different LC and GC columns originally developed in his laboratories have been commercialized and/or copied worldwide. More recently, he has developed rapid, high efficiency, microfluidic methods for analyzing microorganisms and colloidal particles. He also developed the most comprehensive solvation and characterization models for room temperature ionic liquids (RTILs) and pioneered their use in analytical chemistry. According to the Scientific Citation Index, he is one of the most highly cited chemists in the world.

Armstrong is the Separations Associate Editor for Analytical Chemistry and was the Editor of the international journal, Chirality, a Section Editor for Amino Acids, and a member of the Editorial Board of over 20 other journals. He also is on the Scientific Advisory Board of three corporations and one university. He is a member of the American Chemical Society, American Association for the Advancement of Science, Smithsonian Associate and Sigma Xi.

Dr. Armstrong has received numerous awards from scientific societies across the world. He has over 420 publications including 22 book chapters, one book ("Use of Ordered Media in Chemical Separations") and twelve patents. He has given over 410 invited seminars and colloquia worldwide.