6th July 2010
Csaba Horváth Young Scientist Award for UCC Postgraduate
Jesse Omamogho, a postgraduate student, at UCC's Chemistry Department, under the supervision of Professor Jeremy Glennon, and a researcher in the Irish Separation Science Cluster (ISSC), has won the Csaba Horváth Young Scientist Award. The award was presented at the 35th International Symposium on High Performance Liquid Phase Separations and Related Techniques (HPLC 2010), held in Boston (19th-24th June).
The HPLC conference is a major international forum to highlight recent advances in separation science, with meetings scheduled between the United States, Europe and Asia. The award honours the memory of Csaba Horváth for his contributions to high performance liquid chromatography, including his interest in fostering the careers of young people in separation science and
Jesse's award winning presentation, titled: "Structural Variation of Solid Core and Thickness of Porous Shell of 1.7 µm Core-Shell Silica Particles on Chromatographic Performance" was chosen from among an international field of award nominees and his work is recognised as a major contribution to field of chromatography. As a Horváth Award winner, Jesse receives an invitation to present a lecture at HPLC 2011 in Budapest, Hungary, a cash grant of $1,000 and the Horváth trophy engraved with his name.
The research was carried out in the ISSC's Innovative Chromatography Group in the Department of Chemistry (UCC) and the Analytical and Biological Research Facility (ABCRF), with funding from Enterprise Ireland and SFI.
This is the second time that the award has come to the Irish chromatography team, with the inaugural award presented to Norma Scully at the closing plenary session of the international conference in San Francisco (2006).
The award is recognized internationally as one of the most prestigious awards for Separation Scientists, and Jesse, who is currently finishing his PhD in Analytical Chemistry, said: "I am most honoured to be awarded such a prestigious prize in memory of one of the founding fathers of Liquid Chromatography and I want to thank the Csaba Horváth committee for recognizing the impact of my presentation to the HPLC 2010 symposium meeting. I would also express my thanks to Professor Jeremy Glennon for his enormous support during my years of PhD studies."
The core-shell technology (Eiroshell) developed in the research has recently been licensed to the UCC spin-out company, Glantreo Ltd. for commercialization. The significant interest in Jesse's work has also helped to initiate collaboration with Professor George Guiochon at the University of Tennessee, USA, a pioneer in the field of separation science.