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Last modified: Thursday, July 5, 2012

IU chemist Novotny receives award for lifetime research achievements

July 5, 2012

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Milos Novotny, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Chemistry and Lilly Chemistry Alumni Chair in the College of Arts and Sciences at Indiana University Bloomington, has received the Italian Chemical Society's Giorgio Nota Award for his pioneering work and lifetime achievements in capillary liquid chromatography.

The award, sponsored by Waters Corp., was presented recently at the 36th International Symposium on Capillary Chromatography in Riva del Garda, Italy. During the symposium, Novotny delivered an opening lecture to about 800 participants, addressing the role of glycobiology in cancer research and emphasizing the importance of chromatographic methodologies in biomedical investigations.

The Giorgio Nota Award was instituted in honor of the chemist who first introduced the open tubular liquid chromatograph.

Born in Czechoslovakia, Novotny received a Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of Brno. Following postdoctoral positions at the Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences, the Royal Karolinska Institute in Sweden and the University of Houston, he joined the faculty at Indiana University in 1971. He has received honorary doctorates from Uppsala University in Sweden and from Masaryk University and Charles University in the Czech Republic. He has won most of the professional awards in his area of research.

He is also an adjunct professor of medicine at the IU School of Medicine.

Novotny has been a pivotal figure in the development of analytical separation methods for more than 40 years. His highly acclaimed efforts in microcolumn separation techniques of liquid chromatography, supercritical fluid chromatography and capillary electrophoresis represent important innovations in modern analytical chemistry. He is also known for his research in proteomics and glycoanalysis and for identifying the first mammalian pheromones.