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 2017 CACA Student Excellence Award

Sponsored by Shimadzu

The Student Excellence Award of the Chinese American Chromatography Association (CACA) is presented annually to recognize graduate students who demonstrate exceptional contributions to the development of separation science and its applications, especially in the field of chromatography. The 2017 CACA Student Excellence Award is sponsored by the Shimadzu Corporation (, and the award winners are Ms. Zijun Bie, Mr. Casey Burton, and Mr. Stephen Groskreutz.

Ms. Zijun Bie: Ph.D. candidate at Nanjing University, China, under the supervision of Prof. Zhen Liu. Zijun’s major contributions to separation science include development of an off-line hyphenation of boronate affinity monolithic column-based extraction with MALDI-TOF MS; boronate-affinity glycan-oriented surface imprinting; and a method of preparing glycan-specific artificial receptors through precise molecular imprinting. Zijun has been awarded one patent and published 11 peer-reviewed papers. Her work has also been presented at 8 national and international conferences.

Mr. Casey Burton: Ph.D. candidate and a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow at the Missouri University of Science and Technology under the supervision of Prof. Yinfa Ma. Casey’s contributions to separation science include using a selective enzymatic reaction to simultaneously determine sarcosine and β-alanine by HPLC-MS/MS; and development of various methods for simultaneous determination of pteridines and creatinine in urine and cellular lysates. Casey has published 16 peer-reviewed papers and gave over 40 presentations in national and international conferences. He also served as an organizer and presider for organized sessions at American Chemical Society National Meetings and Pittsburgh conferences.

Mr. Stephen Groskreutz: Ph.D. candidate at the University of Pittsburgh under the supervision of Prof. Stephen G. Weber. Stephen’s contributions to separation science include development of novel methodologies for targeted multi-dimensional liquid chromatography, and expanding the role of temperature in liquid chromatography through active temperature control. Stephen has been awarded with one patent and published 10 peer-reviewed research papers and two review articles. His work has been presented in 31 national and international conferences. These awards will be formally presented to the three winners at the Pittcon Conference & Expo to be held during March 5-9, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois, USA.