AD&T to Host Top Analytical Chemists at Annual Symposium

Author: Melissa Endres

Undergraduate Research

Advanced Diagnostics & Therapeutics will be hosting its 4th Annual Symposium featuring several of the premier analytical chemists in the country. The Symposium will be held Tuesday, October 27, from 9:00—5:00. You can visit the Symposium’s event page for more information and for an official agenda.  


Jonathan V. Sweedler

James R. Eiszner Family Endowed Chair in Chemistry,
Director of the School of Chemical Sciences,
University of Illinois


Professor Sweedler holds a B.S. degree in Chemistry from the University of California at Davis and a Ph.D. from the University of Arizona. Before serving as a faculty member at the University of Illinois, Sweedler was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Stanford University. He is currently Editor-in-Chief of Analytical Chemistry, and the Analytical Scientist has named him one of the 100 most influential people in the analytical sciences.

Professor Sweedler’s research interests are in bioanalytical chemistry, where he focuses on new methods for assaying nanoliter-volume samples and applying those techniques to characterize the molecular forms, distribution, and dynamic release of neurotransmitters and neuropeptides from a variety of animal models. Currently, Professor Sweedler collaborates with Professor Paul Bohn, Director of AD&T and Arthur J. Schmitt Professor of Chemistry at the University of Notre Dame, to address the complex challenges of correlated chemical imaging. This research allows for the discovery of complex chemical behaviors unobservable through single imaging methods, greatly increasing the ability to gather information in imaging experiments.   

Professor Sweedler has attained many notable awards, including the ANACHEM Award–presented to an outstanding analytical chemist based on activities in teaching, research, administration or other activity which has advanced the art and science of the field; the Analytical Chemistry Award; and the Award for Outsanding Achievements in the Fields of Analytical Chemistry from the Eastern Analytical Symposium.



Emily A. Smith

Faculty Scientist, the Ames Library;
Associate Professor,
Iowa State University


Professor Smith joined the faculty of Iowa State University in 2006 after completing two postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Delaware and the University of Arizona. She holds a B.A. in Chemistry from Northwestern University, an M.S. in Chemistry from Pennsylvania State University, and a Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin.

Professor Smith’s research interests include developing imaging instrumentation and methods to study enzymatic catalysis, polymer films, and the cell membrane. The application of these interests lies in the development of improved biofuels and energy storage and capture devices. Professor Smith also currently holds a patent for Fusion Protein Arrays on Metal Substrates for Surface Plasmon Resonance Imaging.

Professor Smith has received several awards, including the Wilkinson Teaching Award from the Department of Chemistry at Iowa State University; the National Science Foundation CAREER Award; the Society for Analytical Chemists of Pittsburgh/spectroscopy Society of Pittsburgh Start Award; and the Slifkin Excellences Award for Outstanding Accomplishment from the University of Wisconsin.



Mitchel J. Doktycz

Biological and Nanoscale Systems
BioSciences Division
Oak Ridge National Laboratory


Dr. Doktycz is a Distinguished Staff Scientist and Leader of the Biological and Nanoscale Systems Group in the Biosciences Division at the oak Ridge National Laboratory. Along with being a member of the Research Staff at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences, Dr. Doktycz is also the Laboratory Research Manager for the Plant-Microbe Interfaces Scientific Focus Area. He has joint appointments with the University of Tennessee’s Graduate School of Genome Science and Technology and the Bredesen Center for Interdisciplinary Research and Graduate Education.

Dr. Doktycz’s research interests lie in the areas of imaging, nanotechnology, microarray, and high throughput technology.



Keith T. Carron

CEO, Snowy Range Instruments;
Professor Emeritus
University of Wyoming


Professor Carron is a Professor Emeritus of Chemistry with over 30 years’ experience in Raman spectroscopy (both linear and nonlinear) with a specialty in surface-enhanced Raman scattering and affinity coatings for specific analytes. His specialties also include SERS, optical instrument design, and small business entrepreneurship.

Professor Carron holds a B.A. in Chemistry from Washington University in St. Louis and a Ph. D. in Chemistry from Northwestern University. Professor Carron has won several awards, including the Tibbets Award for visible technological impact on the socio-economic front and the Pioneer in Chemistry Award.

Professor Carron is well respected for his innovations in chemical imaging instrumentation. He is the founder and former CEO (until 2009) of DeltaNu. In 2009 Professor Carron founded Snowy Range Instruments, where he is the current CEO. 

Originally published by Melissa Endres at on October 22, 2015.