Subdivision Meeting at Pittcon

The Subdivision on Chromatography and Separations Chemistry (SCSC) of the American Chemical Society (ACS)held its annual business meeting during Pittcon on Monday, February 26. 2018.

CHAIR | Catherine (Kate) A. Rimmer

National Institute of Standards and Technology
100 Bureau Drive, MS 8392
Gaithersburg, MD 20899-8392
Contact: Kate Rimmer

Catherine (Kate) A. Rimmer earned her Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from Florida State University. After her graduate work she accepted an NRC postdoctoral fellowship at the National Institute of Standards and Technology where she investigated fundamental liquid chromatographic retention mechanisms. She has remained as a Research Chemist at NIST where she is the organic program coordinator for dietary supplement reference materials and a co-coordination or the dietary supplement laboratory quality assurance program.

Kate has served on the United States Pharmacopeia (USP) Dietary Supplements-Non Botanicals, and Reference Standards expert committees and on several of the AOAC’s stakeholder panels, working groups, and expert review panels. In addition, Kate continues to investigate the development of stationary phases for liquid chromatography.

Kate has been an active member of the Washington Chromatography Discussion Group where she has served one term as president, two terms as program chair, and two terms as a board member. She has also served as an executive board member and two terms as secretary for the ACS SCSC.

PAST CHAIR | Dr. Lisa Holland

C. Eugene Bennett Department of Chemistry
West Virginia University
217 Clark Hall of Chemistry
Morgantown, WV 26506
Contact: Lisa Holland

Lisa Holland is a Professor of Chemistry at West Virginia University, specializing in microscale separations of biomolecules relevant to human health. She enjoys teaching instrumental analysis to undergraduate & graduate students as well as mentoring the many outstanding graduate students who have studied separation science at WVU.

Dr. Holland received her B.S. degree in Chemistry from the University of Maryland at College Park, while working in the Electroanalytical Research Group at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. She obtained her Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill under the direction of Professor James Jorgenson. Through a National Research Service Award she held a postdoctoral fellowship under the direction of Professor Susan Lunte in the Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry at the University of Kansas.

Dr. Holland is the recipient of a National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development award, has served on the scientific committee of national and international conferences, and has numerous publications in the field of separation chemistry.

CHAIR-ELECT | Mark Hayes

School of Molecular Sciences
formerly the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Arizona State University
Tempe, AZ 85287-1604
cell 480 620-0193

Contact: Mark Hayes

Mark A. Hayes is a professor in the School of Molecular Science (formerly the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry) at Arizona State University, where his research centers on exploiting gradients in novel configurations for separations. His academic career has produced significant results across several disciplines within the analytical and physical chemistry community that includes aspects of engineering, physics, biology and medicine. He initially worked in private industry at a ‘mom & pop’ analytical laboratory and at J&W Scientific capillary gas chromatography column manufacturer (now part of Agilent) after earning his undergraduate degree at Humboldt State University (California). He then entered graduate school at Penn State University and studied under Professor Andrew G. Ewing, developing electroosmotic flow control mechanisms. Postdoctoral studies were with Dr. Werner Kuhr at the University of California, Riverside focused on electrochemical probes.

He currently holds the W. W. Clyde Visiting Chair at University of Utah and is the recipient of the A.A. Benedetti-Pichler and FACSS Distinguished Service Awards, and was a finalist for the SciX Conference Innovation Award. He is has served as Program, Governing Board, Long Range Planning and Marketing Chair for FACSS and Councilor, Vice-President and President of the AES Electrophoresis Society. He has mentored fifty undergraduate and graduate students, producing fifteen doctorates, supporting them towards prestigious fellowships (NSF, Kirkbright, ACS, Fulbright, FLAS and local awards).

SECRETARY | Jonathan Edelman

LECO Corporation
3000 Lakeview Avenue
St. Joseph, MI 49085

Jonathan Edelman is currently seeking employment. He began his career as an analytical chemist in the pharmaceutical industry. Jonathan then moved into a sales and marketing capacity finding his love of science was easily and effectively combined with strategic business expansion goals. His current appointments include: founder and central organizer for the Separation Community Mixer, Secretary of the American Chemical Society Separations Subdivision, Organizing committee member for HPLC 2016 conference, and president emeritus at the Chromatography Forum of Delaware Valley




Director, CLEAR (

Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry

The University of Texas at Arlington

Kevin A. Schug is Professor and the Shimadzu Distinguished Professor of Analytical Chemistry in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at The University of Texas at Arlington (UTA). He received his B.S. degree in Chemistry in 1998 from the College of William and Mary, and his Ph.D. degree in Chemistry from Virginia Tech in 2002 under the supervision of Prof. Harold M. McNair. From 2003-2005, he performed post-doctoral research in the laboratory of Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Lindner at the University of Vienna in Austria. Since joining UTA in 2005, his research has been focused on the theory and application of separation science and mass spectrometry for solving a variety of analytical and physical chemistry problems. Current efforts are largely centered on three main areas: 1) Investigating the potential environmental impact of industrial processes, such as unconventional oil and gas extraction (see; 2) Development of streamlined quantitative analysis methods for analytes from complex matrices, especially top-down quantitation of intact proteins using liquid chromatography – triple quadrupole – mass spectrometry; and 3) the development and application of new analytical technologies, such as gas chromatography – vacuum ultraviolet spectroscopy and on-line supercritical fluid extraction – supercritical fluid chromatography – mass spectrometry. 


Department of Chemistry

College of the Holy Cross

334 Haberlin Hall
One College Street
Worcester, MA 01610

Amber Hupp is an Associate Professor of Chemistry at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA. She earned her B.A. from Kalamazoo College and her Ph.D. in Chemistry from Michigan State University. Amber enjoys teaching a wide range of courses including Environmental Chemistry, General Chemistry, and Instrumental Analysis. Her research group utilizes gas chromatography and a range of chemometric methods to understand the fatty acid methyl ester content in biodiesel produced from different feedstocks as well as in biodiesel diesel blended fuels. Amber is currently serving her second term on the executive board and enjoys being an active member on the subcommittee.


Trinity College
300 Summit Street
Hartford CT

Michelle Kovarik grew up in northern Kentucky and obtained her B.S. in chemistry from Saint Louis University. During this time, she became involved in undergraduate research on microfluidics, which sparked a lifelong interest. As a result, she did her graduate work on nanofluidic devices at Indiana University with an emphasis on understanding electrokinetic transport phenomena. She went on to pursue postdoctoral work at the University of North Carolina, doing electrophoretic separations of peptide reporters from single cells.

During her postdoc, Dr. Kovarik was fortunate to be part of the Seeding Postdoctoral Innovators in Research and Education (SPIRE) program, which allowed her to integrate research and teaching during two semesters at North Carolina A&T State University. She started a faculty position at Trinity College in Hartford, CT in 2013 and is excited to share her passion for precise chemical measurements and efficient separations in the classroom and in interdisciplinary research at the boundaries of chemistry, biology, and engineering.


Bristol-Myers Squibb
New Brunswick, NJ

Irena Maksimovic currently works as an Integrated Development Team Manager at Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS). In her current role, Irena supports cross functional teams and respective expertise areas responsible for the development of new drug products. She is responsible for managing deliverables required to fulfill CMC requirements and timelines for all regulatory submissions.

In her previous role in BMS, she was responsible for analytical activities for API and DP development including method development and validation, testing and release, stability studies, specifications, regulatory filings and method transfers.

Before joining BMS, she worked for Merck as a Senior Scientist responsible for developing and validating stability indicating methods for API and DP, and for method transfer to worldwide QC labs. She received her Ph.D. degree in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Cincinnati, where she also completed her postdoctoral training.