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POTSDAM - Philip K. Hopke, Clarkson University’s Bayard D. Clarkson Distinguished Professor, director of Clarkson’s Institute for a Sustainable Environment and director of Clarkson’s Center for Air Resources Engineering & Science, has been awarded the 2014 Chemometrics in Analytical Chemistry Chemometrics Lifetime Achievement Award.

The award honors recipients for their important accomplishment in the field of chemometrics — the science of extracting information from chemical systems by data-driven means. Chemometrics is the application of mathematical or statistical methods to chemical data to obtain the maximum information or the best results. It includes improved calibration methods, classification tools, and visualization methods.

Hopke received the award at the 14th Conference on Chemometrics in Analytical Chemistry in June at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Va., where he was presented with a medal and a certificate by Lutgarde Buydens, professor of analytical chemistry at the Radboud University in Nijmegen, Netherlands. She is the chair of the conference’s permanent committee.

Hopke’s research interests are primarily related to particles in the air, including particle formation, sampling and analysis, composition, and origination. His current projects are related to solid biomass combustion, receptor modeling, ambient monitoring, and nucleation.

Hopke is a member of the International Statistics Institute and is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences. He is also a fellow of the American Association for Aerosol Research, where he has served in various roles, including president, vice president, and as a member of the board of directors.

He is a also member of the NRC Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology, the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, the International Society of Exposure Science, and the International Society of Indoor Air Quality and Climate, among others.

He has served as a member of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee and a member of a number of National Research Council committees. He was a member of the NRC Committee on Energy Futures and Air Pollution in Urban China and the United States, the Committee on Research Priorities for Airborne Particulate Matter, and the Committee on Air Quality Management in the United States.

Hopke received his Ph.D. in chemistry from Princeton University and joined Clarkson University as the Robert A. Plane Professor of Chemistry in July 1989.

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