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trends in analytical chemistry, vol. 15, no. 4, 1998 Second tier suppliers ($m) 250-300 Bruker (GE); CibaGeigy/Mettler-Toledo (SZ); EG & G Instruments (US); JEOL(J) 200-250 Bio-Rad (US); Horiba (J); M ~ p o r e (US) 150-200 A & D (J); Canberra (US); Coming (US); Emerson Electric/Buehler & Rosemonnt (US); Jasco (J); Leco (US); Rigaku (J); Siemens (GE); Sybron (US) 100-150 Barlow Rand/Bibby Sterilin (RSA); Dionex (US); Eppendorf (GE); General Signal/Lindberg & Revco (US); Hach (US); Jookoo (J); Malllnckrodt Baker (US); Perstorp Analytical (SW); Philips Analytical X-Ray (NL); Philips Electron Optics (NL); Sartorius (GE); Seiko Instruments (J); Whatman (UK); Yokogawa Analytical Systems (US); Ze!lweger Analytics (SZ) ii 1996 sample prep award The particulate-loaded membrane approach which isolates selected classes of analytes from sample volumes ranging from hundreds of liters to a few microliters, and which has been developed commercially by 3M Company as Empore Solid Phase Extraction disks, has earned Donald F. Hagen the 1996 award for Advances in Sample Preparation. These membrane configurations eliminate wall and other channeling problems associated with conventional particle-packed columns and are seen as a major advance in SPE cartridge design. The technology has been approved in official EPA methods and reduces the time and solvent necessary for sample preparation. Current applications are in the enviromnental, clinical, food and DNA assay areas. Hagen is a corporate scientist at the 3M Company of St Paul, Minn., which he joined in 1963 as a research specialist. His work has resulted in a number of technical presentations, publications, issued patents and pending patent applications. The award is sponsored by HewlettPackard to recognize advances in the area of automated sample preparation and sample preparation science. It is open to scientists worldwide and the candidates are selected by the scientific committee of the International Conference on Automation, Robotics and Artificial Intelligence applied to Analytical Chemistry, where the award is presented. This is the fifth time the award has been presented. Analytical Instrument Industry Report, PO Box 78, East Grinstead, England RH19 2YW Tel. 44 1342 835935 Fax 44 1342 833488 E-mail 1000443.3474@compuserve.corn A range of seven chemistry databases has been made available to the UK higher education community by The Royal Society of Chemlstry (RSC) and Combined Higher Education Software Team (CHEST). These databases provide information in analytical chemistry, mass spectrometry, biotechnology, health and safety, chemical engineering, nutrition and chemical industry news. The full service begins in March 1996, provided by Bath Information and Data Ser~ices (B~DS). The databases ofleJ-ed are: • Analytical Abstracts • Chemical Business NewsBase • Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology Abstracts incorporating Current Biotechnology Abstracts e Chemical-Safety Data Sheets • Chemi'~d Safety NewsBase e Mass Spectrometry Bulletin • UK Nutrient Databank This service is the result of an initiative of the Joint Information Services Committee of the UK Higher Education Funding Councils (HEFC). For further detait~ contact: CHEST and NISS Centre Computing Services Bath University Claverton Down Bath BA2 7AY Tel: + 44 (0)1225 826282 Fax: + 4 4 (0)1225 826177 E-mail:chest@chest.ac.uk Judith Barnsby The Royal Society of Chemistry Thomas Graham House Science Park Milton Road Cambridge CB4 4 WF Tel: + 44 (0)1223 420066 Fax: + 44 (0)1223 423429 E-mail:marketing@rsc.org TrAC winners At the recent PittCon we gave away free subscriptions to the personal edition of TrAC to 5 lucky analytical chemists. Visitors to the Elsevier Science stand were invited to fill in a questionnaire on their use of electronic media in scientific communication. In return they received an envelope, some of which contained the coveted gold cards. The winners were: • Christoph Klawun of Applied Automation, Bartlesvi!le, OK; • Lea Paleudis, Kent State University, Kent, OH; • Frederic Theraulaz, Univesite de Provence, Marseiile, France; • Chris Burgess, Burgess Consultancy, Barnard Castle, UK: and • Garth Swaney, Swaney Engineering, Olympia Fields, IL. Our congratulations to them all. news items News and views on recent events, activities, award winners, etc. should be sent to: TrAC Editorial Office P.O. Box 330 1000 AH Amsterdam The Netherlands Fax: (31) 20 4852 845 http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png TrAC Trends in Analytical Chemistry Elsevier

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