Issue Date: January 8, 2018
ACS Award in Separations Science & Technology: Massimo Morbidelli
Sponsor: Waters Corp.
Citation: For outstanding sustained contributions in fundamental understanding of preparative chromatography and development of innovative processes for the application of continuous countercurrent chromatography in biomanufacturing.
Current position: professor of chemical reaction engineering and separation technology, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Zurich
Education: dottore in ingegneria chimica (equivalent to an M.S.), Politecnico di Milano; Ph.D., chemical engineering, University of Notre Dame
Morbidelli on what gets his creative juices flowing: “In my everyday life, I often end up discussing with my students some set of data that they produced or found in the literature. We always try to understand and explain at a fundamental level each detail behind these, and this inevitably generates a number of exciting questions and new ideas.” As good engineers, we then select a few based on their impact on industry and society.”
What his colleagues say: “Morbidelli’s work has been instrumental in transforming the art of biochromatography into its science and engineering. Because of his contributions, more efficient, more robust, and more rapidly developed processes are possible today in biopharmaceutical manufacturing, improving the ability to bring drugs to the patient faster and with reduced cost.”—Giorgio Carta, University of Virginia
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