The ANACHEM Award was established in 1953 and is presented annually 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 Award was presented as a part of the Anachem Conference through 1972. After 1972, the ANACHEM Award has been presented at the national meeting presented by FACSS as a part of a special symposium comprising a group of invited speakers. The ANACHEM award will be presented at the SciX meeting. More details on the award are available from ANACHEM.

2020 ANACHEM Award Recipient

Gary Blanchard received his BS degree in Chemistry with Honors from Bates College in 1981 and his PhD degree in Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin –Madison in 1985.  That same year he joined Bell Communications Research in Red Bank, New Jersey, where he worked on environmental and contaminants research and ultra-high speed photonic signal processing.  In 1991 Blanchard joined the Chemistry faculty at Michigan State University as an Assistant Professor, rising through the ranks to Professor in 1999.  He also holds an adjunct appointment in Ag and Biosystems Engineering and serves as the Associate Chair for Education in Chemistry.  His research focuses on interfacial science, nanoparticles, chemical sensing and catalysis, ionic liquid organization and developing photo-induced precision chemistry using molecules to maximize excited state reactivity.  His work has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the US Department of Energy, the National Institutes of Health and DARPA, in addition to many private sector sources. 

Blanchard has published more than 220 peer-reviewed papers, holds 7 patents, has presented more than 300 talks at National and international meetings and universities, and has graduated 34 PhDs and 10 MSs during his 28 years at Michigan State University. 


Nominations for the future ANACHEM awards should be submitted to the current president of the ANACHEM organizations. Contacts details can be found on the ANACHEM website.

past recipients

2019 Robert Kennedy

2018 Susan M. Lunte

2017 Jennifer Brodbelt - Interview with Spectroscopy

2016 Paul Cremer - Interview with Spectroscopy

2015 Jonathan V. Sweedler - Interview with Spectroscopy

2014 David E. Clemmer - interview with Spectroscopy

2013 Norman Dovichi

2012 Peter R. Griffiths

2011 Robert B. 'Chip' Cody

2010 Marc D. Porter

2009 E. Neil Lewis

2008 Scott A. McLuckey

2007 Isiah Warner

2006 Richard D. Sacks

2005 Mary J. Wirth

2004 Walter Jennings

2003 Catherine Fenselau

2002 Bruce Chase

2001 Chuck Sweeley

2000 R. Sam Houk

1999 Steve Stein

1998 Lloyd Snyder

1997 Michael Morris

1996 James Jorgenson

1995 George G. Stafford

1994 Joseph A. Caruso

1993 Richard Nyquist

1992 Milos V. Novotny

1991 Ben S. Freiser

1990 Janet Osteryoung

1989 Harry L. Pardue

1988 Walter Slavin

1987 Howard Malmstadt

1986 Henry Freiser

1985 Fred M. McLafferty

1984 Gary Hieftje

1983 Roger Bates

1982 James Shoolery

1981 Walter McCrone

1980 James D. Winefordner

1979 J.J. Kirkland

1978 Jeanette Grasselli

1977 Richard Hahn

1976 John Vandenbelt

1975 David F. Boltz

1974 John Mitchell, Jr.

1973 Rosalyn Yallow

1972 Charles Reilly

1971 Velmer Fassel

1970 Vernon Stenger

1969 Sidney Siggia

1968 Eugene Sawicki

1967 Ralph G. Smith

1966 Harvey Kiehl

1965 John Hague

1964 Lawrence Hallett

1963 A.A. Benedetti-Pichler

1962 Paul K. Winter

1961 I. M. Kolthoff

1960 Harry A. Bright

1959 G. Frederick Smith

1958 Charles Gambrill

1957 Philip J. Elving

1956 William Fredrick

1955 No Awardee

1954 M.G. Mellon

1953 Hobart H. Willard

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