Ebb… Then Flow
The co-inventor of flow injection analysis is awarded the newly reinaugurated Talanta Medal
Elo Hansen has published hundreds of papers, delivered lectures across the globe and is now the proud winner of the Elsevier Talanta Medal (1) – not bad for an analytical chemist who thought he had “disappeared into academic oblivion”.
At a private award ceremony during Pittcon 2016, Hansen (pictured left), from the Technical University of Denmark, very humbly discussed his significant contribution to analytical science. “My former colleague Jaromír Růžička and I actually invented flow injection analysis (FIA),” he said. “The ultimate test for an analytical approach is not that it can do better what can be done by other means, but that it allows us to do something that we cannot do in any other way.” FIA has been used all over the world for many years and appears in more than 24,000 papers, said Hansen – testimony indeed.
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