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World-Renowned Chemistry Professor Receives 2017 Founders’ Day Faculty Award of Merit

By Jenna Pizzi

Charles McEwenA world-renowned expert in mass spectrometry, Charles McEwen, PhD, the Houghton Professor of Chemistry, was presented the 2017 Faculty Award of Merit during University of the Sciences’ 196th Founders’ Day Ceremony on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017.

Dr. McEwen’s research interests are in the area of mass spectrometry, a method used in the identification and quantification of minute quantities of compounds biological and synthetic materials. It is one of the most widely used analytical techniques with numerous research and practical applications.

“During his eight-year tenure at USciences, Charles has made significant discoveries published in over 30 highly-cited papers and are protected through a number of granted and provisional patents,” said Dr. Peter Miller, provost and vice president for academic affairs. “He truly exemplifies the innovative and entrepreneurial spirit of the USciences’ Founders.”

His research has established a start-up company, MSTM, to commercialize the technology based on discoveries made in his laboratory, which have a wide range of potential applications. The National Science Foundation has pledged to support the company’s development with nearly $1 million in Small Business Technology Transfer grants.

Dr. McEwen has published more than 100 peer reviewed papers, his work has been featured in influential publications such as the American Chemical Society’s website, and has been featured as the cover story of Chemical and Engineering News. Dr. McEwen, a former DuPont employee, has also received that company’s prestigious Pedersen Award, honoring Nobel Prize Winner Charles Pedersen. He was also previously named Innovator of the Year by the Philadelphia Business Journal.

Dr. McEwen is a devoted and diligent educator, mentoring undergraduate and graduate students who have had the unique opportunity to perform research leading to breakthrough technology and see the process of patenting and commercializing discoveries.  

Dr. McEwen, a Matoaca, Va., native who currently resides in Newark, Del., earned his doctor of philosophy degree in physical organic chemistry with research in mass spectrometry under the direction of Professor Donald Hunt at the University of Virginia.

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