2018 EAS Award for Outstanding Achievements in Separation Science

Mr. Chris Pohl

Christopher Pohl is Vice President, Chromatography Chemistry in the Chromatography & Mass Spectrometry Division of Thermo Fisher Scientific.  Prior to the acquisition of Dionex by Thermo Fisher Scientific in May 2011, Christopher was Senior Vice President of R&D and Chief Science Officer at Dionex Corporation.  In this position Mr. Pohl was responsible for Chemistry Research and Development at Dionex.

Mr. Pohl served as Senior Vice President, Research and Development and Chief Science Officer from August 2008 until May 2011.  Prior to that, as of May 2004, Mr. Pohl served as Vice President of Research and Development and Chief Technology Officer.  Prior to that, as of June 2001, he served as Vice President of Research and Development.  From March 2000 to June 2001, Mr. Pohl served as Vice President, Research and Development of Ciphergen Biosystems, Inc., a provider of proteomics tools. From September 1996 to March 2000, he served as Vice President of Consumables at Dionex, managing both consumables R&D and consumables production.  From 1979 to 1998 he worked various other capacities in the Dionex R&D department.  Prior to joining Dionex, he worked as an analytical chemist at the Clorox Technical Center in a competitive product analysis lab.  Prior to that, he worked at Chevron Chemical in the herbicide, pesticide and fungicide R&D lab as an analytical chemistry technician.

He is the author or co-author of 5 book chapters and more than 100 scientific papers published in peer-reviewed scientific journals.  He is an author or co-author of 85 US patents with numerous foreign equivalents in a number of areas including: separation methods, stationary phase design, suppressor technology, solid phase extraction, capillary electrophoresis techniques and accelerated solvent extraction (ASE).  His most significant accomplishments include: the initial development of high pH anion exchange chromatography for the separation of carbohydrates via anion exchange, development of hydroxide selective phases suitable gradient ion chromatography applications, development of membrane suppressor technology, development of Accelerated Solvent Extraction (ASE) where he played the role of primary inventor, and development of hyperbranched anion exchange condensation polymer synthesis technology.  He received his BS in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Washington in 1973.  He received the International Ion Chromatography Symposium Award in 1990 in recognition of outstanding contributions in developing the methodology of ion chromatography.