Indian American Purnendu Dasgupta has been conferred with the 2015 J Calvin Giddings Award by American Chemical Society Division of Analytical Chemistry for his environment friendly field analyser, which can be used for measuring toxic arsenic levels in water. He is currently working as a professor of chemistry at the Texas University, Arlington. The Award comprises a plaque and cash prize.
Dasgupta’s research area includes,
- Methods for environment-friendly analysis of arsenic in drinking water.
- Rapid analysis of trace heavy metals in the atmosphere.
- Iodine nutrition in women and infants and the role of the chemical perchlorate.
- Development of a NASA-funded ion chromatograph for testing extraterrestrial soil.
Dasgupta has authored more than 400 scientific papers and book chapters and holds 25 US patents. His work has earned more than USD 18 million in research grants.