CCDG News and Information



The Chicago Chromatography Discussion Group Presents:

CCDG is a proud supporter of HPLC 2018.  We provided a Travel Grant to HPCL 2018, the 47th International Symposium on High Performance Liquid Phase Separations and Related Techniques, July 29-August 2, 2018 in Washington, DC.  We are excited to announce the winner of the travel grant; Sarah Lum from the University of Notre Dame!

“Battling the Backlog: Novel CZE System for Forensic Separations”
Sarah Lum is a bioanalytical chemist working in scientific technology development. After learning about the enormous backlog in rape kit processing, Sarah became passionate about utilizing her analytical skillset to design a technology to address this injustice. In 2016, she obtained a patent on a novel CZE system for the forensic analysis of sexual assault evidence. Since then, she has traveled to crime labs across the U.S. to share her work and engage in conversation with law enforcement officers, crime lab analysts, and government officials to work together in battling the rape kit backlog.
Sarah’s work has been recognized with the 2017 Young Scientist Award at the Microscale Separations and Bioanalysis International Symposium in Noordwijkerhout, The Netherlands. She was named a 2017 U.S. National Institute of Justice Graduate Research Fellow, and has been featured in The Analytical Scientist, Biola Magazine, and the Notre Dame (ND) Magazine. In addition to her research, Sarah is passionate about leadership, mentorship, and outreach. She served two terms as the President of the Association for Women in Science at Notre Dame where she developed a STEMentorship Program for undergraduate women in STEM and chaired the 2016 inaugural Women in Science Regional Conference. Sarah also leads the ND Chemistry Demonstration Team, and was named a 2017 National Science Foundation Ethical Leaders in STEM Fellow.
Sarah graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.S. in Biochemistry from Biola University in 2010 and is currently a Chemistry Ph.D. Candidate working with Dr. Norman Dovichi at the University of Notre Dame.


We would like to thank our outgoing President, Rich DeMuro for his hard work and stewardship, and welcome Amy Alexander as our incoming President.



The 2017-2018 board would like to thank everyone for a wonderful season and we look forward to an even better season in 2018-2019!

The CCDG board approved a change to the membership year at the May 8, 2018 board meeting.  The membership year will now follow a calendar year January 1 to December 31.  All members who were paid and in good standing receive an extension until December for their current membership.

Future Events

CCDG Gas Chromatography School.

Keep an eye out for more information as we can share it.  Save the date for the week of October 21st.

Dinner lecture meeting

Next Meeting: TBD (September?)
Featured speaker: TBD
Location: TBD