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Giorgio Carta, the Lawrence R. Quarles Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Virginia, has been elected fellow of the International Adsorption Society in recognition of his distinguished research and education in separations technologies.

The international society brings together industry, academic and government researchers from throughout the world working in the field of adsorption – a process of using solids to remove substances from gaseous or liquid solutions. Adsorption is used in myriad settings, from manufacturing to public utilities to national defense, to make products and industrial processes cleaner, safer and more effective.

Carta is a widely cited leader in preparative and process chromatography education and research. Chromatography encompasses techniques for separating mixtures of chemical or biological substances into individual components. Carta, the author or co-author of several books, is a recognized expert in purification processes of biomolecules at manufacturing scale for the production of biopharmaceuticals.

Over his nearly 40 years at UVA, he has mentored many undergraduates and dozens of Ph.D. students, a number of whom have gone on to distinguished careers in biopharmaceuticals. Carta has helped establish UVA chemical engineering as a reliable source of talent for the industry.

Among his ongoing activities, Carta will organize PREP 2022, the 35th International Symposium on Preparative and Process Chromatography next month – marking his 14th year as chair of the event.

In writing to notify Carta of his confirmation as a fellow, Andreas Seidel-Morgenstern, president of the International Adsorption Society and a professor at Otto von Guericke University of Magdeburg, noted Carta’s body of work.

“I am pleased to inform you that the members of the IAS Board have approved your appointment as a Fellow of the International Adsorption Society to acknowledge the tremendous and significant contributions you have made during your career for the field of adsorption and for our international community,” Seidel-Morgenstern wrote.

Being a fellow is significant for Carta, who fully appreciates the impact of the society’s collective work.

“I was humbled by the news of being elected fellow,” Carta said. “Since its founding in 1989, IAS researchers have advanced the field of adsorption from the fundamental molecular basis of adsorption phenomena to the design of industrial separations processes in areas ranging from CO2 capture and hydrogen storage to the purification of fine chemicals and biopharmaceuticals.

“Current IAS fellows include some of the most distinguished scientists in this field. Joining them is truly an honor for me.”