The inaugural 2021 IUPAC Analytical Chemistry Medal recipient is Joseph Wang

In 2019, the IUPAC Analytical Chemistry Division established two awards:

The IUPAC Analytical Chemistry Medal—an award to recognize significant lifetime contribution to analytical chemistry and for researchers who have a substantial record of achievements demonstrated by the number and quality of their publications, by being actively involved in international partnerships as well as by their commitment in the training of the next generation of analytical chemists.

The Emerging Innovator Award in Analytical Chemistry—an award to recognize outstanding work undertaken by researchers who are at the early stage of their independent career > see release

The inaugural 2021 IUPAC Analytical Chemistry Medal recipient is Joseph Wang

Joe Wang

Wang is a Distinguished Professor of Nanoengineering and SAIC Endowed Chair at the University of California San Diego (UCSD). He also serves as the Director of the UCSD Center of Wearable Sensors.

Wang obtained his higher education at the Israel Institute of Technology (Haifa), being awarded his D.Sc. in 1978. From 1978 to 1980 he served as a research associate at the University of Wisconsin (Madison). Between 1980 and 2004 he was a member of the Chemistry department at NMSU where he held a Regents Professor and a Manasse Chair between 2001 and 2004, and between 2004 and 2008 he served as the Director of the Center for Bioelectronics and Biosensors and a Professor of Chemical Engineering and Chemistry at Arizona State University, and as Chair of the UCSD Nanoengineering Department between 2014 and 2019.

His research interests include the development of electrochemical biosensors, nanomotors and nanorobots, wearable sensors, flexible stretchable materials, biomedical applications of nanomachines, printable devices, nanomaterials-based sensors, bioelectronics, biorecognition and clinical diagnostics, microfluidic (“Lab on-Chip”) devices, microfabrication, biofuel cells, new interfaces for electroanalysis and electrocatalysis, sensor/recognition coatings, and remote environmental and security sensing. He has authored over 1150 research papers, 11 books, 45 patents, and 35 book chapters. His H-Index (Google Scholar) is 176. Wang has presented more than 400 invited talks, including 200 plenary and keynote lectures in 60 countries. He was been the Founding Editor and Chief Editor of the international journal Electroanalysis (Wiley-VCH) for 3 decades (1988-2018). He has been a member of the Advisory Editor Board of 25 other international journals.

Wang has been a Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researcher since 2015 and has been included in the Thompson Reuters List of 2015 World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds. He has received numerous international awards, honorary doctorates and professorships.

Wang has been a key contributor to IUPAC project “Electrochemical DNA-based biosensors: terms and methodology” (Pure Appl. Chem. 82, 1161–1187, 2010).

Professor Wang has mentored 35 PhD students and trained over 350 post-doc and visiting scholar fellows. These trainees currently hold leading academic and industrial positions throughout the globe.



See announcement of the Emerging Innovator Award

Announcement published in Chem Int July 2021

Follow-up 7 Sep 2021: Joseph Wang spoke with Dr. Vera Koester of ChemistryViews about his current research, especially the exciting development of wearables, and giants in chemistry. Read full interview in ChemistryViews: