For a research on a new way of detecting toxic lead and copper in water, Prasun Chatterjee, an Indian environmental engineering student has won one of the highest US research honours. Chatterjee, a research student at the University of Lehigh, Pennsylvania, will receive the 2010 C. Ellen Gonter Environmental Chemistry Award from the American Chemical Society's (ACS) Environmental Chemistry Division when ACS holds its fall national meeting in Boston in August.
Chartered by the US Congress, ACS is the world's largest scientific society and the premier international organization for chemists, chemical engineers and related professions. The Gonter award, named after a noted research chemist and consultant, is given to a graduate student for an outstanding research paper. Chatterjee's doctoral research has led to the development and synthesis of an inexpensive inorganic material that can detect toxic lead or copper in water at the parts-per-billion level by using a pH meter or pH paper.