Charles N. Reilley Award in Electroanalytical Chemistry

The Charles N. Reilley Award in Electroanalytical Chemistry is given in memory of one of the most distinguished analytical chemists of the 20th century.  Reilley’s interests were both fundamental and broad; he made seminal contributions not only to electroanalysis, but also optical spectroscopy, NMR, chromatography, data analysis, instrumentation, and surface analysis.  The signature of his research was to decline empiricism, seeking a basic understanding of measurements and detection schemes.  Reilley recognized that measuring things is at the heart of modern chemistry. Reilley is central in the history of the Society for Electroanalytical Chemistry, which was formed following his death in 1981, as a vehicle for managing the award.  A Biography of Charles N. Reilley was written by Royce Murray for the National Academies Press in 2006.

Download the National Academy of Sciences biography on Charles N. Reilley, written by Royce Murray.

Current Awardee – 2024

Eric Bakker is chair of analytical chemistry at the University of Geneva in Switzerland. After his undergraduate studies in chemistry at ETH Zurich, he pursued his doctorate with Wilhelm Simon at the same institution, working on optical ion sensing principles and materials and becoming increasingly interested in ion-selective membrane theory. Throughout his doctorate work he was also a part-time project manager at Mettler-Toledo, where he developed a reference electrode element that avoids silver contamination, which was patented and since commercialized. He pursued postdoctoral studies at the University of Michigan with Mark Meyerhoff where he contributed to understanding how potentiometric polyion sensors work and how anion-responsive membrane electrode selectivity can be optimized. In his second year he also worked on a part time basis with Raoul Kopelman where he made contributions to fiber optic nanosensors. He subsequently started his independent academic career at Auburn University in Alabama in 1995 and rose through the ranks to become full professor in 2003. During this time he contributed to the understanding and improvement of the detection limit of ion-selective electrodes, developed dynamic electrochemistry methods for membrane electrodes and had a long standing collaboration with Beckman Coulter to develop particle-based optical sensors that can be read out by flow cytometry. In 2005 he moved to Purdue University as tenured full professor and in 2007 accepted a position of professor and institute director at Curtin University in Western Australia. In 2010 he was called to the University of Geneva for his current position. He has published over 400 papers that have been globally cited about 30,000 times. Eric also received the Robert Boyle Prize from the Royal Society of Chemistry and the Simon-Widmer Award from the Swiss Chemical Society. Having previously served as Associate Editor for Sensors and Actuators B, he was an inaugural Associate Editor for ACS Sensors and now serve as its Executive Editor. He is also a scientific advisor for Eaglenos, a diagnostic company based in Nanjing.

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University of Geneva

Award Sponsors

Bioanalytical Systems

Sponsors: Charles N. Reilley Award

Award Nominations

Nominations for the Charles N. Reilley Award should include a letter of nomination describing the individual’s significant contributions to electroanalytical chemistry, at least two seconding letters of support, and a curriculum vitae for the individual. All nomination materials will be retained by SEAC. Once nominated, the nominee will be considered for the Reilley Award for a total of three years without being re-nominated. However, an updated vitae should be given to the chair of the award’s committee. The submission of additional supporting information or a re-nomination is welcome at any time prior to the award nomination deadline listed below.

Nominations for the 2025 Charles N. Reilley Award in Electroanalytical Chemistry are currently open.
Nominations will be accepted until April 1, 2024

Nominations should be e-mailed as a single PDF attachment to the Awards Committee Chair:

Shelley Minteer profile image/avatar
Missouri S&T

Awardee History

2024Eric BakkerUniversity of Geneva
2023Lane BakerTexas A&M University
2022Paul BohnUniversity of Notre Dame
2021Keith StevensonKJS Consulting
2020Shelley MinteerMissouri S&T
2019Joseph WangUniversity of California - San Diego
2018Patrick UnwinUniversity of Warwick
2017Juan FeliuUniversity of Alicante
2016Reginald PennerUniversity of California - Irvine
2015Hubert GiraultEPFL
2014Joseph HuppNorthwestern University
2013Andrew EwingUniversity of Gothenburg
2012Debra RolisonUS Naval Research Laboratory
2011Richard Van DuyneNorthwestern University
2010Dick CrooksUniversity of Texas at Austin
2009Charles MartinUniversity of Florida
2008Héctor AbruñaCornell University
2007George WilsonUniversity of Kansas
2006Mark MeyerhoffUniversity of Michigan
2005Alan BondMonash University
2004Adam HellerUniversity of Texas at Austin
2003Richard McCreeryUniversity of Alberta
2002Christian AmatoreÉcole normale supérieure
2001Richard BuckUniversity of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
2000Henry WhiteUniversity of Utah
1999Janet OsteryoungNorth Carolina State University
1998Larry FaulknerUniversity of Texas at Austin
1997Dennis JohnsonIowa State University
1996R. Mark WightmanUniversity of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
1995William HeinemanUniversity of Cincinnati
1994Barry MillerCase Western Reserve University
1993Dennis EvansPurdue University
1992Stephen FeldbergBrookhaven National Laboratory
1991Stanley BruckensteinSUNY Buffalo
1990Jean-Michel SavéantUniversité de Paris VII (France)
1989Theodore KuwanaUniversity of Kansas
1988Royce MurrayUniversity of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
1987Robert OsteryoungSUNY Buffalo
1986Fred AnsonCalifornia Institute of Technology
1985Ralph AdamsUniversity of Kansas
1984Allen BardUniversity of Texas at Austin