University of Utah chemical engineering professor Marc Porter was recently named a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC), the professional association based in the United Kingdom dedicated to the advancement of the chemical sciences.

It is the second scientific association Porter has been named a fellow to in the last three months. He was also named a fellow to the Council of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world’s largest multidisciplinary scientific society.

“It is an honor to be recognized by this appointment,” he said about his new honor. “I truly appreciate the recognition of the work by my past and present co-workers from colleagues and friends ‘across the pond,’ as my grandmother used to say.”

The society, which began 179 years ago, now has more than 54,000 members around the world. Its mission is to “advance excellence in the chemical sciences — to improve the lives of people around the world now and in the future.”

Porter received his bachelor’s in chemistry and a master’s in physical chemistry from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, and a doctorate in analytical chemistry from The Ohio State University.

He was a chemistry professor at Iowa State University where he also was director of the Microanalytical Instrumentation Center and the Institute for Combinatorial Science. From 1997 to 2004, he co-founded the companies Advanced Analytical Technologies, Inc., CombiSep, Inc. and Concurrent Analytical, and he recently co-launched Porter Medical Technologies. In 2006, he became chemistry and biochemistry professor at Arizona State University where he also served as director of both the Center for Combinatorial Sciences at the Biodesign Institute.

Porter arrived at the University of Utah in 2007 as a USTAR professor of chemistry and chemical engineering. He also has an appointment as an adjunct professor of bioengineering and pathology. He is currently the director of the Nano Institute of Utah and the Utah Center for NanoBioSensors within the institute.