|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PRESTIGIOUS BUNSEN-KIRCHHOFF PRIZE
AWARDED TO GW STUDENT
McLean, Ph.D. Candidate, is Recognized for His Work in Analytical
Washington - John McLean, Ph.D. candidate in
chemistry at The George Washington University, will be awarded the prestigious
Bunsen-Kirchhoff prize for analytical spectroscopy, especially his work on the
optical patternation method for quasi-instantaneous imaging of aerosol
properties in three dimensions.
Fourteen prizes have been awarded since its beginning in 1990 and McLean
is only the second American to be recognized. McLean will receive 5000 DM from Perkin
Elmer Corporation and an all expense paid trip to Germany to accept the
The Bunsen-Kirchhoff Prize
is granted by the Deutsche Arbeitskreis f�r Angewandte Spektroskopie (German
Working Group for Applied Spectroscopy) of the Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker
(Society of German Chemists). The
award is given annually for extraordinary accomplishments of young scientists or
for lifetime achievement in the spectroscopy of atoms or molecules.
"To be selected for such a
prestigious international prize is certainly a great honor," said McLean. "It has been made possible by the
wisdom, guidance, and friendship of my distinguished advisor, Professor Akbar
McLean received his bachelor's degree in chemistry in 1995 from
The University of Michigan and his master's degree in analytical chemistry in
1998 from GW. While continuing his
work toward a Ph.D. in analytical chemistry, McLean has authored or coauthored
20 research articles, two book chapters, and holds two patents. He has made over 50 presentations at
national and international meetings.
The Bunsen-Kirchhoff Prize is the 13th award he has received
for his Ph.D. work. After receiving
his Ph.D. from GW, McLean plans to pursue a career as a professor at a major
university or research institution and form a premier research group at the
forefront of analytical and bioanalytical chemistry.
"John has the capacity to
become a star scientist," said Professor Montaser, his advisor. "I see in him a clear commitment to
research in these areas of analytical and applied spectroscopy."
The Bunsen-Kirchhoff Prize will be presented at a special half-day
symposium at the CANAS '01 Conference in Freiberg, Germany on March 14,
2001. McLean will not only receive
his award but will also present a lecture titled "New Avenues in Plasma Source
Mass Spectrometry: Looking Towards the Future."
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