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CONTACT: Nicki Ferramosca
December 27, 2000

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John McLean, Ph.D. Candidate, is Recognized for His Work in Analytical Spectroscopy

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 award. 

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 Montaser."  

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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