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EMSL researcher wins prestigious Coblentz Award

December 06, 1995 Share This!

RICHLAND, Wash. – X. Sunney Xie, a researcher at the Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory, has won the 1996 Coblentz Award, which recognizes outstanding achievement by a young molecular spectroscopist under the age of 36.

Xie is being honored for his use of near-field microscopy to study the spectroscopy and dynamical behavior of single molecules. The research has applications in several fields including chemical analysis, materials and the mapping of biological structures. It is expected to have a major impact on the understanding of biochemical processes in biological membranes.

Xie will receive the award in June 1996 at The Ohio State University International Symposium on Molecular Spectroscopy in Columbus, Ohio. The award is presented annually by the Coblentz Society at the symposium and honors William W. Coblentz, whose work in infrared radiometry at the National Bureau of Standards led to the systematic use of infrared spectroscopy for the identification and analysis of chemical compounds.

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