Fresenius Prize 2015

Fresenius Prize 2015

Author: ChemViews

Professor Renato Zenobi, ETH Zurich, Switzerland, has been awarded the Fresenius Prize by the Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker (GDCH, German Chemical Society).

The award recognizes achievements in developing and promoting analytical chemistry. It was presented at the GDCh Wissenschaftsforum 2015 in Dresden, Germany, on September 1, 2015.

Professor Zenobi is honored for his contributions to nanoscale analytics and to combining microscopic and spectroscopic methods with mass spectrometry. His research interests include laser-based analytical chemistry, electrospray and laser-assisted mass spectrometry, ambient mass spectrometry, and near-field optical microscopy and spectroscopy.

He has made important contributions to the understanding of the ion formation mechanism in matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization (MALDI) mass spectrometry. Zenobi was also involved in the development of analytical tools for the nanoscale, in particular TERS (tip-enhanced Raman spectroscopy).

Renato Zenobi
received a M.S. degree from ETH Zurich, Switzerland, in 1986, and a Ph.D. from Stanford University, CA, USA, in 1990. This was followed by postdoctoral appointments at the University of Pittsburgh, PA, USA, and at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA. Zenobi returned to Switzerland in 1992, and established his own reasearch group at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL). He became Assistant Professor at ETH in 1995, was promoted to Associate Professor in 1997, and to Full Professor in 2000.

Among many other honors, Professor Zenobi has received the Thomas Hirschfeld Award in 1989, the Heinrich Emanuel Merck-Prize in 1998, and the Thomson Medal from the International Mass Spectrometry Foundation in 2014. In 2010 he was appointed Associate Editor of the journal Analytical Chemistry.

Selected Publications


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