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.
- Screening of Chlamydomonas reinhardtii Populations with Single-Cell Resolution by Using a High-Throughput Microscale Sample Preparation for Matrix-Assisted Laser Desorption Ionization Mass Spectrometry,
Jasmin Krismer, Jens Sobek, Robert F. Steinhoff, Stephan R. Fagerer, Martin Pabst, Renato Zenobi, A. M. Spormann,
Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 2015, 81, 5546–5551.
- The Scope of Analytical Chemistry,
Jonathan V. Sweedler, Daniel W. Armstrong, Yoshinobu Baba, Gert Desmet, Norman Dovichi, Andrew Ewing, Catherine C. Fenselau, Robert T. Kennedy, Cynthia K. Larive, Frances S. Ligler, Richard L. McCreery, Reinhard Niessner, Jeanne E. Pemberton, Weihong Tan, David R. Walt, John R. Yates, Renato Zenobi, Xinrong Zhang,
Anal. Chem. 2015, 87, 6425–6425.
- Real-Time High-Resolution Tandem Mass Spectrometry Identifies Furan Derivatives in Exhaled Breath,
Diego García-Gómez, Lukas Bregy, César Barrios-Collado, Guillermo Vidal-de-Miguel, Renato Zenobi,
Anal. Chem. 2015, 87, 6919–6924.
- What can we learn from ambient ionization techniques?,
Huanwen Chen, Gerardo Gamez, Renato Zenobi,
J. Am. Soc. Mass Spectrom. 2009, 20, 1947–1963.
- Rapid In Vivo Fingerprinting of Nonvolatile Compounds in Breath by Extractive Electrospray Ionization Quadrupole Time-of-Flight Mass Spectrometry,
Huanwen Chen, Arno Wortmann, Weihua Zhang, Renato Zenobi,
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2007, 46, 580–583.
Single Molecule Tip-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy with Silver Tips,
W. Zhang, B.S. Yeo, T. Schmid, R. Zenobi,
J.Phys. Chem. C 2007, 111, 1733–1738.
Also of Interest
- Mass Spectrometry of Mouse Breath,
ChemViews Mag. 2015.
Pharmacokinetic behavior of drugs studied by mass spectrometric analysis of mouse breath
- Event Highlight: Analytical Chemists Met in Graz,
ChemViews Mag. 2015.
Impressions from ANAKON, the main joint conference of Austrian, German, and Swiss analytical chemists
- Schmidt and Mulvey Awarded,
ChemViews Mag. 2013.
The Fresenius Prize and Arfvedson Schlenk Prize were presented to Professor Tortsen Schmidt and Professor Robert Mulvey, respectively