Priestley Medal 2016 for Mostafa El-Sayed

Priestley Medal 2016 for Mostafa El-Sayed

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Professor Mostafa El-Sayed, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, USA, has been awarded the Priestley Medal, which is the highest honor of the American Chemical Society (ACS). The Priestley Medal is awarded annually in recognition of distinguished service and in commemoration of lifetime achievements in chemistry. It was presented at the 251st ACS National Meeting & Exposition in San Diego, CA, USA, on March 15, 2016.

Professor El-Sayed is honored for “his pioneering research on nanomaterials and his years of service to the ACS”. His research focuses on nanoscience and plasmonics. His interests include the synthesis and characterization of nanomaterials, applications in medicine and catalysis, and localized surface plasmons in noble metal nanoparticles.


Mostafa El-Sayed
studied chemistry at Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt, and at Florida State University, Tallahassee, USA, where he received his Ph.D. under the supervision of Michael Kasha in 1958. After postdoctoral research at Yale University, New Haven, CT, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, and the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, all USA, he joined the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1961. In 1994, he moved to the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, USA, where his current position is Regents’ Professor and Julius Brown Chair.

Among other honors, Professor El-Sayed received the King Faisal International Prize in 1990, the Irving Langmuir Award in Chemical Physics from the ACS in 2002, and the Ahmed Zewail Prize in Molecular Sciences in 2009. He is a former Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Physical Chemistry and currently a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of ChemPhysChem.


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