Bunsen-Kirchhoff Award

Bunsen-Kirchhoff Award for Analytical Spectroscopy

In even-numbered years, the German working group for Analytical Spectroscopy (DAAS) of the GDCh Division of Analytical Chemistry awards the "Bunsen-Kirchhoff Award for Analytical Spectroscopy" to honor outstanding spectroscopic achievements , scientists from universities, research institutes or industry. Work from all sub-areas of analytical spectroscopy is taken into account, but in particular from innovative subject areas such as spectroscopy in the nano range, on biomolecules or spatially resolved spectroscopy. The prize, which has been endowed with 3000 euros since 2020 by the company Analytik Jena, will be awarded at the analytica conference in Munich.

The "German working group for Applied Spectroscopy" (DASp) started awarding the Bunsen-Kirchhoff Prize in 1990. Since 2014, the DAAS, which consists of the union of the working groups DASp and AMSEl. ("working group for micro and trace analysis of the elements and element species") continued this tradition.

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Bunsen-Kirchhoff Award 2022

The Bunsen-Kirchhoff Award 2022 was awarded to Dr. Carlos Abad Andrade (California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California, USA) in recognition of his excellent developments in continuum source atomic absorption spectrometry (CS-AAS).

"Dr. Carlos Abad Andrade is an outstanding expert in the field of atomic and molecular absorption spectrometry. In particular, he made a significant contribution to the substantial further development of Echelle spectrometers for CS-AAS. This enabled quantitative access to elements such as boron, chlorine, fluorine and sulphur, using AAS.For the first time, Dr. Carlos Abad Andrade demonstrates, using the example of a Zr modifier, that the time resolution of the Echelle systems used enables mechanistic investigations into the effect of the modifier in the graphite furnace.His work deserves special mention for the use of CS-AAS for the analysis of isotopes, which has an accuracy that comes close to that of multi-collector inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (MC-ICP-MS).This results in completely new possible uses for technologically highly relevant applications, such as examining the aging of lithium batteries or lithium analyses e in blood serum."

Bunsen-Kirchhoff Award 2020

The 2020 Bunsen-Kirchhoff Award was awarded to Dr. habil. Natalia P. Ivleva (Technical University of Munich, Institute for water chemistry and Chemical Balneology, Chair for Analytical Chemistry and water chemistry) - in recognition of her excellent developments in the field of Raman microspectroscopy, in particular stable isotope Raman microspectroscopy.

"Dr. Ivleva is an outstanding expert in the field of Raman spectroscopy. She was able to show for the first time that Raman microscopy is an efficient method for characterizing the nanostructures of combustion aerosol particles and is suitable for predicting their structure-related activity. In addition, Dr. Ivleva established a Raman microscopy based analytical method for the reliable identification and quantification of micro-plastic particles in environment and food samples.Her most recent work on stable isotope Raman microspectroscopy deserves special mention, in which she combined with surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) a completely new, effective and non-destructive tool for 2D and 3D spectroscopic characterization of microorganisms at the single cell level."

Bunsen-Kirchhoff Award 2018

Presentation of the Bunsen Kirchhoff Prize to Dr. Zsuzsanna Heiner (2nd from right) by Dr. Martin Dinse, PerkinElmer (2nd from left), Prof. Dr. Kerstin Leopold, Chair of the Bunsen-Kirchhoff Prize jury (right) and Dr. Wolfgang Buscher, Chairman of the DAAS (left). (Photo: PerkinElmer)

Bunsen-Kirchhoff Award 1990ff

Year awardee/affiliation* Reason
2020 Dr. habil. Natalia P. Ivleva
Technical University of Munich

in recognition of their excellent developments in the field of Raman microspectroscopy, in particular stable isotope Raman microspectroscopy


Dr. Zsuzsanna Heiner, School of Analytical Sciences Adlershof, Humboldt University of Berlin

in recognition of their excellent developments in the field of vibrational sum frequency generation (VSFG) at high repetition frequencies


Prof. Dr. Jacob T. Shelley
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute of New York University

in recognition of his outstanding research work in the field of novel plasma-based ionization sources in mass spectrometry
2016 Dr. Torsten Frosch
Leibniz Institute for Photonic Technologies
in recognition of his excellent developments in the field of miniaturized, fiber-based Raman sensing to address environmental science, pharmaceutical and biomedical issues. Particularly noteworthy here are his groundbreaking further developments in fiber- and cavity-enhanced Raman spectroscopy, which enable sensitive online detection of biogenic gases, important biomarkers and medical active ingredients in gases.
2015 Prof. Dr. Martin Resano
University of Zaragoza / Spain
in recognition of his outstanding developments in the use of atomic spectrometric methods for direct trace element analysis in solids
2014 Dr. Oliver Reich,
University of Potsdam
in recognition of his outstanding achievements in the field of photon density wave spectroscopy
2013 Prof. Dr. Maria Montes-Bayon,
University of Oviedo/Spain
in recognition of their groundbreaking developments in the use of mass spectrometric methods for the quantitative analysis of biomarkers
2012 Prof. Dr. Christoph Haisch, Munich for his groundbreaking developments and applications in the field of laser-based spectrochemical analysis systems, especially in the areas of Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS), optothermal spectroscopy, photoacoustic spectroscopy and surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS)
2011 Dr. Daniel Pröfrock, Helmholtz Center Geesthacht for his outstanding work on the detection of biomolecules using covalently bound heteroatoms as well as the development of miniaturized chromatographic techniques and their coupling with element- or molecule-specific mass spectrometric methods
2010 Prof. Dr. Janina Kneipp, Humboldt University of Berlin for her work on analytical laser molecular spectroscopy with resonant Raman scattering in complex microstructured systems
2009 Dr. Joachim Koch, ETH Zurich for his analytical-spectroscopic work on laser ablation with femtosecond lasers
2008 PD Dr. Sebastian Schlücker, Würzburg for his analytical spectroscopic FT-IR and Raman work on label-free microscopic imaging for biomedical diagnostics
2007 Dr. Jörg Bettmer, Mainz for his work in the area of ​​coupling methods of chromatography and plasma mass spectrometry to investigate metalloproteins
2006 Dr. Volker Deckert, Dortmund for his work on tip-enhanced Raman spectroscopy
2005 Dr. Nicolas Bings, Hamburg for his work on time-of-flight mass spectrometry with inductively coupled plasma, with particular emphasis on analytical-methodological studies on the use of laser ablation, electrothermal evaporation, hydride processes and couplings with capillary electrophoresis for the analysis of real samples
2004 Dr. Ewa Bulska, Warszawa/PL for her work in the field of furnace atomic absorption spectrometry with special mention of the use of matrix modifiers as well as the analysis of biological materials and studies on the preservation of art objects
2003 Dr. Sergei Boulyga, Mainz for his work on the atomic spectrometric determination of the concentration and microdistribution of trace elements in environmental and tissue samples, particularly in connection with the Chernobyl reactor accident
2002 Dr. Jürgen Popp, Würzburg for his work on the spectroscopy of microparticles
2001 Dr. John A. McLean, Washington, DC/USA for his work in the field of plasma spectrometry
2000 Dr. Dieter Fischer, Dresden for the adaptation of infrared and Raman spectroscopy for process analytics
1998 Dr. Annemie Bogaerts, Antwerp/B for their work on modeling glow discharges
1995 Dr. Paul WJM Boumans, Bergeyk/NL in recognition of his fundamental contributions to the development of analytical atomic spectroscopy
1994 Dr. D. Bruce Chase, Wilmington/USA for his work on the development of Fourier transform Raman spectroscopy
Dr. WJ Orville-Thomas, Salford/GB for his work in elucidating the nature of chemical bonding
1993 Dr. Boris L'vov, St. Petersburg/RUS for his work in the field of electrothermal atomic absorption spectroscopy
1992 Dr. Kurt Laqua, Dortmund
(1919 - 2013)
for his work in the field of analytical atomic spectroscopy
Dr. Arnulf Röseler, Berlin for his work in the field of infrared ellipsometry
1991 Dr. Hannes Aiginger, Vienna/A for his work in the field of total internal reflection X-ray fluorescence analysis
Dr. Peter Wobrauschek, Vienna/A for his work in the field of total internal reflection X-ray fluorescence analysis
Dr. Joachim Knoth, Geesthacht for his work in the field of total internal reflection X-ray fluorescence analysis
Dr. Heinrich Schwenke, Geesthacht for his work in the field of total internal reflection X-ray fluorescence analysis
1990 Dr. Günter Snatzke, Bochum for his work in the field of circular dichroism spectroscopy

*At the time of award.

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