The Editors of the leading international journal Chemical
Physics Letters are pleased to announce that the second Ahmed Zewail Prize
in Molecular Sciences has been awarded to Professor Mostafa El-Sayed from Georgia
Institute of Technology, USA, for his seminal contributions to the understanding
of the electronic and molecular dynamics and properties of systems with different
length scales, ranging from molecules to nanoparticles to biomedical systems.
The Prize consists of a monetary award of $20,000 and will be presented during
the 2009 Spring meeting of the American Chemical Society, in Salt Lake City,
Mostafa El-Sayed has made broad fundamental contributions to many research
areas in the field of electronic and molecular dynamics. His pioneering experiments
have yielded deeper understanding of the mechanisms of electronic dynamics in
many systems of different length scales ranging from gaseous molecules; ions;
gaseous clusters; molecules in condensed phase; amorphous and crystalline solids;
nanoparticles and photo biological systems.
Nobel Laureate Professor Ahmed Zewail, in whose name the Prize is honoured,
remarked: "Mostafa has made outstanding contributions in many areas of
physical chemistry, bringing his creative ideas and insightful perspectives
to molecular sciences. I am overjoyed that Mostafa has been selected for his
impressive scientific accomplishments. Above all, we are all grateful for his
untiring service to the scientific community."
Dr. Karel Nederveen, Publisher at Elsevier, commented: "I am delighted
with the choice of Professor El-Sayed as the second Ahmed Zewail Prize winner.
I thank both the nominators and the 9 leading scientists in the Voting Committee,
who helped the Editors in making such an exceptional choice from a field of
close to 40, very strong, nominations."