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Dec. 18, 2014

MSU chemistry professor nets national honor

MSU chemistry professor Marcos Dantus has been named a 2014 Fellow of the American Physical Society. Dantus was one of 18 members of the society’s Division of Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics honored. Fellowship is a distinct honor signifying recognition by one's professional peers.

Dantus was recognized for his contributions to the development of pulse shaping and coherent control techniques for femtosecond electronic spectroscopy microscopy and remote sensing of molecules.

His research in ultra-short pulse lasers and their applications has resulted in 43 invention disclosures submitted to MSU Technologies since 1994. Dantus currently has 22 patents issued and others pending.

"Making a difference is the key motivation that energizes my scientific work,” Dantus said. “Being elected a fellow of the APS recognizes that our work at MSU is having a broader scientific impact."

Chemistry department chairperson Robert Maleczka said that Dantus award is another illustration of the impact chemists make across a variety of disciplines.

“Marcos' ultrashort laser work not only represents superb chemistry and physics, but also holds the promise to positively impact us all through his sensing applications in fields ranging from human health to national security,” Maleczka said. “It’s fantastic to be able to claim Marcos as a colleague, and we all congratulate him on having his APS colleagues elect him as one of their 2015 fellows.”

Dantus and the rest of the 2014 cohort will be recognized at a ceremony in March. For a complete list of 2014 fellows visit

By: Val Osowski