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Dec. 16, 2014

MSU scientist nets national honor as innovation leader

A Michigan State University scientist focusing on laser research has earned a national honor for being a leader of innovation and invention.

Marcos Dantus, MSU chemistry professor and founder of BioPhotonic Solutions, was named a National Academy of Inventors Fellow. He earned the award for his contributions to patents and licensing, innovative discovery and technology, significant impact on society, and support and enhancement of innovation.

"It is great to be recognized for the creativity I bring to solving challenging technological problems,” Dantus said. “I appreciate the National Academy of Inventors’ role in recognizing that innovation can bring about quantum jumps in prosperity and well-being.”

Dantus is one of the world's leading researchers, innovators and entrepreneurs in the field of femtosecond lasers and the inventor of pulse-shaping technology. His efforts have yielded 21 U.S. patents, 10 U.S. patent applications and many corresponding international patents and applications.

One of those applications is a laser that could detect roadside bombs, the deadliest enemy weapon encountered in Iraq and Afghanistan. The laser, which has comparable output to a simple presentation pointer, potentially has the sensitivity and selectivity to canvas large areas and detect improvised explosive devices.

Another application helps make biopsies painless and noninvasive. Dantus’ laser allows doctors to test patients for skin cancer and review results on the spot rather than send samples to a lab for analysis.

Dantus is featured in MSU’s newest TV commercial.

The complete list of NAI Fellows can be found at

By: Layne Cameron

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