FSU Graduate Receives the 2016 Priestley Medal

Mostafa El-Sayed, Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Georgia Tech and graduate of the FSU chemistry doctoral program (1958), is the 2016 recipient of the Priestley Medal. This award is the highest honor bestowed by the American Chemical Society (ACS) and is given in recognition of distinguished services to chemistry.
Professor El-Sayed’s research has made significant contributions in the areas of molecular spectroscopy, the synthesis and characterization of nanomaterials, and most recently in the use of nanoparticles for biological labeling and photodynamic therapy. He’s published over 500 journal articles, mentored more than 100 graduate students and postdoctoral researchers, and served for more than 20 years as the editor-in-chief for the Journal of Physical Chemistry.
As a graduate student at FSU, Mostafa studied molecular photophysics under the guidance of late FSU chemistry professor Michael Kasha (1921-2013).

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