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November 7, 2007,
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Johns Hopkins' Dagdigian Is Maryland Chemist of the Year

Paul Dagdigian, Arthur D. Chambers Professor of Chemistry at The Johns Hopkins University's Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, has been named 2007 Maryland Chemist of the Year by the American Chemical Society's Maryland Section.

A former Chemistry Department chair, Dagdigian has been on the faculty at Johns Hopkins since 1974. He earned his B.A. in chemistry at Haverford College in 1967 and his Ph.D. at the University of Chicago in 1972. He is a fellow of the American Physical Society and served as chair of its Division of Chemical Physics from 1990 to1992.

Paul Dagdigian
Photo by Will Kirk / HIPS

"I am honored by this selection by the Maryland section of the American Chemical Society," Dagdigian said. "This is a significant recognition of my activities by my peers."

Dagdigian uses laser spectroscopy to study molecules and their interactions in the gas phase. In particular, he is applying spectroscopy to detecting trace concentrations of molecules such as explosives. This could lead to the development of laser-based techniques to detect explosives and explosive-related compounds in very small quantities.

John Toscano, chair of the Johns Hopkins Chemistry Department, praises his colleague for that innovative and important work.

"This is a tremendous honor for Paul and very fitting recognition of his outstanding accomplishments here in the Johns Hopkins Chemistry Department," Toscano said. "Since his arrival at Hopkins in 1974, Paul has been at the forefront of the application of laser spectroscopy to the study fundamental interactions between molecules in the gas phase. More recently, he has also been involved in the development of new laser analytical techniques for trace explosives detection."

Related Web Site:
> Dagdigian's lab page