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ArrowMag Lab Researcher Naresh Dalal to Receive 2007 Southern Chemist Award

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October 5, 2007

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Naresh S. Dalal, the Dirac Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Florida State University and a researcher with the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory’s Electron Magnetic Resonance program, has been selected to receive the 2007 Southern Chemist Award from the Memphis Section of the American Chemical Society.

The award honors "an outstanding researcher who has brought recognition to the South," specifically the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. A medal and honorarium will be presented to Dalal at a meeting of the Memphis Section of the American Chemical Society in December.

"It always is a great honor to be recognized by one’s peers in such a manner," Dalal said of the award. "I'm particularly pleased because this award recognizes the work I have done since I moved to Florida State in 1995."

Dalal has made notable contributions to spectroscopic techniques spanning frequencies from a few hertz to several terahertz over more than three decades of pioneering research in magnetic resonance spectroscopy, mainly electron magnetic resonance. Such research has novel applications to a wide range of problems, ranging from free radicals in toxicology and carcinogenesis to ferroelectric and magnetic phase transitions in quantum solids, quantum dots, quantum computing and high-temperature superconductivity. Over the course of his career, Dalal has been a prodigious writer and researcher, publishing scholarly articles in more than 350 publications.

"We at FSU and the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory are of course delighted to hear of Professor Dalal’s latest peer recognition," said Alan G. Marshall, the Robert O. Lawton Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at FSU and director of the Ion Cyclotron Resonance Program at the Magnet Lab. "This one is especially remarkable because it is based on research conducted in the Southern geographic region – in Naresh’s case, only since he joined the FSU Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry 12 years ago."

Dalal came to FSU and the Magnet Lab in 1995 from West Virginia University, where he held the Centennial Professor Chair of Chemistry. He chaired the FSU Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry from 1999 to 2007, and currently serves as an assistant dean in FSU’s College of Arts & Sciences.

Earlier this year, Dalal was recognized as the top chemist in Florida by the the Florida Section of the American Chemical Society, which bestowed up on him its annual Florida Award. He also was named a fellow of the American Physical Society in 1999, and in 2003 was designated a Distinguished Research Professor, which recognizes outstanding research and/or creative activity, at FSU.

Dalal is the fifth faculty member in FSU’s Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry to receive the Southern Chemist Award, joining Gregory Choppin (1971), Michael Kasha (1974), Earl Frieden (1987) and Alan G. Marshall (2004).


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