Life Sciences Division
For distinguished contributions to the field of analytical spectroscopy and the development of advanced monitoring technologies for environmental and human health protection.
Tuan Vo-Dinh received a Ph.D. degree in physical chemistry in 1975 and is currently a corporate fellow and group leader of the Advanced Monitoring Development Group at ORNL. His research interests include monitoring techniques for process, environmental control and environmental analysis, laser techniques for trace analysis using luminescence and surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy, cancer detection and biomedical diagnostics, and environmental and biomedical sensors (antibody biosensors, gene probes, biochips for HIV, TB, p53, cancer diagnosis).
Dr. Vo-Dinh has received five R&D 100 Awards (1996, SERS gene probe; 1994, spot test for PCB; 1992, SERS optical data storage; 1987, fluoro-immunosensor; and 1981, PNA dosimeter). He has also received the Lockheed Martin Technology Commercialization Award (1998); the BER-50 Award for Biological and Environmental Research, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) (1997); the Inventor of the Year Award, Inventors Club of America and Tennessee Inventors Association (1996); two Federal Laboratory Consortium Awards for Excellence in Technology Transfer, (1995, 1986); the Thomas Jefferson Award, Martin Marietta Corporation (1992); the Languedoc-Rousillon Award (France) (1989); and the Gold Medal Award of the Society for Applied Spectroscopy (1988).
Dr. Vo-Dinh has authored more than 220 publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals. He is the author or editor of seven books. He holds 16 U.S. patents, five of which have been licensed by DOE to private companies for commercial development. Dr.Vo-Dinh has presented more than 100 invited lectures at international meetings in universities and research institutions. He has organized and chaired over 10 national and international conferences in environmental and biomedical research areas. He served as the Honorary Chairman of two International Symposia on Analytical Sciences held in Deauville, France in 1993 and in Montreux, Switzerland in 1994.
Dr. Vo-Dinh is a fellow of the American Institute of Chemists and editor of the international journal Polycyclic Aromatic Compounds. He also serves or has served as an associate editor of ANALUSIS, and as a member on the editorial and advisory board of Applied Spectroscopy, Talanta, Spectrochimica Acta Reviews, and the Journal of Biomedical Optics. He is also the editor of the book series on Advances in Environmental and Process Control Technologies. Dr.Vo-Dinh serves as chairman of Commission on Optical Detection Methods for the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC), chairman of the ASTM Subcommittee on Fiberoptics, and the U.S. delegate to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization Industrial Advisory Group.
Dr. Vo-Dinh was appointed a corporate fellow in 1994.