Inside the event > Grants & Award: Alfred Benninghoven Award

The Alfred Benninghoven Award honors a person who has made a major contribution to the field of Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry and related techniques. The contribution can be a game changing invention or discovery, outstanding advances in fundamentals or applications, and/or a long-lasting engagement with a pronounced impact on the community.

For this first edition of the award, the jury was composed of Prof. Jean-Paul Barnes (president), Prof. Anja Henss, Prof. Jiro Matsuo, Dr. Ewald Niehuis and Prof. Peter Williams. The call for applications was closed on January 10th, 2024. Four high-quality applications were received and evaluated by the jury. 

Following the unanimous decision of the jury, the award goes to Prof. Dr. Ian Gilmore, from the National Physical Laboratory (UK) for his outstanding contribution to the field of Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry, which culminated with the invention a new instrument combining the advantages of ToF-SIMS with the high-mass resolution and structural analysis capabilities of the Orbitrap mass spectrometer.  As winner of the Alfred Benninghoven Award, Prof. Gilmore is granted a plenary lecture at the SIMS 24 conference, together with a plaque or medal and a cash award of 5000 euros.







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