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Boston College chemist Torsten Fiebig.

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Boston College chemist Torsten Fiebig.
Credit: Boston College

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-- Boston College Chemist Torsten Fiebig has been awarded the prestigious Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Research Fellowship, intended to enhance the careers of the very best young faculty members in specified fields of science, the foundation recently announced.

Boston College chemist Torsten Fiebig honored by Sloan Foundation

CHESTNUT HILL, MA | Posted on February 20th, 2008

A total of 118 Sloan Research Fellowships - which were established in 1955 to provide support and recognition to early-career scientists and scholars - are awarded annually in seven fields, including chemistry. Selection procedures are designed to identify researchers who show the most outstanding promise of making fundamental contributions to new knowledge.

"It's a great honor," said Fiebig, who lives in Framingham, MA. "I feel fortunate to be among those recognized by the foundation. We pursue a level of excellence at Boston College, so I think this is as much a reflection on my research group, the Chemistry Department and my colleagues here at the university."

Fiebig, an assistant professor, joined the faculty of the Chemistry Department at Boston College in 2003. He works in the areas of photophysics - the transport and processing of light - photonics, where researchers are probing the potential uses of DNA in nanotechnology, as well as laser technology with potential applications to minimally invasive surgery.

A native of Germany, he received his Ph.D. from the University of Gottingen in 1996 and was a post-doctoral fellow at the California Institute of Technology. Professor Fiebig's other honors include: a young investigator award from the Inter-American Photochemical Society (2007), the Grammatikakis-Neumann Award of the Swiss Chemical Society (2006); the Emmy-Noether Fellowship (2000), and the Otto-Hahn Medal of the Max Planck Society (1997).

Fiebig's physical chemistry research group is interested in a fundamental understanding of molecular interactions and ultra-fast processes in complex molecular structures - such as electron and proton transfer. The lab's primary focus is to develop and apply new technologies for probing real-time structural changes in biological systems - such as DNA. The underlying goal is to understand molecular function by probing structure and dynamics simultaneously.

"Many advances were made using crystal structures and the idea was that just seeing the molecules could allow you to understand their biology," Fiebig says. "But in addition to having the structural information and seeing the atoms in place, one needs to know how they behave dynamically on various time scales - from ultra-fast to very slow. These time frames are crucial to understanding how molecules function, both in living biological systems and in synthetic chemicals in the laboratory."

Currently, the Fiebig research group investigates the interaction of ultra-violet radiation with DNA on the ultra-fast time scale in order to address the question of how excess energy dissipates in nucleic acids. The research addresses a long-standing issue in DNA photophysics and could provide new insight into the damaging effects of sunlight on DNA - damage that is often a precursor to cancer and other diseases.

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Boston College is one of the oldest Jesuit, Catholic universities in the United States. U.S. News and World Report ranks Boston College 35th among national universities.

Boston College confers more than 4,000 degrees annually in more than 50 fields of study through 7 schools and colleges. Faculty members are committed to both teaching and research and have set new marks for research grant awards over the last ten years, more than $44 million in the last year alone.

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