Born and raised in Hong Kong, George Chan received his
Ph.D. degree in 2007 at Indiana University majoring in analytical chemistry
under the supervision of Professor Gary M. Hieftje. Currently, he is a
postdoctoral research fellow in the Laboratory for Spectrochemistry at
Indiana University. His research interests lie in analytical chemical
measurement and instrumentation, with an emphasis on understanding the
fundamental mechanisms of atomic spectroscopy, and further improving
instrumentation for modern multidisciplinary research. His current research
activity involves chemical elemental analysis, with the ultimate goal of
improving the analytical performance of plasma sources as tools for
Prior to joining IU as a graduate student, he received a B.Sc. degree
majoring in Chemistry and a M.Phil. degree in analytical chemistry from The
University of Hong Kong. During the course of his M.Phil. study, he spent
two summers in the laboratory of Dr. Richard Russo at Lawrence Berkeley
National Laboratory as a visiting scientist. He was involved in the
development of laser ablation sampling techniques for inductively-coupled
plasma spectrochemical analysis for fundamental and analytical (chemical
analysis) purposes. Dr. Chan also studied laser beam interactions with
sample materials, and the changes in plasma conditions in the ICP due to
laser ablation sampling.
He has received a Hong Kong Croucher Foundation Scholarship from 2002-2005,
the American Chemistry Society Division of Analytical Chemistry Graduate
Fellowship sponsored by GlaxoSmithKline for 2005-2006, and the Kraft
Fellowship in 2006. He is also the recipients of the Society for Applied
Spectroscopy’s (SAS) Graduate Student Award in 2006. Two of his research
papers, co-authored with Professor Gary Hieftje at IU, were selected for the
2004 Elsevier/Spectrochimica Acta Atomic Spectroscopy Award, chosen by the
Editorial Advisory Board of Spectrochimica Acta Part B to honor the most
significant article(s) published in a particular volume of the journal.
Recently, he received the Gordon F. Kirkbright Award for 2008 from the U.K.
Association of British Spectroscopist (ABS) Trust.