Ramon Barnes is director of the University Research Institute for Analytical Chemistry, Professor Emeritus of Chemistry at the University of Massachusetts, editor/publisher of the ICP Information Newsletter (1975- ), and chairman of the Winter Conference on Plasma Spectrochemistry (1980- ). He received a Ph.D. in analytical chemistry from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He was a Materials Engineer at the NASA Lewis Research Center, Cleveland, Ohio, and a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the DOE Ames Laboratory at Iowa State University. From 1969 to 2000 he taught analytical chemistry and maintained an international research program at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. In 2000 he became professor emeritus. He has published more than 300 papers, edited four books, and continues an active research interest in fundamentals and applications of inductively coupled plasma (ICP) discharges for spectrochemical analysis.
In 2003 he received the Lester W. Strock Award from the Society for Applied Spectroscopy for outstanding work in the development of the flow field-flow fractionation ICP technique. In 2007 he was elected Fellow of the Society for Applied Spectroscopy. In 2008 he received the Török Tibor Award and Commemorative Medal from the Spectrochemical Association of the Hungarian Chemical Society during their annual national meeting. In January 2010 he received the first Winter Conference Award in Plasma Spectrochemistry sponsored by Thermo Fisher Scientific at the 2010 Winter Conference on Plasma Spectrochemistry. In 2013 he received the CSI award from the Colloquium Spectroscopium Internationale, and also he was honored by the Brazilian Chemical Society at 2013 ENQA. In 2014 he received the Ioannes Marcus Marci Medal from the Ioannes Marcus Marci Spectroscopic Society of the Czech Republic at the ESAS 2014 and 15th Czech – Slovak Spectroscopic Conference, Prague. In 2015 he was selected by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board for a Fulbright Specialist Grant in Chile.
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