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Universität Bayreuth, Press Release No. 127/2017, 13 Oktober 2017

She is one of the first female scientists to receive this special award: Dr. Catherine McCammon, geoscientist at the University of Bayreuth’s Bavarian Research Institute of Experimental Geochemistry & Geophysics (BGI), was awarded the prize of the International Board on the Applications of the Mössbauer Effect (IBAME).


She was presented with the award at the annual meeting of the scientific society in St. Petersburg. It was only the fifth time since 2006 that such a prize had been awarded. In her acceptance speech entitled “Small, Smaller, Smallest”, Dr. McCammon presented her geoscientific research at the BGI, which involves exposing microscopic rock samples to extremely high pressures and temperatures, providing new insights into the structures and processes in the earth’s interior thanks to the Mössbauer Effect.

This phenomenon, named after its discoverer, German physicist and Nobel laureate Rudolf Mößbauer, enables extremely precise measurements to be taken and is currently used in a number of applications in chemistry, materials research, and solid state physics. IBAME created this science prize to honour outstanding research contributions stemming from the Mössbauer Effect, which has been used in various applications for at least 20 years. 


“The fact that the IBAME presented the award for my research at the Bavarian Research Institute of Experimental Geochemistry & Geophysics is not only a great honour for me personally, but also important recognition of the relevance of Mössbauer Effect in the Earth sciences,” said Dr. McCammon.


Dr. Catherine McCammon
Bavarian Research Institute of
Experimental Geochemistry & Geophysics (BGI)
University of Bayreuth
95447 Bayreuth
Phone: +49 (0)921 / 55-3709
E-mail: Catherine.McCammon@uni-bayreuth.de

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