David McComb named Microscopy Society of America Fellow

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Materials Science and Engineering Professor David McComb is set to be honored this summer as one of just eight inductees of the Microscopy Society of America’s 2019 Class of Fellows.

The distinguished honor recognizes those who have served the scientific community and made significant contributions and achievements in the field of microscopy and microanalysis.

McComb, who is an Ohio Research Scholar in Nanoscale Materials Characterization and serves as associate director of the Institute for Materials Research, is recognized “for development of electron energy-loss spectrometry and its application to inorganic, organic and molecular systems, as well as the development and implementation of remote microscopy for teaching and learning,” according to the Microscopy Society of America.

He also serves as director of Center for Electron Microscopy and Analysis (CEMAS), where his remote microscopy resources are housed. CEMAS makes each of its instruments accessible through remote access, enabling instruments to be used and demonstrated in a world-leading digital lecture theater within the facility.

“We have well over $29 million worth of tools in this facility,” McComb said. “That is a capability that needs to be accessible way beyond The Ohio State University.”



McComb earned his doctoral degree in Physics at the University of Cambridge after studying chemistry at the University of Glasgow. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and the Institute of Materials. Before coming to Ohio State in 2011, he was co-director of the London Centre for Nanotechnology as well as Director of Research and Deputy Head of the Department of Materials at Imperial College London.

McComb will be conferred on Aug. 5 at this year’s Microscopy & Microanalysis annual meeting in Portland, Oregon. The Microscopy Society of America is an affiliate society of the American Institute of Physics and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Click here for the full list of Microscopy Society of America fellows.