11 Jul 2023

Rafal E. Dunin-Borkowski awarded RMS Honorary Fellowship

World-leading electron microscopist receives Society’s most prestigious accolade

The RMS is delighted to announce Professor Rafal E. Dunin-Borkowski as the Society’s latest Honorary Fellow.

Rafal is universally-recognised as a world-leading electron microscopist, who has made major contributions to a wide range of electron microscopy techniques and applications.

Having obtained his M.A. in physics and PhD in materials science at the University of Cambridge, Rafal held postdoctoral and research scientist appointments in Cambridge, Arizona State University and Oxford, and a Royal Society University Research Fellowship at Cambridge, before his appointment as Founding Director of the Center for Nanoscopy at the Technical University of Denmark.

In the latter position, Rafal had responsibility for the design, construction and commissioning of the microscope building and its suite of state-of-the-art instruments, which included a leading facility for environmental TEM, and he supervised a large staff of research scientists and technicians to support its operation.

Rafal is currently Co-Director of the Ernst Ruska-Centre for Microscopy and Spectroscopy with Electrons (ER-C) at Forschungszentrum Jülich, which has come to be regarded as one of the world’s leading centres for electron microscopy research. He has facilitated many successful research proposals involving national and international collaborations and, together with his colleagues Joachim Mayer and Carsten Sachse, is leading the development of several unique instruments that combine highly sought-after sample handling and imaging capabilities.

Rafal has made ground-breaking personal contributions to several fields involving quantitative electron microscopy, including electron holography of magnetic and electric fields, electron tomography, aberration-corrected electron microscopy, and instrumentation development. His research has impacted the fields of chemistry, geology and biology, as well as his core disciplines of physics and materials science.

Rafal is the author/co-author of over 500 peer-reviewed publications, and his published works have been cited more than 22,000 times, with a Hirsch (‘h’) factor of 72. He has also authored/co-authored 27 book chapters and numerous review papers. Rafal is widely sought after as an invited speaker at many national and international conferences, and he continues to provide commendable service on important national and international committees and advisory boards across the globe.

RMS Vice President, Professor Grace Burke said: “Rafal is without doubt a world-leading electron microscopist who has not only made a series of groundbreaking personal contributions across multiple fields throughout his career, but also driven scientific discovery and innovation through his remarkable vision and inspiring leadership qualities. It is my very great pleasure to recognise him with our highest award - Honorary Fellowship of the RMS.”