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prof. Tibor Kántor

Tibor Kántor graduated from the Technical University of Budapest as chemical engineer in 1953. His first employment was at the Central Institute of Physics, Department of Spectroscopy from 1953 to 1959, and then he received a status as research coworker in the Academic Research Group of the Technical University of Budapest, Department of General and Analytical Chemistry. From 1970, he got the rank of senior research worker and was nominated as the leader of the Spectrochemical Research Group until 1990, when he was sent to retirement officially.

However, from the next year, 1991, he continued the research work at the Eötvös Loránd University, Department of Inorganic and Analytical Chemistry and further on at the Department of General and Inorganic Chemistry (1998-2006) being financed by the Hungarian Research Foundation. Presently, he is honorary coworker at the Spectroscopic Laboratory of Geological and Geophysical Institute of Hungary.

Regarding his scientific degrees, he received doctor technicus (MSc) title in 1965, candidate degree (PhD) in 1976 and doctor of science degree (DSc) in 1987. He received the Professor title from the Technical University of Budapest in 1990.

Longer stipendiums in abroad were 12 months stay at the University of Houston (Texas), 1973-74 and 6 months stay at the University of Florida (USA), 1981-82.

Major research field has been the Analytical Atomic Spectroscopy and the main interest was focused on high temperature chemical processes in spectroscopic sources. The following scientific results might be considered significant during his career:

  1. Role of the vaporization process in the analytical function of emission spectroscopy (1969-1974);
  2. Introduction of the graphite-arc vaporization (dispersion) technique for sample introduction into flames (1973);
  3. Introduction of the laser ablation technique for sample introduction into flames (1976);
  4. New interpretation of the releasing effect in flame spectrometry (elimination of aluminium interference on calcium determination) (1987);
  5. Introduction and studies of halogenation reactions with halocarbon vapors in d.c. arc (1980), flame (1983), graphite furnace (1983), ICP (1994) and combinations of these sources.
  6. Interpretation of the aerosol formation process in the electrothermal vaporization and in part laser ablation sample introduction methods (1987).

He published 124 scientific papers and 9 book chapters (one in English), the number of citations to his articles is about 980. He is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the periodical Spectrochimica Acta Part B from 1987.

He was elected chairman of the Spectrochemical Association of the Hungarian Chemical Society for two years (1995 and 1996). He was granted with the Tibor Török Award by the Hungarian Spectrochemical Association (2002), with the Jerzy Fijalkowski Award by Committee of Analytical Chemistry of Polish Academy of Sciences (2009) and with the Nicolaus Konkoly Thege Award by the Slovak Spectroscopic Society (2010).