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Charles Mann Award for Applied Raman Spectroscopy

The Charles Mann Award is presented to an individual who has demonstrated advancement(s) in the field of applied Raman spectroscopy, presented at the FACSS SciX conference; and/or demonstrated dedication to the advancement of the Raman spectroscopy program at the FACSS SciX conference and/or the ASTM Raman subcommittee.


The Charles Mann award for Applied Raman Spectroscopy was instituted by FACSS in 2002 following the untimely death of Professor Charles (Charlie) Mann. Professor Mann was a well-known and long-standing member of the faculty of Florida State University (FSU). Professor Mann and his faculty colleague, Professor Tom Vickers, contributed significantly to the development of analytical Raman spectroscopy via publications, participation at numerous meetings including the annual FACSS meeting, and participation in the ASTM sub-committee on Raman spectroscopy E13.08. Professor Mann’s research areas covered from the fundamental including data analysis (chemometrics and databases), quantitative Raman, and instrumental understanding to the applied, polymers, inorganics, etc.

Nomination Process

If you'd like to nominate someone for the Charles Mann Award, please review this nomination information sheet. The deadline for nominations for the 2020 Charles Mann Award has been extended to January 31, 2020. 

2019 Recipient

Karen Faulds, University of Strathclyde

Karen Faulds is a Professor in the Department of Pure and Applied Chemistry at the University of Strathclyde and an expert in the development of Raman and surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS)  for novel analytical detection strategies and in particular multiplexed bioanalytical applications. Karen received her PhD from the University of Strathclyde under the supervision of Prof Ewen Smith in 2003 on the detection of drugs of abuse using SERS. She was appointed as a full time lecturer at the University of Strathclyde in 2006 and promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2010, Reader in 2012 and full Professor in 2015 and she is currently the Head of Bionanotechnology and Analytical Chemistry.

She has published over 130 publications and 5 patents. She has been awarded over £2M in funding as principal investigator from EPSRC, BBSRC, charities, and industry and joint funding in the region of £20 M as a co-applicant. Her research groups’ work has been recognized through award of the Nexxus Award (2009), the RSC Joseph Black Award (2013) and the Craver Award (2016). She was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (2012), Fellow of the Society of Applied Spectroscopy (2017) and Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (2018). She was named one of the Top 50 Women in Analytical Science (2016) and Top 10 Spectroscopist (2017) by The Analytical Scientist. She has given over 70 invited talks at national and international conferences including Thailand, Japan, China, Russia, India, Canada and the USA.

She was elected as the first female and youngest Chair of the Infrared and Raman Discussion Group (IRDG) in 2014 which is the oldest spectroscopic discussion society in the UK and a FACSS member society. She is a member of the FACSS Governing Board and has organized sessions in the Raman program at SciX since 2009. She was involved in organizing Spring SciX, Chaired by Duncan Graham, held in Glasgow, Scotland in April 2018 which was the first SciX meeting held outside of North America. She is also an appointed member of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) Chemical Biology Interface Division and a member of the International Steering Committee of the International Conference on Raman Spectroscopy (ICORS) as well as sitting on several awards committees on behalf of the Coblentz Society and the SAS. She is the Strathclyde Director of the Centre for Doctoral Training in Optical Medical Imaging, serves on the editorial board of RSC Advances and the editorial advisory board for Analyst, Chemical Society Reviews and Analytical Chemistry.

Past Recipients

2018 Andrew Whitley

2017 Duncan Graham

Spectroscopy Interview with Duncan Graham

2016 Brian Marquardt

Spectroscopy Interview with Marquardt

2015 Sanford A. Asher

Spectroscopy Interview with Asher

2014 Richard P. Van Duyne

Spectroscopy Interview with Van Duyne

2013 Volker Deckert

Spectroscopy Interview with Deckert

2012 Dr. Don Pivonka

2011 Professor Howell G.M. Edwards

2010 Professor Richard L. McCreery

2009 Professor Pavel Matousek

2008 Dr. Ian R. Lewis

2007 Dr. Neil Everall

2006 Professor Michael Morris

2005 Dr. D. Bruce Chase

2004 Dr. Michael M. Carrabba

2003 Dr. Michael J. Pelletier

2002 Dr. Fran Adar

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