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.

2021 Recipient

Roy Goodacre, University of Liverpool

Roy is Professor of Biological Chemistry in the Department of Biochemistry and Systems Biology within the Institute of Systems, Molecular and Integrative Biology (ISMIB) at the University of Liverpool. He is the Chair of the Institute’s Research and Impact Committee, Deputy Head of Department, and also a co-director of the Centre for Metabolomics Research.

A long-term UV Raman spectrometer failure led to a change of direction in Roy’s Raman research and in 2004 his group showed for the first time that surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) could be developed for robust bacterial identification (paper). This led to a series of studies in that area and his group went on to show that quantitative analysis with SERS is possible only when correct experimental design is used along with the application of appropriate multivariate chemometrics. Other Raman strands included online monitoring of microbial fermentations, microbial metabolism and understanding microbiome structure, fidelity in protein biopharmaceuticals within process analytical technology, as well as handheld Raman and SORS for onsite food security analysis. In 2019 he spent the summer in the Australian Outback measuring pigments from Aboriginal Rock Art.

Roy is a Founder and currently a Director of the Metabolomics Society (2005–15; 2020-22) and a Director of the Metabolic Profiling Forum. Finally, he’s a Committee member of Royal Society of Chemistry's Analytical Division Council (ADC) and is a Trustee of the Analytical Chemistry Trust Fund.

Roy’s full bio can be found here. Read the 2021 Charles Mann Award press release here


If you'd like to nominate someone for the Charles Mann Award, please review this nomination information. The deadline for nominations for the 2022 Charles Mann Award is August 31, 2021.

Past Recipients

2020 Yukihiro Ozaki

2019 Karen Faulds

2018 Andrew Whitley

2017 Duncan Graham

2016 Brian Marquardt

2015 Sanford A. Asher

2014 Richard P. Van Duyne

2013 Volker 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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