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.

2023 Recipient

Juergen Popp

Juergen Popp studied chemistry at the universities of Erlangen and Würzburg, Germany. After his PhD in Physical Chemistry, he joined Yale University for postdoctoral work. He subsequently returned to Würzburg University where he finished his habilitation in 2002. Since 2002 Juergen Popp holds a chair for Physical Chemistry at the Friedrich-Schiller University Jena, Germany. Since 2006 he is also the scientific director of the Leibniz Institute of Photonic Technology, Jena. Juergen Popp is a world leading expert in Biophotonic / optical health technology research covering the complete range from photonic basic research towards translation into clinically applicable methods. The core of the biophotonic research activities lies in the realization of multicontrast microspectroscopic imaging approaches and instruments as well as in the implementation of fiber-, chip- and nanoparticle-based methods together with chip-based molecular point-of-care or point-of-use concepts to address biomedical, environmental and life-science problems. In particular, his expertise in the development and application of innovative linear and non-linear Raman spectroscopy approaches according to the needs of pathology, oncology, and infection/ sepsis should be emphasized. A further research focus of Prof. Popp is the Raman spectroscopic investigation of material science issues. All his research is supported by the development and application of sophisticated data analysis procedures based on machine learning methods or other data analysis methods like 2D-correlation analysis. Juergen Popp has published more than 960 journal papers and has been named as an inventor on 20 patents. His work has been cited more than 31.000 times and he has an h-index of 77. Juergen Popp is a leading partner in various national and international research projects in cooperation with academic, clinical and industrial partners (e.g. initiator and CEO of the research campus “InfectoGnostics” a public-private partnership researching new paths in infection diagnosis and infection research or initiator and core-partner of the “Leibniz Center for Photonics in Infection Research (LPI)” - the LPI is one of three projects that the German government has put on the national roadmap for research infrastructures). In doing so, he and his group raised more than 100 million Euro third party funding. He gave more than 200 invited talks on national and international conferences (among them more than 60 keynote/plenary lectures). Juergen Popp has been organizer and chairman of several large national and international conferences (e.g. ICOB 2012, ICORS 2014, ECONOS 2016 and many more) and of several interdisciplinary and translatory workshops and symposia. In this context, Juergen Popp shows great national, international and political commitment for interdisciplinary and translation (e.g. as member of the program committee „Optical Technology“ of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) or as Member Board of Stakeholders European Technology Platform “Photonics21”). He has been frequently asked as a contact person for media and politics. In 2012, he received an honorary doctoral degree from Babeş-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. Professor Jürgen Popp is the recipient of the 2013 Robert Kellner Lecture Award and the prestigious 2016 Pittsburgh Spectroscopy Award. In 2016 he was elected to the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) College of Fellows. 2018 Juergen Popp was awarded the renowned Ioannes Marcus Marci Medal of the Czechoslovak Spectroscopy Society, he won the third prize of the Berthold Leibinger Innovationspreis and received the Kaiser-Friedrich-Forschungspreis. In 2019 he was awarded the Ralf-Dahrendorf-Preis für den Europäischen Forschungsraum and in 2020 he became an OSA senior fellow. In 2021 he became a Fellow (FRSC) of the Royal Society of Chemistry. In 2022 he was awarded the Kuivila Lectureship Award of the University of Albany, USA and was named among the Photonics100 2023.


If you'd like to nominate someone for the Charles Mann Award, please review the nomination information for instructions. Nominations for the 2024 Charles Mann Award are being accepted through September 30, 2023.

Past Recipients

2022 Igor Lednev

2021 Roy Goodacre

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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