FACSS Innovation awardS

The FACSS Innovation Awards were founded in 2011 as part of the 2011 FACSS meeting at the suggestion of Prof. Pavel Matousek (Program Chair) and approved by the FACSS Governing Board.

These awards are given for the most innovative and outstanding new research advancements debuted orally at the SciX Conference. All program areas are included. Only research findings presented for the first time in the public domain qualify for entry. Work based on submitted papers not yet published electronically or in print at the time of abstract submission also qualifies. All attendees are eligible for the award irrespective of educational level or professional vocation.

During abstract submission, the presenting author opts in to be considered for the award and submits a short supporting statement. View complete application instructions to ensure eligibility before applying. Up to four finalists are selected to present to a panel of judges at a special plenary session on Thursday afternoon at the SciX conference. Presenters are notified in advance of the conference and each presenting author finalist will receive complimentary registration to SciX. The winner is selected by the judging panel based on the quality of the work presented, responses provided to the judges' questions after the plenary presentation, and responses to audience questions. The winner is announced at the closing plenary session on Friday morning.

Each award includes:

  • A total cash prize of $1500 and a plaque to the presenting author
  • A plaque for each co-author
  • Publicity for the awardees and their work

2022 Winner

Mads S. Bergholt

"Opto-Lipidomics of Tissues"

Mads S Bergholt is a Senior Lecturer at King’s College London leading the Label-free Bioimaging Laboratory. He received his MSc. Degree in Engineering, Physics and Technology (optics) from the University of Southern Denmark and his Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from National University of Singapore in 2014. He was then awarded a Marie Curie Fellowship at Imperial College London and a King’s Prize Fellowship at King’s College London. For his contribution to bioimaging in tissue engineering he was given the United Kingdom Regenerative Medicine Platform (UKRMP) Special Merit Prize. In 2019 he started his own group at King’s College London working on biomedical optics, linear/non-linear optical spectroscopy/imaging, endoscopy and artificial intelligence.

Co-authors who are also recognized: Elzbieta Stepula, Vincenzo Abbate, Ciro Chiappini, Tom Vercauteren, Ka Lung Andrew Chan, Nathan Siddall, Keith, Farrell-Dillon, Sarah Chapple, Giovanni Mann, Anahid Ahmadi Birjandi, Magnus Jensen, Davide Martella

Review the award announcement.


Lydia Kisley, PhD 

"What Lies Beneath your Elution Peak: Imaging When and Where Analytes Adsorb to Commercial Stationary Phase Particles"

Aditya Garg, PhD

"Biomimetic Transparent Nanoplasmonic Meshes by Reverse-Nanoimprinting for Bio-interfaced Spatiotemporal Multimodal Surface-enhanced Raman Spectroscopy"

Daniel-Ralph Hermann

"Rapid Vibrational Circular Dichroism – Opportunities through the combination of External Cavity Quantum Cascade lasers and Balanced Detection"

Past Recipients


EASI: A New Paradigm for Mass Spectral Identifications; 

Glen P. Jackson


Chemical Approaches to Improve Nanopore Single-Molecule Sensing; 

Jason R. Dwyer, James Hagan; University of Rhode Island


Electrically Triggered Water-in-Oil Droplets for Serial Femtosecond Crystallography)
Alexandra Ros (Arizona State University);

Interband Cascade Laser Frequency Combs: A New Tool for Miniaturization

Benedikt Schwarz (Technische Universität Wien);

Optical Reflection and Waveguiding of Sound in Free Space
Daniel Kazal1, Ellen Holthoff2, Brian Cullum1; 1University of Maryland, Baltimore County, 
Army Research Laboratory, Adelphi, MD

An Inexpensive Medical Device for Barrett’s Esophagus Screening; Rohith Reddy1, 2,
Michalina Gora1,2, Jing Dong1, 2, Matthew Beatty, 2, Wolfgang Trasischker1, 2, Kanwarpal Singh1,2,
Amna Soomro, 2, Catriona Grant, 2, Mireille Rosenberg, 2, Guillermo Tearney1, 21Harvard Medical School; 2Massachusetts General Hospital

Interview with Rohith Reddy by Spectroscopy

Five-dimensional Single Particle Tracking in Live Cells; Ning Fang1, Yan Gu2,Kuangcai Chen1,2, Tian Xia41Georgia State University; 2Iowa State University; 3Ames Laboratory, USDOE; 4Huazhong University of Science & 


SERS in Live 3D Cell Cultures as a New Tool for Drug Discovery; Colin Campbell1, Lauren Jamieson1, Pierre Bagnaninchi1, David Harrison2 Victoria Camus; 

1University of Edinburgh; 2University of St Andrews


Sub-PPM Detection Limits in Powder X-Ray Diffraction Guided by Second Harmonic Generation Imaging; Garth Simpson, Purdue University
Interview with Garth Simpson by Spectroscopy Magazine

Imaging Quantum Effects in Biological Systems; 
Gregory S. EngelThe University of Chicago
Interview with Gregory Engel by Spectroscopy Magazine

Portable Spectrometry: Making Good Use of CMOS Detectors; Alexander Scheeline1, Thu Anh Bui1,21SpectroClick, Inc.,  2Vietnam National University Hanoi      Interview with Alexander Scheeline by Spectroscopy Magazine

Rohit Bhargava, University of Illinois, Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology
Advancing Infrared Microscopy Instrumentation by Theory and Computation; Rohit Bhargava, P. Scott Carney, Rohith Reddy, Kevin Yeh, Thomas van Dijk, Matthew Gelber, Matthew V. Schulmerich; University of Illinois, Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology

Ultrasound Enhanced ATR mid-IR Fibre Optic Probe for Spectroscopy of Particles in Suspensions; Cosima Koch, Markus Brandstetter, Stefan Radel, Bernhard Lendl; Vienna University of Technology, Austria

Interview with Koch and Lendl
Large-Area Standoff Planetary Raman Measurements Using a Novel Spatial Heterodyne Fourier Transform Raman Spectrometer; S. Michael Angel1, Nathaniel R. Gomer1, Shiv K. Sharma2, J. Chance Carter3; 1University of South Carolina, 2University of Hawaii, 3Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Interview with Angel
Single Molecule Fluorescence Imaging Studies of Dynamic Processes in Reversed Phase Chromatographic Materials; Justin Cooper, Eric Peterson, Joel Harris, University of Utah

Interview with Cooper
Laser Ablation Molecular Isotopic Spectrometry - New Dimension of LIBS ; Alexander Bol'shakov1, Richard Russo1,2, Xianglei Mao2, Dale Perry2, Osman Sorkhabi2, Chris McKay31Applied Spectra, Inc., Fremont, CA, 2LBNL, Berkeley, CA, 3NASA-Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA

Interview with Bol'shakov

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