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:
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
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"
"Rapid Vibrational Circular Dichroism – Opportunities through the combination of External Cavity Quantum Cascade lasers and Balanced Detection"
2021 INNOVATION AWARD WINNER:
EASI: A New Paradigm for Mass Spectral Identifications;
Glen P. Jackson
2019 INNOVATION AWARD WINNERS:
Chemical Approaches to Improve Nanopore Single-Molecule Sensing;
Jason R. Dwyer, James Hagan; University of Rhode Island
2018 INNOVATION AWARD WINNERS:
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);
2017 INNOVATION AWARD WINNER:
Optical Reflection and Waveguiding of Sound in Free Space
Daniel Kazal1, Ellen Holthoff2, Brian Cullum1; 1University of Maryland, Baltimore County,
2Army Research Laboratory, Adelphi, MD
2016 INNOVATION AWARD WINNER:
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, 2; 1Harvard Medical School; 2Massachusetts General Hospital
Interview with Rohith Reddy by Spectroscopy
2015 INNOVATION AWARD WINNERS:
TechnologySERS 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
2014 INNOVATION AWARD WINNER:
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
2013 INNOVATION AWARD WINNERS:
Imaging Quantum Effects in Biological Systems; Gregory S. Engel, The University of Chicago
Interview with Gregory Engel by Spectroscopy Magazine
Portable Spectrometry: Making Good Use of CMOS Detectors; Alexander Scheeline1, Thu Anh Bui1,2; 1SpectroClick, Inc., 2Vietnam National University Hanoi Interview with Alexander Scheeline by Spectroscopy Magazine
2012 INNOVATION AWARD WINNER:
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
2011 INNOVATION AWARD WINNERS
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 McKay3; 1Applied Spectra, Inc., Fremont, CA, 2LBNL, Berkeley, CA, 3NASA-Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA