SAS William F. Meggers Award


This award is given to the author(s) of the outstanding paper appearing in Applied Spectroscopy. More details on the award are available from the Society for Applied Spectroscopy.


2020 Award Recipients


Kay Sowoidnich


Dr. Kay Sowoidnich obtained his Diploma and PhD degrees in physics from the Technical University Berlin in 2008 and 2012, respectively. His work focused on Raman spectroscopic investigations on biological samples, the development of cutting-edge Raman sensors for meat investigation and the analysis of complex spectral data using multivariate statistics. After gaining industrial experience with ultrafast lasers for processing of transparent materials, he joined the STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (Oxfordshire, UK) in 2014. He was part of an EPSRC funded project developing Spatially Offset Raman Spectroscopy (SORS) for the diagnosis, monitoring, and management of skeletal disorders. In parallel, he had a major role in planning and realization of a SORS demonstration setup as part of the International Year of Light 2015. Kay holds his current post as research associate at the Ferdinand-Braun-Institut, Leibniz-Institut für Höchstfrequenztechnik since 2018, where he develops Shifted Excitation Raman Difference Spectroscopy for soil analysis. He is the author or co-author of 16 peer-reviewed articles, 25 conference contributions and 1 book chapter.



Mike Towrie


Mike Towrie obtained a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Physics and a PhD on Resonance Laser Ionisation Spectroscopy from Glasgow University and followed this with three years post-doctoral work. He joined the Central Laser Facility in 1989 where he now leads the ULTRA, a national facility for ultrafast spectroscopy. His research has focused on the development of ultrafast and imaging instruments, detectors and laser sources for time resolved linear and non-linear IR and Raman spectroscopy applied in structural chemical molecular biology and energy materials. During this time he obtained an Honorary Professorship at Sheffield University, has been awarded Meggers Awards in 2002 & 2007 and has worked on the development of time resolved vibrational spectroscopy instruments such as the Raman Kerr Gate and the PIRATE, ULTRA, TRMPS and LIFEtime state of the art time resolved infrared facilities.



Martin Maiwald


Martin Maiwald received his Diploma in 2004 and the Doctoral degree in 2009 from the Technische Universität Berlin, Germany, both in physics. His doctoral research was related to the development of diode-laser-based microsystem light sources for Raman spectroscopy. He is with the Ferdinand-Braun-Institut, Leibniz-Institut für Höchstfrequenztechnik, Berlin and his current research area is in the field of diode lasers, non-linear optics for frequency conversion, and the development of compact diode laser modules and sensor systems for Raman spectroscopy and shifted excitation Raman difference spectroscopy. He is author of more than 80 publications and inventor and co-inventor of 6 patents in the field of diode lasers and Raman spectroscopy.




Bernd Sumpf

Bernd Sumpf obtained his diploma and PhD degrees in physics from the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin in 1981 and 1987, respectively, and his post-doctoral lecture qualification from the Technische Universität Berlin in 1997. He is a lecturer at the TU Berlin. Bernd works in the field of the development of diode laser from the visible up to the mid-infrared spectral range, applied the lasers for high-resolution spectroscopy on rovibrational bands in the MIR and for Raman spectroscopy in the VIS, especially for shifted excitation Raman difference spectroscopy. Moreover, he is interested in the further development of high-brightness diode lasers. Since 2000, Bernd works at the Ferdinand-Braun-Institut, Leibniz Institut für Höchstfrequenztechnik, as group leader “Laser Measurements” in the optoelectronics department and as head of the “Laser Sensors Lab”. He has published over 250 peer-reviewed articles and holds 5 patents. He was and is responsible for the work within several European and national projects for the development of diode lasers for medical applications, sensing applications, non-linear frequency conversion and imaging applications.


Pavel Matousek


Pavel Matousek obtained his MSc and PhD degrees in physics from the Czech Technical University (Prague), the latter carried out at the STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL, Oxfordshire). Pavel has worked at RAL in various areas of vibrational spectroscopy since 1991. He has published over 220 peer-reviewed articles and holds 12 patent families (8 granted, 4 pending). His honours include the premier Royal Academy of Engineering’s 2014 MacRobert Award (RAEng), the 2009 Charles Mann Award (FACSS) and the 2006 & 2002 Meggers Awards (SAS). He was also the Conference Program Chair of SciX 2011 (Reno, NV) and currently serves as an Associate Editor of Applied Spectroscopy. In 2008, Pavel co-founded Cobalt Light Systems and was its Board Director and the Chief Scientific Officer. The company developed Raman scanners deployed at over 75 airports and 30 pharmaceutical companies worldwide. In 2017, the company was acquired by Agilent. Pavel is a Fellow of SAS, RAEng, RSC, an Honorary Professor at University College London and an STFC Senior Fellow.




Past Recipients

2019 Timothy J. Johnson, Tanya L. Myers, Russell G. Tonkyn, Tyler O. Danby, Matthew S. Taubman, Bruce E. Bernacki, Jerome C. Birnbaum, and Steven W. Sharpe; Accurate Measurement of the Optical Constants n and k for a Series of 57 Inorganic and Organic Liquids for Optical Modeling and Detection

2018 S. Michael Angel, Patrick D. Barnett, Nirmal Lamsal, Kelly C. Paul, and K. Alicia Strange Fessler; multiple papers on Spatial Heterodyne Spectroscopy Applied for Raman and Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy

2017 Naoto Nagai, Yuta Kijima, and Makoto Okawara for Infrared Response of Sub-Micron-Scale Structures of Polyoxymethylene: Surface Polaritons in Polymers

2016 Mike George Probing Organometallic Reactions by Time-Resolved Infrared Spectroscopy in Solution and in the Solid State Using Quantum Cascade Lasers

2015 Eric Brauns Mid-Infrared Diffuse Reflection on Ultrafast Time Scales

2014 Rohit Bhargava, P. Scott Carney, Rohith Reddy, Matthew Schulmerich, Michael Walsh  High-Definition Spectroscopic Imaging

2013 Paul Pudney, Eleanor Bonnist, Peter Caspers, Jean-Philippe Gorce, Chris Marriott, Gerwin Puppels, Scott Singleton, Martin van der Wolf A New in vivo Raman Probe for Enhanced Applicability to the Body.

2012 S. Michael Angel, Nathaniel Gomer, Christopher Gordon, Paul G. Lucey, Shiv Sharma, J. Chance Carter Raman Spectroscopy Using a Spatial Heterodyne Spectrometer: Proof of Concept

2011 Robert W. Shaw, Kent A. Meyer, Kin C. Ng, Zhanjun Gu, Zhengwei Pan, Weilliam B. Whitten Combined Apertureless Near-Field Optical Second-Harmonic Generation/Atomic Force Microscopy Imaging and Nanoscale Limit of Detection

2010 Patrick J. Cutler, David M. Haaland, Paul J. Gemperlin Systematic Methodthe Kinetic Modeling of Temporally Resolved Hyperspectral Microscope Images of Fluorescently Labeled Cells

2009 Christian Pellerin, Yongri Liang, Damien Mauran, Robert E. Prud'homme A New Method for the Time-Resolved Analysis of Structure and Orientation: Polarization Modulated Infrared Structural Absorbance Spectroscopy

2008 Taka-aki Ishibashi and Toshiki Maeda Infrared-Ultraviolet Sum,-Frequency Generation Spectrometer with a Wide Tunability of the Ultraviolet Probe

2007 Ryan D. Pensack, Bozena B. Michniak, David J. Moore, Richard Mendelsohn Infrared Kinetic/Structural Studies of Barrier Reformation in Intack Stratum Corneum following Thermal Perturbation

2006 Pavel Matousek, Ian Clark, Edward Draper, Michael Morris, Allen Goodship, Neil Everall, Mike Towrie, William Finney, Anthony Parker Subsurface Probing in Diffuseley Scattering Media Using Spatially Offset Raman Spectroscopy

2005 Hiro-O Hamaguchi and Hirotsugo Hiramatsu Development of Infrared Electroabsorption Spectroscopy and Its Application to Molecular Structural Studies.

2004 Boris Mizaikoff, Marcus Janotta, and Abraham Katzir Sol-Gel-Coated Mid-Infrared Fiber-Optic Sensors.

2003 Ira Levin, Scott Huffman, and Rohit Bhargava Generalized Implementation of Rapid-Scan Fourier Transform Infrared Specttroscopic Imaging.

2002 Neill Everal, Thomas Hahn, Pavel Matousek, AnthonyW. Parker, Michael Towrie Picosecond Time-Resolved Raman Spectroscopy of Solids: Capabilities and LimitationsFluorescence Rejection and the Influence of Diffuse Reflectance.

2001 Laurence Nafie Dual Polarization Modulation: A Real-Time, Spectral-Multiplex Separation of Circular Dichroism from Linear Birefringence Spectral Intensities.

2000 Jack L. Koenig, Rohit Bhargava, and Travis Ribar Towards Faster FT-IR Imaging by Reducing Noise.

1999 Katrin Kneipp Single-Molecule Detection of a Cyanine Dye in Silver Colloidal Solution Using Near-Infrared Surface-Enhanced Raman Scattering.

1998 Michel Pézolet and Anne Nabet Two-Dimensional FT-IR Spectroscopy: A Powerful Method to Study the Secondary Structure of Proteins Using H-D Exchange.

1997 T. Rick Fletcher, Matt Rekow, Dwayne Rogge and David Sammeth Vaporization of Nonvolatile and Matrix-Isolated Molecules Using a Novel Laser Vaporization Technique.

1996 Steven E. Hobbs and Gary M. Hieftje Scintillator-Based Nanosecond Light SourcesTime-Resolved Fluorimetry.

1995 Patrick J. Treado, Ira W. Levin, and E. Neil Lewis Indium Antimonide (InSb) Focal Plane Array (FPA) DectectionNear-Infrared Imaging Microscopy.

1993 J. Lin and C.W. Brown Universal Approach Determination of Physical and Chemical Properties of Water by Near-IR Spectroscopy.

1992 P.J. Treado, I.W. Levin, and E.N. Lewis Near-Infrared Acousto-optic Filtered Spectroscopic Microscopy: A Solid-State Approach to Chemical Imaging.

1991 Alexander Scheeline, Cheryl A. Bye, Duane L. Miller, Steven W. Rynders, and R. Calvin Owen, Jr. Design and Characterization of an Echelle Spectrometer Fundamental and Applied Emission Spectrochemical Analysis.

1990 Isao Noda Two-Dimensional Infrared (2D IR) Spectroscopy: Theory and Applications.

1989 Marek Urban A Novel Approach to Photoacoustic FT-IR Spectroscopy: Rheo-Photoacoustic Measurements.

1988 David Lubman, Ho Ming Pang, and Chung Hang Sin Pulsed High-Pressure Liquid Injection of Biological Molecules into Supersonic Beam/Mass Spectrometry with Resonant Two-Photon Ionization Detection.

1987 David C. Tilotta, Robert D. Freeman, and William G. Fateley Hadamard Transform Visible Raman Spectrometry.

1986 T. Hirschfield and B. Chase FT-Raman Spectroscopy: Development and Justification.

1985 E.A. Stubley and G. Horlick A Windowed Slew-scanning Fourier Transform SpectrometerInductively Coupled Plasma Emission Spectrometry.

1984 N. Sheppard and J. Erkelens Vibrational Spectra Absorbed on Surfaces: Forms of Vibrations and Selection RulesRegular Arrays of Absorbed Species.

1983 S. B. Smith and G.M. Hieftje A New Background Correction MethodAtomic Absorption Spectrometry.

1982 G. Mamantov, A.A. Garrison, and E.L. Wehry Analytical Applications of Matrix Isolation Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy.

1981 C. Th. J. Alkemade Single-Atom Detection.

1980 John C. Wright Double Resonance Excitation in the Condensed Phase: An Alternative to Infrared, Raman, and Fluorescence Spectroscopy.

1979 John P. Walters and Alexander Scheeline Investigation of Bipolar Oscillatory Spark Discharge.

1978 C.A. Van Dijk, C. Th. J. Alkemade, and P.J. Zeegers Pulsed Laser Mode Competition with a Na-Colored Intracavity Flame.

1977 Thomas Hirschfeld a series of brief, but original and illuminating, papers.

1976 Bernard Keisch and Robert C. Callahan Sulfur Isotope Ratio in Ultramarine Blue: Application to Art Forgery Detection.

1975 M.L. Parsons, R.J. Lovett, and D.L. Welch On the Importance of Spectral Interferences in Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy.

1974 John R. Ferraro and Louis J. Basile Spectroscopy at High Pressures: Status Report and Update of Instrumental Techniques.

1973 V.F. Hanson Quantitative Elemental Analysis of Art Objects by Energy-Dispersion X-Ray Fluorescence Spectroscopy.

1972 M.S. Wang Impurity Determination in Group III-V Compounds.

1971 C.R. Brundle Some Recent Advances in Photoelectron Spectroscopy.

1970 C.D. Allemand Depolarization Ratio Measurement in Raman Spectrometry.

1969 J.P. Walters Historical Advances in Spark Emission Spectroscopy.

1968 Harry J. Rose and Frank Cuttitta X-Ray Fluorescence Analysis of Individual Rare Earths and Complex Minerals.

1967 Michael L. Parsons and James D. Winefordner Optimization of the Critical Instrumental ParametersAchieving Maximum Sensitivity and Precision in Flame Spectrometric Methods of Analysis.

1966 B.J. Mitchell and N.F. Hooper Digital Computer Calculations and Correction of Matrix Effect in X-Ray Spectroscopy.

1965 J.B. Irenopvich, A.G. MacDearmid, and E.R. Nixon Infrared and Raman Spectra of Some Pentamethyldisilanyl Compounds.

1964 W.G. Schrenk and R.W. Johnson Mechanisms of Interactions of Alkali and Alkaline Earth Elements in Flame Photometry.

1963 L.R. Leipziger Some New Upper Limits of Isotopic Abundance by Mass Spectrometry.

1962 L.R. Pitwell Equations Working Curves in Emission Spectroscopy.

1961 T. Lee The Spectrographic Determination of Uranium 235.

1960 W.K. Baer and E.S. Hodge The Spectrochemical Analysis of Solutions: A Comparison of Five Techniques.


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