FACSS Charles Mann Award
for Applied Raman Spectroscopy

The Charles Mann Award is presented to an individual who has demonstrated advancement(s) at a conference presented by FACSS in the field of applied Raman Spectroscopy and/or demonstrated dedication to the advancement of the Raman spectroscopy program at a conference presented by FACSS and/or the ASTM Raman subcommittee. Learn about the Nominations process and requirements for the Mann Award.

Charles Mann Award Recipient 2019

Karen Faulds is a Professor in the Department of Pure and Applied Chemistry at the University of Strathclyde and an expert in the development of Raman and surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS)  for novel analytical detection strategies and in particular multiplexed bioanalytical applications. Karen received her PhD from the University of Strathclyde under the supervision of Prof Ewen Smith in 2003 on the detection of drugs of abuse using SERS. She was appointed as a full time lecturer at the University of Strathclyde in 2006 and promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2010, Reader in 2012 and full Professor in 2015 and she is currently the Head of Bionanotechnology and Analytical Chemistry.  She has published over 130 publications and 5 patents. She has been awarded over £2M in funding as principal investigator from EPSRC, BBSRC, charities, and industry and joint funding in the region of £20 M as a co-applicant. Her research groups’ work has been recognized through award of the Nexxus Award (2009), the RSC Joseph Black Award (2013) and the Craver Award (2016). She was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (2012), Fellow of the Society of Applied Spectroscopy (2017) and Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (2018). She was named one of the Top 50 Women in Analytical Science (2016) and Top 10 Spectroscopist (2017) by The Analytical Scientist. She has given over 70 invited talks at national and international conferences including Thailand, Japan, China, Russia, India, Canada and the USA.  She was elected as the first female and youngest Chair of the Infrared and Raman Discussion Group (IRDG) in 2014 which is the oldest spectroscopic discussion society in the UK and a FACSS member society. She is a member of the FACSS Governing Board and has organized sessions in the Raman program at SciX since 2009. She was involved in organizing Spring SciX, Chaired by Duncan Graham, held in Glasgow, Scotland in April 2018 which was the first SciX meeting held outside of North America. She is also an appointed member of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) Chemical Biology Interface Division and a member of the International Steering Committee of the International Conference on Raman Spectroscopy (ICORS) as well as sitting on several awards committees on behalf of the Coblentz Society and the SAS. She is the Strathclyde Director of the Centre for Doctoral Training in Optical Medical Imaging, serves on the editorial board of RSC Advances and the editorial advisory board for Analyst, Chemical Society Reviews and Analytical Chemistry.

Nominations for the Mann Award

Information for those individuals wishing to nominate candidates for the Charles Mann award along with the applicable requirements and timeline are given in the pdf files below.  Nominations may be sent to the committee members listed or to the FACSS International Office. Mann Award Summary PDF

Past Recipients

2018 Andrew Whitley

2017 Duncan Graham - Interview with Duncan Graham by Spectroscopy

2016 Brian Marquardt - Interview with Brian Marquardt by Spectroscopy

2015 Sanford Asher - Interview with Sandford Asher by Spectroscopy

2014 Richard P. Van Duyne - Interview with Richard P. Van Duyne by Spectroscopy

2013 Volker Deckert - Interview with Volker Deckert by Spectroscopy

2012 Don Pivonka - Interview with Don Pivonka by Spectroscopy

2011 H. G. M Edwards

2010 Richard L. McCreery

2009 Pavel Matousek

2008 Ian R. Lewis

2007 Neil Everall

2006 Michael Morris

2005 D. Bruce Chase

2004 Michael Carrabba

2003 Michael J. Pelletier

2002 Fran Adar