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SciX - FACSS Awards Interview Series produced by Spectroscopy Magazine


The Ellis R. Lippincott Award - Martin Zanni

Transient absorption (TA) spectroscopy is a spectroscopic technique routinely used for biological and chemical applications, including kinetics and nanostructure analysis. Because TA spectroscopy generally deploys only two laser pulses, there are limitations on polarization control. Often in TA spectroscopy studies, cross peaks overlap with diagonal peak features, resulting in spectroscopists’ being unable to determine the molecular structure of what is being studied. Professor Martin Zanni, the Meloche-Bascom Professor of Chemistry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and his colleagues explored how...

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2020 FACSS Charles Mann Awardee for Applied Raman Spectroscopy - Prof. Yuki Ozaki

Overall, the application of Raman spectroscopy has yielded greater understanding of multiple biomedical problems. We interviewed Prof. Yuki Ozaki, professor emeritus and a university fellow at Kwansei Gakuin University in Japan, about his work in this field. Ozaki is the winner of the 2020 Charles Mann Award for Applied Raman Spectroscopy to be given at the 2020 SciX conference for his Raman work in biomedical applications. This interview is part of a series of interviews with winners of awards presented at SciX.

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2020 Sir George Stokes Prize - Tuan Vo-Dinh 

Working at the frontiers of biotechnology, fiberoptics, lasers technique and molecular spectroscopy, Tuan Vo-Dinh of Duke University has developed multiple sensor technologies useful for medical research and diagnostics. In this interview, he talks about his work in spectroscopy and photonics. Vo-Dinh is the winner of the 2019 Royal Society of Chemistry (UK) Sir George Stokes Award and is scheduled to give a plenary lecture at the 2020 SciX conference, October 11–16 in Sparks, Nevada. This interview is part of an ongoing series with the winners of awards that are presented at SciX.

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2020 Craver Award - Dr. Claudia Conti 

In this interview, Dr. Claudia Conti, a senior researcher at the Institute of Heritage Science (ISPC) of the Italian National Research Council (CNR), talks about her work in micro-SORS. Conti is the winner of the 2020 Craver Award presented by the Coblentz Society, to be given at the 2020 SciX conference for her Raman research. The SciX conference is scheduled for October 11–16 in Sparks, Nevada. This interview is part of a series of interviews with winners of awards presented at SciX.

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2020 SAS Strock Award - Heidi Geonaga-Infante 

For more than 20 years, Heidi Goenaga-Infante, a science fellow and the leader of the inorganic analysis team at LGC, has been working on elemental and speciation analysis. Two recent areas of investigation include the analysis of trace metals in biological samples, and the study of nanomaterials. In these studies, Goenaga-Infante puts particular emphasis on metrology-advancing this work by developing validated reference methodologies. Goenaga-Infante is the 2020 recipient of the Lester W. Strock Award from Society of Applied Spectroscopy (SAS) and the SAS New England Regional Section, in recognition of her contributions to the field of analytical atomic spectrometry, and she recently spoke to us about her work. This interview is part of an ongoing series of interviews with the winners of awards that are presented at the SciX conference.

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2020 SAS Meggers Award - Kay Sowoidnich, PhD 

Kay Sowoidnich, PhD, is a research associate with Laser Sensors Lab at the Ferdinand-Braun-Institut, Leibniz-Institut für Höchstfrequenztechnik and one of the 2020 winners of the Society for Applied Spectroscopy William F. Meggers Award. His group have been able to demonstrate the potential of shifted-excitation Raman difference spectroscopy (SERDS) as an efficient tool for soil nutrient analysis

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2019 FACSS Charles Mann Awardee for Applied Raman Spectroscopy - Karen Faulds

Recent advances in Raman spectroscopy, specifically using surface enhanced spatially offset resonance Raman spectroscopy (SESORRS), which is a combination of surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS), and spatially offset Raman spectroscopy (SORS) are enabling noninvasive, real-time measurements of living tissue and multiple bacterial pathogens. In an interview with Karen Faulds, the 2019 recipient of the FACSS Charles Mann Award for Applied Raman Spectroscopy, we explore the latest developments in Raman spectroscopy for biomedical analysis applications. This interview is part of a series of interviews with the winners of awards presented at the SciX conference.

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2019 Lester W. Strock Award - S. Michael Angel 

Spectroscopy can be difficult to carry out outside a controlled laboratory environment. Imagine, then, the hurdles that would accompany performing spectroscopy in the extreme conditions of deep space or the ocean floor. Mike Angel, a professor of chemistry at the University of South Carolina, has taken on those challenges, working on new types of instruments for remote and in- situ laser spectroscopy, with a focus on deep-ocean, planetary, and homeland security applications of deep ultraviolet (UV), Raman and laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS), to develop the tools necessary to work within these extreme environments. A key development is the spatial heterodyne Raman spectrometer, a fixed grating Fourier transform Raman spectrometer. For this development and other work, Angel has been awarded the Lester W. Strock Award from The New England section of the Society of Applied Spectroscopy, in recognition of a selected publication of substantive research in, or application of, analytical atomic spectrochemistry in the fields of earth science, life sciences, or stellar and cosmic sciences.

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2019 Coblentz Society Craver Award Recipient - Xiaoyun "Shawn" Chen 

The Clara Craver award, awarded annually since 2006 by the Coblentz Society, was named after Craver in recognition of her pioneering efforts in promoting the practice of infrared vibrational spectroscopy and her many years of service to the Coblentz Society. The award recognizes the efforts of young professional spectroscopists and their contributions in applied analytical vibrational spectroscopy. The 2019 recipient, Xiaoyun (Shawn) Chen, is a senior research scientist working in the Core R&D Analytical Sciences department of the Dow Chemical Company. Chen has been leading Dow’s global optical spectroscopy technology network since 2013, and also the molecular structure capability since 2016. Through his work at Dow sites around the world, Chen not only helps solve a broad range of problems and improve many different types of R&D and production processes, but also has the joy of introducing many colleagues, such as process engineers and synthetic chemists, to the benefits of spectroscopy for their applications.

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2019 Applied Spectroscopy William F. Meggers Award – Timothy J. Johnson

Modeling, rather than measuring infrared (IR) and other spectra in order to account for morphological forms that may be encountered for solids as well as substances that incorporate at least one liquid phase, including bulk mixtures, aerosols, thin films on substrates and others, has become the technique of choice, compared to measuring. Timothy J. Johnson and Tanya L. Myers, the 2019 winners of the Applied Spectroscopy William F. Meggers Award, have been exploring novel methods using infrared (IR) and visible reflectance spectroscopies for identification of target chemicals through derivation of the n and k optical constants. For their winning paper, Johnson and Myers created a spectroscopic library of 57 liquids for which they measured the complex refractive index, data that can be used for optical modeling and other purposes. They shared some of the details of their work with Spectroscopy.

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2019 AES Mid-Career Award – Christopher Easley   

In biology and medical research in areas such as the study of insulin, achieving greater temporal resolution and lower detection limits is critical. Christopher Easley, of Auburn University, and the winner of 2019 American Electrophoresis Society (AES) Mid-Career Award, is working to address this challenge.

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2019 Ellis R. Lippincott Award – Ji-Xin Cheng  

Significant progress is being made to harness the power of spectroscopy techniques for medical research. An ongoing challenge, and area of development, in this effort, is to “see” more and more detail about biological activity, even within individual cells. Ji-Xin Cheng, a professor of biomedical engineering at Boston University, is advancing such work by developing techniques like midinfrared photothermal (MIP) imaging and Raman spectromicroscopy. Cheng is the 2019 winner of the Ellis R. Lippincott Award, which is awarded annually by the Optical Society, the Coblentz Society, and the Society for Applied Spectroscopy, to an individual who has made significant contributions to the field of vibrational spectroscopy. Here, Cheng speaks to us about those techniques.

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2018 FACSS Charles Mann Awardee for Applied Raman Spectroscopy - Andrew Whitley       

In many areas of spectroscopy, scientists working at instrument companies often make valuable contributions, by advancing the practical application of techniques and by educating customers. Andrew Whitley of Horiba Scientific, is one such scientist. He works diligently to identify potential new areas for Raman applications, and als o dedicates much of his time to educating spectroscopists and new users to the field about the benefits of using Raman spectroscopy. Here, Whitley discusses his continued interest in spectroscopy, his role educating others, and his hope for the future of Raman spectroscopy. Based on his work, he received the 2018 Charles Mann Award. This interview is part of a series of interviews with the winners of awards presented at SciX

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2018 Lester W. Strock Award - Javier Laserna 

As the use of nanoparticles in a wide range of applications continues to increase, the need for techniques to analyze these particles also grows. Javier Laserna of the University of Málaga, in Spain, has developed an approach to measure individual nanoparticles in air using optical trapping (OT) combined with laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS). Laserna received the 2018 Lester W. Strock award for this development as well as his broader research on analytical methods and instrumentation using LIBS. He recently spoke to us about this work.

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