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.


The 2015 Award is presented to Mike George for “Probing Organometallic Reactions by Time-Resolved Infrared Spectroscopy in Solution and in the Solid State Using Quantum Cascade Lasers” Volume 69, Issue5, (May 2015), pp 519-524

Mike George received a PhD from the University of Nottingham under the supervision of Professor Martyn Poliakoff FRS and remained at Nottingham for 18 months where he began a very fruitful collaboration with Professor Jim Turner FRS in the area of using fast infrared spectroscopy for monitoring electron transfer in inorganic excited states. Fast infrared spectroscopy has continued to be a central feature of his research. He was awarded a Royal Society/STA of Japan postdoctoral fellowship to probe organic excited states with Professor Hiro-o Hamaguchi. He returned to Nottingham as an Experimental Officer (1993) and was promoted to Research Officer (1996), lecture (1998), reader (2001) and professor (2003). Over the past two years he has taken a 50% secondment to be Vice-Provost for Research and Knowledge Exchange at the University of Nottingham Ningbo Chine.  Many of his research interests combine photochemistry, fast time-resolved infrared spectroscopy (TRIR) and instrument development particularly focused at elucidating inorganic, organic and biological reaction mechanisms. He is particularly interested in the coordination and reactivity of small molecules such as CO2 and alkanes and noble gases including studies focusing on the factors affecting C-H activation. He is currently working in a consortium applying time-resolved X-ray measurements at the Research Complex at Harwell. He was involved in the development of two national facilities (PIRATE and ULTRA) at the Rutherford Appleton laboratory, Oxford and the latter facility is currently underpinning a range of ultrafast science in the UK. He also works in a range of other areas of analytical chemistry particularly combining using vibrational spectroscopic studies with supercritical fluids ranging from phase measurements associated with Carbon Capture and Storage (CSS) to new ways synthesizing antimalarial drugs for the developing world. His work has been recognised by several awards including Royal Society of Chemistry Sir Edward Frankland Fellowship (2002/3); Corday-Morgan medal (2003), Photochemistry Award

(2005) and Inorganic Reaction Mechanisms Award (2013) together with Horiba award (2005); Seaborg Lectureship UC Berkeley (2010) and the Craver award (2011) from The Coblentz Society. He was Programme Chair for SciX in Milwaukee (2013) and ICAVS-8 (2015).  He is on the Editorial Board of Applied Spectroscopy and and he has also severed on the committee of the Infrared and Raman Discussion Group (IRDG) since 1999.


Applied Spectroscopy William F. Meggers Award Winners

Year Author Paper Title
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 Detectio
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 Methods 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 ApproachDetermination 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 SpectrometerFundamental 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 EquationsWorking 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.