Coblentz Society Craver Award

The Coblentz Society has created an award to recognize young individuals who have made significant contributions in applied analytical vibrational spectroscopy.

The Craver Award is presented annually to an outstanding young molecular spectroscopist whose efforts are in the area of applied analytical vibrational spectroscopy. The candidate must be under the age of 45 on January 1st of the year of the award. The work may include any aspect of infrared (NIR, MIR, or Far), and/or THz, and/or Raman spectroscopy in applied analytical vibrational spectroscopy. The nominees may come from an academic, government lab, or industrial backgrounds. Click here for information on the Coblentz Society Craver Award.

2016 Coblentz Society Craver Award Recipient

Karen Faulds, University of Strathclyde

Karen Faulds’ research involves the development of surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) for novel analytical detection strategies and in particular multiplexed bioanalytical applications. SERS is a spectroscopic technique that offers significant advantages over other established techniques such as fluorescence and her research has highlighted these advantages by creating new examples of increased capability predominantly in healthcare applications. Karen Faulds 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 in Chemistry at the University of Strathclyde in 2006 and due to her sustained research achievements promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2010, Reader in 2012 and full Professor in 2015. She is currently training 8 PhD students and 2 PDRA as principal supervisor and, as part of the large team ethos she embraces, she is also co-supervisor to another 16 PhD students and 6 PDRAs. She currently holds research funding of £9M as both Principal Investigator and Co-Investigator. She has published over 100 peer reviewed primary publications, 20 peer reviewed conference proceedings, 7 invited book chapters, 3 editorials and 5 patents. In 2009 she was presented with the Nexxus Young Life Scientist of the Year award and in 2011 was elected to the Royal Society of Edinburgh Young Academy of Scotland, the first such Academy amongst the national academies in the UK and was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry in 2012. She was awarded the 2013 RSC Joseph Black Award for her ‘outstanding contributions focused on the quantitative analysis of biomolecules using surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS)’. The Joseph Black Award is awarded to a young scientist, within 10 years of PhD award, in any field covering the practice and teaching of analytical science. Due to her contributions to the vibrational spectroscopic community she has recently been elected as the first female and youngest Chair of the Infrared and Raman Discussion Group (IRDG) which is the oldest spectroscopic discussion society in the UK. She is also the Strathclyde Director of the Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Optical Medical Imaging (Optima) where she is responsible for the Strathclyde leadership of the Centre, with a support team of an administrator and an outreach officer, as well as an intake of 60 PhD students between the Universities of Strathclyde and Edinburgh over a 5-year period. She currently serves as an editorial advisory board member for the RSC journal Analyst.  

As a result of her outputs, she has received a number of invitations to speak at prestigious international conferences.  This includes over 70 national and international conferences with over 50 as an invited speaker including Thailand, Japan, China, Russia and the USA. As part of her contribution to the subject area, she has also been on the organising committee for several conferences such as the RSCs Analytical Research Forum, Nano Meets Spectroscopy, regularly organises IRDG meetings and Martin and Willis student meetings as well as organising the IRDG Raman Symposium at SciX.

The Coblentz Society announces its solicitation of nominations for the 2017 Craver Award in recognition of young investigators in applied analytical vibrational spectroscopy. Nominations for the 2017 award are accepted until August 30, 2016 and must include a detailed description of the nominee's accomplishments, a curriculum vitae or resume, and minimum of three supporting letters. Nominations may be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please refer to the Coblentz website for further details;


Previous Winners

Year Name
2015 Ji-Xin Cheng - Interview with Cheng
2014 Lynne S. Taylor - Interview with Lynne by Spectroscopy Magazine
2013 Rohit Bhargava - Interview with Rohit
2012 Duncan Graham - Interview with Graham
2011 Michael W. George
2010 Boris Mizaikoff
2009 Takeshi Hasegawa
2008 John C. Conboy
2007 Katherine Bakeev