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FACSS Innovation Awards

The FACSS Innovations Awards were founded in 2011 as part of the 2011 FACSS meeting at the suggestion of Prof. Pavel Matousek (Program Chair) and approved by the FACSS Governing Board.

These awards are currently given for the most innovative and outstanding new research advancements debuted orally at the SciX Conference. All program areas are included. Only research findings presented for the first time in the public domain qualify for entry (work based on submitted papers not yet published electronically or in print at the time of abstract submission qualifies too). Only papers submitted by their authors during the SciX conference paper submission process will be considered for these awards. Finalists are selected for presentations by a panel of judges and all finalist present their work at a special plenary session at the SciX conference. Award winners are selected by the judging panel based on the quality of the work presented, responses provided to the judges' questions after the plenary presentation, and responses to audience questions.

Each award includes:

  • A total cash prize of $1500
  • A plaque for each author
  • A publicity campaign based on the awardees and their work

Click here for information on how to apply for the Innovation Award 2019

FACSS Innovation Award Recipients 2018

Aleksandra Ros and Benedikt Schwarz

The 2018 FACSS Innovation Award was split between two of the four finalists.

Drs. Ros and Schwarz will split the cash prize of $1500.

Alexandra Ros (Arizona State University);

“Electrically Triggered Water-in-Oil Droplets for Serial Femtosecond Crystallography)”

Benedikt Schwarz (Technische Universität Wien);

“Interband Cascade Laser Frequency Combs: A New Tool for Miniaturization"

Past Recipients

Optical Reflection and Waveguiding of Sound in Free Space
Daniel Kazal1, Ellen Holthoff2, Brian Cullum1; 1University of Maryland, Baltimore County, 
Army Research Laboratory, Adelphi, MD

An Inexpensive Medical Device for Barrett’s Esophagus Screening; Rohith Reddy1, 2,
Michalina Gora1,2, Jing Dong1, 2, Matthew Beatty, 2, Wolfgang Trasischker1, 2, Kanwarpal Singh1,2,
Amna Soomro, 2, Catriona Grant, 2, Mireille Rosenberg, 2, Guillermo Tearney1, 21Harvard Medical School; 2Massachusetts General Hospital

Interview with Rohith Reddy by Spectroscopy

Five-dimensional Single Particle Tracking in Live Cells; Ning Fang1, Yan Gu2,Kuangcai Chen1,2, Tian Xia41Georgia State University; 2Iowa State University; 3Ames Laboratory, USDOE; 4Huazhong University of Science & 


SERS in Live 3D Cell Cultures as a New Tool for Drug Discovery; Colin Campbell1, Lauren Jamieson1, Pierre Bagnaninchi1, David Harrison2 Victoria Camus; 

1University of Edinburgh; 2University of St Andrews


Sub-PPM Detection Limits in Powder X-Ray Diffraction Guided by Second Harmonic Generation Imaging; Garth Simpson, Purdue University
Interview with Garth Simpson by Spectroscopy Magazine

Imaging Quantum Effects in Biological Systems; 
Gregory S. EngelThe University of Chicago
Interview with Gregory Engel by Spectroscopy Magazine

Portable Spectrometry: Making Good Use of CMOS Detectors; Alexander Scheeline1, Thu Anh Bui1,21SpectroClick, Inc.,  2Vietnam National University Hanoi      Interview with Alexander Scheeline by Spectroscopy Magazine

Rohit Bhargava, University of Illinois, Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology
Advancing Infrared Microscopy Instrumentation by Theory and Computation; Rohit Bhargava, P. Scott Carney, Rohith Reddy, Kevin Yeh, Thomas van Dijk, Matthew Gelber, Matthew V. Schulmerich; University of Illinois, Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology

Ultrasound Enhanced ATR mid-IR Fibre Optic Probe for Spectroscopy of Particles in Suspensions; Cosima Koch, Markus Brandstetter, Stefan Radel, Bernhard Lendl; Vienna University of Technology, Austria

Interview with Koch and Lendl
Large-Area Standoff Planetary Raman Measurements Using a Novel Spatial Heterodyne Fourier Transform Raman Spectrometer; S. Michael Angel1, Nathaniel R. Gomer1, Shiv K. Sharma2, J. Chance Carter3; 1University of South Carolina, 2University of Hawaii, 3Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Interview with Angel
Single Molecule Fluorescence Imaging Studies of Dynamic Processes in Reversed Phase Chromatographic Materials; Justin Cooper, Eric Peterson, Joel Harris, University of Utah

Interview with Cooper
Laser Ablation Molecular Isotopic Spectrometry - New Dimension of LIBS ; Alexander Bol'shakov1, Richard Russo1,2, Xianglei Mao2, Dale Perry2, Osman Sorkhabi2, Chris McKay31Applied Spectra, Inc., Fremont, CA, 2LBNL, Berkeley, CA, 3NASA-Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA

Interview with Bol'shakov

All attendees are eligible for the award irrespective of educational level or professional vocation, and authors opt-in to be considered for the award simply by marking a single check-box during abstract submission.  However, the FACSS Innovation Awards are limited to the newest, cutting-edge, unpublished research results.  Authors should carefully read the list of conditions attendant to this award to make certain the work is eligible.


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