Applied Spectroscopy William F. Meggers Award

Drs Eleanor Bonnist, Peter Caspers, Jean-Philippe Gorce, Chris Marriott, Paul, Pudney, Gerwin Puppels, Scott Singleton and Martin van der Wolf have been awarded the 2013 Meggers Award for their paper published in the journal Applied Spectroscopy entitled: "A New in Vivo Raman Probe for Enhanced Applicability to the Body"; Volume 66, Issue 8, (August 2012), pp.882-891.

Eleanor Bonnist studied chemistry at Imperial College London and received her PhD at Edinburgh University in the Anita Jones group working with fluorescence spectroscopy. She joined Unilever R&D Colworth Laboratory in 2008 and works with Raman spectroscopy to investigate how FMCG products interact with consumers.


Peter Caspers, Ph.D. studied applied physics at the University of Twente. From 1997-2003 he did his Ph.D. research at the Erasmus MC in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, where he pioneered the technology and application of in vivo characterization of human skin based on confocal Raman microspectroscopy. From 2003-2012 he shared the university affiliation with River Diagnostics where he contributed to making the technology of Raman skin analysis commercially available. Currently he works for both the Erasmus MC and RiverD International to continue his work on research, development, and commercialization of biomedical applications of Raman spectroscopy.

Dr Jean-Philippe Gorce obtained his PhD in 2000 from Sheffield Hallam University (UK).  His doctoral research was focused on the study of the crystallisation of n-alkane chains by vibrational spectroscopy.  Dr JP Gorce joined the University of Surrey (UK) later that year as an ICI Research Fellow examining water filled microstructures in a range of materials (skin, cement, wood and coatings) using magnetic resonance imaging.  In 2003, he joined the University of Sheffield (UK) as a Post-Doctoral Research Associate applying magnetic resonance relaxometry to the study of cement matrices used for the encapsulation of nuclear wastes. In 2006, Dr JP Gorce joined the Measurement Science unit of Unilever (Colworth Laboratory, UK) where, under the supervision of Dr Paul Pudney, he examined the diffusion of key chemicals into the human skin in-vivo.   Since 2007, he has been a Higher Scientist at the Health and Safety Laboratory, an agency of the Health and Safety Executive (UK) where he is developing measurement protocols based on x-ray fluorescence spectroscopy for the assessment of occupational exposure to hazardous substances.

Chris Marriott.  I am a design and manufacturing engineer having worked at Unilever R&D Colworth U.K. for over 40 years. During this time I have gained expertise in 3D CAD modelling, welding and adhesives and introduced CADCAM to the in-house manufacturing facility.  I have been very fortunate to have worked on projects for many of Unilever’s  business interests including:- animal feeds, meat, fish, vegetables ( fresh  and frozen ), oils and fats, ice cream, beverages, oral, hair, skin, cosmetics, sensors and background science. There have been many varied, interesting and challenging projects that have involved the design of process equipment through construction to commissioning in the U.K. Europe, America and West Africa.  But probably the most enjoyable work has been to help talented scientists at Colworth achieve their desired aims through an accurate interpretation of their requirements and then to design and build working solutions that fulfils their requirements. The work has often been of a novel nature leading to many patents over the years.  I have been author/ co-author of many papers during this time including the presentation of a paper entitled ‘The influence of product liability on the selection of materials for the construction of machines in the food industry’, at an international conference in London. 

Paul Pudney has a BSc in chemistry from Liverpool University and obtained a PhD in Physical Chemistry from the University of East Anglia ‘Spectroscopic studies of adsorbates on metal single crystal surfaces’ under supervision of Prof Michael Chesters . After post doctoral studies at the Leverhulme Centre for Innovative Catalysis and the Interdisciplinary Research centre in Surface Science at Liverpool university he worked at the synchrotron at Daresbury before joining Unilever in 1994. Paul is now a science leader in vibrational spectroscopy at unilever discover. He has applied spectroscopy in a number of innovative ways to gain further understanding of both consumer products and their behaviour when they interact with our consumers. Examples include quantifying the complex microstructures of soft solid materials by confocal Raman spectroscopy such as foods and behaviour of molecules in ice using IR. He helped develop a novel in-situ Triboligical Raman instrument to help understand lubrication in a Soft Elasto-Hydrodynamic Contact. He has developed in-vivo Raman spectroscopic capability to measure and understand the delivery of actives to and their effect on the body, such as to the skin, scalp, axilla and oral mucosa.  He has over 50 peer reviewed publications. He was nominated as one of the ‘Prominent Young Vibrational Spectroscopists’ in special addition of Vibrational Spectroscopy journal. He was runner up in the Meggers award in 2012. View podcast on Spectroscopy website

Gerwin Puppels, PhD has been active in the field of Raman spectroscopy for over 25 years. His PhD-thesis (1991) concerned the development of sensitive Raman technology for recording spectra to be recorded of single biological cells and chromosomes. Moving to the Erasmus Medical Center in Rotterdam, the Netherlands in 1994, he started a research group to explore medical applications of Raman spectroscopy ... and found these in nearly every medical field, resulting in over 100 peer-reviewed papers in both spectroscopic and medical journals. He founded River Diagnostics in 2003 (and later RiverD International) to further develop the most successful applications. To date an in vivo skin analyzer, and a system for bacterial strain typing have been commercialized.

Scott Singleton joined Unilever in 1989 following completion of my PhD at the University of Edinburgh. He has worked in both the foreground and background research areas across all of Unilever’s six R&D sites. His current role is global, working across Unilever R&D, where he leads the strategic advanced measurement and data modelling activities.


Martin van der Wolf, M.Sc. finished his engineering studies at the Technical University of Delft in 1991, specializing in micro-mechanical engineering. He has 20 years experience as a professional engineer specializing in design and engineering of advanced opto-mechanical products.  He carried out numerous projects while at ASM lithography, Spark-Holland BV, TNO-Industry  and as a team leader and instrument developer in a specialized group at the University of Maastricht Medical School.  There innovative optical instrumentation for commercial clients in medical technology applications as well as for research projects at the university was developed. He joined River Diagnostics in 2004 where he learned the ins and outs of Raman spectroscopy and is responsible for system engineering and production.

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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.

Previous Meggers Award Winners :

1960 W.K. Baer and E.S. Hodge for "The Spectrochemical Analysis of Solutions: A Comparison of Five Techniques." 
1961 T. Lee for "The Spectrographic Determination of Uranium 235." 
1962 L.R. Pitwell for "Equations for Working Curves in Emission Spectroscopy." 
1963 L.R. Leipziger for "Some New Upper Limits of Isotopic Abundance by Mass Spectrometry." 
1964 W.G. Schrenk and R.W. Johnson for "Mechanisms of Interactions of Alkali and Alkaline Earth Elements in Flame Photometry." 
1965 J.B. Irenopvich, A.G. MacDearmid, and E.R. Nixon for "Infrared and Raman Spectra of Some Pentamethyldisilanyl Compounds."
1966 B.J. Mitchell and N.F. Hooper for "Digital Computer Calculations and Correction of Matrix Effect in X-Ray Spectroscopy." 
1967 Michael L. Parsons and James D. Winefordner for "Optimization of the Critical Instrumental Parameters for Achieving Maximum Sensitivity and Precision in Flame Spectrometric Methods of Analysis." 
1968 Harry J. Rose and Frank Cuttitta for "X-Ray Fluorescence Analysis of Individual Rare Earths and Complex Minerals." 
1969 J.P. Walters for "Historical Advances in Spark Emission Spectroscopy." 
1970 C.D. Allemand for "Depolarization Ratio Measurement in Raman Spectrometry." 
1971 C.R. Brundle for "Some Recent Advances in Photoelectron Spectroscopy." 
1972 M.S. Wang for "Impurity Determination in Group III-V Compounds." 
1973 V.F. Hanson for "Quantitative Elemental Analysis of Art Objects by Energy-Dispersion X-Ray Fluorescence Spectroscopy." 
1974 John R. Ferraro and Louis J. Basile for "Spectroscopy at High Pressures: Status Report and Update of Instrumental Techniques." 
1975 M.L. Parsons, R.J. Lovett, and D.L. Welch for "On the Importance of Spectral Interferences in Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy." 
1976 Bernard Keisch and Robert C. Callahan for "Sulfur Isotope Ratio in Ultramarine Blue: Application to Art Forgery Detection." 
1977 Thomas Hirschfeld for a series of brief, but original and illuminating, papers. 
1978 C.A. Van Dijk, C. Th. J. Alkemade, and P.J. Zeegers for "Pulsed Laser Mode Competition with a Na-Colored Intracavity Flame." 
1979 John P. Walters and Alexander Scheeline for "Investigation of Bipolar Oscillatory Spark Discharge." 
1980 John C. Wright for "Double Resonance Excitation in the Condensed Phase: An Alternative to Infrared, Raman, and Fluorescence Spectroscopy." 
1981 C. Th. J. Alkemade for "Single-Atom Detection." 
1982 G. Mamantov, A.A. Garrison, and E.L. Wehry for "Analytical Applications of Matrix Isolation Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy." 
1983 S. B. Smith and G.M. Hieftje for "A New Background Correction Method for Atomic Absorption Spectrometry." 
1984 N. Sheppard and J. Erkelens for "Vibrational Spectra Absorbed on Surfaces: Forms of Vibrations and Selection Rules for Regular Arrays of Absorbed Species." 
1985 E.A. Stubley and G. Horlick for "A Windowed Slew-scanning Fourier Transform Spectrometer for Inductively Coupled Plasma Emission Spectrometry." 
1986 T. Hirschfield and B. Chase for "FT-Raman Spectroscopy: Development and Justification."
1987 David C. Tilotta, Robert D. Freeman, and William G. Fateley for "Hadamard Transform Visible Raman Spectrometry." 
1988 David Lubman, Ho Ming Pang, and Chung Hang Sin for "Pulsed High-Pressure Liquid Injection of Biological Molecules into Supersonic Beam/Mass Spectrometry with Resonant Two-Photon Ionization Detection." 
1989 Marek Urban for "A Novel Approach to Photoacoustic FT-IR Spectroscopy: Rheo-Photoacoustic Measurements." 
1990 Isao Noda for "Two-Dimensional Infrared (2D IR) Spectroscopy: Theory and Applications." 
1991 Alexander Scheeline, Cheryl A. Bye, Duane L. Miller, Steven W. Rynders, and R. Calvin Owen, Jr. for "Design and Characterization of an Echelle Spectrometer for Fundamental and Applied Emission Spectrochemical Analysis." 
1992 P.J. Treado, I.W. Levin, and E.N. Lewis for "Near-Infrared Acousto-optic Filtered Spectroscopic Microscopy: A Solid-State Approach to Chemical Imaging." 
1993 J. Lin and C.W. Brown for "Universal Approach for Determination of Physical and Chemical Properties of Water by Near-IR Spectroscopy." 
1995 Patrick J. Treado, Ira W. Levin, and E. Neil Lewis for "Indium Antimonide (InSb) Focal Plane Array (FPA) Dectection for Near-Infrared Imaging Microscopy."
1996 Steven E. Hobbs and Gary M. Hieftje for "Scintillator-Based Nanosecond Light Sources for Time-Resolved Fluorimetry." 
1997 T. Rick Fletcher, Matt Rekow, Dwayne Rogge and David Sammeth for "Vaporization of Nonvolatile and Matrix-Isolated Molecules Using a Novel Laser Vaporization Technique." 
1998 Michel Pézolet and Anne Nabet for "Two-Dimensional FT-IR Spectroscopy: A Powerful Method to Study the Secondary Structure of Proteins Using H-D Exchange." 
1999 Katrin Kneipp for "Single-Molecule Detection of a Cyanine Dye in Silver Colloidal Solution Using Near-Infrared Surface-Enhanced Raman Scattering."
2000 Jack L. Koenig, Rohit Bhargava, and Travis Ribar for "Towards Faster FT-IR Imaging by Reducing Noise." 
2001 Laurence Nafie for "Dual Polarization Modulation: A Real-Time, Spectral-Multiplex Separation of Circular Dichroism from Linear Birefringence Spectral Intensities."
2002 Neill Everal, Thomas Hahn, Pavel Matousek, AnthonyW. Parker, Michael Towrie for "Picosecond Time-Resolved Raman Spectroscopy of Solids: Capabilities and Limitations for Fluorescence Rejection and the Influence of Diffuse Reflectance." 
2003 Ira Levin, Scott Huffman, and Rohit Bhargava for "Generalized Implementation of Rapid-Scan Fourier Transform Infrared Specttroscopic Imaging."
2004 Boris Mizaikoff, Marcus Janotta, and Abraham Katzir for "Sol-Gel-Coated Mid-Infrared Fiber-Optic Sensors."
2005 Hiro-O Hamaguchi and Hirotsugo Hiramatsu "Development of Infrared Electroabsorption Spectroscopy and Its Application to Molecular Structural Studies."
2006 Pavel Matousek, Ian Clark, Edward Draper, Michael Morris, Allen Goodship, Neil Everall, Mike Towrie, William Finney, Anthony Parker for "Subsurface Probing in Diffuseley Scattering Media Using Spatially Offset Raman Spectroscopy"
2007 Ryan D. Pensack, Bozena B. Michniak, David J. Moore, Richard Mendelsohn for "Infrared Kinetic/Structural Studies of Barrier Reformation in Intack Stratum Corneum following Thermal Perturbation"
2008 Taka-aki Ishibashi and Toshiki Maeda for "Infrared-Ultraviolet Sum-Frequency Generation Spectrometer with a Wide Tunability of the Ultraviolet Probe" 
2009 Christian Pellerin, Yongri Liang, Damien Mauran, Robert E. Prud'homme for "A New Method for the Time-Resolved Analysis of Structure and Orientation: Polarization Modulation Infrared Structural Absorbance Spectroscopy" 
2010 Patrick J. Cutler, David M. Haaland, Paul J. Gemperline for 'Systematic Method for the Kinetic Modeling of Temporally Resolved Hyperspectral Microscope Images of Fluorescently Labeled Cells'
2011 Robert W. Shaw, Kent A. Meyer, Kin C. Ng, Zhanjun Gu, Zhengwei Pan, Weilliam B. Whitten for "Combined Apertureless Near-Field Optical Second-Harmonic Generation/Atomic Force Microscopy Imaging and Nanoscale Limit of Detection"
2012 S. Michael Angel, Nathaniel Gomer, Christopher Gordon, Paul G. Lucey, Shiv Sharma, J. Chance Carter for "Raman Spectroscopy Using a Spatial Heterodyne Spectrometer: Proof of Concept"