Charles Mann Award for Applied Raman Spectroscopy
The Charles Mann Award is presented to an individual who has demonstrated advancement(s) at a conference presented by FACSS in the field of applied Raman Spectroscopy and/or demonstrated dedication to the advancement of the Raman spectroscopy program at a conference presented by FACSS and/or the ASTM Raman subcommittee.
The 2013 FACSS Charles Mann Awardee for Applied Raman Spectroscopy is Volker Deckert, Institute of Physical Chemistry, Jena University, Germany. The Award will be presented at SciX 2013 in Milwaukee, WI.
Volker Deckert holds a joint position at the Institute of Physical Chemistry, University of Jena, Germany and the Institute of Photonic Technology also in Jena. He obtained his Diploma and Ph.D. degree from the University of Würzburg, working on instrumental developments for Raman spectroscopy. As a post-doc he worked on non-linear and time-resolved laser spectroscopy at the University of Tokyo and KAST, in Kawasaki. During his habilitation at the ETH Zurich, he came into contact with near-field optical techniques and was among the first to combine this high spatial resolution technique with Raman spectroscopy. A major breakthrough was the development of tip-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (TERS), a combination of scanning probe microscopy with plasmonic probes. This technique brings together the sensitivity of surface enhanced Raman scattering and the high lateral resolution of near-field optics consequently provides a tool to investigate phenomena much beyond the diffraction limit of conventional optics. Since then his goal is to push the lateral resolution of Raman spectroscopy into smaller and smaller dimensions. In particular his interest is to apply the resolution capabilities of TERS towards nanoscale studies of bio molecules and recently to the investigation of fundamental dynamic processes of surface reactions.
For an interview with Volker Deckert click Mann Award Podcast
Previous Charles Mann Award Winners
2002 Fran Adar
2003 Michael J. Pelletier
2004 Michael Carrabba
2005 D. Bruce Chase
2006 Michael Morris
2007 Neil Everall
2008 Ian R. Lewis
2009 Pavel Matousek
2010 Richard L. McCreery
2011 H. G. M Edwards
2012 Don Pivonka - Interview with Pivonka
Information for those individuals wishing to nominate candidates for the Charles Mann award along with the applicable requirements and timeline are given in the pdf files below. Nominations may be sent to the committee members listed or to the FACSS International Office.
Mann Award Summary PDF