Lester W. Strock Award

The Lester W. Strock Award is given by the New England Section of the Society of Applied Spectroscopy in recognition of a selected publication of substantive research in/or application of analytical atomic spectrochemistry in the fields of earth science, life sciences, or stellar and cosmic sciences. More details on the award are available from the Society for Applied Spectroscopy.

Richard E. Russo, Ph.D. Senior Scientist, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory President & CEO, Applied Spectra, Inc. 
Russo is the scientific director of the Laser Spectroscopy group at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) and CEO of Applied Spectra, Inc. His research group at LBNL pioneered the understanding and development of nanosecond and femtosecond pulsed laser ablation for chemical analysis. He is a co-inventor of the nanowire laser and developer of a real-time standoff laser ultrasonic sensor (R&D100 Award, 2006). He is also the inventor of a process for nano-texturing thin films (ITEX process) and the lead inventor of an assisted pulsed laser deposition process (IBAD). Most recently in his Berkeley research, with the assistance of Applied Spectra staff, he has demonstrated and patented the use of laser plasmas for real-time measurement of isotopes. The new technology, named LAMIS (Laser Molecular Isotopic Spectroscopy), won a 2012 R&D100 Award, FACSS/SCiX Innovation Award, and was Spectrochimica Acta paper of the year for 2012. Russo has over 240 scientific publications; 45 refereed proceedings; 310 presentations (215 invited); and nine book chapters. Fourteen students have received their PhD degrees under his direction at the University of Berkeley, and he has mentored numerous PhD students from international universities. In 2004 Dr. Russo founded Applied Spectra, Inc. (ASI) with the assistance of several of his PhD students from Berkeley. The company is a leader in chemical analysis using LIBS and laser ablation with ICP-MS. ASI LIBS and laser ablation instruments are utilized in national and international markets, including academia, national laboratories, industry, energy, environmental and security applications. 

For an interview with Richard Russo, click Lester W. Strock Award Podcast.


Previous Lester Strock Award Winners

1980 John P. Walters
1981 David M. Hercules
1982 Charles Wilkins
1983 M. Barber, R.S. Bardoli, R. D. Sedgwick, A.N. Tyler
1984 Gary M. Hieftje, Stanley B. Smith, Jr.
1985 C.R. Blakley, M.L. Vestal
1986 Robert S. Houck, Velmer A. Fassell, Gerald D. Flesch, Harry J. Svec, Alan L. Gray, Charles E. Taylor
1987 Richard Sacks, J.M. Goldberg, R.J. Collins, S.Y. Suh
1988 Thomas C. O'Haver
1989 Gary Horlick, Martha A. Vaughn, S.H. Tan
1990 Edward S. Yeung
1991 M. Bonner Denton
1992 G. Hieftje
1993 Willard W. Harrison
1994 Richard F. Browner, Guangxuan Zhu
1995 Michael D. Morris
1996 Richard A. Keller
1997 Therese M. Cotton
1998 Sandford Asher
1999 D. Bruce Chase
2000 Max Diem
2001 John Olesik
2002 Julian Tyson
2003 Ramon Barnes
2004 James D. Winefordner
2005 Richard Russo
2006 Paul Farnsworth
2007 Detlef Günther
2008 Annemie Bogaerts
2009 Nico Omenetto
2010 Kay Niemax
2011 David W. Hahn
2012 Ralph Sturgeon - Interview with Sturgeon