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 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 also qualifies. All attendees are eligible for the award irrespective of educational level or professional vocation.

During abstract submission, the presenting author opts in to be considered for the award and submits a short supporting statement. View complete application instructions to ensure eligibility before applying. Up to four finalists are selected to present to a panel of judges at a special plenary session on Thursday afternoon at the SciX conference. Presenters are notified in advance of the conference and each presenting author finalist will receive complimentary registration to SciX. The winner is 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. The winner is announced at the closing plenary session on Friday morning.

Each award includes:

  • A total cash prize of $1500 and a plaque to the presenting author
  • A plaque for each co-author
  • Publicity based on the awardees and their work


Glen P. Jackson

"EASI: A New Paradigm for Mass Spectral Identifications"

Dr. Jackson is the Ming Hsieh Distinguished Professor of Forensic and Investigative Science at West Virginia University, where he also holds a joint appointment in the C. Eugene Bennett Department of Chemistry. Dr. Jackson earned a BS (Hons) degree in the UK and MS and PhD degrees in the US, all in the area of analytical chemistry. Dr. Jackson’s research is broadly defined as forensic and biological applications of mass spectrometry. His group's research has appeared in more than 80 publications, more than 120 conference and university presentations and three issued patents. As a PI or Co-PI at OHIO and WVU, he has helped secure more than $5M in state and federal funding. Since 2016, Dr. Jackson has served as the Co-Founder and Co Editor-In-Chief of the Elsevier Journal, Forensic Chemistry. He recently served a three-year term on the NIST OSAC subcommittee on Seized Drugs, and he has taught numerous workshops to practicing forensic professionals. He is an active forensic chemistry consultant, and his work has appeared on Nancy Grace Live, Forensic Files II and Law and Order SVU.


Marie-Chloé Michaud Paradis

"Ultra-high-throughput LIBS analysis of PGE-bearing drill cores"

Marie-Chloé Michaud Paradis graduated from the Université de Montréal with a bachelor degree in Chemistry. During her undergraduate studies, she completed internships at Johnson Matthey Battery Material, QC, Canada, and ELEMISSION, QC, Canada. She also was a research intern during eight terms at the Université de Montréal working on multiple projects on ionic liquids, concentrated electrolytes, and theoretical electrochemistry. She now is working on the applications of laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) to energy storage systems in Prof. Mickaël Dollé’s group at the Université de Montréal while pursuing her Master’s degree. In addition to research, she has worked on the organization of multiple career days for chemistry students and funded many student projects at the Université de Montréal. At the moment, she is part of the CAR-LIBS student team aiming to send a rover-based LIBS in the Canadian Arctic.

Tamiki Komatsuzaki

"On-the-fly Raman image microscopy by reinforcement machine learning"

Tamiki Komatsuzaki holds a professor of Research Institute for Electronic Science, Hokkaido University, Japan, since 2007, moving from Kobe University, Japan (1999-2007). Previously, he was appointed as research associate at Department of Chemistry, University of Chicago, USA (1996-1999). He is an author of more than 120 publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals over interdisciplinary researches, covering from extraction of state space networks and energy landscapes from noisy single molecule time series in measurements, to bridging information science and Raman microscope to accelerate cell or tissue diagnosis while preserving its accuracy, supported by Japan Science and Technology/CREST, Japan entitled “Development of Accelerated Measurement Technology for Cell Diagnosis by bridging Single-Cell Raman Imaging and Information Science (PI: Komatsuzaki, CoPI: Katsumasa Fujita and Yoshinori Harada)” since 2016. He was served as the vice president of biophysical society of Japan, recipient of HFSP grant award, and the editorial boards such as Sci. Rep.

Past Recipients

2019 - Chemical Approaches to Improve Nanopore Single-Molecule Sensing; 

Jason R. Dwyer, James Hagan; University of Rhode Island

2018 INNOVATION AWARD WINNERS: Electrically Triggered Water-in-Oil Droplets for Serial Femtosecond Crystallography)
Alexandra Ros (Arizona State University);

Interband Cascade Laser Frequency Combs: A New Tool for Miniaturization
Benedikt Schwarz (Technische Universität Wien);

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

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