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.

2021 Award Recipients

The 2021 Meggers Award winners for the paper entitled "The Raman Spectrum of a Single Molecule on an Electrochemically Etched Silver Tip."

V. Ara Apkarian

V. Ara Apkarian is the Distinguished Professor of Chemical Physics at the University of California, Irvine and a Foreign Member of the National Academy of Sciences of Armenia. After obtaining BS and PhD degrees in Chemistry from USC and Northwestern, respectively, and following a postdoctoral fellowship at Cornell, he joined the Chemistry Faculty at UCI in 1983. He has served as the founding co-Director of the Chemical and Materials Physics (ChaMP) program at UCI, as Chairman of the Department of Chemistry (2004-2007), and as Director of the National Science Foundation Center for Chemistry at the Space-Time Limit (2007-2020). His principle scientific contributions are in photophysics, ultrafast dynamics and nonlinear optics, quantum dynamics, plasmonics and spectro-microscopy. His work has appeared in ~200 peer-reviewed publications. His scholarly contributions and service have been recognized with awards, among them: Fellow of the American Physical Society (1994), the Humboldt Prize (1996), the ACS Award in Experimental Physical Chemistry (2014), and he holds an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Jyväskylä, Finland (2016).

Joonhee Lee

Joonhee Lee obtained his PhD in surface physics at Yonsei University, Korea in 2006, and moved to the United States to start his postdoctoral research at the University of California, Irvine. He continued to work in Irvine as project scientist and assistant researcher until 2019. He has been running his own research group in the department of physics at the University of Nevada, Reno since he started as an assistant professor in August of the same year. His research focus is to combine scanning tunneling microscopy and laser spectroscopy to visualize molecular and lattice vibrations associated with important chemical reactions and emergent physical phenomena such as superconductivity.

Nicholas Tallarida

Nicholas Tallarida received his PhD in 2017 from the University of California Irvine under the guidance of Professor Ara Apkarian. During his time at UCI, he conducted research on combining optical spectroscopy techniques with scanning probe microscopy. Specifically, he focused on merging tip-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (TERS) with scanning tunneling microscopy (STM). Through the development of a TERS-optimized STM tip manufacturing approach, atomic resolution was achieved with Raman spectroscopy, enabling chemical analysis at the sub-molecular level. After finishing his PhD, he accepted a NASA Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), working on the development of optical spectroscopy instruments, including Raman spectrometers and a flow cytometer, for future planetary science and life-detection NASA missions. Since becoming a full-time JPL employee in 2019, he has been working on the development of various types of optical and laser spectroscopy instruments. Furthermore, he aided in the testing and validation of the PIXL instrument on NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover. After the rover’s successful landing in February 2021, he has been an active member of PIXL’s surface operations engineering team, working to ensure the successful and safe operation of the instrument.

Laura Rios

Laura Ríos is currently an assistant professor of physics at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo CA. Laura received a B.A. in Chemistry from Oberlin College in 2012, and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from University of California, Irvine in 2017. At UC Irvine, Laura studied single molecule dynamics on surfaces using a scanning tunneling microscope in ultrahigh vacuum (UHV-STM) and Raman spectroscopy, and dabbled in computational investigations. Laura was awarded an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship during her graduate studies.

Laura went on to study physics education research (PER) in a postdoctoral appointment at the University of Colorado Boulder, focusing on assessment of lab course-specific learning goals and broadening participation of marginalized students in STEM.

In her current work, Laura combines her love of experimentation and instruments with learning science (e.g., experiential learning theory) to realign

assessment structures with learning goals for upper-division physics laboratory courses. Her research builds upon a fundamental assumption that lab courses offer a unique learning environment to develop the skills for empirical inquiry, and should thus reflect the authentic practices of experimental physics.

In addition to her scholarly pursuits, Laura serves on the Executive Committee of the American Physical Society Forum on Education and the Committee on Physics in Undergraduate Education for the American Association of Physics Teachers.

In her free time, Laura enjoys the typical California fare: surfing and tacos.

Past Recipients

2020 Kay Sowoidnich, Mike Towrie, Martin Maiwald, Bernd Sumpf, Pavel Matousek
Shifted Excitation Raman Difference Spectroscopy with Charge-Shifting Charge-Coupled Device (CCD) Lock-In Detection

2019 Timothy J. Johnson, Tanya L. Myers, Russell G. Tonkyn, Tyler O. Danby, Matthew S. Taubman, Bruce E. Bernacki, Jerome C. Birnbaum, and Steven W. Sharpe
Accurate Measurement of the Optical Constants n and k for a Series of 57 Inorganic and Organic Liquids for Optical Modeling and Detection

2018 S. Michael Angel, Patrick D. Barnett, Nirmal Lamsal, Kelly C. Paul, and K. Alicia Strange Fessler
multiple papers on Spatial Heterodyne Spectroscopy Applied for Raman and Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy

2017 Naoto Nagai, Yuta Kijima, and Makoto Okawara
Infrared Response of Sub-Micron-Scale Structures of Polyoxymethylene: Surface Polaritons in Polymers

2016 Mike George
Probing Organometallic Reactions by Time-Resolved Infrared Spectroscopy in Solution and in the Solid State Using Quantum Cascade Lasers

2015 Eric Brauns
Mid-Infrared Diffuse Reflection on Ultrafast Time Scales

2014 Rohit Bhargava, P. Scott Carney, Rohith Reddy, Matthew Schulmerich, Michael Walsh
High-Definition Spectroscopic Imaging

2013 Paul Pudney, Eleanor Bonnist, Peter Caspers, Jean-Philippe Gorce, Chris Marriott, Gerwin Puppels, Scott Singleton, Martin van der Wolf
A New in vivo Raman Probe for Enhanced Applicability to the Body.

2012 S. Michael Angel, Nathaniel Gomer, Christopher Gordon, Paul G. Lucey, Shiv Sharma, J. Chance Carter
Raman Spectroscopy Using a Spatial Heterodyne Spectrometer: Proof of Concept

2011 Robert W. Shaw, Kent A. Meyer, Kin C. Ng, Zhanjun Gu, Zhengwei Pan, Weilliam B. Whitten
Combined Apertureless Near-Field Optical Second-Harmonic Generation/Atomic Force Microscopy Imaging and Nanoscale Limit of Detection

2010 Patrick J. Cutler, David M. Haaland, Paul J. Gemperlin
Systematic Methodthe Kinetic Modeling of Temporally Resolved Hyperspectral Microscope Images of Fluorescently Labeled Cells

2009 Christian Pellerin, Yongri Liang, Damien Mauran, Robert E. Prud'homme
A New Method for the Time-Resolved Analysis of Structure and Orientation: Polarization Modulated Infrared Structural Absorbance Spectroscopy

2008 Taka-aki Ishibashi and Toshiki Maeda
Infrared-Ultraviolet Sum,-Frequency Generation Spectrometer with a Wide Tunability of the Ultraviolet Probe

2007 Ryan D. Pensack, Bozena B. Michniak, David J. Moore, Richard Mendelsohn
Infrared Kinetic/Structural Studies of Barrier Reformation in Intack Stratum Corneum following Thermal Perturbation

2006 Pavel Matousek, Ian Clark, Edward Draper, Michael Morris, Allen Goodship, Neil Everall, Mike Towrie, William Finney, Anthony Parker
Subsurface Probing in Diffusely Scattering Media Using Spatially Offset Raman Spectroscopy

2005 Hiro-O Hamaguchi and Hirotsugo Hiramatsu
Development of Infrared Electroabsorption Spectroscopy and Its Application to Molecular Structural Studies.

2004 Boris Mizaikoff, Marcus Janotta, and Abraham Katzir
Sol-Gel-Coated Mid-Infrared Fiber-Optic Sensors.

2003 Ira Levin, Scott Huffman, and Rohit Bhargava
Generalized Implementation of Rapid-Scan Fourier Transform Infrared Specttroscopic Imaging.

2002 Neill Everal, Thomas Hahn, Pavel Matousek, Anthony W. Parker, Michael Towrie
Picosecond Time-Resolved Raman Spectroscopy of Solids: Capabilities and Limitations Fluorescence Rejection and the Influence of Diffuse Reflectance.

2001 Laurence Nafie
Dual Polarization Modulation: A Real-Time, Spectral-Multiplex Separation of Circular Dichroism from Linear Birefringence Spectral Intensities.

2000 Jack L. Koenig, Rohit Bhargava, and Travis Ribar
Towards Faster FT-IR Imaging by Reducing Noise

1999 Katrin Kneipp Single-Molecule Detection of a Cyanine Dye in Silver Colloidal Solution Using Near-Infrared Surface-Enhanced Raman Scattering.

1998 Michel Pézolet and Anne Nabet Two-Dimensional FT-IR Spectroscopy: A Powerful Method to Study the Secondary Structure of Proteins Using H-D Exchange.

1997 T. Rick Fletcher, Matt Rekow, Dwayne Rogge and David Sammeth Vaporization of Nonvolatile and Matrix-Isolated Molecules Using a Novel Laser Vaporization Technique.

1996 Steven E. Hobbs and Gary M. Hieftje Scintillator-Based Nanosecond Light SourcesTime-Resolved Fluorimetry.

1995 Patrick J. Treado, Ira W. Levin, and E. Neil Lewis Indium Antimonide (InSb) Focal Plane Array (FPA) DectectionNear-Infrared Imaging Microscopy.

1993 J. Lin and C.W. Brown Universal Approach Determination of Physical and Chemical Properties of Water by Near-IR Spectroscopy.

1992 P.J. Treado, I.W. Levin, and E.N. Lewis Near-Infrared Acousto-optic Filtered Spectroscopic Microscopy: A Solid-State Approach to Chemical Imaging.

1991 Alexander Scheeline, Cheryl A. Bye, Duane L. Miller, Steven W. Rynders, and R. Calvin Owen, Jr. Design and Characterization of an Echelle Spectrometer Fundamental and Applied Emission Spectrochemical Analysis.

1990 Isao Noda Two-Dimensional Infrared (2D IR) Spectroscopy: Theory and Applications.

1989 Marek Urban A Novel Approach to Photoacoustic FT-IR Spectroscopy: Rheo-Photoacoustic Measurements.

1988 David Lubman, Ho Ming Pang, and Chung Hang Sin Pulsed High-Pressure Liquid Injection of Biological Molecules into Supersonic Beam/Mass Spectrometry with Resonant Two-Photon Ionization Detection.

1987 David C. Tilotta, Robert D. Freeman, and William G. Fateley Hadamard Transform Visible Raman Spectrometry.

1986 T. Hirschfield and B. Chase FT-Raman Spectroscopy: Development and Justification.

1985 E.A. Stubley and G. Horlick A Windowed Slew-scanning Fourier Transform SpectrometerInductively Coupled Plasma Emission Spectrometry.

1984 N. Sheppard and J. Erkelens Vibrational Spectra Absorbed on Surfaces: Forms of Vibrations and Selection RulesRegular Arrays of Absorbed Species.

1983 S. B. Smith and G.M. Hieftje A New Background Correction MethodAtomic Absorption Spectrometry.

1982 G. Mamantov, A.A. Garrison, and E.L. Wehry Analytical Applications of Matrix Isolation Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy.

1981 C. Th. J. Alkemade Single-Atom Detection.

1980 John C. Wright Double Resonance Excitation in the Condensed Phase: An Alternative to Infrared, Raman, and Fluorescence Spectroscopy.

1979 John P. Walters and Alexander Scheeline Investigation of Bipolar Oscillatory Spark Discharge.

1978 C.A. Van Dijk, C. Th. J. Alkemade, and P.J. Zeegers Pulsed Laser Mode Competition with a Na-Colored Intracavity Flame.

1977 Thomas Hirschfeld a series of brief, but original and illuminating, papers.

1976 Bernard Keisch and Robert C. Callahan Sulfur Isotope Ratio in Ultramarine Blue: Application to Art Forgery Detection.

1975 M.L. Parsons, R.J. Lovett, and D.L. Welch On the Importance of Spectral Interferences in Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy.

1974 John R. Ferraro and Louis J. Basile Spectroscopy at High Pressures: Status Report and Update of Instrumental Techniques.

1973 V.F. Hanson Quantitative Elemental Analysis of Art Objects by Energy-Dispersion X-Ray Fluorescence Spectroscopy.

1972 M.S. Wang Impurity Determination in Group III-V Compounds.

1971 C.R. Brundle Some Recent Advances in Photoelectron Spectroscopy.

1970 C.D. Allemand Depolarization Ratio Measurement in Raman Spectrometry.

1969 J.P. Walters Historical Advances in Spark Emission Spectroscopy.

1968 Harry J. Rose and Frank Cuttitta X-Ray Fluorescence Analysis of Individual Rare Earths and Complex Minerals.

1967 Michael L. Parsons and James D. Winefordner Optimization of the Critical Instrumental ParametersAchieving Maximum Sensitivity and Precision in Flame Spectrometric Methods of Analysis.

1966 B.J. Mitchell and N.F. Hooper Digital Computer Calculations and Correction of Matrix Effect in X-Ray Spectroscopy.

1965 J.B. Irenopvich, A.G. MacDearmid, and E.R. Nixon Infrared and Raman Spectra of Some Pentamethyldisilanyl Compounds.

1964 W.G. Schrenk and R.W. Johnson Mechanisms of Interactions of Alkali and Alkaline Earth Elements in Flame Photometry.

1963 L.R. Leipziger Some New Upper Limits of Isotopic Abundance by Mass Spectrometry.

1962 L.R. Pitwell Equations Working Curves in Emission Spectroscopy.

1961 T. Lee The Spectrographic Determination of Uranium 235.

1960 W.K. Baer and E.S. Hodge The Spectrochemical Analysis of Solutions: A Comparison of Five Techniques.

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