Applied Spectroscopy William F. Meggers Award

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.

Presented for: "High-Definition Spectroscopic Imaging" Applied Spectroscopy, Volume 67, Issue 1, (January 2013), pp. 93-105.  Rohit Bhargarva, P. Scott Carney, Rohith Reddy, Matthew Schulmerich, and Michael Walsh.

Rohit Bhargava is Bliss Faculty Scholar of Engineering and Professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as well as Associate Director of the University of Illinois Cancer Center. He is a faculty member in several engineering departments (BioE, ECE, MechSE, ChemBE) and Chemistry as well as the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology. Rohit received dual B.Tech. degrees (in Chemical Engineering and Polymer Science and Engineering) from the Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi and his doctoral thesis work at Case Western Reserve University (Department of Macromolecular Science and Engineering) were in the area of polymer spectroscopy. He then worked as a Research Fellow at the National Institutes of Health in the area of biomedical vibrational spectroscopy. His independent academic career has been at the University of Illinois as Assistant Professor (2005-2011), Associate Professor (2011-2012) and Professor (2012-). Research in the Bhargava laboratories focuses on fundamental optical theory for vibrational spectroscopic imaging, developing new instrumentation and developing spectroscopic imaging for digital molecular pathology. Rohit’s work has been recognized with several research and teaching awards and he is routinely nominated to the list of teachers ranked excellent at Illinois. Award Interview with Spectroscopy


P. Scott Carney is a Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Illinois where he has been since 2001.  His group website may be found at He holds a PhD in Physics from the University of Rochester (1999) and was a post-doc at Washington University (1999-2001). He is a theorist with research interests in inverse problems, imaging, coherence theory and other branches of optical physics. He is co-organizer of the Saturday Engineering for Everyone lectures, a popular lecture series for all ages at the University of Illinois. He has been named to the Incomplete List of Teachers Ranked Excellent by Their Students nine times. He won the 2012 William Everitt Teaching Award, a prize given annually to one of roughly 400 faculty in the college of engineering, based on the nominations of his students.  He was a 2009 Fulbright Scholar to the Netherlands. He has authored over 80 peer-reviewed works, a dozen issued patents and five book chapters.  He is the Deputy Editor of the Journal of the Optical Society of America A and Program Chair for Frontiers in Optics, the annual meeting of the Optical Society of America. His work in medical imaging is being brought to market by Diagnostic Photonics, a company he cofounded.

Rohith Reddy, a Ph.D. from Dr. Rohit Bhargava’s lab at University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign is currently working as a postdoc with Dr. Gary Tearney at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School. His research interests include the design of instrumentation, creation of new imaging techniques and formulation of robust data analysis tools for infrared spectroscopic imaging. His graduate research was focused on creating and enhancing mid-Infrared Spectroscopic Imaging techniques for biomedical applications. His work presents important advances in using Fourier Transform Infrared (FT-IR) imaging for tissue type identification and cancer detection in prostate and breast tissue. Previously, Rohith Reddy obtained his B.Tech and M.Tech. in Electrical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras. In his doctoral work he has published 11 peer reviewed papers, 2 book chapters and filed 1 patent. As a graduate student he has won the Federation of Analytical Chemistry and Spectroscopy Societies  (FACSS) student poster award in 2007, 2009 and 2011, the Bioengineering Student Award (2010) and Graduate Student Achievement Award (2009) at the University of Illinois and co-authored the bronze medal winning paper at Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference (GECCO) 2007 held at London. He has also been awarded the Society of Applied Spectroscopy Graduate Student award (2011), the Coblentz Student Award (2011), the William G. Fateley Student Award (2011), the FACSS Innovation award (2012) and the Tomas Hirschfeld Award (2012) for his work.

Matthew Schulmerich is an analytical chemist with expertise in Infrared and Raman spectroscopy.  Matthew received his Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Michigan in 2008 and worked as a Department of Defense postdoctoral fellow at the Beckman institute at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  He is interested in developing novel spectroscopic instrumentation for mapping, imaging, and tomography and is especially attracted to non-invasive multimodal approaches using multivariate signal processing to resolve challenging analytical problems.  Matthew is currently an analytical chemist in the Chemical Sensing Laboratories at General Electric’s Global Research Center. 

Michael Walsh is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pathology at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). Michael obtained his PhD in the laboratory of Dr. Francis Martin at Lancaster University, UK in 2008. From 2008 to 2013 he conducted his postdoctoral training in the laboratory of Dr. Rohit Bhargava at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Michael’s research group at UIC, the Spectral Pathology Lab, is focused on the translation of mid-infrared technologies for implementation in Pathology labs towards improving disease diagnosis, predicting disease outcome and tracking of transplant patients.

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