Coblentz Society Craver Award

The Coblentz Society has created an award to recognize young individuals who have made significant contributions in applied analytical vibrational spectroscopy. 

The Craver Award honoring Clara Craver is presented annually to an outstanding young molecular spectroscopist whose efforts are in the area of applied analytical vibrational spectroscopy. Clara Craver was the editor of the Coblentz Desk reference and other subsequent libraries that later became databases of infrared spectra that is the foundation for the application of modern vibrational spectroscopy.  Her efforts resulted in the creation of the endowment that supports the Coblentz Society and many of the awards that it gives out annually. The candidate must be under the age of 45 on January 1st of the year of the award. The work may include any aspect of infrared (NIR, MIR, or Far), and/or THz, and/or Raman spectroscopy in applied analytical vibrational spectroscopy. The nominees may come from an academic, government lab, or industrial backgrounds. Click here for information on the Coblentz Society Craver Award.

2018 Coblentz Society Craver Award Recipient

Christy Haynes is the Elmore H. Northey Professor of Chemistry at the University of Minnesota where she leads the Haynes Research Group, a lab dedicated to applying analytical and nanomaterials chemistry in the context of biomedicine, ecology, and toxicology.

Professor Haynes completed her undergraduate work at Macalester College in 1998 and earned a Ph.D. in chemistry at Northwestern University in 2003 under the direction of Richard P. Van Duyne. Before joining the faculty at the University of Minnesota in 2005, Haynes performed postdoctoral research in the laboratory of R. Mark Wightman at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Among many honors, she has been recognized as an Alfred P. Sloan Fellow, a Searle Scholar, a Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar, a National Institutes of Health "New Innovator," and a 2018 Guggenheim Fellow. In addition to wide recognition for her research contributions, including over 150 peer-reviewed publications, she has been recognized by her university as an Outstanding Postdoctoral Mentor and the Sara Evans Faculty Woman Scholar/Leader Award. Professor Haynes is currently the Associate Head of the University of Minnesota, Department of Chemistry, the Associate Director of the National Science Foundation-funded Center for Sustainable Nanotechnology, and an Associate Editor for the journal Analytical Chemistry.

In addition, Prof. Haynes is a champion for diversity in STEM fields and dialogue between scientists and the public. To learn more about Prof. Haynes and her research, in her own words, listen to a recent interview she gave on the “People Behind the Science” podcast and watch a TEDx talk she delivered in January 2017.  ( and

The Craver Award is presented at the SCIX meeting.  However, in 2018 Prof. Haynes is on sabbatical in Europe, and therefore the Award will be presented at the SCIX meeting in 2019.

Call for Nominations

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Previous Recipients

2007 Katherine Bakeev
2008 John C. Conboy
2009 Takeshi Hasagawa
2010 Boris Mizaikoff
2011 Michael W. George
2012 Duncan Graham - Spectroscopy Interview with Duncan Graham
2013 Rohit Bhargava - Spectroscopy Interview with Rhoit Bhargava
2014 Lynne S. Taylor -  Spectroscopy Interview with Lynne Taylor
2015 Ji-Xin Cheng - Spectroscopy Interview with Ji-Xin Cheng
2016 Karen Faulds
2017 Martin Zanni