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 is presented annually to an outstanding young molecular spectroscopist whose efforts are in the area of applied analytical vibrational spectroscopy. 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.

The Coblentz Society is pleased to announce Ji-Xin Cheng as the 2015 recipient of the Coblentz Society Craver Award

Ji-Xin Cheng, PhD
Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Professor of Chemistry, Center for Cancer Research, Purdue University

Ji-Xin Cheng was born in Jixi, Anhui Province, P. R. China in 1971. He attended University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) from 1989 to 1994. From 1994 to 1998, he carried out his PhD study on bond-selective chemistry under the supervision of Qingshi Zhu at USTC. As a graduate student, he worked as a research assistant at Universite Paris-sud (France) on vibrational spectroscopy and the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) on quantum dynamics theory. After postdoctoral training on ultrafast spectroscopy in Yijing Yan’s group at HKUST, he joined Sunney Xie’s group at Harvard University as a postdoc, where he and others developed CARS microscopy that allows high-speed vibrational imaging of cells and tissues. Cheng joined Purdue University in 2003 as Assistant Professor in Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering and Department of Chemistry, promoted to Associate Professor in 2009 and to Full Professor in 2013. He was appointed as Scientific Director of Label-free Imaging at Purdue’s Discovery Park in Oct 2014.

Professor Cheng’s research aims to transform molecular spectroscopy from an in vitro analytical tool to an in vivo imaging platform for biological and medical applications. His pioneering work includes CARS imaging of myelin sheath in its nature state, multimodal nonlinear optical microscopy, chemical imaging of deep tissue through acoustic detection of harmonic vibration, transient absorption microscopy of nanomaterials, and lock-in free stimulated Raman spectroscopic imaging.  He is authored in over 170 peer-reviewed articles that have been cited more than 10,000 times, with an h-index of 50 (Google Scholar). His leadership is demonstrated as the organizer of 23 national/international symposia, over 170 invited talks, and as co-editor of the first book on Coherent Raman Scattering Microscopy, published by CRC Press in 2012. His is a co-inventor of CARS microscope which is now available through Olympus and Leica. In 2013 He co-founded Vibronix Inc which has the mission of saving lives through vibrational imaging technology. He is the Purdue site director of NSF-funded I/UCRC Center for Biophotonics Sensors and Systems.

Professor Cheng’s achievements have been recently recognized by Chang-Jiang Scholar from Chinese Minister of Education (2014), Fellow of American Institute of Medicine and Biological Engineering (2014), Purdue University Faculty Scholar (2012-17), College of Engineering Early Career Research Award (2011), Research Excellence Award from Purdue Center for Cancer Research (2011), Outstanding Young Scientist Award from Chinese National Academy of Sciences (2009). 

The Coblentz Society announces its solicitation of nominations for the 2016 Craver Award in recognition of young investigators in applied analytical vibrational spectroscopy. Nominations for the 2016 award are accepted until August 30, 2015 and must include a detailed description of the nominee's accomplishments, a curriculum vitae or resume, and minimum of three supporting letters. Nominations may be sent to

Please refer to the Coblentz website for further details;


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 Graham
2013 Rohit Bhargava - Spectroscopy Interview with Rohit 
2014 Lynne S. Taylor -  Interview with Lynne Taylor by Spectroscopy Magazine