The FACSS Innovation Award is given to the most innovative research debuted orally at SciX. All presenters are eligible, if the content of their presentation has not been published or presented in any domain before the SciX meeting (articles in submission but not published are acceptable). Also, the work must have high impact and be a major advancement from previous work (i.e. no incremental advancements). 

All program areas are included and all attendees are eligible for the FACSS Innovation Award irrespective of educational level or professional vocation. 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 qualifies too). Papers submitted for SciX will be considered for these awards – authors can check the appropriate box for their papers to be entered. Authors should carefully read the list of conditionsl attendant to this award to make certain the work is eligible. Finalists will be selected for presentations at the SciX conference in special award sessions. 

Each award includes:

  • A total cash prize of $1,500
  • A plaque for each author
  • Publicity
Deadline to submit is April 30.  Click Submit Abstract to submit your paper for the Innovation Award.



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

Imaging Quantum Effects in Biological Systems;
Gregory S. Engel, The University of Chicago  
Interview with Gregory S. 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

Alexander Scheeline                                  Bui Anh Thu


Rohit Bhargava - 2012 FACSS Innovation Award Recipient podcast

Kenneth Marcus - 2012 FACSS Innovation Award Finalist podcast

Emily Smith - 2012 FACSS Innovation Award Finalist podcast

Mark Hayes - 2012 FACSS Innovation Award Finalist podcast

2012 Innovation Award Press Release

Paper receiving the 2012 Innovation Award

NEW: First in a series of podcasts by FACSS/SciX leaders: S. Michael Angel (2012 William F. Meggars Award, 2011 Innovation Award) - Raman Spectroscopy for Measurements in Deep Space and the Deep Ocean

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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; Univeristy 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 McKay3; 1Applied Spectra, Inc., Fremont, CA, 2LBNL, Berkeley, CA, 3NASA-Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA
Interview with Bol'shakov

All attendees are eligible for the award irrespective of educational level or professional vocation, and authors opt-in to be considered for the award simply by marking a single check-box during abstract submission. However, the FACSS Innovation Awards are limited to the newest, cutting-edge, unpublished research results. Authors should carefully read the list of conditions attendant to this award to make certain the work is eligible.