About the FACSS Innovation Award

The FACSS Innovation Award is given to the most innovative research debuted orally at SciX. All SciX conference 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). 

Four candidates are selected each year to present a talk in a special session on Thursday afternoon. Judges are asked to consider innovation/novelty, impact, creativity, transformative potential and technical merit. The award winner is announced on Friday morning. The innovation award winner receives a cash prize of $1,500, a plaque, and publicity throughout the year.

How to Apply

To apply authors need to check the box for Innovation Award consideration in the online paper submission form. Next, all interested candidates prepare a separate 2-page research summary (submitted separately from online abstract submission). The separate 2-page research summary deadline is June 30. View the 2019 Innovation Award Research Summary Instructions. In assessing each candidate for the award, the judges are asked to consider innovation/novelty, impact, creativity, transformative potential and technical merit. The authors can address these points in any manner they wish in their 2-page application. 

FACSS Innovation Award Recipients 2018: Aleksandra Ros and Benedikt Schwarz

The 2018 FACSS Innovation Award was split between two of the four finalists. Drs. Ros and Schwarz will split the cash prize of $1500.

Alexandra Ros (Arizona State University); “Electrically Triggered Water-in-Oil Droplets for Serial Femtosecond Crystallography)”




Benedikt Schwarz (Technische Universität Wien); “Interband Cascade Laser Frequency Combs: A New Tool for Miniaturization"

Past Recipients

2017: Daniel Kazal
Optical Reflection and Waveguiding of Sound in Free Space
Daniel Kazal
1, Ellen Holthoff2, Brian Cullum1; 1University of Maryland, Baltimore County,
Army Research Laboratory, Adelphi, MD

Interview with Daniel Kazal
by Spectroscopy Magazine

2016: Rohith Reddy
An Inexpensive Medical Device for Barrett’s Esophagus Screening; Rohith Reddy1, 2,
Michalina Gora1,2, Jing Dong1, 2, Matthew Beatty, 2, Wolfgang Trasischker1, 2, Kanwarpal Singh1,2,
Amna Soomro, 2, Catriona Grant, 2, Mireille Rosenberg, 2, Guillermo Tearney1, 2; 1Harvard Medical School; 2Massachusetts General Hospital
Interview with Rohith Reddy by Spectroscopy Magazine

2015: Ning Fang and Colin Campbell
Five-dimensional Single Particle Tracking in Live Cells; Ning Fang1, Yan Gu2,Kuangcai Chen1,2, Tian Xia4; 1Georgia State University; 2Iowa State University; 3Ames Laboratory, USDOE; 4Huazhong University of Science & Technology
Interview with Ning Fang by Spectroscopy Magazine
SERS in Live 3D Cell Cultures as a New Tool for Drug Discovery; Colin Campbell1, Lauren Jamieson1, Pierre Bagnaninchi1, David Harrison2 Victoria Camus; 1University of Edinburgh; 2University of St Andrews
Interview with Colin Campbell by Spectroscopy Magazine

2014: Garth Simpson
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 Magazine

2013: Gregory S. Engel and Alexander Scheeline
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

2012: Rohit Bhargava
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
Interview with Rohit Bhargava

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

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