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 conditions 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. 
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 However, the FACSS Innovation Awards are limited to the newest, cutting-edge, unpublished research results.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.

Each award includes:

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


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

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

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
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

Sub-PPM Detection Limits in Powder X-Ray Diffraction Guided by Second Harmonic Generation Imaging;
Garth Simpson, Purdue University
Interview with Garth Simpson by

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

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
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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