The SciX 2020 Abstract Book is now available! Please click here to download.

SciX 2020 is led by Conference General Chair Linda Yarlott and Program Chair Mary Kate Donais. 

The program below is current as of October 2. For the most updated program, you should refer to the virtual meeting website. A program-at-a-glance is also available on the virtual meeting website.




The SciX 2020 Live Virtual Conference consists of 8 plenary presentations from award winners and 12 featured oral sessions. Plenary presentations feature a 20-minute presentation and 10 minutes of live Q&A. Each day of the Tuesday-Thursday conference there are 2 concurrent sessions in the morning and 2 in the afternoon. The sessions feature five 12-minute talks and 30 minutes of live panel Q&A.




Leading up to the live SciX virtual conference, we’ll be offering multiple activities like the following:

  • Keynote Speaker (below) 
  • Kick-off activities on Monday, October 12 before the start of the live scientific program on October 13

Keynote Lecture Webinar on Tuesday, October 6 at 10:00 am EDT

Must be registered for the SciX 2020 virtual conference to attend the Keynote Lecture.

Unraveling the Story of Aboriginal Australian Natural Pigments Using Nuclear and Spectroscopic Methods

Rachel S. Popelka-Filcoff FRACI

Inaugural Kimberley Foundation Minderoo Chair in Archaeological Science

University of Melbourne

Rachel’s interactive presentation will discuss layers of significance in the novel spectroscopy analysis of natural mineral pigments, and answering their key cultural questions.


9:00 am – 10:15 am     

Opening Remarks and Plenary Presentations 1 & 2

Chairs: Linda Kidder Yarlott and Mary Kate Donais 

9:00 am                       

Opening Remarks

9:15 am

Plenary 1: Coblentz Society Clara Craver Award

Live Question & Answer with Presenter at 9:35 am

Discovering the Subsurface of Materials by Intact Methods: The Contribution of Micro-SORS

Claudia Conti

National Research Council Institute of Heritage Science

9:45 am         

Plenary 2: Society for Applied Spectroscopy Lester W. Strock Award

Live Question & Answer with Presenter at 10:05 am

The Role of Reference Methods and Reference Materials to Support Use of Regulated Nanomaterials in the Manufacturing Industry

Heidi Goenaga-Infante


10:15 am            

Break/Change Channels

10:30 am – Noon  

Parallel Featured Oral Sessions

Live Question & Answer with Presenters at 11:30 am

Topics in Art/Archaeology/Forensics Part 1: Art Chemistry and Forensics

Chairs: Robert Lascola and Peter Vandenabeele

From Novelty to Necessity: Integration of MA-XRF Scanning into Technical Studies Research at the Getty

Karen Trentelman 

Treasures on Trial: The Role of Science in Decorative and Fine Arts Forgery

Catherine Matsen

More information in less time: new approaches toward the treatment of multidimensional hyperspectral data in heritage science

Marc Vermeulen

A Consumer-Technology Approach to Near-IR Reflectography of Paintings and Murals

McKenzie Floyd

Application of Spectroscopic and Imaging Techniques in the Characterization of Organic Pigments

Moupi Mukhopadhyay

Topics in Molecular Spectroscopy Part 1

Chairs: Curt Marcott and Ian Lewis

Single Molecule Secondary Structure Determination of Protein through Infrared Absorption Nanospectroscopy

Francesco Simone Ruggeri

FPGA Based Modulation Index Compensating Three-channel Quantum Cascade Laser Based Sensor for H2S, CH3SH and COS Detection in Petrochemical Process Streams

Bernhard Lendl

Title TBD

Roy Goodacre

On the nature of interactions between aqueous ionic liquids and bio-molecules revealed by synchrotron-based UV Resonance Raman spectroscopy

Barbara Rossi

Near-infrared discriminant analysis combined with two-dimensional correlation analysis

Hoeil Chung

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm 

Break/On-demand Viewing/Special Programming

1:00 pm – 2:30 pm 

Parallel Featured Oral Sessions

Live Question & Answer with Presenters at 2:00 pm

Topics in Art/Archaeology/Forensics Part 2: Archaeological Chemistry

Chairs: Andrew Zipkin and Jayde Hirniak

Applications of Scanning Electron Microscopy and Portable X-ray Fluorescence Spectrometry in the Identification of a 2000-year-old Tattoo Tool

Andrew Gillreath-Brown

Non-Destructive Imaging Techniques for the Study of Archaeological Perishables

Gina Watkinson

Investigating the Organization of Production for Inka Polychrome Pottery from Pachacamac, Peru Using Archaeometric Techniques

James Davenport

Reconstructing hominin paleoenvironments through the analysis of n-alkanes and branched glycerol dialkyl glycerol tetraethers: vegetation and temperature regimes of Paleolithic sequences in the Qinling Mountains of central China

Mathew Fox

Tephrochronological dating of archaeological deposits using non-visible glass shards

Jayde Hirniak

Topics in Molecular Spectroscopy Part 2

Chairs: Roy Goodacre and Sian Sloan Dennison

Optical mapping of biological water in single live cells by stimulated Raman excited fluorescence microscopy

Lixue Shi

Science Rick Van Duyne Inspired – Perspectives as a Student and Professor

Amanda Haes

Photothermal induced enhancement of Raman scattering – Discuss

Duncan Graham

Raman for biomedical safety and security

Jürgen Popp

SERS Imaging of Protein Receptors

Zachary Schultz

2:30 pm – On

Recess/On-demand Viewing/Special Programming


6:00 am - 7:30 am RSC/IRDG Supplemental Programming: Vibrational Spectroscopy


Duncan Graham

Cascaded nanooptics to probe microsecond atomic scale phenomena

Marlous Kamp

Screening DNA-binding molecules with 2D-IR spectroscopy - structure, dynamics and function

Neil Hunt

Quantitative hyperspectral coherent Raman scattering microscopy for label-free bioimaging

Paolo Borri

Imaging cellular dynamics using ratiometric Raman spectroscopy

Will Tipping

Q&A Session

8:00 am – 9:00 am      

Plenary Presentations 3 & 4

8:00 am 

Plenary 3:    FACSS Charles Mann Award for Applied Raman Spectroscopy

Live Question & Answer with Presenter at 8:20 am

50 Years of Biomedical Application of Raman Spectroscopy

Yuki Ozaki

Kwansei Gakuin University

8:30 am   

Plenary 4: Applied Spectroscopy and SAS William F. Meggers Award

Live Question & Answer with Presenter at 8:50 am

Charge-Shifting Lock-In CCD Operation Combined with Shifted Excitation Raman Difference Spectroscopy

Kay Sowoidnich


Leibniz-Institut für Höchstfrequenztechnik

Presenting on behalf of Mike Towrie, Martin Maiwald, Bernd Sumpf, Pavel Matousek

9:00 am – 11:30 am

Break/On-demand Viewing/Special Programming

11:30 am – 12:30 pm  

Plenary Presentations 5 & 6

11:30 am   

Plenary 5: Spectroscopy Magazine's Emerging Leader in Molecular Spectroscopy Award

Live Question & Answer with Presenter at 11:50 am

Understanding Brain Neurochemistry: Imaging Neuromodulators with Near Infrared Fluorescent Nanocarbons

Markita del Carpio Landry 

University of California, Berkeley

12:00 pm                     

Plenary 6: ANACHEM Award

Live Question & Answer with Presenter at 12:20 pm

Interfacial Free Charge Density Gradients in Room Temperature Ionic Liquids

Gary Blanchard

Michigan State University

12:30 pm    

Break/Change Channels

12:45 pm – 2:15 pm    

Parallel Featured Oral Sessions

Live Question & Answer with Presenters at 1:45 pm

Topics in Atomic Spectroscopy Part 1

Chairs: Derrick Quarles and Ben Manard


Nerea Bordel

Automated elemental analysis of dietary supplements using laser ablation ICP-MS

Todor Todorov


Vassilia Zorba

Identification and quantification of arsenic species in Pacific geoduck clam (Panopea generosa)

Lee Yu

Advances in matrix-matched standards for biomedical analysis

Matthieu Baudelet

Topics in Chemometrics

Chair: Federico Marini and Peter Harrington

Classical Least Squares Calibration using Partial Analyte’s Knowledge

Hamid Abdollahi

On-board Chemometric Models with Portable Raman Spectroscopy for Identifying Plasticizers in Food Contact Materials

Betsy Jean Yakes

Interpretable Deep Neural Networks for Infrared Microscopic Images in Clinical Studies

Axel Mosig

A Quantitative Reliability Metric for Querying Large Databases

Peter Harrington

On the use of deep learning for small biomedical data sets

Thomas Bocklitz

2:15 pm 

Break/Change Channels

2:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Parallel Featured Oral Sessions

Live Question & Answer with Presenters at 3:30 pm

Topics in Atomic Spectroscopy Part 2

Chair: Derrick Quarles and Ben Manard

Advances in Elemental Analysis of Non-metals by Plasma Assisted Reaction Chemical Ionization Mass Spectrometry

Kaveh Jorabchi

LIBS for Planetary Exploration: The Sky is NOT the Limit

Roger Wiens

Background Subtraction in Near-surface Analysis with GD-OES - Adding a New Dimension with the High-resolution CCD Spectrometer

Arne Bengtson

Challenges in the laser ablation of soft tissues

Pavel Porizka

TBD (Pushing the limits in isotope ratio analysis - selected examples)

Michael Wieser 

Topics in Biomedical and Bioanalytical

Chairs: Katherine Hollywood and Rohith Reddy

Next-Generation Synthetic Receptors for Advancing Selective Virus Detection

Boris Mizaikoff

Higher Harmonic Generation for Instant Pathology: Results from the Clinic

Marloes Groot

Deep Learning-enabled Computational Microscopy and Sensing

Kevin De Haan

A Bioinspired Plasmonic Sensing Platform to Fingerprint Bacterial Metabolism

Regina Ragan

Exploring the Clinical Potential of Raman Imaging with SERS-based Nanoparticles for Improved Cancer Detection: Regulatory Concerns and Alternative Solutions

Cristina Zavaleta

4:00 pm – On

Recess/On-demand Viewing/Special Programming

8:00 pm - 10:00 pm SPSJ Supplemental Programming: Perspective for Biomedical Raman Spectroscopy

Raman and SRS for Cellular Analysis

Duncan Graham

Validation of Detection Limits of Drugs of Abuse using a Portable SERS Instrument

Peter Harrington

Gunshot residue analysis: can spectroscopy meet the forensics need?

Igor Lednev

Assessment of oocyte quality and its maturation using Raman spectroscopy

Mika Ishigaki

Label-free Raman analysis of live cell and tissue

Hidetoshi Sato

Q&A Session


7:00 am - 8:30 am CLIRSPEC Supplemental Programming

10:00 am – 11:30 am  

Parallel Featured Oral Sessions

Live Question & Answer with Presenters at 11:00 am

Topics in Education

Chair: Christopher Harrison

Promoting student engagement and meaningful learning in the classroom

Renee Cole

Supporting educational innovations by providing resources for high-quality assessment

Regis Komperda

Teaching Analytical Chemistry in the Time of Information Overload

Katarzyna Slowinska

EARLY02.2 Monolithic Spatial Heterodyne Raman Spectrometer (mSHRS): Advancement Towards Miniature Raman Spectrometers

Abigail Waldron


Jake Shelley  

Topics in Pharmaceutical Analysis and Process Analytical Part 1

Chairs: Jim Rydzak and Shawn Chen

Raman Spectroscopy for Bioprocesses: How Hardware, Sampling and Data Analysis Decisions Drive Success

Brian Marquardt

PMA-01.1ATR-FTIR spectroscopy to assess protein A affinity resin performance as a function of spatial location within a column

James Beattie

The Multivariate Process Paradigm

Brian Rohrback

Use of Deep Neural Networks to develop truly diverse therapeutic antibody datasets

Jeremy Shaver

Hybrid Model for Real-time Reaction Monitoring

Ricardo Sousa

11:30 am 

Break/Change Channels

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm   

Plenary Presentations 7 & 8

12:00 pm 

Plenary 7: AES Lifetime Achievement Award Winner

Live Question & Answer with Presenter at 12:20 am

Philippe Renaud


12:30 pm

Plenary 8: AES Mid-Career Achievement Award

Live Question & Answer with Presenter at 12:50 pm

Alexandra Ros

Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University

1:15 pm – 2:45 pm  

Parallel Featured Oral Sessions

Live Question & Answer with Presenters at 2:15 pm

Electric-field Driven Phenomena: Fundamentals, Technology Development and Applications  

Chairs: Wenwan Zhong and Aliaksei Boika

Microchip Electrophoresis as an Analytical Tool to Study Neuroinflammatory Processes

Susan Lunte

Nonlinear Electrokinetic Effects in Devices with Insulating Structures

Blanca Lapizco-Encinas

Direct-Laser-Writing-Enabled Microfluidic Devices for Cardiac Tissue Studies

Alice White

Electric-field-driven microfluidics for rapid CRISPR-based diagnostics and its application to COVID-19 detection

Juan Santiago

Thermally-Responsive Nanophases in Capillary Electrophoresis Separations

Lisa Holland

Topics in Pharmaceutical Analysis and Process Analytical Part 2

Chairs: John Wasylyk and Anna Luczak 

Confidence in annotating metabolites and exposome compounds in untargeted screening

Oliver Fiehn

MEMS-based mid-IR spectral sensing solutions for process analytical technology

Yasser Sabry

Taking pictures of your reactions

Xiaoyun Chen

One Shot Learning Using Bayesian Modeling for Metabolistes in CHO Cell Culture

Rajeev Ram

2:45 pm

Break and Move to Closing Remarks

3:00 pm  

Closing Remarks and Preview of SciX 2021

  • Linda Kidder Yarlott, 2020 General Chair
  • Mary Kate Donais, 2020 Program Chair
  • Robert Chimenti, 2021 General Chair
  • Jean-François Masson, 2021 Program Chair       

3:30 pm


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