Jerome Workman Jr.

Jerome Workman Jr. serves on the Editorial Advisory Board of Spectroscopy and is currently with Unity Scientific LLC. He is also an adjunct professor at Liberty University and U.S. National University. He can be reached at


The 2021 Emerging Leader in Atomic Spectroscopy: Using X-ray Spectroscopy to Understand Surface Science and Energy Conversion

June 03, 2021

L. Robert Baker is an associate professor at The Ohio State University in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry. His research focuses on X-ray spectroscopy, nonlinear and time-resolved spectroscopy, the chemistry of surfaces and interface science, and energy conversion and catalysis—work that may lead to better solar energy conversion materials. He is the winner of the 2021 Emerging Leader in Atomic Spectroscopy Award, which is presented by Spectroscopy magazine. This annual award, begun in 2017, recognizes the achievements and aspirations of a talented young atomic spectroscopist, selected by an independent scientific committee.

The 2021 Emerging Leader in Atomic Spectroscopy Award

May 01, 2021

L. Robert Baker, the 2021 Emerging Leader in Atomic Spectroscopy, applies ultra- fast, time-resolved X-ray spectroscopy to explore charge transfer at surfaces, to understand electron transfer, energy conversion, electrochemistry, and catalysis.

Spectroscopy for Analysis of Botanicals: Raman-Based Agriculture and Detection of Important Chemical Constituents in Plant Materials

April 01, 2021

Dmitry Kurouski of the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, is applying Raman spectroscopy to important applications in agriculture for identification and classification of various plant species, for quantification of essential plant constituents, for disease diagnosis in plants, and for Raman-based digital and precision farming. He and his colleagues are at the forefront of using the advantages of Raman based measurements for non-invasive and non-destructive analyses for important field and remote measurement applications.

Fundamental Research and Applications of ICP-OES and ICP-MS Toward Improved Understanding of Elemental Chemical Analysis: Part I

April 01, 2021

Although ICP-OES and ICP-MS are often considered mature techniques, probing the mechanisms involved can lead to more accurate results, and in some cases, cast doubt on accepted explanations. John Olesik shares some surprises he has encountered, in this first part of a two-part interview series.