Vibrational Spectroscopic Imaging: Theory, Application, and Advances



An interview with Rohit Bhargava, the winner of the 2012 FACSS/SciX Innovation Award.

An interview with Rohit Bhargava, the winner of the 2012 FACSS/SciX Innovation Award.

The next podcast in the 2013 series presented in collaboration with the Federation of Analytical Chemistry and Spectroscopy Societies (FACSS), in connection with SciX 2013, the federation’s North American conference.

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In part 1 of the interview, Bhargava discusses how he got started in vibrational spectroscopic imaging, the theoretical understanding of light propagation, and the challenges he faced in this work.

In part 2, Bhargava discusses how his work can affect disease diagnosis and progression as well as the next steps in his research.

Rohit Bhargava is a professor of bioengineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In addition to being a Bliss Faculty Scholar at the University of Illinois, Bhargava is also a faculty member in chemical and biomolecular engineering, mechanical science and engineering, and electrical and computer engineering at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology.

Bhargava received dual degrees in chemical engineering, and polymer science and engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (New Delhi, India). His doctoral thesis work at Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland, Ohio) was in polymer spectroscopy. He also has worked as a research fellow at the National Institutes of Health (Bethesda, Maryland) in biomedical vibrational spectroscopy.

Research in the Bhargava laboratories focuses on fundamental optical theory for vibrational spectroscopic imaging, developing new instrumentation, application of spectroscopic imaging to biomedical and polymer problems, and numerical analyses.

About the FACSS/SciX Innovation Award

The FACSS/SciX Innovation Award showcases the newest and most creative science debuted orally at a FACSS/SciX organized conference.

More about the SciX conference:

The traditional North American meeting of FACSS is now SciX - The Great Scientific Exchange. SciX covers the whole of analytical chemistry with an emphasis on emerging technologies. SciX carries on the FACSS tradition of a strong technical program (over 100 symposia), many prestigious awards, exhibits, a variety of workshops, an employment bureau and multiple social networking opportunities.

SciX is the National Meeting of the Society for Applied Spectroscopy (SAS) and the North American Society for Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (NASLIBS).

For more information about the SciX 2013 conference in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, September 29 to October 4, 2013, visit

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