Welcome to Day Two at FACSS 2009

October 19, 2009

Good morning, and welcome to day two of FACSS 2009. The exhibits will be in full swing today, with booth traffic expected to be bustling as all the latest advances in spectroscopic instrumentation will be on display.

Good morning, and welcome to day two of FACSS 2009. The exhibits will be in full swing today, with booth traffic expected to be bustling as all the latest advances in spectroscopic instrumentation will be on display.

However, when you’ve had your fill of walking the show floor and seeing the latest offerings from all the major vendors in the field of materials analysis, there are some great technical sessions and award presentations on deck today, one of the most prominent of which is the Charles Mann Award and its accompanying technical session. The award itself honors an individual who has demonstrated advancement(s) presented at FACSS in the field of applied Raman Spectroscopy and/or demonstrated dedication to the advancement of the FACSS Raman spectroscopy program and/or the ASTM Raman subcommittee, and will be presented to Dr. Pavel Matousek of the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory today at 8 am as part of the Charles Mann Plenary Session. The Charles Mann Award technical session will follow at 2 pm.

Dr. Matousek has worked at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Science and Technology Facilities Council – STFC, since 1991, investigating steady-state and ultrafast vibrational spectroscopy techniques and applying nonlinear optics in advanced spectroscopy and ultra-high power laser research (multi-PW OPCPA). His most recent accomplishments involve, along with his coworkers, developing the concepts of ultrafast (Kerr gated) fluorescence rejection from Raman spectra and spatially offset Raman spectroscopy (SORS) for deep probing of turbid media.

This will certainly be a highlight of the week, as past winners of this award include Spectroscopy columnist Fran Adar, FACSS organizer Mike Carrabba, and many other distinguished figures in the field of spectroscopy. Dr. Matousek will also be a co-author on a presentation during the afternoon session, titled “The potential of SORS (spatially offset Raman spectroscopy) and transmission Raman for cancer medicine,” another presentation that is not to be missed.

Enjoy the day!