The Coblentz Award

2019 Award

    The Coblentz Society will present the 2019 Coblentz Award to
Dr. Aleksandra Foltynowicz at the International Symposium on Molecular Spectroscopy (ISMSin June 2019. 

     Aleksandra Foltynowicz studied physics at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Poland, and Umeå University, Sweden; she received her MSc in 2005. In 2009 she completed her Ph.D. in ultrasensitive cavity-enhanced molecular absorption spectroscopy under the supervision of Prof. Ove Axner at Umeå University. Afterwards she spent two years at JILA, University of Colorado at Boulder, CO, USA, as a postdoctoral researcher in the group of Prof. Jun Ye. In 2012 she was appointed as assistant professor at the Department of Physics, Umeå University, and in 2018 she was promoted to associate professor. She is married and has two daughters, born 2015 and 2018.

     The research of Dr. Foltynowicz focuses on optical frequency comb spectroscopy for broadband precision measurements and multispecies trace gas detection. Her group develops new methods of near- and mid-infrared direct and cavity-enhanced comb spectroscopy, pushing the limits of sensitivity, resolution and accuracy of the technique. She collaborates with many international and national partners. Her group pioneered a method of comb-based Fourier transform spectroscopy that overcomes the nominal resolution limit and enables acquisition of broadband spectra with kHz resolution. Her laboratory was the first to demonstrate comb-based photoacoustic spectroscopy, Faraday rotation spectroscopy, cavity-enhanced complex refractive index spectroscopy, and NICE-OHMS.

     The contributions of Dr. Foltynowicz to science have been recognized by many awards and grants, including the Coblentz Award (2019), Peter Werle Early Career Scientist Award (2016), Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation Academy Fellow (2015), Royal Skyttean Society Award (2015), Swedish Research Council Project Grants (2013, 2017), and Ingvar Carlsson Award from the Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research (2013).

About the Coblentz Award

    The Coblentz Award is presented annually to an outstanding young molecular spectroscopist under the age of 40. This award is the Society’s original award (first awarded in 1964), and is the complement of the 'Craver Award' that recognizes young spectroscopists for efforts in applied analytical vibrational spectroscopy. The candidate must be under the age of 40 on January 1 of the year of the award. The award comprises an honorarium, a plaque with a prism from the periscope of a World War II Navy submarine, and a travel allowance.

Award Symposium

    The award is presented annually at the International Symposium on Molecular Spectroscopy (ISMS).


    Nominations for the 2020 Coblentz Award must include a detailed description of the nominee’s accomplishments, a curriculum vitae or resume, and minimum of three supporting letters. Nominations for 2020 close on July 15, 2019. Files of candidates will be kept active for 3 years or until the age of eligibility is exceeded. Annual updates of candidate files are encouraged and will be solicited from the nomination source by the award’s committee chair.

Please send nomination packages by email to:

Recipients of the Coblentz Award are listed below:

  2018 Hans Jakob Wörner
  2017 Wei Min
  2016 Kenneth Knappenberger, Jr.
  2015 Gary Douberly 
  2014  Peng Chen 
  2013 Nathalie Picqué
  2012 Greg Engel
  2011  --- No Award Presented ---
  2010 Timothy Schmidt
  2009 Benjamin McCall
  2008 Xiaowei Zhuang
  2007 Martin Zanni
  2006 Michael Strano
  2005 Sergey Nizkorodov
  2004 No Award Presented
  2003 Andrea Callegari
  2002 Andrei Tokmakoff
  2001 Stacey Bent
  2000 Martin Gruebele
  1999 Brooks Pate
  1998 Pat Treado
  1997 Moungi G. Bawendi
  1996 Xiaoliang Sunney Xie
  1995 David J. Rakestraw
  1994 A. Paul Alivisatos
  1993 Peter M. Felker
  1992 Thomas R. Rizzo
  1991 Paul W. Bohn
  1990 Hai-Lung Dai
  1989 Geraldine L. Richmond
  1988 Keith A. Nelson
  1987 Alan Campion
  1986 Joel M. Harris
  1985 John F. Rabolt / Graham Fleming
  1984 Stephen R. Leone
  1983 David G. Cameron
  1982 Christopher Patterson
  1981 Laurence A. Nafie
  1980 Richard P. Van Duyne
  1979 Lionel A. Carreira
  1978 Lester Andrews
  1977 Peter R. Griffiths
  1976 Geoffrey Ozin / George Thomas, Jr.
  1975 Bernard J. Bulkin
  1974 C. K. N. Patel
  1973 C. Bradley Moore
  1972 George E. Leroi
  1971 Clive Perry
  1970 Guiseppi Zerbi
  1969 James R. Durig
  1968 Jon T. Hougen
  1967 Peter Krueger
  1966 Edwin Becker
  1965 William Fateley / Robert Snyder
  1964 John Overend