The Williams-Wright Award

2017 Award Recipient

The Coblentz Society was pleased to introduce the recipient of the 2017 Williams-Wright Award, Dr. Sl
obodan Sasic.

Slobodan Sasic will receive the 2017 Williams-Wright Award. Slobodan Sasic obtained his Ph.D. degree from the University of Belgrade in Serbia. He then worked at Kwansei-Gakuin University (Japan) on various applications of vibrational spectroscopy, chemometrics, 2D correlation spectroscopy, and SERS. Next, at MIT, he worked on a method for non-invasive analysis of glucose based on Raman spectroscopy and multivariate calibration. He then joined Pfizer (and later Vertex) where he specialized in vibrational spectroscopy-based chemical imaging of pharmaceuticals, and on using NIR spectroscopy for monitoring of blending of pharmaceutical materials. Currently at SSCI/AMRI he is using vibrational spectroscopy, chemical imaging, XRPD, and chemometrics for analysis of pharmaceutical solid forms.

The formal presentation of the Williams-Wright award will take place at a special symposium at Pittcon.

History and Nomination Process

The Coblentz Society's Williams-Wright Award is presented annually to an industrial spectroscopist who has made significant contributions to vibrational spectroscopy while working in industry. The work may include infrared and/or Raman spectroscopy, instrumental development as well as theory, and applications of vibrational spectroscopy. Government labs are not considered industry in this definition. No restrictions are placed on the selection of the Awardee because of age, sex, or nationality, but the Awardee must still be working at the time the award is presented. The award consists of a frame certificate and an honorarium. In order to ensure that the award is based on an independent evaluation of the candidate’s achievements, the selection is made by a committee chosen by the Coblentz Society.

The Award is presented each year at the Pittsburgh Conference on Analytical Chemistry and Applied Spectroscopy. The Williams-Wright Award Symposium is held in honor of the awardee and immediately follows the presentation. In the picture to the right, John Coates was presented the 2013 Award with Shawn Mehrens (committee chair 2012-2013) and Jim Rydzak (Coblentz Society President 2013-2014). 

The nomination should clearly state the significance of the contribution made by the nominee, e.g., the introduction of novel methods, techniques or theories; innovative work in the field of vibrational spectroscopy; significant improvement on existing methods, theory or techniques; or important impact on the field of vibrational spectroscopy arising from the volume of contributions in a specific area. The nomination packet should include a resume of the nominee's career including a publication list. Seconding letters to the nomination are useful, but not necessary. Files on nominees will be kept active for three years, after which the candidate must either be renominated with an updated file, or the file will be closed. Nominations should be sent to the Chair of the Williams-Wright Award Selection Committee. Nominations close May 1st for the 2018 award.

Please send nomination packages (email is preferred) to:

2015-2016 Chair:  Nancy Jestel 



Recipients of the Williams-Wright Award

2017       Slobodan Sasic

2016       Drouet Warren Vidrine

2015       Jagdeesh Bandekar

2014       Mike Doyle

2013       John Coates

2012       Richard Crocombe

2011       Howard Mark

2010       Patrick Treado

2009       Jerome J. Workman

2008       Rina Dukor

2007       Michael Carrabba

2006       Harry Owen

2005       Fran Adar

2004       Neil Lewis

2003       Neil Everall

2002       Isao Noda

2001       Raul Curbelo

2000       John A. Reffner

1999       Donald Kuehl

1998       Henry Buijs

1997       Michael J. Pelletier

1996       Robert G. Messerschmidt

1995       Michael R. Philpott

1994       John M. Chalmers

1993       Curtis Marcott

1992       Timothy Harris

1991       Robert J. Obremski

1990       John F. Rabolt

1989       D. Bruce Chase

1988       Darwin L. Wood

1987       A. Lee Smith

1986       Abe Savitsky/Joseph J. Barrett

1985       Clara D. Craver/Richard A. Nyquist

1984       Robert Jakobsen

1983       Harry Willis

1982       Robert Hannah

1981       Paul Wilks/James Harrick

1980       Jeanette Grasselli

1979       Norman Colthup

1978       Norman Wright