The Coblentz Society is governed by a Board of Managers, consisting of 8 members of the society who serve four year terms, primarily through meetings at the annual Pittcon and SciX/FACSS meetings. Each year the Coblentz Society elects two new members of the Board to govern over the coming four years. From Feb. 17-Mar. 2 2014, the vote is being held to elect the latest members to govern on the Coblentz Society Board of Managers during the term from 2014-2018. More information about the candidates is provided below.

2014 Candidates for the Coblentz Society Board of Managers

How To Vote

To vote, please go to You will need to log into your Coblentz account using your email address and password. If you do not know your password, you can have a new one sent via the password recovery page. If you are still having difficult accessing your account, please contact the membership manager for help (Mark Druy).

Richard Crocombe

Statement of interest

I have been Secretary to the Society since 2010, and my term is ending. There are several challenges facing the Coblentz Society. The Society’s activities have historically been centered around Awards and Symposia, other events at scientific meetings, spectral collections and standards for spectra. However, today fewer people can travel to meetings, awards face the dual issues of declining value and problematic funding, spectral collections have long since transitioned to electronic media as opposed to hard copy, while spectroscopic instruments are increasingly being made ‘push-button’ as specialist spectroscopists become an increasingly rare breed. And you can add to that the trend for libraries to de-accession classic books on spectroscopy which contain valuable practical information on topics like sample preparation. Therefore The Coblentz Society has to transition into a new era, address these issues, and determine how it can serve its membership, especially those who are unable to travel to meetings where the Society is active. I will be pleased to work on these issues, and believe that with my long experience in vibrational spectroscopy, I can make a valuable contribution.

Biographical Sketch

Richard Crocombe has had a 30-year career in spectroscopic instrumentation, following a batchelor’s degree in chemistry at Oxford University in England, a PhD with Prof. Ian Beattie at the University of Southampton, and a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Tennessee, with Prof. Gleb Mamantov. Following that, he was at Bio-Rad/Digilab for twenty years in a wide variety of roles including product management, marketing management, product development and R&D management. Towards the end of that time he led a joint development project with Santa Barbara FocalPlane for a series of more reliable, and lower cost, two-dimensional array detectors that could be read out at 5KHz and above, and therefore be used with conventional rapid-scanning FT-IRs, making FT-IR imaging a routine technique.

At Axsun Technologies, he moved their chip-sized optical module, initially developed for optical telecommunications, into analytical spectroscopy, introducing the first spectrometer of this type at FACSS in October 2003: a miniature near-infrared spectrometer. Continuing the theme of miniature instrumentation (but working at much shorter wavelengths!), he joined Thermo Fisher Scientific’s handheld x-ray fluorescence (XRF) business in 2007, and his work led to the acquisitions of Ahura Scientific and Polychromix in 2010, adding portable molecular analysis (Raman, FT-IR, NIR) to portable elemental analysis (XRF). He was responsible for the build-out of the Portables Center of Excellence in Tewksbury, MA, where the combined business moved in 2012. Most recently he transferred to a new role in chromatography and mass spectrometry.

He has written a series of review articles on miniature optical spectrometers and their enabling technologies, published in ‘Spectroscopy’ magazine In addition, he is co-chair of the SPIE ‘Next-Generation Spectroscopic Technologies’ conferences, and co-editor of the resulting conference proceedings publications. These conferences bring together a wide variety of technology, instrument and algorithm developers for new spectrometers, covering the whole range of the electromagnetic spectrum.

He received the Williams-Wright Award for industrial vibrational spectroscopy in 2012. He has twice been the chair of the New England Section of SAS, and is currently an elected member of the SAS Governing Board. He has been Secretary of the Coblentz Society since 2010, and that term ends in March 2014.

Mary Tecklenburg

Statement of Interest and Biosketch

Dr. Mary Tecklenburg earned the BS in chemistry at St. Louis University, the MS in analytical chemistry at Indiana University-Purdue Univ. at Indianapolis, and the PhD in physical chemistry, with Prof. Jaan Laane, at Texas A&M University, where she was awarded the Coblentz Society Student Award in Vibrational Spectroscopy. She was awarded an NIH postdoctoral fellowship to work with Jerry Babcock at Michigan State University. She is now a professor of chemistry at Central Michigan University and graduate program advisor. Her research has centered on studies of materials using vibrational spectroscopy. Her projects monitor reaction kinetics and phase transformations using Raman and infrared spectroscopy, particularly on minerals and proteins found in bone. She also teaches classes on molecular spectroscopy and theory of spectroscopy.

I am very interested in becoming a member of the Coblentz society board of managers. I’ve been a member for many years, starting with my award as a student. I have been involved in professional societies on the local level (Midland, Michigan American Chemical Society Awards committee, chair of one day professional meeting and SciFest family science day, treasurer for the 2013 ACS Central Regional meeting and organized a Raman spectroscopy symposium). I would like to become more involved beyond my region, promoting vibrational spectroscopy on the national level through education, awards to professionals and students, and conferences that showcase the best research and development in spectroscopy.

Dave Tuschel

Statement of interest

Thank you for inviting me to be part of the Coblentz Board of Managers. I have been a member of the Coblentz Society since I joined while in graduate school in the early 1980s. I am proud to be part of the profession and long tradition of spectroscopists and have a strong commitment to passing on the craft through education. Instruction and education are what motivated me to create my own YouTube channel (dtuschel) to post instructional videos on Raman spectroscopy. Therefore, I believe that I could contribute to the Coblentz Society best by serving on the Education Committee.


David Tuschel is currently the Manager of Raman Applications at HORIBA Scientific. In this capacity he manages support of customers in applied Raman spectroscopy. David also shares responsibility with Fran Adar of HORIBA for authoring the Molecular Spectroscopy Workbench, which appears regularly in Spectroscopy magazine. David has also established his own YouTube channel (dtuschel) on which he posts instructional videos regarding Raman spectroscopy.

Prior to joining HORIBA, David was a Senior Researcher at the University of Pittsburgh from 2009 to early 2011 working on UV resonance Raman spectroscopy of explosives with Prof. Sanford Asher of the Chemistry Department. David was the Principal Materials Scientist at ChemImage (2002 – 2008) and led the Commercial Competence Center for business development. He is the inventor of a commercially available hyperspectral (Raman, luminescence and visible absorption) imaging instrument incorporating oblique illumination independent of the image capture optics. His research responsibilities at ChemImage included the development of spectral imaging applications for a wide variety of materials including, pharmaceuticals, polymers, metal oxides, ceramics, advanced electrooptic materials, Organic Light Emitting Diodes (OLED), photovoltaics and semiconductors. David received his M.S. degree from the University of Arizona under the direction of Prof. Jeanne E. Pemberton. His research involved the study of surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) and its dependence on electrode kinetics. Through his studies he determined the effect of electrode oxidation-reduction rate on SERS. Prior to joining ChemImage, he was a Senior Research Scientist at Kodak (1985 – 2002) and designed an optical measurement system for the study of OLED flat panel display fabrication. He performed fundamental studies to structurally characterize OLED devices and materials by optical, spectroscopic, and electrooptical methods. David designed and built two optical systems for determining the photoluminescence quantum efficiencies (QE) of thin films, bulk solids, and solutions. In addition, he wrote the data acquisition and analysis software for one of the QE systems to make it accessible to all Kodak research scientists. He formed and led a team of 15 analytical scientists to support research, development, commercialization, and manufacturing of optical recording media, including CD‑R and DVD-R. He performed the structural characterization of ceramics, semiconductors, photonic materials, polymers, phosphors (including rare earths), dyes and synthetic organic and inorganic materials by Raman spectroscopy, laser excited luminescence and various optical and microscopic methods.

David established and managed a microspectroscopy center for chemical and physical structural characterization in support of Kodak research and manufacturing, particularly for integrated optical and microelectronic devices. He was responsible for establishing near-field spectroscopy and imaging (using a solid immersion lens) as an applied analytical method in Kodak, and he developed capabilities in micro-visible absorption, microfluorescence, and micro-Raman spectroscopies. Also, he developed the Polarization/Orientation Micro-Raman technique for the characterization of solid-state materials in general and integrated optical and microelectronic devices in particular. While at Kodak, he developed general microspectroscopic mapping techniques and used them to correlate the chemical bonding and atomic (crystal lattice) structure to the properties of photonic and microelectronic devices. These methods can be widely applied for convenient use in process control of integrated optical and microelectronic device microchemistry/fabrication.

David has been awarded 26 patents and published 35 research papers in refereed scientific journals and conference proceedings. Also, he is a frequent contributor of research papers at international and national conferences and at university lecture series. He has been an editor of the Asian Journal of Spectroscopy.