Welcome to the Coblentz Society

The Coblentz Society is a non-profit organization founded in 1954. Its purpose is to foster the understanding and application of vibrational spectroscopy.

Who is the Coblentz Society and what do we do?

We are chemists, scientists, engineers – all spectroscopists. Our aim is to help each other stay up to date on the latest developments in vibrational spectroscopy. Vibrational spectroscopy encompasses infrared (FT-IR), Raman, and near-infrared (NIR) spectroscopies.  We share knowledge and experience, peer to peer and older generation to younger.

The Coblentz Society is very active at scientific conferences and presents several achievement awards each year.

News, Happenings & Events

Keep up to date on the latest vibrational spectroscopy news. 

Dr. Ishan Barman

2023 Craver Award Winner

The 2023 Craver Award winner is Ishan Barman, Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the Johns Hopkins University with joint appointments in Oncology and Radiology.  He has gained recent attention for real-time, multiplexed detection of viruses in saliva.  Learn more.

Professor Dr. Wei Xiong

2023 Coblentz Award Winner

The 2023 Coblentz Award winner is Wei Xiong, Professor and Kent Wilson Faculty Scholar in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of California, San Diego. Dr. Xiong pioneered the field of molecular polaritonics.  Learn more.

Peter Griffiths

2023 Lippincott Award Winner

The 2023 Ellis R. Lippincott Award will be presented to Peter R. Griffiths, Professor and Chair Emeritus, Department of Chemistry, University of Idaho, at SciX 2023. He is recognized for unique achievements and significant contributions to vibrational spectroscopy. Learn more.

Coblentz Society Honors & Awards

Craver Award • Coblentz Award • Williams-Wright Award • Ellis R. Lippincott Award • Coblentz Student Awards and William G. Fateley Award

Read about all the awards the Coblentz Society presents, including how to nominate and when the nominations are due.


Check Out Volunteer Opportunities

There are multiple volunteer opportunities for this year’s events whether virtual or in-person. Visit the Events page on the member’s site for complete details and to sign up. 

Have you considered joining the board of directors? How about submitting a photo or some news for the Society’s newsletter? Get more involved today!

Donate to the Coblentz Society

Donations are used to support many activities including:

  • Conference sessions at scientific meetings including Pittcon, ISMS (International Symposium on Molecular Spectroscopy), SciX which is also the annual meeting of the Coblentz Society, ICAVS (International Conference on Advanced Vibrational Spectroscopy), and EAS (Eastern Analytical Symposium)
  • Awards to recognize and promote scientific excellence
  • Networking and social events
  • Outreach to the scientific community, particularly younger scientists

Our Sponsors

The Coblentz Society is supported by a number of organizations. This support comes in many forms, including sponsorship of member events. 

Coblentz Store

T-shirts, polo shirts, magnets, coasters, and books.

We are currently still selling merchandise with our old logo – now instant classics! Watch future editions of the Society’s newsletter for information about items with the new logo.