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. 

Steven Boxer

2024 Lippincott Award Winner

The 2024 Ellis R. Lippincott Award is Steven Boxer, Standford, University, USA. He is recognized for his development of vibrational Stark spectroscopy as a revolutionary tool to understand molecular interactions at the fundamental level, and for its application in enzyme catalysis to answer the century-old question of how enzymes work. Learn more.

Improve, Develop, Train, Motivate, Coach, Inspire - Mentor

Register for Panel Mentoring

Our next mentoring event is scheduled for Thursday, April 25. Mentees can ask questions of the panel and gain perspective about the various industries. This is a virtual event. Learn more and register. 

Three-Minute Thesis Talks. Elevator talks by select graduate students. Society for Applied Spectroscopy and The Coblentz Society

Coming May 23, 2024

Based on the last three very successful Graduate Student Slam Presentations (a.k.a., Elevator Talks or Three-Minute Thesis Presentations), we are doing a repeat performance for 2024! The first three events resulted in outstanding presentations from across the world with 42% of presentations from USA and Canada with the other 58% from Europe. So far, we have had 56 talks from 11 countries, 29 universities, and one high school. Abstract submission information and form.

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.