The Coblentz Award

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

Nominate someone for the 2022 award. 

2021 Coblentz Award Recipient – Prof. Dr. Sandra Luber

Sandra Luber

The Coblentz Society is pleased to announce that Prof. Dr. Sandra Luber of the University of Zurich has been selected as the recipient of the 2021 Coblentz Award.  The Coblentz Award is presented annually to an outstanding young molecular spectroscopist and is the Society’s original and most prestigious award.  Due to complications arising from the COVID-19 situation, the date and place of the award presentation has not yet been determined.

Sandra Luber obtained her MSc in chemistry at ETH Zurich (Switzerland) in 2007 and her PhD in theoretical chemistry under the supervision of Markus Reiher in 2009. After postdoctoral stays in the group of Mihaela Zavolan at the Biozentrum of the University of Basel (Switzerland) and the group of Victor S. Batista at Yale University (U.S.A.), she joined BASF SE in Germany.  In 2012, she became project group leader at the University of Zurich where she completed the habilitation thesis in 2016 and became professor in 2017.  In 2021, she was promoted to associate professor for Computational Chemistry.

Sandra Luber’s research deals with the development and application of novel computational methods, among others, with focus on absorption and vibrational spectroscopy.  Aside from purpose-driven static methods for molecular vibrational spectra, she has put emphasis on dynamic first-principles methods (e.g., by means of ab initio molecular dynamics) in order to simulate gas and condensed phase systems in a sophisticated manner. Examples include novel approaches for the modelling of vibrational spectra for chiral systems or interfaces via efficient density functional perturbation theory as well as electron dynamics via real time propagation and its application to electronic and vibrational (resonance) spectroscopy.  Moreover, methods for nonadiabatic dynamics in the condensed phase have been explored recently.

Sandra Luber’s contributions have been recognized by various grants and awards.  Selected awards include the Clara Immerwahr Award (2017, first theoretician awarded), the Robin Hochstrasser Young Investigator Award (2017, first woman awarded), the Hans G. A. Hellmann Award (2017, first woman awarded), the Werner Prize of the Swiss Chemical Society (2018), the Jochen Block Prize of the German Catalysis Society (2019), the OpenEye Outstanding Junior Faculty Award in Computational Chemistry from the American Chemical Society (2019), and the Carl Duisberg Gedaechtnispreis of the German Chemical Society (2019).

 

2020 Coblentz Award Recipient – Dr. Benjamin P. Fingerhut

Benjamin Fingerhut

The Coblentz Society will present the 2020 Coblentz Award to Dr. Benjamin P. Fingerhut of the Theory Department, Max Born Institute at the 2021 International Symposium on Molecular Spectroscopy (ISMS). ISMS will be virtual, and the award will be presented on Tuesday, June 22nd at 8:00 a.m. EDT followed by Dr. Fingerhut’s plenary award lecture “Noncovalent Interactions of Hydrated DNA and RNA Mapped by 2D-IR Spectroscopy.”

Benjamin Fingerhut studied chemistry at the Ludwig Maximilian University (LMU) in Munich, Germany. In 2011 he completed his Ph.D. in Theoretical Physical Chemistry under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Regina de Vivie-Riedle. He joined the group of Prof. Shaul Mukamel at the University of California, Irvine (UCI) as a postdoctoral fellow in September 2011. In 2014 he moved to the Max Born Institute for Nonlinear Optics and Short Pulse Spectroscopy (MBI), Berlin, Germany, where he is currently heading the Biomolecular Dynamics research group.

Dr. Fingerhut’s research focuses on the real-time investigation of ultrafast structural dynamics of molecular and biomolecular systems. The group aims at novel computational simulation protocols suited to investigate nonadiabatic relaxation phenomena in vibrational and electronic excited states. In close collaboration with experimentalists, he applies vibrational probes for the quantification of noncovalent interactions of hydrated biomolecules in aqueous environments. The group developed a numerically efficient path integral method for the description of open quantum systems. 

Dr. Fingerhut’s contributions to science have been recognized by many awards and grants, including the Coblentz Award, an ERC Starting Grant (2018), the Robin Hochstrasser Young Investigator Award (2016), the Emmy Noether Early Career Grant of the German Research Foundation (DFG) (2014), and the Feodor-Lynen-Fellowship of the Alexander von Humboldt foundation (2012).

Recent Coblentz Award Recipients

2015 

Aleksandra Foltynowicz

2014 

Greg Engel

2012 

1964-2010 Coblentz Award Recipients

No award was presented in 2011.

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