The Lippincott Award

About the Award

The Ellis R. Lippincott Award is presented annually to an outstanding vibrational spectroscopist. It is co-sponsored by the Coblentz Society, the Society for Applied Spectroscopy, and The Optical Society (OSA). The award is presented in memory of Professor Ellis R. Lippincott to scientists who have made significant contributions to vibrational spectroscopy as judged by their influence on other scientists.

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Lipincott Award

2021 Lippincott Award Recipient – Rohit Bhargava

Rohit Bhargava

The 2021 Ellis R. Lippincott Award will be presented to Rohit Bhargava for “contributions to the fundamental physics and instrument engineering of mid-IR microscopy and its applications to medical imaging.” Presentation of the 2021 award is planned for SciX in Providence, Rhode Island.

Rohit Bhargava is Founder Professor in Engineering and serves as the Director of the Cancer Center at Illinois of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Rohit graduated with a dual-degree B.Tech. (1996) from the Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi and received a doctoral degree from Case Western Reserve University (2000). After a stint at the National Institutes of Health, he has been at Illinois as Assistant (2005-2011), Associate (2011-2012) and Full (2012-) Professor. Rohit has contributed to infrared chemical imaging with advances in theory, development of new instrumentation, and applications, especially in cancer pathology. He is recognized for his teaching and mentoring as well, including directing the NIH T32-supported Tissue Microenvironment training program. Rohit has also served to connect the research community in new and exciting ways. He proposed and has served to develop the Cancer Center at Illinois – a basic science center at the convergence of engineering and oncology.

Recent Lippincott Award Recipients

2020 Lippincott Award Recipient

The 2020 Ellis R. Lippincott Award will be presented to Dr. Volker Deckert, “for ongoing contributions to high-resolution Raman spectroscopy, in particular the realization of tip-enhanced Raman spectroscopy, allowing label-free structural surface characterization down to the single-molecule level.”  Presentation of the 2020 award is planned at SciX, 11 – 16 October 2020, in Sparks, Nevada.

Dr. Volker Deckert is a Professor for Physical Chemistry at the Friedrich-Schiller University and jointly a department head at the Leibniz IPHT, both in Jena. He obtained his Diploma and his Ph.D. from the University of Würzburg, working on Raman spectroscopy.  After a postdoc at the University of Tokyo, he started his research on near-field optical spectroscopy, first at the ETH Zurich, then in Dresden and Dortmund before he finally came to Jena.

Dr. Deckert’s research focuses on Raman spectroscopy, near-field optical microscopy, and plasmon enhancement. The major goal is to extend the limits of spatial resolution for label-free techniques, particularly for methods based on tip-enhanced Raman scattering (TERS).  Research is mainly driven by questions related to chemical and/or bio-related problems that require structural information at the highest possible resolution. These studies then help to understand the underlying theoretical concepts of the often-surprising lateral resolution.

2019 Lippincott Award Recipient

Ji-Xin Cheng attended University of Science and Technology of China from 1989 to 1994 and pursued a PhD study on bond-selective chemistry from 1994 to 1998. In 2000, he joined Sunney Xie’s group at Harvard University as a postdoc. Cheng joined Purdue University in 2003 as Assistant Professor, promoted to Associate Professor in 2009 and Full Professor in 2013. He joined Boston University as the Inaugural Moustakas Chair Professor in Photonics and Optoelectronics in 2017.

Ji-Xin Cheng devoted his career to transforming molecular spectroscopy from an in vitro analytical tool to a set of in vivo label-free chemical imaging platforms for discovery of hidden signatures inside living systems and further translation of the discoveries into medical diagnosis and treatment strategies.

Ji-Xin Cheng

2018 Lippincott Award Recipient

The 2018 Ellis R. Lippincott Award will be presented to Peter Hamm, Universitat Zurich, “for seminal contributions to developing multidimensional infrared, Raman and Terahertz spectroscopy and pioneering studies of protein and hydrogen bonding dynamics in molecular liquids.”

Peter Hamm studied physics at the Technical University of Munich and carried out his PhD studies under Wolfgang Zinth at the Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich between 1991 and 1995. He continued with a postdoc at University of Pennsylvania in the group of Robin Hochstrasser. In 1999, he was appointed as an independent group leader at the Max Born Institute, Berlin, and in 2001 as professor at University of Zürich, where he stayed ever since.

Hamm’s research is focused on establishing novel spectroscopic methods in the infrared and THz spectral range which resolve transient structures of molecular systems and the energy flow through them on very fast timescales. A large variety of questions is addressed, ranging from complex problems such as protein folding and allosteric communication in proteins, over photocatalytic water splitting, to elementary structural processes in liquids like water.

Peter Hamm

2017 Lippincott Award Recipient

Roberto Merlin is the Peter A. Franken Professor of Physics and a Professor in the EECS Department at the University of Michigan. He received the Licenciado en Ciencias Fisicas and the Dr. rer. nat. degrees from the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina (1973) and the University of Stuttgart, Germany (1978).

Merlin is the recipient of 2006 APS Isakson Prize, a Fellow of AAAS, OSA, APS, and the von Humboldt, Guggenheim and Simons Foundation. Professor Merlin’s primary research specialty is experimental condensed matter physics. His areas of expertise include various continuous wave and ultrafast optical techniques and, in particular, spontaneous and impulsive (stimulated) Raman spectroscopy. His current interests focus on the generation of coherent vibrational and electronic fields using ultrafast laser and x-ray pulses and metamaterials.

Merlin and collaborators pioneered work on folded acoustic and interface phonons in semiconductor heterostructures, and on Fibonacci superlattices, metasurfaces and squeezed phonons.

Roberto Merlin

1976-2016 Lippincott Award Recipients

The respective host societies are listed below each recipient’s name.

2016
Thomas Elsaesser
SAS

2015
Dana D. Dlott
OSA

2014
Andrei Tokmakoff
Coblentz

2013
X. Sunney Xie
SAS

2012
Keith A. Nelson
OSA

2011
Isao Noda
Coblentz

2010
Martin Moskovits
SAS

2009
Michael Fayer
OSA

2008
Richard Van Duyne
Coblentz

2007
Jonathan Tennyson
SAS

2006
Hai Lung Dai
OSA

2005
Jaan Laane
Coblentz

2004
Richard Mathies
SAS

2003
Shaul Mukamel
OSA

2002
Sanford Asher
Coblentz

2001
Lester Andrews
SAS

2000
Donald Levy
OSA

1999
Mitsuo Tasumi
Coblentz

1998
Takeshi Oka
SAS

1997
Robin Hochstrasser
OSA

1996
Giuseppe Zerbi
Coblentz

1995
Giacinto Scoles
SAS

1994
Herbert L. Strauss
OSA

1993
John Rabolt
Coblentz

1992
Richard J. Saykally
SAS

1990
Robert W. Field
OSA

1989
Marilyn E. Jacox
Coblentz

1988
Andreas C. Albrecht
SAS

1987
C. Bradley Moore
OSA

1986
Wolfgang Kaiser
Coblentz

1985
Ira W. Levin
SAS

1984
Jon T. Hougen
OSA

1983
John Overend
Coblentz

1982
Michel Delhaye
SAS

1981
Ian Mills
OSA

1980
George G. Pimentel
Coblentz

1979
E. Bright Wilson
SAS

1978
Bryce Crawford, Jr.
OSA

1977
Lionel Bellamy
Coblentz

1976
Richard G. Lord
SAS