Lester W. Strock Award

The Lester W. Strock Award is given by the New England Section of the Society of Applied Spectroscopy in recognition of a selected publication of substantive research in/or application of analytical atomic spectrochemistry in the fields of earth science, life sciences, or stellar and cosmic sciences. More details on the award are available from the Society for Applied Spectroscopy.

2017 Recipient of the Lester W. Strock Award
Frank Vanhaecke, Ghent University

Frank Vanhaecke (°1966, Ostend, Belgium) received a PhD from Ghent University (Belgium) in 1992. Currently, he is Senior Full Professor in Analytical Chemistry at Ghent University, where he leads the ‘Atomic & Mass Spectrometry – A&MS’ research group that is specialized in the determination, speciation and isotopic analysis of (trace) elements via ICP-mass spectrometry (ICP-MS). His group studies fundamentally-oriented aspects of the technique and develops methods for solving challenging scientific problems in an interdisciplinary context. Nowadays, specific topics of research include the direct bulk and spatially resolved analysis (including depth profiling and 2- and 3-dimensional elemental mapping) of solid materials by means of ICP-MS using laser ablation (LA) for sample introduction, the development of speciation strategies based on HPLC-ICP-MS for ADME (absorption, distribution, metabolism and excretion) studies in cooperation with the pharmaceutical industry and isotopic analysis using multi-collector ICP-MS. Methods for high-precision isotopic analysis are developed for applications in, among other, the fields of archaeometry, geo- and cosmochemistry and medicine (“isotopic diagnosis”). So far, Frank’s scientific research has resulted in ca. 350 publications in peer-reviewed journals with >8000 citations, resulting in an h-factor of 45 (according to ISI’s Web of Science). He is a member of the Advisory Boards of JAAS – Journal of Analytical Atomic Spectrometry, ABC – Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry and SAB – ‘Spectrochimica Acta B and acted as chair of the Editiorial Board of JAAS from June 2012 to June 2016. At the 2011 Winter Conference on Plasma Spectrochemistry (Zaragoza, Spain), Frank received a ‘European Plasma Spectrochemistry Award’ for his group’s contributions to this research field. In 2013, he was designated ‘Fellow of the Society for Applied Spectroscopy – SAS’.

Spectroscopy Interview with Frank Vanhaecke


Lester W. Strock Award Winners

Year Name
2017 Frank Vanhaecke
2016 Raymond Arvidson
2015 R. Kenneth Marcus
2014 Steven Ray - Interview with Steven Ray by Spectroscopy Magazine
2013 Richard Russo - Interview with Russo
2012 Ralph E. Sturgeon - Interview with Sturgeon
2011 David W. Hahn
2010 Kay Niemax
2009 Nico Omenetto
2008 Annemie Bogaerts
2007 Detlef Günther
2006 Paul Farnsworth
2005 Richard Russo
2004 James D. Winefordner
2003 Ramon Barnes
2002 Julian Tyson
2001 John Olesik
2000 Max Diem
1999 D. Bruce Chase
1998 Sandford Asher
1997 Therese M. Cotton
1996 Richard A. Keller
1995 Michael D. Morris
1994 Richard F. Browner, Guangxuan Zhu
1993 Willard W. Harrison
1992 G. Hieftje
1991 M. Bonner Denton
1990 Edward S. Yeung
1989 Gary Horlick, Martha A. Vaughn, S.H. Tan
1988 Thomas C. O'Haver
1987 Richard Sacks, J.M. Goldberg, R.J. Collins, S.Y. Suh
1986 Robert S. Houck, Velmer A. Fassell, Gerald D. Flesch, Harry J. Svec, Alan L. Gray, Charles E. Taylor
1985 C.R. Blakley, M.L. Vestal
1984 Gary M. Hieftje, Stanley B. Smith, Jr.
1983 M. Barber, R.S. Bardoli, R. D. Sedgwick, A.N. Tyler
1982 Charles Wilkins
1981 David M. Hercules
1980 John P. Walters