SAS William F. Meggers Award
2019 Award Recipients
Awarded for the outstanding Applied Spectroscopy paper “Accurate Measurement of the Optical Constants n and k for a Series of 57 Inorganic and Organic Liquids for Optical Modeling and Detection,” Volume: 27 issue: 4, pages 535-550, 2018
Tim Johnson is a cum laude graduate of Carleton College and received his Ph.D. in Chemical Physics from Washington State University in 1987 where he studied crystallographic effects on the Raman and infrared spectra of solids. This was followed by a Max Planck Postdoc in Germany using diode laser spectroscopy for trace gas detection. Dr. Johnson also worked in atmospheric trace gas detection using lasers and FTIRs at York University in Toronto, as well as a tenure as applications scientist at Bruker Optics FTIR. Since coming to PNNL in 2000, Dr. Johnson has had experience with spectroscopic signatures, including key contributions to the PNNL gas-phase database. He has also been (co-)PI for other high fidelity spectroscopic signature efforts including for solids and liquids, leading efforts for better quantitation of using both infrared and Raman methods. He also developed novel methods using infrared and visible reflectance spectroscopies for identification of target chemicals via derivation of the n and k optical constants. He is the inventor on two U.S. patents, co-author of one book, as well as the author of over 75 refereed publications.
Dr. Bruce Bernacki earned a Ph.D in Optical Sciences from the University of Arizona. Prior to working at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, he spent nearly five years as Vice President of New Product Development and CTO at LightPath Technologies, in Orlando, Florida. He is now a senior research scientist (2005 – present) in the National Security Directorate at PNNL. An optics professional with 30 years of experience in optical design, modeling, optical data storage and optical component manufacturing, Dr. Bernacki has worked in both the government and the private sector on basic research and product development. He is the inventor or co-inventor of 12 U.S. patents and the author or co-author of 35 peer-reviewed publications, 46 conference publications and one book chapter. In 2017, he was an R&D 100 Award winner with IRsweep, the sole inventor of the IRcell, and shared a Federal Lab Consortium award with IRsweep in 2019 for excellence in technology transfer. In 2014, he received the Federal Lab Consortium award for technology transfer, as well as an R&D 100 as co-inventor of the Glyph, an immersive head mounted display commercialized by Avegant Corporation. He is a member of the Optical Society of America and a Life Member of IEEE.
Dr. Jerome Birnbaum received a BS in chemistry and math from the College of St. Scholastica in 1979. He worked as an analytical chemist for an EPA accredited water quality laboratory for seven years (he was lab manager for three years) and taught chemistry and math courses part-time at Western Wyoming College. He received a Ph.D. from the University of Colorado in 1990 for his work in synthetic organometallic chemistry studying the catalytic capabilities of molybdenum hydro-sulfido complexes. He was an assistant professor at Western Wyoming College for eight years before accepting a research position at Pacific Northwest National Lab, where he worked for twenty years. At PNNL, he was a project manager on several programs and authored over 60 refereed publications, over 40 internal DOE reports, and obtained seven patents. He is now working as a research scientist for Ideal Innovations in the Washington, DC area.
Tyler O. Danby earned dual bachelor’s degrees in biological science and general history from Washington State University in 2015. From 2016 to 2018 he worked at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory as a post-bachelor’s research associate in the spectroscopic signatures group. Mr. Danby contributed to several scientific projects during this time, including the accurate measurement of optical constants n and k for liquids.
Dr. Tanya Myers is a Senior Research Scientist at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. She has over 25 years of extensive experience with laser-based experiments in chemical physics, including high resolution infrared (IR) spectroscopy. She received a Ph.D. and M.S. in chemistry from the University of Chicago and a B.S. degree in chemistry with honors and distinction from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Before joining PNNL in 2000, she was a National Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow with NIST at JILA at the University of Colorado in Boulder where she investigated vibrationally-mediated photolysis of size- and quantum state-selected clusters via laser-induced fluorescence. She has extensive experience with cavity enhanced techniques (e.g., cavity ring-down, multi-pass absorption spectroscopy) for trace gas detection using diode and quantum cascade lasers. Her current research includes quantitative measurement of optical constants for solid and liquid materials. She is the author of over 40 refereed publications.
Dr. Steven Sharpe obtained a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of Bridgeport and a Ph.D. from The State University of New York. He worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Southern California before his 25-year career at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, primarily practicing infrared spectroscopy of clusters and gases. He was the Principal Investigator and lead scientist on the PNNL IR gas-phase database project. He is now retired and living happily ever after.
Dr. Matt Taubman holds a PhD in physics from The Australian National University, Canberra, Australia. He specializes in sensor and detection system design and integration with particular focuses on analog electronics, especially low-noise, high-voltage, precision design. His deep skill set involves servo control and feedback systems, such as laser locking and stabilization. Systems that Dr. Taubman has developed or helped refine since joining Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in 2000 include ultra-sensitive laser-based instruments such as quantum cascade laser-based chemical sensors, ultra-sensitive unattended sensors and radiation detection systems, and acoustic excitation systems. Dr. Taubman also serves as a Technical Team Lead for the Sensors and Measurement Systems Team within the Advanced Electronic Systems Group at PNNL.
Russell Tonkyn received a BA in chemistry from Reed College and a PhD in physical chemistry from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. He received his PhD for work on ion-molecule reaction in the gas phase in 1988, followed by post-doctoral work at Brookhaven National Lab where he studied the pulsed field ionization of extremely high Rydberg states prepared by single photon absorption. He has been at PNNL since 1992 and has worked on many diverse projects over the years, including various gas, liquid and solid databases using FTIR and Raman spectroscopy.
2018 Mike Angel
2017 Naoto Nagai Infrared Response of Sub-Micron-Scale Structures of Polyoxymethylene: Surface Polaritons in Polymers
2016 Mike George Probing Organometallic Reactions by Time-Resolved Infrared Spectroscopy in Solution and in the Solid State Using Quantum Cascade Lasers
2015 Eric Brauns Mid-Infrared Diffuse Reflection on Ultrafast Time Scales
2014 Rohit Bhargava, P. Scott Carney, Rohith Reddy, Matthew Schulmerich, Michael Walsh High-Definition Spectroscopic Imaging
2013 Paul Pudney, Eleanor Bonnist, Peter Caspers, Jean-Philippe Gorce, Chris Marriott, Gerwin Puppels, Scott Singleton, Martin van der Wolf A New in vivo Raman Probe for Enhanced Applicability to the Body.
2012 S. Michael Angel, Nathaniel Gomer, Christopher Gordon, Paul G. Lucey, Shiv Sharma, J. Chance Carter Raman Spectroscopy Using a Spatial Heterodyne Spectrometer: Proof of Concept
2011 Robert W. Shaw, Kent A. Meyer, Kin C. Ng, Zhanjun Gu, Zhengwei Pan, Weilliam B. Whitten Combined Apertureless Near-Field Optical Second-Harmonic Generation/Atomic Force Microscopy Imaging and Nanoscale Limit of Detection
2010 Patrick J. Cutler, David M. Haaland, Paul J. Gemperlin Systematic Methodthe Kinetic Modeling of Temporally Resolved Hyperspectral Microscope Images of Fluorescently Labeled Cells
2009 Christian Pellerin, Yongri Liang, Damien Mauran, Robert E. Prud'homme A New Method for the Time-Resolved Analysis of Structure and Orientation: Polarization Modulated Infrared Structural Absorbance Spectroscopy
2008 Taka-aki Ishibashi and Toshiki Maeda Infrared-Ultraviolet Sum,-Frequency Generation Spectrometer with a Wide Tunability of the Ultraviolet Probe
2007 Ryan D. Pensack, Bozena B. Michniak, David J. Moore, Richard Mendelsohn Infrared Kinetic/Structural Studies of Barrier Reformation in Intack Stratum Corneum following Thermal Perturbation
2006 Pavel Matousek, Ian Clark, Edward Draper, Michael Morris, Allen Goodship, Neil Everall, Mike Towrie, William Finney, Anthony Parker Subsurface Probing in Diffuseley Scattering Media Using Spatially Offset Raman Spectroscopy
2005 Hiro-O Hamaguchi and Hirotsugo Hiramatsu Development of Infrared Electroabsorption Spectroscopy and Its Application to Molecular Structural Studies.
2004 Boris Mizaikoff, Marcus Janotta, and Abraham Katzir Sol-Gel-Coated Mid-Infrared Fiber-Optic Sensors.
2003 Ira Levin, Scott Huffman, and Rohit Bhargava Generalized Implementation of Rapid-Scan Fourier Transform Infrared Specttroscopic Imaging.
2002 Neill Everal, Thomas Hahn, Pavel Matousek, AnthonyW. Parker, Michael Towrie Picosecond Time-Resolved Raman Spectroscopy of Solids: Capabilities and LimitationsFluorescence Rejection and the Influence of Diffuse Reflectance.
2001 Laurence Nafie Dual Polarization Modulation: A Real-Time, Spectral-Multiplex Separation of Circular Dichroism from Linear Birefringence Spectral Intensities.
2000 Jack L. Koenig, Rohit Bhargava, and Travis Ribar Towards Faster FT-IR Imaging by Reducing Noise.
1999 Katrin Kneipp Single-Molecule Detection of a Cyanine Dye in Silver Colloidal Solution Using Near-Infrared Surface-Enhanced Raman Scattering.
1998 Michel Pézolet and Anne Nabet Two-Dimensional FT-IR Spectroscopy: A Powerful Method to Study the Secondary Structure of Proteins Using H-D Exchange.
1997 T. Rick Fletcher, Matt Rekow, Dwayne Rogge and David Sammeth Vaporization of Nonvolatile and Matrix-Isolated Molecules Using a Novel Laser Vaporization Technique.
1996 Steven E. Hobbs and Gary M. Hieftje Scintillator-Based Nanosecond Light SourcesTime-Resolved Fluorimetry.
1995 Patrick J. Treado, Ira W. Levin, and E. Neil Lewis Indium Antimonide (InSb) Focal Plane Array (FPA) DectectionNear-Infrared Imaging Microscopy.
1993 J. Lin and C.W. Brown Universal Approach Determination of Physical and Chemical Properties of Water by Near-IR Spectroscopy.
1992 P.J. Treado, I.W. Levin, and E.N. Lewis Near-Infrared Acousto-optic Filtered Spectroscopic Microscopy: A Solid-State Approach to Chemical Imaging.
1991 Alexander Scheeline, Cheryl A. Bye, Duane L. Miller, Steven W. Rynders, and R. Calvin Owen, Jr. Design and Characterization of an Echelle Spectrometer Fundamental and Applied Emission Spectrochemical Analysis.
1990 Isao Noda Two-Dimensional Infrared (2D IR) Spectroscopy: Theory and Applications.
1989 Marek Urban A Novel Approach to Photoacoustic FT-IR Spectroscopy: Rheo-Photoacoustic Measurements.
1988 David Lubman, Ho Ming Pang, and Chung Hang Sin Pulsed High-Pressure Liquid Injection of Biological Molecules into Supersonic Beam/Mass Spectrometry with Resonant Two-Photon Ionization Detection.
1987 David C. Tilotta, Robert D. Freeman, and William G. Fateley Hadamard Transform Visible Raman Spectrometry.
1986 T. Hirschfield and B. Chase FT-Raman Spectroscopy: Development and Justification.
1985 E.A. Stubley and G. Horlick A Windowed Slew-scanning Fourier Transform SpectrometerInductively Coupled Plasma Emission Spectrometry.
1984 N. Sheppard and J. Erkelens Vibrational Spectra Absorbed on Surfaces: Forms of Vibrations and Selection RulesRegular Arrays of Absorbed Species.
1983 S. B. Smith and G.M. Hieftje A New Background Correction MethodAtomic Absorption Spectrometry.
1982 G. Mamantov, A.A. Garrison, and E.L. Wehry Analytical Applications of Matrix Isolation Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy.
1981 C. Th. J. Alkemade Single-Atom Detection.
1980 John C. Wright Double Resonance Excitation in the Condensed Phase: An Alternative to Infrared, Raman, and Fluorescence Spectroscopy.
1979 John P. Walters and Alexander Scheeline Investigation of Bipolar Oscillatory Spark Discharge.
1978 C.A. Van Dijk, C. Th. J. Alkemade, and P.J. Zeegers Pulsed Laser Mode Competition with a Na-Colored Intracavity Flame.
1977 Thomas Hirschfeld a series of brief, but original and illuminating, papers.
1976 Bernard Keisch and Robert C. Callahan Sulfur Isotope Ratio in Ultramarine Blue: Application to Art Forgery Detection.
1975 M.L. Parsons, R.J. Lovett, and D.L. Welch On the Importance of Spectral Interferences in Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy.
1974 John R. Ferraro and Louis J. Basile Spectroscopy at High Pressures: Status Report and Update of Instrumental Techniques.
1973 V.F. Hanson Quantitative Elemental Analysis of Art Objects by Energy-Dispersion X-Ray Fluorescence Spectroscopy.
1972 M.S. Wang Impurity Determination in Group III-V Compounds.
1971 C.R. Brundle Some Recent Advances in Photoelectron Spectroscopy.
1970 C.D. Allemand Depolarization Ratio Measurement in Raman Spectrometry.
1969 J.P. Walters Historical Advances in Spark Emission Spectroscopy.
1968 Harry J. Rose and Frank Cuttitta X-Ray Fluorescence Analysis of Individual Rare Earths and Complex Minerals.
1967 Michael L. Parsons and James D. Winefordner Optimization of the Critical Instrumental ParametersAchieving Maximum Sensitivity and Precision in Flame Spectrometric Methods of Analysis.
1966 B.J. Mitchell and N.F. Hooper Digital Computer Calculations and Correction of Matrix Effect in X-Ray Spectroscopy.
1965 J.B. Irenopvich, A.G. MacDearmid, and E.R. Nixon Infrared and Raman Spectra of Some Pentamethyldisilanyl Compounds.
1964 W.G. Schrenk and R.W. Johnson Mechanisms of Interactions of Alkali and Alkaline Earth Elements in Flame Photometry.
1963 L.R. Leipziger Some New Upper Limits of Isotopic Abundance by Mass Spectrometry.
1962 L.R. Pitwell Equations Working Curves in Emission Spectroscopy.
1961 T. Lee The Spectrographic Determination of Uranium 235.
1960 W.K. Baer and E.S. Hodge The Spectrochemical Analysis of Solutions: A Comparison of Five Techniques.