Volker Deckert Named Recipient of 2020 Ellis R. Lippincott Award

The Optical Society, Coblentz Society and the Society for Applied Spectroscopy recognize significant contributions to Raman spectroscopy

WASHINGTON- The Optical Society (OSA), Coblentz Society and Society for Applied Spectroscopy (SAS) are pleased to announce that Volker Deckert, Leibniz Institute of Photonic Technology, Jena, Germany, has been named the 2020 Ellis R. Lippincott Award recipient. Deckert is recognized for ongoing contributions to high resolution Raman spectroscopy in particular the realization of tip-enhanced Raman spectroscopy, allowing label-free structural surface characterisation down to the single molecule level.

“Dr. Deckert’s noteworthy research in Raman spectroscopy has led to a greater understanding of theoretical concepts of lateral resolution,” said 2020 OSA President Stephen D. Fantone, founder and president of Optikos Corporation. “His significant work in this field is befitting of the recognition bestowed by the Lippincott Award.”

Volker Deckert obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Würzburg, Germany. After a postdoc at the University of Tokyo, Japan, he started researching near-field optical spectroscopy, first at the ETH Zurich, Switzerland, then throughout Germany, in Dresden, Dortmund and Jena. He is a department head at Leibniz Institute of Photonic Technology and professor for Physical Chemistry at the Friedrich-Schiller University, Germany.

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). His 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 underlying theoretical concepts of the often surprising lateral resolution.

This year marks the 45th anniversary of the Ellis R. Lippincott Award, which is presented to an individual who has made significant contributions to vibrational spectroscopy as judged by their influence on other scientists. The award honors the unique contributions Ellis R. Lippincott made to the field of vibrational spectroscopy. It is jointly sponsored by OSA, the Coblentz Society and the Society for Applied Spectroscopy.

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