Photonics Spectra Spectroscopy Conference to Highlight Emerging Technologies, Consumer Applications and Chemometrics | Features | March 2022

Join Photonics Media online on April 12-13 for the Photonics Spectra Spectroscopy (PSS) Conference, a virtual event exploring new and evolving trends in spectroscopic tools and techniques. The conference will include two keynote addresses and nearly 20 presentations organized into four sessions focusing on emerging technologies, data analytics, biospectroscopy and embedded spectroscopy. The full program and registration details are available at

The conference will feature two speeches. Roger Craig Wiens of Los Alamos National Laboratory and Purdue University will talk about spectroscopy and the Mars rover, while Laura Fabris of Rutgers University will talk about using surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) to understand the administration of drugs.

Organized in collaboration with the Coblentz Society and the Society for Applied Spectroscopy, the program sessions will explore technologies ranging from Raman and NIR spectroscopy to chemometrics and laser sources for spectroscopic applications. Consumer and commercial applications – such as smart devices and the use of spectroscopy in vaccine manufacturing, forensic investigations and wearable sensors – will be showcased in presentations led by technical experts from industry and from academia.

“In the four distinct tracks that make up our program, we aim to introduce techniques and applications and provide guided roadmaps to members of a wide audience on how they might integrate spectroscopic methods into facets of their R&D, data science and commercial activities,” said Richard Crocombe, former president of the Society for Applied Spectroscopy and current director of Crocombe Spectroscopy Consulting.

“While many sessions, particularly in the area of ​​emerging technologies, focus on what we consider to be ‘hot topics’ – such as fiber optics and new laser spectroscopy – we have prioritized widespread applicability throughout the program,” Crocombe said. “How do users transform data into useful and actionable information to generate results? How to follow progress in spectroscopic imaging for biomedical applications? How are multispectral sensors integrated into “smart” consumer goods? These are questions at the forefront of the field of spectroscopy. As a result, these are the same questions that guided us in building the PSS program. »

Wiens and Fabris in keynote

Roger Craig WiensIn the first PSS event keynote, Roger Craig Wiens of Los Alamos National Laboratory and Purdue University, and leader of the SuperCam instrument team on the Mars Perseverance rover, will detail the variety of methods spectroscopic currently deployed on Mars. From sophisticated custom spectrometers to precisely calibrated and combined methods, the missions of the Perseverance and Curiosity rovers provide precise information on the mineralogical, chemical, atomic and molecular composition of the surface of Mars. Wiens will cover techniques such as Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS), Visible and Near Infrared Spectroscopy (VISIR), Raman Spectroscopy and Acoustic Spectroscopy – all of which are utilized by the SuperCam instrument.

Laura FabrisLaura Fabris of Rutgers University will discuss spectroscopy as a mechanism for biophotonics applications in her keynote. Fabris leads a team exploring current and future methods to monitor drug delivery and disease characteristics, such as investigating the suitability of SERS probes to provide an answer on population outliers that might indicate behavior of super-spreader.

Industry Drivers and Key Players

Industry leaders such as Oxford Instruments, TOPTICA Photonics, ams OSRAM and many more will lead sessions on relevant topics in the life sciences. Renowned personalities from the spectroscopy landscape, including Crocombe and Conor Evans of Harvard Medical School, will present their recent work. Crocombe will headline the Embedded Spectroscopy portion of the program with a presentation on instrument miniaturization.

See the full program here.

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