14 March 2019

Ji-Xin Cheng Named Recipient of 2019 Ellis R. Lippincott Award

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

WASHINGTON— Ji-Xin Cheng, Boston University, U.S.A., has been named the 2019 Ellis R. Lippincott Award recipient, by The Optical Society (OSA), Coblentz Society and Society for Applied Spectroscopy (SAS). Cheng is recognized for outstanding contributions in inventing and developing a broad spectrum of vibrational spectroscopic imaging technologies with groundbreaking discoveries and clinical applications.


“Dr. Cheng’s commitment to transforming molecular spectroscopy to a platform for imaging within living systems holds the promise of great discovery in medical diagnosis and treatment strategies,” said 2019 OSA President Ursula Gibson. “His contributions absolutely merit recognition with the Lippincott Award.”

Cheng attended the University of Science and Technology of China from 1989 to 1994 and pursued a Ph.D. study on bond-selective chemistry from 1994 to 1998. In 2000, he joined Sunney Xie’s group at Harvard University, U.S.A., as a postdoc. Cheng joined Purdue University, U.S.A., in 2003 as Assistant Professor and was promoted to Full Professor in 2013. He is currently the inaugural Moustakas Chair Professor in Photonics and Optoelectronics at Boston University, U.S.A.

He has 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.

Established in 1975, the Ellis R. Lippincott Award 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.

About The Optical Society
Founded in 1916, The Optical Society (OSA) is the leading professional organization for scientists, engineers, students and business leaders who fuel discoveries, shape real-life applications and accelerate achievements in the science of light. Through world-renowned publications, meetings and membership initiatives, OSA provides quality research, inspired interactions and dedicated resources for its extensive global network of optics and photonics experts. For more information, visit osa.org.

About The Coblentz Society

The Coblentz Society is a non-profit organization founded in 1954. Its purpose is to foster the understanding and application of vibrational spectroscopy. The Coblentz Society is a technical affiliate of the Society for Applied Spectroscopy (SAS). Learn more at coblentz.org..


About Society for Applied Spectroscopy
The Society for Applied Spectroscopy is a non-profit organization dedicated to the dissemination of information related to spectroscopy. In business for over 50 years, the Society is committed to education and to providing quality benefits to members worldwide. The objective of this Society is to advance and disseminate knowledge and information concerning the art and science of spectroscopy and other allied sciences. Learn more at s-a-s.org.


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