Society for Applied Spectroscopy

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New England Section of SAS


Chair:          Mary Kate Donais

Chair Elect:  none

Secretary:   Ellen Miseo

Treasurer:   Stephen Williams 

Website:     Noel Casey


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Check out our website: http://www.nesas.org/


About our section:

The New England Section of the SAS holds meetings typically once each month September to May. Meetings include a social hour, dinner, and a speaker. Many meetings are held in Chelmsford, MA although on occasion are in other locations such as Billerica, MA or Manchester, NH. With a wide array of chemical industry in the geographic area including instrument companies biotech plus many colleges and universities, we are lucky to have a large pool from which to find speakers.

Current Events:

October 2016

New England Section Society for Applied Spectroscopy

Announcement for “Spectroscopy on the Cutting Edge” Seminar







Wed, October 26th, 2016

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM


Cambridge Innovation Center

1 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02142


Spectroscopy is the science of understanding how light interacts with materials. Previously it was a technique that was based in a laboratory and used by trained spectroscopists. But recently the technology is moving out of the laboratory and addressing problems of health and food safety.


Come join us and listen to two local scientists discuss the use of spectroscopy in these areas. Dr. Rohith Reddy from Massachusetts General Hospital will discuss Tethered Capsule Endomicroscopy for Barrett’s esophagus screening, and Dr. Anshuman Das from the MIT Media Lab will discuss using micro-spectrometers for point-of-care and point-of-analysis applications. They will be joined by Mr. Dana Hinckley of Hamamatsu, who will discuss the miniaturization technology that makes these advances possible. We will also have on hand some of the Hamamatsu devices for our audience to see and use.


This program is co-sponsored by the Society for Applied Spectroscopy and Hamamatsu Corporation. Appetizers and beverages will be served.



Dr. Rohith Reddy from Massachusetts General Hospital recently received the 2016 FACSS Innovation Award, which is given to the most innovative research presented at SciX 2016. The award was in recognition of his work on an inexpensive medical device for Barrett’s esophagus screening.


Dr. Anshuman Das from the MIT Media Lab was recognized as one of the 2016 MedTech Boston Under 40 Healthcare Innovators. The award recognizes him for his work on portable healthcare devices, including a low-cost ELISA plate reader for point-of-care diagnostic applications and a portable food-contamination sensor.


Spectroscopy on the Cutting Edge Seminar October 26th 2016.pdf


September 2016

NESAS Members and Supporters,
Our first meeting of 2016-17 will be Tuesday, September 13th at the 110 Grill in Chelmsfordm MA. Our speaker will be Dr. Jonathan Kenny from Tufts University.  He will be speaking about "Using Multidimensional Fluorescence Spectroscopy to Address Problems in Analytical and Physical Chemistry"
The meeting announcement with additional information about the speaker, the talk, and the dinner are in the link below.
As in the past, please RSVP to mdonais@anselm.edu if you plan to attend.  Hope to see you on Tuesday September 13th!

Previous Events:


May, 2016


May National Tour Speaker Dinner Meeting and Annual Student Research Presentations        


Dr. S. Michael Angel 
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
University of South Carolina



UV Raman Spectroscopy Using a Spatial Heterodyne Raman Spectrometer: Planetary 
Exploration and On-Line Applications


NESAS January 2016 Dinner Meeting.pdf


February, 2016        



Michael Hargreaves
Senior Manager R& D
Thermo Scientific (Portable Analytical Instruments)



Advances in Handheld FTIR & Raman Analyzers


NESAS February 2016 Dinner Meeting.pdf

January, 2016    



John Jayne
Vice President, Instrument Systems Development and Production
Co-Director, Center for Aerosol and Cloud Chemistry
Aerodyne Research Inc.



Advances in Mass Spectrometry with Applications in Atmospheric Chemistry


NESAS January 2016 Dinner Meeting.pdf

December, 2015



Brendan Connors
Senior Scientist at SciAps, Inc.



Advances in Field-Portable Handheld LIBS Analyzers


NESAS December 2015 Dinner Meeting.pdf

October, 2015    



Alex Scheeline        
President, SpectroClick Inc.        
Professor of Chemistry Emeritus, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign



Handheld Spectrometers, and the Legacy of Howard Malmstadt


NESAS October 2015 Dinner Meeting.pdf

September, 2015



Barbara Marshik        
MKS Instruments
Andover, MA



Real-Time Siloxanes Measurements and Biogas Process Control Monitoring using On-Line FTIR at Digester and Landfill Sites


NESAS September 2015 Dinner Meeting.pdf

May, 2015

Our featured speaker for the evening of May 6th was Dr. Paul Bohn, Arthur J. Schmitt Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Notre Dame. He is this year’s national SAS Tour Speaker for our section. Dr. Bohn spoke on “Correlated Chemical Imaging: Confocal Raman Microscopy and Mass Spectrometric Imaging Applied to Infectious Diseases and Cancer Biology”. The meeting was held on the campus of Saint Anselm College (Manchester, NH) with a student poster session, followed by a dinner and the speaker.


March, 2015

The speaker at our last meeting in March was Kerin Gregory of 908 Devices. She discussed the technical innovations that were necessary for her organization to provide a fully functional mass spectrometer with a footprint of approximately the size of an LCD projector.

Last Modified: Oct 11, 2016