Vibrational / The Coblentz Society


The Coblentz Society is an independent non-profit organization founded in 1954. Its purpose is to foster the understanding and application of vibrational spectroscopy. Information on the Coblentz Society can be found on our website at  The Coblentz Society is a technical affiliate of the Society for Applied Spectroscopy (SAS).  As the technical affiliate for vibrational spectroscopy the Coblentz Society acts to fill the role of technical section for SAS focussed on vibrational spectroscopy.  As such the Coblentz Society is the largest technical section of SAS with over 400 members.  



President / Chair

Brandye Smith-Goettler


Luisa Profeta


Ian R. Lewis

Office Manager

Mary W. Carrabba
















  The Coblentz Society participates in several conferences where vibrational spectroscopy is featured. Through the activities at these events, the Society fulfils its purpose by organizing and financially supporting technical sessions, presenting awards, organizing social networking events, and running training / mentoring events.


  In the fall the Society holds its national meeting in conjunction with FACSS, at SciX, where it presents the Lippincott and Craver awards as well as Student awards and the William G. Fateley student award.  In addition at SciX, the Society organizes a student-focussed mentor/mentee lunch where SciX student attendees can meet with prospective mentors and discuss their specific interests and challanges.  As part of the SciX technical program, several technical sessions highlighting advancements in the practice and understanding of vibrational spectroscopy are also organized by the Coblentz Society.


  Later in the fall, and for East Coast attendees, the Coblentz Society organizes technical sessions and a reception as part of the annual Eastern Analytical Symposium (EAS;


  In the late winter / early spring the Society attends PittCon ( where it presents the Williams-Wright award.  More details on these awards including submission dates for nominations can be found at


  In the summer, the Coblentz Society presents the Coblentz early career scientist award ( at the International Symposium on Molecular Spectroscopy (ISMS: as well as partially supporting a networking event.