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Mounted on the rover's robotic arm, SHERLOC uses spectroscopy to search for organics and minerals


Various SAS members are involved in its design:

Chemist’s Tech Makes it to Mars

Meet Perseverance's SHERLOC



SAS 2021 Election to be held electronically from June 21-July 23, 2021. Click here for more information.

John Wiley has just published a two-volume book, “Portable Spectroscopy and Spectrometry”, edited by Richard Crocombe, Pauline Leary and Brooke Kammrath: click here for info on the book.


Wiley is hosting a 3-part webinar.

Part 1: Portable Spectroscopy Within Forensics, Law Enforcement, Safety and Security:Click here to watch the recorded webinar

Part 2: Portable Spectroscopy Within Clinical, DNA and Food:Click here to register for the webinar

Part 3: stay tuned!

SAS 2020 Award Winners

The Society of Applied Spectroscopy is very pleased to announce our 2020 Award Winners!

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About the Journal 

Applied Spectroscopy is one of the world's leading spectroscopy journals, publishing high-quality articles, both fundamental and applied, covering all aspects of spectroscopy. Established in 1948, the journal is owned by the Society for Applied Spectroscopy and is published monthly. The journal is dedicated to fulfilling the mission of the Society to “…advance and disseminate knowledge and information concerning the art and science of spectroscopy and other allied sciences.”  All manuscripts are rigorously peer-reviewed. Learn More about the Applied Spectroscopy Journal.

Current Issue: Volume 75 Issue 06

Feature Article: "The Infrared Spectroscopy of Blood" 

“Blood is a relatively simple sample to obtain from patients and hence is the primary medium for diagnostic testing for a range of pathologies. Spectroscopy offers many advantages for blood-based diagnostics, the main being the potential for personnel point-of-care diagnostic devices. Development of a point-of-care diagnostic approach, enabling timely diagnosis would have a tremendous impact on reducing mortality, through enabling to quickly introduce effective therapy, improving patient outcomes, and reducing disease transmission.”


The featured article this month is a Focal Point Review, "Infrared Spectroscopy of Blood", written by Professor Bayden Wood and his colleagues at Monash University - Centre for Biospectroscopy, Clayton, Victoria, Australia. This article is an up-to-date review of progress towards using infrared spectroscopy of blood for parasitic, bacteria, fungal, and viral infection diagnosis.



Professor Bayden Wood is the Director for the Centre of Biospectroscopy and works in the School of Chemistry at Monash University. He is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of Applied Spectroscopy and is Editor of "Clinical Spectroscopy"


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Professor Bayden Wood     Photo Source: Australian Broadcasting Corp., ABC News




Senior Spectroscopist


Successful completion of a doctoral degree in chemistry or a related STEM program with a focus on spectroscopy from an accredited college or university, and at least five (5) years of full-time equivalent professional experience* after degree, OR at least ten (10) years of professional experience* after completion of the minimum education requirements for certification (qualifying bachelor’s degree or completion of required coursework in post-baccalaureate courses). The committee may consider experience over education in its review.




Successful completion of a master’s or higher degree in chemistry or a related STEM program with a focus on spectroscopy from an accredited college or university and at least two (2) years of full-time equivalent professional experience* after degree; OR at least five (5) years of professional experience* in addition to the education requirement for Associate Spectroscopist; The committee may consider experience over education in its review.


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In 1954 a number of spectroscopists, recognizing the existence of several regional societies of spectroscopists, organized a committee to promote a stronger exchange of information among these societies.  The efforts of this committee resulted in the formation of the Federation of Spectroscopic Societies on March 1, 1956 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 

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