RamanFest opened at 8AM on June 1st with nearly 100 people signing in to receive their badges, tote bags and abstract books. 32 posters were also hung as people mingled around the continental breakfast.

There was an accompanying poster session for delegates. Download the poster list.

The agenda can be downloaded here.

The symposium started with introductions from Dr. Ji-xin Cheng and Dr, Andrew Whitley. The morning session included talks focussed on Raman Spectroscopy in Life Sciences and Pharmaceuticals from Prof. Juergen Popp, Leibniz Institute of Photonic Technology (IPHT), Wei Huang, Department of Engineering Science, University of Oxford, UK, Prof. Lawrence D. Ziegler, Boston University, Prof. Igor K. Lednev, Department of Chemistry, University at Albany, SUNY and Dr. Ravi Kalyanaraman, BMS.

Lunch included poster reviews, and tours through the demo equipment set up next door. The afternoon session focussed on Raman Spectroscopy on the Nanoscale and included talks from Prof. Volker Deckert, Leibniz Institute of Photonic Technology (IPHT), Germany, Prof. Bin Ren, College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Xiamen, China, and Prof. Yong Chen, Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, and Physics and Astronomy- Purdue University.

We then all went outside for our group photo, and went back to the instrument set up room for personal demos.

The gala dinner was held in the Purdue Memorial Center, with 86 people enjoying drinks, hors d' oeuvres, steak and salmon and dessert. Our guest speaker was Dr. Kelsey Cook, Program Director for the Chemical Measurement and Imaging Program, and co-leader for NSF activities related to forensics sciences. His presentation, entitled, "Finding Funding in the Face of Increasing Competition," involved best practices for submitting a proposal for funding to the NSF. He gave some insight on the future of funding. Another guest at our dinner was Professor Anant Ramdas, CV Raman's last surviving student, and professor emeritus at Purdue, and his wife, Vasanti.

Dr. Ramdas (Center) - Igor Lednev (Left) - Ji-Xin Cheng (Right)

Both the morning and afternoon sessions on Friday focused entirely on Innovations in Raman Technologies. Speakers included Prof. Marlan Scully, Institute for Quantum Science and Engineering, Texas A&M University, Prof. Eric Olaf Potma, Department of Chemistry, University of California, Irvine, Prof. Katsumasa Fujita, Department of Applied Physics, Osaka University, Japan, Prof. Wei Min, Department of Chemistry, Columbia University, Dr. Brian Marquardt, MarqMetrix, Inc., Prof. Dor Ben-Amotz, Physical Chemistry, Purdue University, and finally, Prof. Ji-Xin Cheng, Biomedical Engineering and Chemistry, Purdue University.

A BBQ Buffet was Friday's luncheon fare.



5 speakers and 2 HORIBA associates were asked to judge the 32 posters. After their votes were tallies, three awards were handed out at the end of the presentations.

First place was won by Delong Zhang. His poster was entitled, "Depth-resolved Mid-infrared Photothermal Imaging of Living Cells and Organisms with Sub-micron Spatial Resolution."

Second place was won by Chi Zhang, for his poster entitled, "Stimulated Raman Projection Microscopy and Tomography for Volumetric Chemical Imaging."

Third place was won by Hyeon Jeong Lee, for her poster entitled, "Label-Free Vibrational Spectroscopic Imaging of Neuronal Membrane Potential."

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