O-PTIR co-inventor wins 2019 Lippincott Award

Santa Barbara, Calif. – November 5, 2019 – The 2019 Ellis R. Lippincott Award was presented to co-inventor of the Optical Photothermal IR (O-PTIR) technique that is the basis for the operation of the mIRage IR microscope. The award is given for “outstanding contributions in inventing and developing a broad spectrum of vibrational spectroscopic imaging technologies with groundbreaking discoveries and clinical applications.” Presentation of the 2019 award was at SciX 2019 in Palm Springs, California.

Ji-Xin Cheng attended the University of Science and Technology of China from 1989 to 1994 and pursued a PhD study on bond-selective chemistry from 1994 to 1998. In 2000 he joined the Sunney Xie’s group at Harvard University as a postdoc. Cheng subsequently joined Purdue University in 2003 as Assistant Professor and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2009 and Full Professor in 2013. He joined Boston University as the Inaugural Moustakas Chair Professor in Photonics and Optoelectronics in 2017.

Ji-Xin Cheng 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 the discovery of hidden signatures inside living systems and further translation of the discoveries into medical diagnosis and treatment strategies.


About Photothermal Spectroscopy Corp

Photothermal Spectroscopy Corp (PSC) is a spin-off from Anasys Instruments Corp, the company that pioneered the field of AFM-based photothermal IR spectroscopy (PTIR) and was eventually acquired by Bruker Nano. PSC now has a breakthrough optical PTIR (O-PTIR) technology that eliminates key limitations of traditional IR Spectroscopy: spatial resolution and sample preparation. O-PTIR provides sub-micron spatial resolution for IR and provides transmission-like FTIR quality spectra in non-contact reflection mode. O-PTIR provides all the benefits of ATR without contact-related limitations, and also provides Raman-like spatial resolution, but with IR sensitivity. PSC’s vision is to enable the power of IR spectroscopy to be applied to high value problems in industry and academia via the adoption of O-PTIR.


About mIRage®

The mIRage IR microscope provides true sub-micron IR spatial resolution imaging and spectroscopy using Optical Photothermal IR (O-PTIR) spectroscopy, a proprietary technique. mIRage provides wavelength independent spatial resolution, highly sensitive IR measurements and transmission quality absorption spectra in refection mode. mIRage bridges the gap between conventional IR microspectroscopy and AFM-based nanoscale IR spectroscopy.


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