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March 30, 2015: SAS Tour Speaker, Carol J. Hirschmugl


SAS Tour Speaker: Carol J. Hirschmugl
University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee

Simultaneous 3D Detection of Organics with Infrared Spectromicrotomography 

Joint Meeting With Detroit-ACS and Detroit-SAS

Monday, March 30th, 2015
6:00 pm

Lawrence Technological University
(see web link below)
University Technology and Learning Center (UTLC)
The Gallery (Room T210)


The holy grail of chemical imaging is to provide spatially and temporally resolved information about heterogeneous samples on relevant scales. Synchrotron-based Fourier Transform infrared imaging combines rapid, non-destructive chemical detection with morphology at the micrometer scale, to provide value added results to standard analytical methods. Hyperspectral cubes of (x, y, z, Abs (lambda)) are obtained employing spectromicrotomography, a label free approach, which inherently evaluates a broad array of wide organic materials with minimal sample preparation and modification. Examples presented here (polymer composites, single cells and colonies of cells) demonstrate the broad applicability of this approach to detect complex chemical information of intact samples.

Carol Hirschmugl received her BSc in Physics from State University of New York at StonyBrook in 1987 and her Applied Physics PhD from Yale University in 1994. She then received an Alexander von Humboldt grant to do research at Fritz Haber Institut, Berlin, from 1994 to 1996. In 1996, she was awarded the University of California President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship to work at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Since 1997, Hirschmugl has been at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where she is professor of the Physics Department and the Director of the Laboratory for Dynamics and Structure at Surfaces and the IRENI Facility at the Synchrotron Radiation Center.

Professor Hirschmugl held visiting scientist positions at ANKA, FZK (Karlsruhe, Germany) in 2004 and at ESRG (Grenoble, France) in 2005. Hirschmugl’s awards include Fellow of the American Vacuum Society “For longstanding instrumental and scientific contributions to synchrotron-based infrared spectroscopy and micro-spectroscopy, including its applications to surface science, materials science, biophysics, and cultural heritage.” (2014)

Please click on the incorporated website link for directions to LTU and a campus map LTU (  Immediately following the talk, there will be a Dutch treat dinner at a nearby restaurant which will be announced at the meeting.  There is no need to RSVP, but questions may be directed to Keith Olson at

This event is free!  All are welcome at attend!