(with D. Bruce Chase, University of Delaware)
"For the development of Fourier Transform Raman Spectroscopy and the demonstration of its utility for examining the chemical structure and properties of organic molecules and polymers in solids, thin films and solutions."
John F. Rabolt is currently the Karl W. and Renate Boer Professor and Founding-Chair of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Delaware where he also holds a position as professor of biomedical engineering. Before joining the University of Delaware in 1996 as chair of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Rabolt was a research staff member (1977–1996) at the IBM Almaden Research Center where he served as co-director of the NSF Center on Polymer Interfaces and Macromolecular Assemblies (CPIMA), a Stanford/IBM/University of California, Davis Materials Research Science and Engineering Center. His research interests are in the area of polymer deformation and orientation, electrospinning, organic thin films, IR/Raman spectroscopy and biomolecular materials for tissue engineering. Rabolt received the 2008 New York Society of Applied Spectroscopy’s Gold Medal. He has received the 2005 Pittsburgh Spectroscopy Award, the Bomem-Michelson Award in Molecular Spectroscopy in 2000, the 1993 Ellis Lippincott Award in Vibrational Spectroscopy, the 1992 Louis A. Strait Award in Applied Spectroscopy, the 1990 Williams-Wright Award in Molecular Spectroscopy and the 1985 Coblentz Award. In addition to serving as chair of three Gordon Conferences (Organic Thin Films-1996; Polymers [West]-1990; and Vibrational Spectrocopy-1990), Rabolt is a Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS) and also served as an associate editor of the ACS Journal Macromolecules from 1992 to 2001. He served (1997–2003) as a member of the Gordon Research Conference’s Scheduling and Selection Committee and was a recent member of NASA’s Microgravity Materials Science Advisory Committee. Rabolt has co-authored more than 215 peer-reviewed publications, one book and 10 patents.
During the 2013 MRS Spring Meeting, Rabolt presented an award talk entitled "Innovations in Spectroscopic Instrumentation-Evolution, Revolution or Back to the Future?".
In this MRS TV interview at the 2013 MRS Spring Meeting, Rabolt and his co-recipient, D. Bruce Chase, talk about receiving the Innovation in Materials Characterization Award.