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What is SAS?


The Society for Applied Spectroscopy is a non-profit organization dedicated to the dissemination of information related to spectroscopy. In business for over 60 years, the Society is committed to education and to providing quality benefits to members worldwide. The objective of this Society is to advance and disseminate knowledge and information concerning the art and science of spectroscopy and other allied sciences. We are pleased to be the publishers of the internationally recognized, peer reviewed journal Applied Spectroscopy..

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SAS Awards


SAS is proud to recognize many outstanding spectroscopists for their contributions to the field and to the Society via our annual Awards Program. Join us at SciX as we honor these exceptional scientists!


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SAS Awards Ceremony and Wine and Cheese Reception

We are pleased to be celebrating the achievement of many outstanding scientists this evening. The meeting will be hosted at SciX 2019, we will see you at Palm Springs, California.  

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SAS Sponsored Student Event at Pittcon 2020

There will be a SAS sponsored student event at Pittcon 2020 on Monday, March 2nd at 6:30 PM. The event will be held at Lucky Strike (322 E Illinois St). These are great events to meet and get to know other SAS student members! Stop by our booth at Pittcon for more information and to join!

SAS Sponsored Sessions at Pittcon 2020

SAS will be hosting two sessions at Pittcon in Chicago, IL, SAS (Society for Applied Spectroscopy) - Smartphone Spectroscopy for Analyses and Assays in Low Resource Areas at Monday, March 02, 1:30 PM - 4:45 PM and SAS (Society for Applied Spectroscopy) - Portable Spectroscopy in 2020 at Tuesday, March 03, 1:30 PM - 4:45 PM . Click the Read More button for a full list of presentations in the SAS sessions!

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Completed Webinar: Solving Problems When Using FT-IR

Spectroscopy is pleased to offer this series of educational webinars as part of the Society of Applied Spectroscopy’s ongoing extension of its certification and training program. Incoming Seminar: Solving Problems When Using FT-IR. Speaker: Ellen V. Miseo, Ph.D, Chief Science Officer, Teak Origin, Inc. Download the free video to learn! 

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SAS Announces New Training Programs - More Short Courses at Pittcon 2020

As part of the SAS continuing efforts to expand our spectroscopy certification and training program we are now providing a series of training seminars, courses and webinars.  This training series is intended to provide a simple introduction and grounding in different types of spectroscopy for people that use or are thinking to use spectroscopy in their work or studies. 5 short courses at Pittcon 2020!

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SAS Elects New President-Elect and Governing Board Members

Congrats to new SAS President-Elect Karl Booksh

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Speed Mentoring Event at Pittcon 2020


Again, this year, the Coblentz Society in partnership with the Society for Applied Spectroscopy, will hold a 'Speed Mentoring' session at Pittcon. This will take place at Pittcon on Thursday, March 5th, from 10:30 - 12 noon, in Room W185D at the McCormick Center.

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SAS Members Reaching Out


You never know where an SAS member will show-up to fulfull our mission of education and outreach!

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Did you know?

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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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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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 1951, 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 73 Issue 10, October 2019.


After a little over six years as Editor-in-Chief, Michael Blades will be swapping roles with Editor Sergei Kazarian with Applied Spectroscopy on September 1, 2018. Elected as a Fellow of the Society for Applied Spectroscopy in 2014, Sergei Kazarian is a Professor of Physical Chemistry in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Imperial College London. As a longtime Society for Applied Spectroscopy member, Sergei has been involved with Society events and initiatives since 1995–1996. Prior to his appointment to the Editor-in-Chief role with the journal, Sergei was an Associate Editor, and he has been an Editor of Applied Spectroscopy since April 2017

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Here are some of the great benefits you get as a SAS member. To see a list of all of our benefits and to JOIN or RENEW please click HERE 

  • Applied Spectroscopy Online FREE to Members (issues dating back to 1948) plus Digital E-Reader Edition
  • Membership in an SAS Technical, Regional, Student, or Special Interest Section of your Choice
  • Networking with Friendly and Approachable Scientists
  • Professional Online Career Center
  • Searchable Online Membership Directory
  • SAS Spectrum, Online Newsletter
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