Brian Marquardt, Chief Technology Officer and CEO of MarqMetrix®, Inc. will be honored with the Charles Mann Award, presented by (FACSS) for his work in the advancement of applied Raman spectroscopy technology. Marquardt will officially receive the award in September at the SCIX Conference held in Minneapolis, Minn.
Marquardt is no stranger to innovation, in addition to being the co-founder of MarqMetrix®, he is the director and senior principal engineer with the Center for Process Analysis and Control (CPAC) in the Applied Physics Laboratory at the University of Washington. For more than 20 years, he has brought new thinking to the fields of Raman spectroscopy, sensors and applied physics.
"FACSS is honored to recognize Brian Marquardt with the 2016 Charles Mann award in recognition of his outstanding contributions in the field of Raman spectroscopy, as well as his tireless dedication to the Raman spectroscopy community and the SciX Conference,” said Steven Ray, FACSS Governing Board Chairman. “Brian’s achievements are an exemplar of the spirit of this award and a fitting tribute to the memory of Professor Charlie Mann.”
The most significant advancement, produced by MarqMetrix®, is the development of the TouchRamanTM immersion BallProbe®. For the first time, users have a sampling interface for Raman spectroscopy that is effective for measuring many different sample types including solids, slurries, powders, liquids, and gases. A stable and reproducible sample interface facilitated the application of Raman in a variety of process applications from pharma to food to the deep ocean at high temperatures and pressures.
“Our goal with the TouchRamanTM immersion BallProbe® was to create a technology that allowed Raman to be more accessible across several industries and applications,“ said Marquardt. “We created something that has a simple interface, and doesn’t require depths of scientific knowledge to operate. It is also fairly cost-effective compared to other Raman measurement options and can be used outside the laboratory in the field.”
Notably, one of the most interesting uses for the TouchRamanTM immersion BallProbe® is the ability to provide real-time validated quantitative monitoring of continuous flow reactors (CFR). The information-rich data provided by in-line Raman allows companies to quickly perform complex design of experiment (DoE) studies and optimize more effectively. Raman is now being used as a quality assurance tool for the measurement and control of final product quality for many CFR applications in both the pharmaceutical and chemical industries.
“We are working on several projects where high precision, accuracy, and long-term stability of process Raman measurements are important,” said Marquardt. “We want to continually add new elements that are relevant for our customers. A good example of this is the recent launch of the disposable tip, for use when cross-contamination must be avoided.”