2014 New York Microscopical Society Ernst Abbe Award

Alexandre Dazzi University of Paris - Sud

Alexandre Dazzi
University of Paris – Sud

Symposium on Atomic Force Microscopy Infrared Spectroscopy
organized with the New York Conservation Foundation

Dr. Alexandre Dazzi has a research program focused on nanoscale IR Spectroscopy, a technique that he invented.  Specific research objectives including applying the technique to solve interesting problems in microbiological and cellular imaging, while simultaneously pushing the limits of the technique itself.  He obtained his Ph.D. in Physics in 1998 at the Université de Dijon, and did post-doctoral work at the Centre de Recherché Paul Pascal at Bordeaux.  This training gave him a solid background in near field optics techniques.  In 2000 Dr. Dazzi took an associate professor position at the CLIO FEL facility, where he worked on near-field techniques in the infrared region.  After initially focusing on infrared Scanning Near-field Optical Microscopy (SNOM), Dr. Dazzi invented a technique called Photothermal Induced Resonance (PTIR) that enables an AFM probe to act as a detector that can provide information on infrared spectroscopy at the nanoscale.  This patented technique has been commercialized by Anasys Instruments in its nanoIR product.  Dr. Dazzi received his habilitation in October 2008 and was the 2009 laureate for France’s national instrumentation prize from the Societé Francaise Division de Chimie Physique.  He was also associated with R&D 100 awards in 2010 and the Microscopy Today 2011 Innovation Award for the nanoIRTM.  He also teaches nanoscience at the Université Paris-Sud.