2020 EAS Award for Outstanding Achievements in Vibrational Spectroscopy

John A. Reffner, Ph.D. is currently a Professor of forensic science at John Jay College, CUNY in New York, NY.  His scientific interests are focused on uniting spectroscopy with microscopy and applying novel technologies to advance materials and forensic science.  He pioneered the development of infrared micro-spectrometers, accessories and innovative applications infrared microprobe technology.  Dr. Reffner’s scientific accomplishments are recognized by his receiving the American Society of Trace Evidence Examiners’ Edmond Locard Award (2016), Society of Applied Spectroscopy’s Gold Medal Award (2015), the American Academy of Forensic Sciences’, Paul L. Kirk Award (2004), the New York Microscopical Society’s, Abbe Memorial Award (2002), the Georgia Microscopical Society’s, Honorary Achievement Award (2002), the Coblentz Society’s Williams-Wright Award (2000), and the Illinois State Microscopical Society, Emile M. Chamot Award (1993).  In 2011, Dr. Reffner was named a Fellow of the Society of Applied Spectroscopy.  He authored 90 papers, four book chapters and is the inventor on ten patents.  He served as a consultant to the Connecticut State Police for over twenty-five years and has testified as an expert witness in criminal, civil and intellectual property litigations. He also is on the advisory board of the Dr. Henry C. Lee Institute at the University of New Haven.  His employment, since graduation from Akron University, includes B. F. Goodrich, Walter C, McCrone Associates, the University of Connecticut, American Cyanamid, Spectra-Tech, Nicolet, Thermo Scientific, SensIR and Smiths Detection.