Paper Award

WITec PaperAward - Contribute your scientific results

  • The WITec Paper Award recognizes exceptional scientific publications in a peer-reviewed scientific journal that include results and/or images acquired with a WITec microscope system. Scientists from all over the world are encouraged to submit their papers published (print or online) in the current year.

    The use of a WITec microscope system should be clearly documented either in the "Materials and Methods" section of the article or by other supporting documentation.

    Each submitted paper is valid for one giveaway and any author of a paper can submit it.

    A WITec jury will judge the submitted papers in terms of scientific relevance, data quality and the level of instrument feature utilization.

    Once a year, a jury will appoint the winners - the first author(s) - of the annual awards (Gold, Silver, Bronze).

    Entry deadline is January 31st of each year.

    How to contribute:

    1. Send your paper (as PDF-file) to and include your full contact information.
    2. Receive a free WITec gift for each new paper submitted
    3. Automatically participate in the WITec Paper Award competition. The first authors of the three best papers will receive an Amazon gift card.
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Previous Awards

  • 2022: Publications can be submitted!


    • Håkon Høgset, Conor C. Horgan, James P. K. Armstrong, Mads S. Bergholt, Vincenzo Torraca, Qu Chen, Timothy J. Keane, Laurence Bugeon, Margaret J. Dallman, Serge Mostowy, Molly M. Stevens (2020) In vivo biomolecular imaging of zebrafish embryos using confocal Raman spectroscopy. Nature Communications 11: 6172 DOI: 10.1038/s41467-020-19827-1
    • Mehmet Yesiltas, Melike Kaya, Timothy D. Glotch, Rosario Brunetto, Alessandro Maturilli, Jörn Helbert, Mehmet E. Özel (2020) Biconical reflectance, micro-Raman, and nano-FTIR spectroscopy of the Didim (H3-5) meteorite: Chemical content and molecular variations. Meteoritics & Planetary Science 55: 2404-2421 DOI: 10.1111/maps.13585
    • Chance Barrett, Zachary Stein, Jonathan Hernandez, Ravisankar Naraparaju, Uwe Schulz, Laurene Tetard, Seetha Raghavan (2021) Detrimental effects of sand ingression in jet engine ceramic coatings captured with Raman-based 3D rendering. Journal of the European Ceramic Society 41: 1664-1671 (available online 2020) DOI: 10.1016/j.jeurceramsoc.2020.09.050


    • Ankur Baliyan and Hideto Imai (2019) Machine Learning based Analytical Framework for Automatic Hyperspectral Raman Analysis of Lithium-ion Battery Electrodes. Scientific Reports 9: 18241. DOI: 10.1038/s41598-019-54770-2
    • Ewelina Wiercigroch, Elzbieta Stepula, Lukasz Mateuszuk, Yuying Zhang, Malgorzata Baranska, Stefan Chlopicki, Sebastian Schlücker and Kamilla Malek (2019) ImmunoSERS Microscopy for the Detection of Smooth Muscle Cells in Atherosclerotic Plaques. Biosensors and Bioelectronics 133: 79-85. DOI: 10.1016/j.bios.2019.02.068
    • Ruth Schmidt, Harald Fitzek, Manfred Nachtnebel, Claudia Mayrhofer, Hartmuth Schröttner and Armin Zankel (2019) The Combination of Electron Microscopy, Raman Microscopy and Energy Dispersive X-Ray Spectroscopy for the Investigation of Polymeric Materials. Macromolecular Symposia 384: 1800237. DOI: 10.1002/masy.201800237


    • Martin Felhofer, Batirtze Prats-Mateu, Peter Bock, Notburga Gierlinger (2018) Antifungal stilbene impregnation: transport and distribution on the micron-level. Tree Physiology 38: 1526-1537. DOI: 10.1093/treephys/tpy073
    • Matthew S. Dodd, Dominic Papineau, Zhenbing She, Marilyn L. Fogel, Sandra Nederbragt, Franco Pirajno (2018) Organic remains in late Palaeoproterozoic granular iron formations and implications for the origin of granules. Precambrian Research 310: 133-152. DOI: 10.1016/j.precamres.2018.02.016
    • Joonas T. Holmi, Bakhysh H. Bairamov, Sami Suihkonen, Harri Lipsanen (2018) Identifying threading dislocation types in ammonothermally grown bulk α-GaN by confocal Raman 3-D imaging of volumetric stress distribution. Journal of Crystal Growth 499: 47-54. DOI: 10.1016/j.jcrysgro.2018.07.024


    • Hesham K. Yosef, Sascha D. Krauß, Tatjana Lechtonen, Hendrik Jütte, Andrea Tannapfel, Heiko U. Käfferlein Thomas Brüning, Florian Roghmann, Joachim Noldus, Axel Mosig, Samir F. El-Mashtoly and Klaus Gerwert (2017) Noninvasive diagnosis of high-grade urothelial carcinoma in urine by Raman spectral imaging. Analytical Chemistry 89: 6893. DOI: 10.1021/acs.analchem.7b01403
    • Marvin Gernhardt, Ling Peng, Matthias Burgard, Shaohua Jiang, Beate Förster, Holger Schmalz and Seema Agarwal (2017) Tailoring the morphology of responsive bioinspired bicomponent fibers. Macromolecular Materials and Engineering 303: 1700248. DOI: 10.1002/mame.201700248
    • Guanglin Yu, Yan Rou Yap, Kathryn Pollock and Allison Hubel (2017) Characterizing intracellular ice formation of lymphoblasts using low-temperature Raman spectroscopy. Biophysical Journal 112: 2653. DOI: 10.1016/j.bpj.2017.05.009


    • Maria O’Brien, Niall McEvoy, Damien Hanlon, Toby Hallam, Jonathan N. Coleman, Georg S. Düsberg (2016) Mapping of low-frequency Raman modes in CVD-grown transition metal dichalcogenides: layer number, stacking orientation and resonant effects. Scientific Reports 6: 19476. DOI: 10.1038/srep19476
    • Sara Fateixa, Manon Wilhelm, Helena I.S. Nogueira, Tito Trindade (2016) SERS and Raman imaging as a new tool to monitor dyeing on textile fibres. Journal of Raman Spectroscopy 47: 1239. DOI: 10.1002/jrs.4947
    • Jonas Higl, M. Köhler, M. Lindén (2016) Confocal Raman microscopy as a non-destructive tool to study microstructure of hydrating cementitious materials. Cement and Concrete Research 88: 136. DOI: 10.1016/j.cemconres.2016.07.005


    • Admir Masic and James Weaver (2015) Large area sub-micron chemical imaging of magnesium in sea urchin teeth. J. Struct. Biol. 189: 269. DOI: 10.1016/j.jsb.2014.12.005
    • Fernando Rubio-Marcos, Adolfo Del Campo, Pascal Marchet and Jose F. Fernández (2015) Ferrolectric domain wall motion induced by polarized light. Nature Communications 6: 6594. DOI: 10.1038/ncomms7594
    • Yongjun Lee, Seki Park, Hyun Kim, Gang Hee Han, Young Hee Lee and Jeongyong Kim (2015) Characterization of the structural defects in CVD-grown monolayered MoS2 using near-field photoluminescence imaging. Nanoscale 7: 11909. DOI: 10.1039/C5NR02897C


    • Katarzyna M. Marzec, A. Rygula, B.R. Wood, S. Chlopicki, M. Baranska (2015) High-resolution Raman imaging reveals spatial location of heme oxidation sites in single red blood cells of dried smears. J. Raman Spectrosc. 46: 76-83. DOI: 10.1002/jrs.4600
    • Martin J. Süess, R. A. Minamisawa, R. Geiger, K.K. Bourdelle, H. Sigg, R. Spolenak (2014) Power-dependent Raman analysis of highly strained Si nanobridges. Nano Lett. 14: 1249-54. DOI: 10.1021/nl404152r
    • Chunxiao Cong and Ting Yu. (2014) Enhanced ultra-low-frequency interlayer shear modes in folded graphene layers. Nat. Commun. 5: 4709. DOI: 10.1038/ncomms5709


    • Y. Hao, M. S. Bharathi, L. Wang, Y. Liu, H. Chen, S. Nie, X. Wang, H. Chou, C. Tan, B. Fallahazad, H. Ramanarayan, C. W. Magnuson, E. Tutuc, B. I. Yakobson, K. F. McCarty, Y. W. Zhang, P. Kim, J. Hone, L. Colombo, R. S. Ruoff (2013) The role of surface oxygen in the growth of large single-crystal graphene on copper. Science 342: 720-723. DOI: 10.1126/science.1243879
    • F. Foucher, F. Westall (2013) Raman imaging of metastable opal in carbonaceous microfossils of the 700-800 ma old Draken Formation. Astrobiology 13: 57-67. DOI: 10.1089/ast.2012.0889
    • B. Kann, M. Windbergs (2013) Chemical imaging of drug delivery systems with structured surfaces-a combined analytical approach of confocal Raman microscopy and optical profilometry. The AAPS Journal 15: 505-510. DOI: 10.1208/s12248-013-9457-7


    • D. Costantini, L. Greusard, A. Bousseksou, R. Rungsawang, T. P. Zhang, S. Callard, J. Decobert, F. Lelarge, G.-H. Duan, Y. De Wilde, R. Colombelli (2012) In situ generation of surface plasmon polaritons using a near-infrared laser diode. Nano Letters 12: 4693–7. DOI: 10.1021/nl302040e
    • C. Matthaeus, C. Krafft  B. Dietzek, B. R. Brehm, S. Lorkowski, J. Popp (2012) Noninvasive imaging of intracellular lipid metabolism in macrophages by Raman microscopy in combination with stable isotopic labeling. Analytical Chemistry 84: 8549–56. DOI: 10.1021/ac3012347
    • F. Rubio-Marcos, A. Del Campo, R. López-Juárez, J. J. Romero, J. F. Fernández (2012) High spatial resolution structure of (K,Na)NbO3 lead-free ferroelectric domains. Journal of Materials Chemistry 22: 9714–9720. DOI: 10.1039/c2jm30483j


    • D. A. Schmidt, T. Ohta, T. E. Beechem (2011) Strain and charge carrier coupling in epitaxial graphene. Physical Review B 84: 235422. DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevB.84.235422
    • G. Nehrke, J. Nouet (2011) Confocal Raman microscope mapping as a tool to describe different mineral and organic phases at high spatial resolution within marine biogenic carbonates: case study on Nerita undata (Gastropoda, Neritopsina). Biogeosciences 8: 3761–3769. DOI: 10.5194/bg-8-3761-2011
    • Y. N. Xu, D. Zhan, L. Liu, H. Suo, Z. H. Ni, T. T. Nguyen, C. Zhao, Z. X. Shen (2011) Thermal dynamics of graphene edges investigated by polarized Raman spectroscopy. ACS nano 5: 147–52. DOI: 10.1021/nn101920c
    • A. Weber-Bargioni, A. Schwartzberg, M. Cornaglia, A. Ismach, J. J. Urban, Y. Pang, R. Gordon, J. Bokor, M. B. Salmeron, D. F. Ogletree, P. Ashby, S. Cabrini, P. J. Schuck (2011) Hyperspectral Nanoscale Imaging on Dielectric Substrates with Coaxial Optical Antenna Scan Probes. Nano letters 11: 1201–1207. DOI: 10.1021/nl104163m


    • K. Meister, D. A. Schmidt, E. Bründermann, M. Havenith (2010) Confocal Raman microspectroscopy as an analytical tool to assess the mitochondrial status in human spermatozoa. The Analyst 135: 1370–4. DOI: 10.1039/b927012d
    • S. M. dePaula, M. F. G. Huila, K. Araki, H. E. Toma (2010) Confocal Raman and electronic microscopy studies on the topotactic conversion of calcium carbonate from Pomacea lineate shells into hydroxyapatite bioceramic materials in phosphate media. Micron 41: 983–9. DOI: 10.1016/j.micron.2010.06.014
    • M. J. Harrington, A. Masic, N. Holten-Andersen, J. H. Waite, P. Fratzl (2010) Iron-clad fibers: a metal-based biological strategy for hard flexible coatings. Science 328: 216–20. DOI: 10.1126/science.1181044