Paper Award

WITec PaperAward - Contribute your scientific results

The WITec PaperAward recognizes exceptional scientific publications based on results acquired with a WITec microscope.

Scientists from all over the world are encouraged to submit their papers published in the ongoing year. The submitting author will receive a WITec gift for each submission.

All submitted publications will be considered for the WITec PaperAward. Once a year, a jury will appoint the winner of this annual award.

How to contribute:

1. Send your paper (as PDF-file) to and include your full contact information.
2. Automatically participate in the WITec PaperAward competition with a chance to win a 500 Euro Amazon voucher.
3. Receive a free WITec gift for each new paper submitted.

Paper Award 2018

Previous Awards

2017: Currently, we're reading all submitted articles.... the winners will be announced in March at the latest.





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




  • Katarzyna M. Marzec, A. Rygula, B.R. Wood, S. Chlopicki, M. Baranska. High-resolution Raman imaging reveals spatial location of heme oxidation sites in single red blood cells of dried smears. J. Raman Spectrosc. (2015); 46, 76-83. (doi: 10.1002/jrs.4600).
  • Martin J. Süess, R. A. Minamisawa, R. Geiger, K.K. Bourdelle, H. Sigg, R. Spolenak. Power-dependent Raman analysis of highly strained Si nanobridges. Nano Lett. (2014) ;14, 1249-54. (doi: 10.1021/nl404152r).
  • Chunxiao Cong and Ting Yu. Enhanced ultra-low-frequency interlayer shear modes in folded graphene layers. Nat Commun. (2014; 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, The role of surface oxygen in the growth of large single-crystal graphene on copper. Science 342, 720-723 (2013); 8 (10.1126/science.1243879).
  • F. Foucher, F. Westall, Raman imaging of metastable opal in carbonaceous microfossils of the 700-800 ma old Draken Formation. Astrobiology 13, 57-67 (2013); (10.1089/ast.2012.0889).
  • B. Kann, M. Windbergs, 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 (2013); (10.1208/s12248-013-9457-7).


  • Costantini, D., Greusard, L., Bousseksou, A., Rungsawang, R., Zhang, T. P., Callard, S., Decobert, J., Lelarge, F., Duan, G.-H., De Wilde, Y., & Colombelli, R., (2012). In situ generation of surface plasmon polaritons using a near-infrared laser diode. Nano Letters, 12(9), 4693–7. doi:10.1021/nl302040e
  • Matthaeus, C., Krafft, C., Dietzek, B., Brehm, B. R., Lorkowski, S., & Popp, J. (2012). Noninvasive imaging of intracellular lipid metabolism in macrophages by Raman microscopy in combination with stable isotopic labeling. Analytical Chemistry, 84(20), 8549–56. doi:10.1021/ac3012347
  • Rubio-Marcos, F., Del Campo, A., López-Juárez, R., Romero, J. J., & Fernández, J. F. (2012). High spatial resolution structure of (K,Na)NbO3 lead-free ferroelectric domains. Journal of Materials Chemistry, 22(1), 9714–9720. doi:10.1039/c2jm30483j


  • Schmidt, D. A., Ohta, T., & Beechem, T. E. (2011). Strain and charge carrier coupling in epitaxial graphene. Physical Review B, 84(23), 235422. doi:10.1103/PhysRevB.84.235422
  • Nehrke, G., & Nouet, J. (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(12), 3761–3769. doi:10.5194/bg-8-3761-2011
  • Xu, Y. N., Zhan, D., Liu, L., Suo, H., Ni, Z. H., Nguyen, T. T., Zhao, C., & Shen, Z. X., (2011). Thermal dynamics of graphene edges investigated by polarized Raman spectroscopy. ACS nano, 5(1), 147–52. doi:10.1021/nn101920c
  • Weber-Bargioni, A., Schwartzberg, A., Cornaglia, M., Ismach, A., Urban, J. J., Pang, Y., Gordon, R., Bokor, J., Salmeron, M. B., Ogletree, D. F., Ashby, P., Cabrini, S., Schuck, P. J., (2011). Hyperspectral Nanoscale Imaging on Dielectric Substrates with Coaxial Optical Antenna Scan Probes. Nano letters, 11, 1201–1207. doi:10.1021/nl104163m


  • Meister, K., Schmidt, D. A., Bründermann, E., & Havenith, M. (2010). Confocal Raman microspectroscopy as an analytical tool to assess the mitochondrial status in human spermatozoa. The Analyst, 135(6), 1370–4. doi:10.1039/b927012d
  • dePaula, S. M., Huila, M. F. G., Araki, K., & Toma, H. E. (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(8), 983–9. doi:10.1016/j.micron.2010.06.014
  • Harrington, M. J., Masic, A., Holten-Andersen, N., Waite, J. H., & Fratzl, P. (2010). Iron-clad fibers: a metal-based biological strategy for hard flexible coatings. Science, 328(5975), 216–20. doi:10.1126/science.1181044