David Tuschel is currently the Manager of Raman Applications at HORIBA Scientific. In this capacity he manages support of customers in applied Raman spectroscopy. David also shares responsibility with Fran Adar of HORIBA for authoring the Molecular Spectroscopy Workbench, which appears regularly in Spectroscopy magazine. David has also established his own YouTube channel (dtuschel) on which he posts instructional videos regarding Raman spectroscopy.
Prior to joining HORIBA, David was a Senior Researcher at the University of Pittsburgh from 2009 to early 2011 working on UV resonance Raman spectroscopy of explosives with Prof. Sanford Asher of the Chemistry Department. David was the Principal Materials Scientist at ChemImage (2002 2008) and led the Commercial Competence Center for business development. He is the inventor of a commercially available hyperspectral (Raman, luminescence and visible absorption) imaging instrument incorporating oblique illumination independent of the image capture optics. His research responsibilities at ChemImage included the development of spectral imaging applications for a wide variety of materials including, pharmaceuticals, polymers, metal oxides, ceramics, advanced electrooptic materials, Organic Light Emitting Diodes (OLED), photovoltaics and semiconductors. David received his M.S. degree from the University of Arizona under the direction of Prof. Jeanne E. Pemberton. His research involved the study of surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) and its dependence on electrode kinetics. Through his studies he determined the effect of electrode oxidation-reduction rate on SERS. Prior to joining ChemImage, he was a Senior Research Scientist at Kodak (1985 2002) and designed an optical measurement system for the study of OLED flat panel display fabrication. He performed fundamental studies to structurally characterize OLED devices and materials by optical, spectroscopic, and electrooptical methods. David designed and built two optical systems for determining the photoluminescence quantum efficiencies (QE) of thin films, bulk solids, and solutions. In addition, he wrote the data acquisition and analysis software for one of the QE systems to make it accessible to all Kodak research scientists. He formed and led a team of 15 analytical scientists to support research, development, commercialization, and manufacturing of optical recording media, including CD R and DVD-R. He performed the structural characterization of ceramics, semiconductors, photonic materials, polymers, phosphors (including rare earths), dyes and synthetic organic and inorganic materials by Raman spectroscopy, laser excited luminescence and various optical and microscopic methods.
David established and managed a microspectroscopy center for chemical and physical structural characterization in support of Kodak research and manufacturing, particularly for integrated optical and microelectronic devices. He was responsible for establishing near-field spectroscopy and imaging (using a solid immersion lens) as an applied analytical method in Kodak, and he developed capabilities in micro-visible absorption, microfluorescence, and micro-Raman spectroscopies. Also, he developed the Polarization/Orientation Micro-Raman technique for the characterization of solid-state materials in general and integrated optical and microelectronic devices in particular. While at Kodak, he developed general microspectroscopic mapping techniques and used them to correlate the chemical bonding and atomic (crystal lattice) structure to the properties of photonic and microelectronic devices. These methods can be widely applied for convenient use in process control of integrated optical and microelectronic device microchemistry/fabrication.
David has been awarded 26 patents and published 35 research papers in refereed scientific journals and conference proceedings. Also, he is a frequent contributor of research papers at international and national conferences and at university lecture series. He has been an editor of the Asian Journal of Spectroscopy.