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Carlos Silva

Carlos Silva is a full professor in the Department of Physics at the University of Montreal, Canada Excellence Research Chair in Light-Matter Interactions in Photonic Materials, and Director of the Institut Courtois. He is an expert in the field of ultrafast and nonlinear spectroscopy of advanced materials. He has a dual bachelor’s degree in physics and chemistry, as well as a Ph.D. in chemical physics. Throughout his career, he has been affiliated with numerous academic institutions. He worked as a postdoctoral research fellow with Professor Sir Richard Friend, and subsequently as EPSRC Advanced Research Fellow at the Cavendish Laboratory of the University of Cambridge and has been a visiting professor at Imperial College London, the Italian Institute of Technology, and the National Autonomous University of Mexico.

From 2005 to 2018, he was a professor in the Department of Physics at UdeM, where he obtained a Canada Research Chair in Organic Semiconductor Materials and established an ultrafast laser spectroscopy laboratory. Since 2017, he held the position of professor of chemistry, physics and materials science at the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he was also co-director of the Center for Organic Photonics and Electronics (COPE). Silva is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and the American Physical Society.

Cornelia Bohne

Cornelia was born and raised in Brazil, where she completed her education and graduated with a PhD (1987) from the Instituto de Química at the Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil. Cornelia was a post-doctoral fellow (CNPq fellowship) and research associate at the Steacie Institute for Molecular Sciences of the National Research Council in Ottawa, Canada (1987 – 1991), and a research associate at the University of Ottawa (1991). Cornelia started her independent career in 1992 at the Department of Chemistry of the University of Victoria, where she has been full professor since 2000.

Cornelia is interested in understanding the mechanisms of dynamic systems. Her core expertise is in kinetics of systems that are complex because of the presence of multiple interconverting species, or because of the presence of several competing kinetics pathways. Most of her studies are in aqueous solutions because of her fascination with the complexity of life. Cornelia has led the Victoria Photophysics Instrumentation for Chemical Kinetics (VicPicK) facility that is part of the Centre for Advanced Materials and Related Technologies (CAMTEC) at Uvic.

Outside work Cornelia, enjoys reading, sailing, hiking and travelling.

Daniele Leonori

Daniele grew up in a small village near Perugia, in the centre of Italy, where he received his master degree in Pharmaceutical Chemistry. He then moved to the UK joining the group of Prof Ian Coldham (University of Sheffield) for his PhD, working on the dynamic thermodynamic resolution of chiral organolithiums.

Daniele completed two postdoctoral positions, one with Prof Magnus Rueping (RWTH Aachen University), where he first encountered the field of photoredox catalysis, and a second with Prof. Peter H. Seeberger (Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfacers), developing de novo synthesis of monosaccharides. He then moved back to the UK to work with Prof Varinder K. Aggarwal FRS (University of Bristol) as Research Officer. Daniele started his independent career as Lecturer at the University of Manchester in 2014, where he was promoted to Reader in 2018 and Professor in 2020. In 2022, Daniele returned to RWTH Aachen University to take a W3 Professorschip in the Institute of Organic Chemistry.

Dirk Guldi

Dirk M. Guldi completed both his undergraduate studies (1988) and PhD (1990) at the University of Cologne (Germany). Following postdoctoral appointments at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (USA), the Hahn-Meitner Institute Berlin (1992), and Syracuse University, he joined the faculty of the Notre Dame Radiation Laboratory in 1995. He was promoted a year later from assistant to associate professional specialist, and remained affiliated to Notre Dame until 2004. Since 2004, he is Full Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Pharmacy at the Friedrich-Alexander University in Erlangen. Since 2018, Dirk M. Guldi is Co-Editor in Chief of Nanoscale and Nanoscale Horizons and he has been named among the world’s Highly Cited Researchers by Thomson Reuters.

The Guldi group and its network belong to the cutting edge of worldwide research in solar-energy conversion with expertise not only in advanced photon- and charge-management without losing sight of the ultimate objective of developing integrated solar energy-to-chemical fuel conversion systems, which in the future can be utilized in real devices. Impressive documentations of their accomplishments are more than 700 peer-reviewed publications, far more than 60,000 citations, and an h-index of 118. At the heart is always a multifaceted and interdisciplinary research program, where his group designs, conceptually devises, synthesizes, tests, and characterizes novel nanometer scale materials with the objective of using them in solar energy conversion schemes. A broad range of spectroscopic (i.e. time-resolved and steady-state measurements with spectrophotometric detection covering a time range from femtoseconds to minutes) and microscopic techniques (i.e. scanning probe microscopy, electron microscopy) are routinely employed to address aspects that correspond to the optimization and fine-tuning of dynamics and/or efficiencies of charge separation, charge transport, charge shift, and charge recombination processes.

Guglielmo Lanzani

Present position: Senior Researcher-Principal investigator at Center for Nano Science Technology @ POLIMI Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia. Since 11/2011 Full Professor of Physics at Department of Physics, Politecnico di Milano Leonardo da Vinci 32, 20133 Milano Italy.

Previous appointments: From 12/2009 to 05/2023 coordinator of the Center for Nano Science Technology @ POLIMI Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia. 1999-2011 Associate Professor in physics at Politecnico di Milano. 1994-1999 Assistant Professor at University of Sassari. 1992-94 Post Doc at ISM-C.N.R., Bologna1992

PHD in Chemical Physics. 1989-90 visiting scientist at University of Utah, SLC-UT, USA. 1987 Physics degree (laurea). GL has a background in the photo-physics of nanostructured and molecular materials. His research activity, reported in more than 350 publications, regards applications in energy, bio-photonics, neuroscience and medicine. In particular, the overarching goal of the research is to induce light sensitivity in living cells, tissue or organism by developing new light actuators. He is involved in the project for developing an artificial retina prosthesis. He is involved in two start-up companies.

John Lupton

John Lupton holds a chair in experimental physics at the University of Regensburg, Germany, where he presently serves as head of department. He is also Research Professor of Physics at the University of Utah, US, where he maintains a small research activity.

Prior to moving to Regensburg, he was Professor of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Utah. John studied physics at the University of Durham, UK, and took postdoctoral appointments at the University of St Andrews, the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research in Mainz and at LMU Munich.

Distinctions include the Max Auwaerter Prize of the Austrian Physical Society, a David & Lucile Packard Fellowship for Science and Engineering, a Research Corporation Scialog award, and an ERC Starting Grant.

Ksenia Glusac

Ksenia Glusac is a Professor of Chemistry at University of Illinois Chicago (UIC). She also holds a joint appointment at the Solar Energy Conversion Group at the Argonne National Laboratory (ANL). Ksenia obtained her B. Sc. from University of Belgrade, Serbia (Mentor: Prof. Radomir Saicic) and PhD from University of Florida (Mentor: Prof. Kirk S. Schanze).

After postdoctoral studies at Stanford University (Mentor: Michael Fayer), Ksenia started her independent research career at Bowling Green State University in 2006, where she was also a member of the Center for Photochemical Sciences. In 2015, Ksenia performed research as a Visiting Professor at the University of Michigan. In 2017, she took a joint position as the Associate Professor of Chemistry at UIC and the joint appointment at ANL.

Ksenia has been promoted to Professor of Chemistry at UIC in 2021. The Glusac group studies molecular structures for artificial photosynthesis and energy storage applications. The team is particularly interested in the chemistry of carbon dioxide and molecular oxygen, and their potential applications in carbon management and oxygen-based energy storage devices. Ksenia is a recipient of BGSU Outstanding Young Scholar Award, 2012 NSF Career Award, ACS PRF Postdoctoral Fellowship and 2002 Jones Award for creativity and Originality.

Katja Heinze

  • 2020 Offer Full Professorship (W3) / Inorganic Chemistry, Bonn University, declined
  • since 2008 Full professor (W3) in Inorganic Chemistry, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz
  • 2004 Habilitation University of Heidelberg
  • 1999 Researcher at University of Heidelberg
  • 1999 Postdoc, University of Zurich, Switzerland (Prof. Dr. H. Berke)
  • 1998 Ph.D., University of Heidelberg (Prof. Dr. G. Huttner)
  • 1995 diploma in chemistry, University of Heidelberg (Prof. Dr. G. Huttner)

Since 2023 Corresponding Member of the Göttingen Academy of Sciences and Humanities

Since 2017 coordinator of the DFG Priority Program 2102 "Light Controlled Reactivity of Metal Complexes"

Kazuya Kikuchi

K. Kikuchi received his Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences from the university of Tokyo in 1994 under the supervision of Prof. Masaaki Hirobe. He was an postdoctoral fellow with Prof. Roger Y. Tsien at University of California San Diego. Subsequently, he joined Prof. Donald Hilvert group as a research associate at the Scripps research Institute.

He returned Japan as an research associate at the university of Tokyo in January 1997, and promoted to an associate professor in 2000. He moved to Osaka University as a professor in 2005, currently a distinguished professor. He received JSPS prize (2010) and Commendation for Science and Technology by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Japan (2018).

He also serves as a council member of the society of biological inorganic chemistry. During this period he became involved in molecular imaging probes development for both fluorescence imaging and magnetic resonance imaging. He is focused both in in vivo imaging and single molecule cellular imaging.

Kevin Stamplecoskie

Dr. Kevin Stamplecoskie was born and raised in the small town of Wilno, ON, Canada, known as the first Polish settlement in Canada.

Kevin now pursues his passion for novel nanomaterials and composites, especially in controlling the optical properties of nanomaterials through precise synthesis. The work has impact in optical electronics, light-harvesting, photocatalysis, biomedicine and chemical sensing.

Lin Chen

Lin X. Chen is the Distinguished Fellow in Argonne National Laboratory and Professor of Chemistry in Northwestern University. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. After her postdoctoral research at UC Berkeley, she joined Argonne as a staff scientist where her research has been focused on fundamental processes in solar energy conversion and artificial photosynthesis. She and her colleagues in collaboration with the APS staff members built the first X-ray transient absorption spectroscopy facility there and pioneered this method in studying excited state transition metal complexes using the laser pulse pump and X-ray pulse probe to follow the structural evolution.

In 2007, she started a joined appointment with the Department of Chemistry, Northwestern University. Her research foci in both institutions are fundamental light-matter interactions in different solar energy conversion platforms, e.g. excited state molecular structural dynamics in photocatalytic processes and photovoltaic material, understanding roles of ultrafast and coherent electronic and atomic motions in in photochemical reactions, and functional structural dynamics of biomacromolecules.

She was awarded as the highly cited scientists in 2019 by the Web of Science, with >300 publications, and >220 invited lectures with the WOS H-index 70, total citations >18,000; Google Scholar H-index 80, total citation > 23,000. She has been members of the Research Council for the Chemical, Biological and Geological Sciences Division, and Basic Energy Science Advisory Committee, Basic Energy Science, US Department of Energy, the Advisory Editorial Board of Journal of Physical Chemistry and Chemical Physics Letters, Journal of Materials Chemistry C, Aggregates, Senior Editor of ACS Energy Letters, Associate Editor of Chemical Science (RSC) and the International Science Advisory Committee for π-Functional Materials. She is an AAAS, RCS and ACA Fellow and has won Experimental Physical Chemistry Award from ACS Physical Chemistry Division in 2020 was awarded the distinguished performance award at Argonne.

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Luisa de Cola

Luisa De Cola is since November 2020 Professor at the University of Milan and head of the unit Materials for Health at the Istituto di Ricerche Farmacologiche Mario Negri, IRCCS, Italy. She is also part time scientist at the INT-KIT, Karlsruhe, Germany. She was born in Messina, Italy, where she studied chemistry. After a post-doc in USA she was appointed Assistant Professor at the University of Bologna (1990). In 1998 she was appointed Full Professor at the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands. In 2004 she moved to the University of Muenster, Germany. In 2012 she has been appointed Axa Chair of Supramolecular and Bio-Material Chemistry, at the University of Strasbourg. She is recipients of several awards, the most recent being the Izatt–Christensen Award in Macrocyclic and Supramolecular Chemistry (2019), the gold Medal Natta (2020).

She has been Nominated “Chevalier de la Légion d’ Honneur” by the President of the French Republic, François Hollande, and she is a member of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, of the Accademia dei Lincei and fellow of the American Institute For Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE). Her main interests are luminescent and electroluminescent systems and their assemblies, and nano- and porous structures for biomedical applications.

Martin Schnermann

Dr. Schnermann attended Colby College and graduated in 2002 with degrees in Chemistry and Physics. At Colby, he worked with Prof. Dasan Thamattoor in the areas of physical organic chemistry and photochemistry. After a year at Pfizer Research and Development (Groton, CT) as an associate in the medicinal chemistry division, he moved to the Scripps Research Institute.

During his graduate studies, he performed research on the total synthesis and biological evaluation of anticancer natural products with Prof. Dale Boger and obtained a Ph.D. in 2008. He then completed an NIH-postdoctoral fellowship with Prof. Larry Overman at the University of California, Irvine. At Irvine, he developed light-mediated reactions to enable the synthesis of complex natural products. In addition, working with Prof. Christine Suetterlin, he pursued chemical biology and imaging studies of organelle specific probes. In 2012, Dr. Schnermann joined the Chemical Biology Laboratory at the National Cancer Institute, where his research focuses on the synthesis and development of new small-molecule imaging agents for cancer treatment and diagnosis. In 2018, Dr. Schnermann was promoted to Senior Investigator.

Mauricio Baptista

Mauricio S. Baptista graduated in Pharmacy and Biochemistry, University of São Paulo in 1990, obtained a Master in Biological Sciences (Biochemistry) at the University of São Paulo in 1992 and a Ph.D. in Chemistry at Marquette University, USA in 1996.

He did post-doctorate at UW-Madison School of Pharmacy, USA in 1997 and was a visiting professor at the Université Joseph Fourier (Grenoble-France) in 2006. Is full professor of Biochemistry at University of Sao Paulo. Has scientific interest in the following subjects: photochemistry/photobiology, photodynamic therapy, sun care, redox processes, cell death, cell membranes and interfaces.

Morgane Vacher

I grew up in Lyon, and completed a Master degree in Analytical, Physical and Theoretical Chemistry at the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Cachan in 2012. I did a PhD in Theoretical and Computational Chemistry at Imperial College London from 2012 to 2016 supervised by Profs.

Mike Robb and Mike Bearpark, and then a post-doctoral stay at Uppsala University from 2016 to 2019 within the group of Prof. Roland Lindh. Since late 2019, I am a CNRS researcher at the University of Nantes (France), within the CEISAM laboratory. In 2020 I was awarded with the Etoile Montante research grant from the Region Pays de la Loire. I was a member of the 2021 Early Career Advisory Board of JACS Au and am currently a member of the Early Career Board of JCTC. In 2021, I was awarded an ERC Starting Grant for the ATTOP project.

Paola Ceroni

Paola Ceroni is full professor at the University of Bologna. In 1998 she obtained her PhD degree in Chemical Sciences at the University of Bologna, after a period in the United States (Prof. Allen J. Bard’s laboratory). In 2015 she was visiting scientist at the University of Pennsylvania (Prof. Vinogradov’s laboratory, Philadelphia, US).

Her current research is focused on luminescent nanocrystals, artificial photosynthesis and photocatalysis. Her research on luminescent silicon nanocrystals was funded by an ERC Starting Grant PhotoSi and an ERC Proof of Concept SiNBiosys. She is fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and Associate Editor of Dalton Transactions.

Peng Chen

Peng Chen has been the Peter J.W. Debye Professor of Chemistry at Cornell University since 2013. He received his B.S. in Chemistry from Nanjing University, China in 1997. After a year at University of California, San Diego with Prof. Yitzhak Tor learning organic synthesis, he moved to Stanford University and did his Ph.D. with Prof. Edward Solomon in bioinorganic/physical inorganic chemistry. In January 2004, he joined Prof. Sunney Xie’s group at Harvard University for postdoctoral research in single-molecule biophysics. He started his faculty appointment at Cornell University in July 2005. During his independent career, his research group pioneered the study of single-nanoparticle catalysis, electrocatalysis, and photoelectrocatalysis; of living polymerizations by single molecular catalysts; and of biological inorganic systems in vitro and in living cells; using single-molecule/particle imaging and manipulation methods. His current research interests are on heterogeneous and homogeneous catalysis, metal homeostasis machineries in vitro and in living cells, as well as energy conversion processes in bacteria.

He has received Dreyfus New Faculty Award, NSF Career Award, Sloan Fellowship, Paul Saltman Award, Coblentz Award, ACS Early-Career Award in Experimental Physical Chemistry, Excellence in Catalysis Award from the Catalysis Society of Metro NY, Bau Family Award in Inorganic Chemistry, Chemical Pioneer Award, etc., and was elected a fellow of AAAS. He has given many named lectures, including Sessler Distinguished Alumni Lecture at Stanford University and Brian Bent Lecture at Columbia University, as well as many plenary and keynote lectures at international conferences. He serves on the editorial advisory boards of many journals. Currently he is an Associate Editor for the ACS journal Chemical & Biomedical Imaging. He has also served on many US and international grant review panels and was a standing member and later chairperson of the NIH Enabling Bioanalytical and Imaging Technologies (EBIT) Study Section from 2017-2023.

Petr Klán

Petr Klán received an MSc. degree from Masaryk University, Brno, the Czech Republic in 1986. After working in the industry for six years, he joined Michigan State University to pursue a Ph.D. under the tutelage of Prof. Peter J. Wagner. After receiving his Ph.D. in chemistry in 1998, he joined the faculty at Masaryk University, where he is now a full professor.

His current research focuses on photochemistry, mechanisms of organic reactions, kinetic flash photolysis, spectroscopy, and photoremovable protecting groups. He co-authored the book “Photochemistry of Organic Compounds” (Wiley, 2009) with Prof. J. Wirz and is an author of over 140 scientific publications. He received several awards, for example, The Rudolf Lukeš Prize or the Award of the President of the Czech Science Foundation. He is a member of the Learned Society of the Czech Republic.

Ruth Signorell

Ruth Signorell received her MSc and PhD degrees in the field of molecular spectroscopy from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH). She started her aerosol research in 2002 as an Assistant Professor at the Georg-August University Goettingen, Germany. Between 2005 and 2012, she was first Associate Professor and later Full Professor at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. In 2012, she returned to Switzerland to take up a position as a Full Professor for Physical Chemistry in the Department of Chemistry and Applied Biosciences at ETH Zuerich.

Her research interests focus on spectroscopic studies of fundamental processes in aerosol particles and clusters that are held together by weak intermolecular forces. She is co-editor of a book on “Fundamentals and Applications in Aerosol Spectroscopy (MUOAA)” and co-founder of the aerosol conference “Molecular_Level Understanding of Atmospheric Aerosols”.

Ryu Abe

Ryu Abe received his BS (1996), MS (1998) and PhD (2001) degrees from Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan. He then worked as a postdoctoral fellow (2001-2002) and as a researcher (2002-2005) at the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Japan. In 2005, his academic career as an Associate Professor began at the Catalysis Research Center, Hokkaido University, Japan. In 2012, he was promoted to a Professor at Graduate School of Engineering, Kyoto University, Japan. His research is mainly focusing on the development of visible light responsive photocatalysts for water splitting, environmental purification, and fine chemical synthesis.

He is currently working as Associate Editor for Chemistry Letters (2014~), J. Photochem. Photobiol. A: Chemisty (2016~), and Sustainable Energy and Fuels (2016~).

Santi Nonell

Santi Nonell is ICREA Professor of Physical Chemistry at the IQS School of Engineering (Ramon Llull University, Barcelona). He obtained a Ph.D. in Photochemistry for work carried out at the Max-Planck-Institut für Strahlenchemie in Mülheim an der Ruhr (Germany) and was a postdoctoral researcher at the Arizona State University and the University of California Los Angeles, from where he returned in 1992 to join IQS.

His core research interests lie in the area of biological photochemistry, a field to which he has contributed more than 200 research articles, 21 books and book chapters, and 13 patents. He served as President of the European Society of Photobiology, as Editor-in-Chief of the journal Photochemical & Photobiological Sciences, and as Chair of the Spanish Network of Biological Photochemistry. He is currently the Director of the Photobiology School of the European Society for Photobiology.

Sherri McFarland

Sherri is a professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Texas at Arlington. She enjoys working in the general areas of synthetic and natural products chemistry, inorganic photophysics, and photomedicine.

She has a passion for translational research and entrepreneurship. Her research group licensed a ruthenium coordination complex that has advanced to clinical trials for treating bladder cancer patients with photodynamic therapy. Sherri also co-founded a company called Photodynamic Inc that has developed a commercially available photoantimicrobial product for improving oral health.

Steven Lopez

Steven Lopez is an Associate Professor of Chemistry at Northeastern University. His group focuses on using and developing computational and machine learning techniques to understand the mechanisms of photochemical reactions. Prof. Lopez was a Department of Energy Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard University working with Prof. Alan Aspuru-Guzik; he earned his PhD in Chemistry from UCLA working with Prof. Kendall N. Houk.

Tomislav Friscic

Tomislav Friščić is a Professor and Leverhulme International Chair in Green and Sustainable Chemistry. He is an expert in solid-state chemistry, and pursues the applications and fundamental understanding of solid-state reactivity, such as mechanochemistry, photochemistry, thermochemistry, and more with the ultimate aim to establish a new, more efficient and environmentally-friendly system of chemical and materials synthesis. His work often involves industry partners in the pharmaceuticals, mining, metals and advanced materials space, and he is a co-founder of two start-up companies.

He has co-authored >300 research publications, book chapters and patent applications, and his group’s research has led to numerous awards, including the John C. Polanyi Award by the Natural Sciences & Engineering Research Council of Canada (2021), the “Spiridion Brusina” Medal of the Croatian Society for Natural Sciences (2021), the Award for Research Excellence in Materials Chemistry by the Canadian Society for Chemistry (2019), National Research Council Steacie Prize for Natural Sciences (2018), and the RSC Harrison-Meldola Memorial Prize and Lectureship (2011).


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