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Plenary Speakers

Chihaya Adachi

Prof. Chihaya Adachi obtained his doctorate in Materials Science and Technology in 1991 from Kyushu University. He held positions as a research chemist and physicist in the Chemical Products R&D Center at Ricoh Co., a research associate at Shinshu University, a research staff at Princeton University, and an associate professor and professor at Chitose Institute of Science and Technology.

In 2005, he returned to Kyushu University as a professor and was promoted to a distinguished professor in 2010, and his current posts also include director of Kyushu University’s Center for Organic Photonics and Electronics Research (OPERA) since 2010 and director of the Fukuoka i3 Center for Organic Photonics and Electronics Research since 2013.

His research has been concentrated on organic synthesis, device fabrication, and optical and electrical device characterization of organic semiconductors. He has been serving as an editor of “Organic Electronics” (Elsevier) (2007-2019) and CCS Chemistry (2019-). His publications include over 670 research papers. He won Nishina Memorial Award (2017), Nagoya Silver Medal (2019), etc., and was selected as a highly cited researcher (Clarivate) (2018-2023) and Medal with Purple Ribbon (2023).

Fred Brouwer

Fred (A.M.) Brouwer studied chemistry at Leiden University, where he obtained his PhD degree in organic photochemistry. After moving to the University of Amsterdam as an assistant professor, he worked with Jan Verhoeven on photoinduced electron transfer and on radical ion spectroscopy.

He participated in the SynNanoMotor consortium that won the Descartes prize of the European Commission in 2008 for their studies of mechanically interlocked molecules. Another long-term research topic are fluorescent probes, especially applied in a non-biological context. Fred Brouwer was a visiting professor in Japan, France, Taiwan and China, and received the Morino lectureship award and the Honda-Fujishima award of the Japanese Photochemical Society.

From 2014 to 2022 he was a group leader in the Advanced Research Center for Nanolithography in Amsterdam to study photoresists for Extreme Ultraviolet Lithography. This project combined organic and inorganic chemistry, photochemistry and radiation chemistry.

As a long-time member of the IUPAC subcommittee on photochemistry, Fred co-chaired projects on fluorescence, in particular focussing on quantum yield standards. He has been involved in organizing a series of photochemistry summer schools in The Netherlands since 1999. In 2022 he chaired the IUPAC Symposium on Photochemistry in Amsterdam.

Jennifer Dionne

Jennifer Dionne is the Senior Associate Vice Provost of Research Platforms/Shared Facilities and an Associate Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and of Radiology (by courtesy) at Stanford. Jen received her Ph.D. in Applied Physics at the California Institute of Technology, advised by Harry Atwater, and B.S. degrees in Physics and Systems & Electrical Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis.

Prior to joining Stanford, she served as a postdoctoral researcher in Chemistry at Berkeley, advised by Paul Alivisatos. Jen's research develops nanophotonic methods to observe and control chemical and biological processes as they unfold with nanometer scale resolution, emphasizing critical challenges in global health and sustainability. Her work has been recognized with the Alan T.

Hermenegildo Garcia

Hermenegildo García Gómez (Canals 1957) studied Chemistry at the University of Valencia (extraordinary degree award, 1979) and did his PhD at the Organic Chemistry Department of the Faculty of Pharmacy of Valencia under the supervision of Professor Miguel A. Miranda Alonso in the field of Preparative Organic Photochemistry obtaining his PhD degree in 1983 (Extraordinary Thesis Award). In 1983 he joined the Chemistry department of the Universidad Politécnica de Valencia chaired by Professor Jaime Primo Millo being Full Professor in 1996. He joined the Institute of Chemical Technology (ITQ) since its foundation in 1991. He did a postdoctoral stay at the University of Reading with Professor Andrew Gilbert (1987) and many other sabbatical leaves at the University of Ottawa joining the Laser Flash Photolysis group of Professor J. C. Scaiano with whom he has maintained a fluid collaboration since 1992.

Prof. García has focused his research in the field of photochemistry and heterogeneous catalysis where he has studied different materials like periodic mesoporous organosilicas, carbon nanotubes, diamonds nanoparticles and metal-organic framework among other materials. Prof. Garcia has published more than 450 scientific publications in journals in the area of Chemistry, Materials and Environmental Science and has directed 31 Doctoral Thesis. He has filed more than 20 patents, one of them has been commercialized and other two are in precommercial stage. He has given more than 40 lectures in different Congress and is member of the Advisory Council of Energy and Environmental Science, Photochemical and Photobiological Science and Journal of Molecular Catalysis. At present he is working in the field of photocatalytic hydrogen generation in collaboration with Prof. Vicente Fornés and in water depuration with Prof. Mercedes Alvaro.

Johan Hofkens

The emerging field of nano-science/nano technology has been driven by and requires the development of novel tools/techniques for observing at the nanoscale. A prominent tool for such studies with a highly non-invasive character is single molecule microscopy. Optical spectroscopy/microscopy at the ultimate limit of a single molecule has grown over the past decades into an extremely powerful technique for exploring the individual nano-scale behavior of molecules in situ and in real time in complex local environments. Observing a single molecule removes the usual ensemble average, allowing the exploration of hidden heterogeneity in complex condensed phases as well as direct observation of dynamic changes, without synchronization.

The research vision of the Hofkens laboratory can be best described by a quote from ‘Chemistry for the next decade and beyond’, commissioned by the UK Engineering and Physical Research council EPSRC a few year ago: “new (chemical) insight is generated in laboratories where unique instrumentation is being developed”. The Hofkens lab has been an active proponent of this view but has gone way beyond building unique equipment by applying the instrumentation on a wide variety of timely and societal relevant topics. Browsing this website you will find out how the lab is supporting and contributing to this view!

Marina Kuimova

Marina Kuimova is a Professor of Chemical Physics at Imperial College London. Marina obtained her Master’s Degree at Moscow State University (Russia), and a doctorate at the University of Nottingham (UK) under the supervision of Professor M. W. George in 2006. Following a postdoctoral appointment with Professor David Phillips at Imperial, she became a group leader and an EPSRC Life Science Interface Fellow (in 2007) and an EPSRC Career Acceleration Fellow (in 2010). She was appointed as a lecturer in the Department of Chemistry at Imperial in 2012 and promoted to a Readership in 2016 and a Professorship in 2022. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and a member of the Editorial Board of an IoP journal Methods and Applications of Fluorescence.

She has received numerous awards and honors for her work, including 2009 Roscoe the Westminster Medals at the SET for Britain, UK Houses of Parliament; 2011 Grammaticakis-Neumann Prize of the Swiss Chemical Society, 2012 British Biophysical Society Young Investigator Award, 2012 Royal Society of Chemistry Harrison-Meldola Prize, 2013 ChemComm Emerging Investigator Lectureship, the 2014 IUPAP C6 Young Scientist Prize in Biological Physics and Society of Porphyrins and Phthalocyanines Young Investigator Award, 2020.

Corey Stephenson

Corey was born in Collingwood, Ontario, Canada and received his undergraduate degree from the University of Waterloo in 1998. He completed graduate studies under the direction of Professor Peter Wipf at the University of Pittsburgh before joining the lab of Professor Erick M. Carreira at ETH Zürich.

In September 2007, he joined the Department of Chemistry at Boston University as an Assistant Professor and was granted tenure and promoted to Associate Professor in February, 2013. In July 2013, he joined the Department of Chemistry at the University of Michigan as Associate Professor of Chemistry. In September 2015, Corey was promoted to full Professor. In June 2024, he will begin a his new appointment as the Canada Excellence Research Chair in Innovative Synthetic Methods for Translational Chemistry

Vivian Yam

Vivian W.-W. Yam obtained both her BSc (Hons) and PhD from The University of Hong Kong, and is currently the Philip Wong Wilson Wong Professor in Chemistry and Energy and Chair Professor of Chemistry at The University of Hong Kong. She was elected to Member of Chinese Academy of Sciences, International Member (Foreign Associate) of US National Academy of Sciences, Foreign Member of Academia Europaea, Fellow of TWAS and Founding Member of Hong Kong Academy of Sciences.

She was Laureate of the 2011 L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Award. She has received a number of awards, including the Josef Michl ACS Award in Photochemistry, RSC Centenary Medal, RSC Ludwig Mond Award, Porter Medal, Bailar Medal, I-APS Presidential Award, FACS Foundation Lectureship Award, APA Masuhara Lectureship Award, JPA Honda-Fujishima Lectureship Award, JPA Eikohsha Award, JSCC International Award, State Natural Science Award, CCS-China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (Sinopec) Chemistry Contribution Prize, CCS Huang Yao-Zeng Organometallic Chemistry Award, etc. Her research interests include inorganic/organometallic chemistry, supramolecular chemistry and controlled assembly of nanostructures, photophysics and photochemistry, and metal-based molecular and nano-assembled functional materials for sensing, organic optoelectronics and energy research.


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