Sir. George Porter Medal Award Lecture

    • "Harnessing of Excited States Through Molecular Design - Lessons Learned From Manipulation of Electronics, Molecular Conformation, Orientation and Assembly"

      Prof. Vivian W.-W. Yam (The Univ. of Hong Kong, Hong Kong)
      • Biography

      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 RSC Centenary Medal, RSC Ludwig Mond Award, FACS Foundation Lectureship Award, APA Masuhara 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, photophysics and photochemistry, and metal-based molecular functional materials for sensing, organic optoelectronics and energy research.
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The Masuhara Lectureship Award

    • "Spectroelectrochemistry of Quantum Dots and Nanoplatelets"

      Prof. Paul Mulvaney (Univ. of Melbourne, Australia)
      • Biography

      Paul Mulvaney is currently Laureate Professor of Chemistry in the School of Chemistry at the University of Melbourne. He serves as an Associate Editor of the journal ACS Nano. From 2016-2019 he was a “1000 Talents Professor” at Chongqing Institute for Green and Intelligent Technology, China and also International Distinguished Fellow at the University of Bayreuth. He served as Chair of the RACI Colloid Chemistry Division from 2009-2011 and is a founding member of ACIS, the Australasian Colloid and Interface Society (2013). From 2014-2016 he chaired the National Committee for Chemistry under the Australian Academy of Science and led the group that created the first Decadal Plan for Chemistry. His recent research work, funded through the ARC Laureate Fellowship program (2011-2015) focussed on plasmonics - the optical properties of small metal colloid particles. He has published more than 330 research articles with an average of >150 citations per paper. His current role is Director of the new, 7-year ARC Centre of Excellence in Exciton Science.

The APA-Prize for Distinguished Achievement to APA

    • "Photophysics of the Organic Bulk Heterojunction"

      Prof. Ken Ghiggino (Univ. of Melbourne, Australia)
      • Biography

      Ken Ghiggino is Emeritus Professor and Professorial Fellow at the University of Melbourne. He is a PhD graduate of the University of New South Wales and has previously held appointments as Masson Professor of Chemistry and Head of the School of Chemistry at the University of Melbourne. He is a Fellow of the Royal Australian Chemical Insitute (RACI) and the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) and the recipient of the RACI's Australian Polymer Medal and Physical Chemistry Division Medal. He was the foundation APA Councilor for Australia and New Zealand (2002-2014) and served as APA Vice-President (2008-2012) and President (2013-2014). His research interests are in ultrafast spectroscopy and photochemistry with particular emphasis on understanding energy and electron transfer in macromolecules and semiconducting materials. He is currently a chief investigator in the ARC Centre of Excellence in Exciton Science (ACEx) and the Australian Centre for Advanced Photovoltaics (ACAP).

APA Award

    • "Advanced Ultrafast Multiphoton Laser Spectroscopy on Photochemical Molecular Processes in Higher Excited States in the Condensed Phase."

      Prof. Hiroshi Miyasaka (Osaka Univ., Japan)
      • Biography

      Hiroshi Miyasaka is a professor in Graduate School of Engineering Science of Osaka University. He received PhD in 1985 from Osaka University under the supervision of Prof. Noboru Mataga. After that, he worked as a Research Associate in the laboratory of Prof. Mataga. In 1991, he was appointed as an associate professor of Kyoto Institute of Technology and a full professor of Osaka University in 2003. His research interest has been focused on the dynamics and mechanism of photochemical reactions and the exploration of new photo-responses in condensed phase by means of multiple-photon excitation. He received Morino Science Award from the Morino Foundation for Molecular Science in 1998, Japanese Photochemistry Association Award in 2002 and APA Masuhara Lectureship Award in 2018. He is a Foreign Fellow of National Academy of Sciences, India, since 2017.

APA-Prize for Young Scientists

    • "Materials Chemistry of Photon Upconversion: Development, Assembly, and Application of Chromophores"

      Prof. Nobuhiro Yanai (Kyushu Univ., Japan)
      • Biography

      Nobuhiro Yanai is an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Kyushu University, Japan. He earned his Ph.D. from Kyoto University in 2011 under Prof. Susumu Kitagawa on guest properties in metal-organic frameworks (MOFs)/porous coordination polymers (PCPs). He was a postdoctoral fellow with Prof.
      Steve Granick at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, experiencing colloid and soft matter sciences. He joined Kyushu University in 2012. He has received several awards including The Wiley Young Researcher Award, The Japanese Photochemistry Association Award for Young Scientist, Award for Young Chemists, Chemical Society of Japan (CSJ). His current research focuses on the functional chemistry of photo-excited triplet state to develop new materials for photon upconversion and dynamic nuclear polarization.

    • "Controlling Molecules and Materials by Light-Matter Strong Coupling"

      Prof. Jino George (IISER Mohali, India)
      • Biography

      Dr. Jino George received his Ph D on chiral plasmonics (2012) from CSIR-NIIST Thiruvananthapuram. Later, he spent 5 years in University of Strasbourg, France as a post-doctoral fellow. There he studied the effect of strong light-matter interaction on chemical and physical properties of coupled molecules and materials. At IISER Mohali, his studies are focused on understanding the properties of hybrid light-matter states and its application in controlling chemical reaction rates. He is also interested on studying the transport behaviour of electromagnetically dressed 2D materials.

    • "Visible Light Photo(redox) Catalysis for Sustainable Chemical Synthesis and Hydrogen Production"

      Dr. Ekambaram Balaraman (IISER-Tirupati, India)
      • Biography

      Dr. Ekambaram Balaraman obtained his M.Sc. in Chemistry from the University of Madras, India and his Ph.D. degree in Chemistry from the University of Hyderabad, India in 2008. Subsequently, he has been an FGS-Post Doctoral Fellow at the Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel. In July 2013, he started his independent career at the CSIR-National Chemical Laboratory, India and in Dec’2018 he has moved to the IISER-Tirupati as a faculty in chemistry. Dr. Balaraman’s research primarily focuses on generating resources for green energy and recycling atmospheric waste. Specifically, he works on the design and development of catalytic materials for hydrogen generation from feedstocks, sustainable chemical synthesis, and conversion of CO2 to value-added products. He is also interested in the visible-light mediated photoredox catalytic strategies for circular catalysis.
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    • "Probing Excited-State Structure and Function in Molecular Motors and Mixed-Halide Perovskites"

      Dr. Christopher Hall (Univ. of Melbourne, Australia)
      • Biography

      Chris has a background in photochemistry and laser spectroscopy, and is interested in resolving mechanisms and reaction pathways in photochemical systems. He completed his PhD in Nov. 2011 at Swinburne University of Technology (SUT) in Melbourne, studying engineered excitonic states in semiconductor nanostructures. In 2012 he joined of the Australian Centre of Excellence for Coherent X-ray Science, where he worked on developing a coherent soft X-ray light source, and techniques for coherent diffractive imaging and coherent multidimensional spectroscopy. In Feb. 2015 Dr. Hall joined the group of Prof. Steve Meech in the School of Chemistry at the University of East Anglia (UEA, UK). There he built a facility for Femtosecond Stimulated Raman Spectroscopy (FSRS), while also undertaking research utilising the infrared spectroscopy facility at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory Central Laser Facility (RAL-CLF) in Harwell. Some of his published work in this role included work on molecular motors with Prof. Ben Feringa (University of Groningen), protein electron conductors with Prof. Julea Butt (UEA, UK) and optogenetics with Prof. Peter Tonge (Stoney Brook University, USA). In Nov. 2017 Dr. Hall joined the ARC CoE in Exciton Science (ACEx) in the School of Chemistry at the University of Melbourne where he studies fundamental processes in excitonic materials. Following grant success via the Australian National Competitive Grant Program in 2020, he will co-develop a transient infrared spectroscopy facility at the University of Melbourne, the first in Australia. In 2021 he was awarded an Australian Research Council Future Fellowship to develop new ultrafast multidimensional spectroscopies to correlate electronic and vibrational dynamics in photochemical systems.

    • "Rational Molecular Design for Full-Exciton Harvesting Thermally Activated Delayed Fluorescence Emitters in Pure Organic Molecules"

      Prof. In Seob Park (Kyushu Univ., Japan)
      • Biography

      In Seob PARK received his Ph.D. in 2017 from Kyushu University under the supervision of Prof. Chihaya Adachi. He is currently a research assistant professor in the research group of Prof. Takuma Yasuda at the INAMORI Frontier Research Center (IFRC) of Kyushu University. His research focuses on the development of novel luminescent organic materials for applications in organic light-emitting diodes.