1. Solar Energy Material and Photocatalysis

"Hot Carrier Relaxation in CsPbBr3‑Based Perovskites: A Polaron Perspective"

Prof. Hirendra N. Ghosh (INST, Mohali, India)
  • Biography

Prof. Hirendra. N. Ghosh is currently senior Professor and former Director (offg) of Institute of Nanoscience and Technology (INST), Mohali and is on deputation from Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC), Mumbai from January 2017. Prof. Ghosh has obtained his PhD degree from University of Mumbai in 1996. His current research interest includes ultrafast interfacial electron transfer and charge carrier relaxation dynamics in semiconductor nanoparticles, hybrid nano-structures, plasmonic and 2D materials and using different ultrafast techniques. Prof. Ghosh has published more than 200 research papers in highly reputed International Journals, and his research papers have been cited more than 8000 by peers in the field (h-index = 45). He is the recipient of several awards and honours including INSA young scientist medal (1998), A. K. Bose Memorial Award (2000), APA-Prize for Young Scientist (2004), Homi Bhabha Science & Technology Award (2010), CRSI Bronze Medal (2011), C. N. R. Rao National Prize for Chemical Research (2014) and DAE-SRC Outstanding Investigator Award (2012). He is the fellow of all three major academia of India like Fellow of National Academy of Science (F.N.A.Sc.), Fellow of Academy of Science (F.A.Sc.), and Fellow of Indian National Science Academy (F.N.A.). He is also recipient of J C Bose National Fellowship as received from DST, Govt of India. He served as a Member of Editorial Advisory Board, Chemical Physics, Journal of Physical Chemistry (A/B/C) and Letters.

"Controllable Modulation of Vacancy Defects in ZnS and ZnO for Solar Fuel Production"

Prof. Tao He (Nat'l Center for Nanoscience and Tech., China)
  • Biography

Tao He is professor in CAS Key Laboratory of Nanosystem and Hierarchical Fabrication at National Center for Nanoscience and Technology, China. He received his PhD in Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2002. After postdoctoral study in Weizmann Institute of Science and Rice University, he joined National Center for Nanoscience and Technology since 2009. He published over 140 peer-reviewed papers regarding photoelectric functional materials. Current research focuses on preparation of nanocatalysts for solar fuel production, specifically for photocatalytic reduction of CO2. He was selected by Hundred-Talent Program (Chinese Academy of Sciences) in 2009.

"Perovskite-type Semiconductor Photocatalysts for Water Splitting"

Prof. Takashi Hisatomi (Shinshu Univ., Japan)
  • Biography

Takashi Hisatomi received his PhD in Engineering from the University of Tokyo under Prof. Dr. Domen’s supervision in March 2010.  He studied as a postdoctoral fellow in Laboratory of Photonics and Interfaces of École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne from April 2010 to March 2012.  He moved to the University of Tokyo in April 2012 as a postdoctoral fellow and acquired a position of Assistant Professor in August 2012.  He moved to Shinshu University as Associate Professor in April 2018.  He has also been working as a JST-PRESTO Researcher since November 2020.  His major research interests are semiconductor photocatalysts for overall water splitting, kinetics and reaction selectivity of photoexcited carriers in semiconductors, and reaction systems and processes for renewable solar fuel production.

"Semiconductor Heterostructures for Photoconversion Applications"

Prof. Yung-Jung Hsu (Nat'l Chiao Tung Univ., Taiwan)
  • Biography

Yung-Jung Hsu is a Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, National Yang Ming Chiao Tung University, Taiwan. He received his bachelor’s degree and Ph.D. degree in Chemical Engineering from National Tsing Hua University in Taiwan. After his postdoctoral fellow working at National Tsing Hua University, he joined National Chiao Tung University and started the independent research career in 2007. His research interests include design of advanced nanostructures, investigation of interfacial charge carrier dynamics and development of renewable energy technology.

"Solar Powered Chemistry: Highly Stable and Selective Gas-Phase Photocatalytic
CO2 Reduction"

Prof. Su-Il In (DGIST, Korea)
  • Biography

Prof. SU-IL IN has been working at DGIST since 2012. He was Dean of External and International Affairs at DGIST (Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science and Technology) in 2016~2017. He received his Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Cambridge in 2008. He then became a postdoctoral research associate at the Technical University of Denmark in 2010. He also joined the Department of Chemistry at Pennsylvania State University as a postdoctoral fellow before joining DGIST. Professor In’s current researches include synthesis and analysis of functional nano (bio)-materials for environmentally friendly renewable energy such as photovoltaic, heterogeneous catalysis and biocatalysts. (https://insuil.dgist.ac.kr/)

"Charge Recombination Processes in TiO2 Photocatalysts Studied by Highly Sensitive
Transient Absorption Spectroscopy"

Prof. Ryuzi Katoh (Nihon Univ., Japan)
  • Biography
  • Research Associate, Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, Gakushuin University, Japan (1986-1995)
  • PhD from Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, Gakushuin University, Japan (1992)
  • Guest Scientist, Hahn-Meitner Institute, Germany (1993-1994)
  • Senior Researcher, National Institute of Materials and Chemical Research (NIMC), Japan (1995-2001)
  • Senior Researcher, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Japan (2001-2011)
  • Professor, Nihon University (2011-)

"Hydrogen Production from Alcohol Solution Using FeOOH"

Prof. Ken-ichi Katsumata (Tokyo Univ. of Sci., Japan)
  • Biography

Ken-ichi Katsumata is Associate Professor at Department of Materials Science and Technology, Faculty of Advanced Engineering, Tokyo University of Science. He received Ph. D. degree at Tokyo Institute of Technology (Ph.D. Supervisor: Prof. Akira Nakajima) in 2006. From 2006 to 2009, he worked in functional materials team (Director: Prof. Akira Fujishima) at Central Japan Railway Company as a researcher. Then, he worked at Materials and Structures Laboratory, Tokyo Institute of Technology as Assistant Professor (2009-2014) and Lecturer (2014-2015), where he studied about synthesis of photocatalytic materials with specific nanostructures (nanosheet, nanotube, nanocrystal, etc.) (with Prof. Kiyoshi Okada, Prof. Nobuhiro Matsushita). Then, he worked at Photocatalysis International Research Center, Tokyo University of Science as Associate Professor (2015-2019), where he studies about the practical application and commercialization of photocatalysts (Director: Prof. Akira Fujishima). Now, he interests in preparation of environmental purification materials applied on earth and in space.

"Efficient Light Harvesting for Metal Oxide based Photoelectrochemical Energy Conversions"

Prof. Jung Kyu Kim (Sungkyunkwan Univ., Korea)
  • Biography

Prof. Jung Kyu Kim is a tenure‐track assistant professor in School of Chemical Engineering at Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU). He received his bachelor's and Ph.D. degree from SKKU in 2010 and 2015. Prior to getting his faculty position in SKKU in Mar. 2018, he was a postdoctoral visiting research scholar in the research group of Prof. Xiaolin Zheng at Stanford University, USA (2015-2018). Since Mar. 2018, his research group focuses on diverse energy conversions with tailored nanostructures including solar‐to‐electric, solar‐to‐electrochemical, and electric‐to‐chemical energy conversions.

"Fabrication of Hierarchical Inverse Opal Graphitic Carbon Nitride for Degradation of Bisphenol a, Methylene Blue, Rhodamine B, and Tetracycline as Target Organic Pollutants"

Prof. Byeong-Kyu Lee (Univ. of Ulsan, Korea)
  • Biography

Byeong-Kyu Lee is a Distinguished Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Ulsan (UOU), Ulsan, Korea. Prof. Lee received his Ph.D. degree at the University of Massachusetts, USA. He worked as a Visiting Scientist and Professor at Harvard University and University of Minnesota. Prof. Lee served as a Vice Chairman of Foundation for Industry Cooperation and was the Director of Brain Korea 21 Project at UOU. He received a Service Merit Medal of Korea from Korean Government and Outstanding Professor Awards from AWMA and APSM. He also received a Professor Award of the Year and awarded a Distinguished Professor in Research Awards at UOU. Prof. Lee’s current research interests include visible light driven photocatalytic treatments of organics, VOCs and bioaerosols, photocatalytic CO2 conversion into solar fuels, and photoelectrochemical H2 production (water splitting). He also has great interests in air pollution and particle control. Currently, he has published over 200 peer-reviewed SCI papers in scientific journals. He also has published 48 patents including 3 US patents and 18 books or book chapters. He has been invited to many international scientific conferences as a plenary speaker, keynote speaker, and invited speaker.
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"Scalable Solar Energy Storage and Conversion via Photocatalytic Water Splitting"

Prof. Rengui Li (Chinese Academy of Sciences, China)
  • Biography

Rengui Li received his B.S. degree from Xiamen University in 2009, and PhD degree from Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics (DICP), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) in 2014 under the supervision of Prof. Can Li. He worked as a visiting research associate in Prof. K. Domen’s group at the University of Tokyo (2011) and in Prof. Harry Atwater’s group at California Institute of Technology (2019-2020). He started his career at State Key Laboratory of Catalysis in DICP as an associate Professor in 2014. From 2017, he is working as group leader of Mocro/Nano Photo(electro)catalyst and Photocatalysis Research Group in Solar Energy Division of DICP. He was promoted as a full professor at DICP in 2018. His research interest is mainly focused on the photocatalytic solar energy conversion. He has published more than 50 papers on Nature Commun., Joule、Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., J. Am Chem. Soc., Adv. Mater. Energy Environ. Sci., ACS Energy Lett. etc. with more than 4000 citations. Dr. Rengui Li won various academic awards including Young Scientist Prize at International Congress on Catalysis and Rising Star in Catalysis of China.

"Generation of Hydrogen via Electrolysis of Biomass"

Prof. Hong Li (Nanyang Technological Univ., Singapore)
  • Biography

Dr. Hong Li is currently a Nanyang Assistant Professor in School of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore. Before he joined NTU in June 2016, he was a postdoc in Stanford University in United States. His research focuses on developing new nanomaterials for optoelectronics and catalysts for energy conversion and storage, including hydrogen generation, biomass valorization etc. Dr. Li has published more than 60 peer-reviewed papers in international journals including Nature Materials, Nature Communications, Nano Letters, Journal of American Chemical Society etc. His publications have received more than 11, 000 citations.

"Metal Oxide-Based Materials for Photocatalytic Conversion of Greenhouse Gases"

Dr. Jingxiang Low (Univ. of Sci. and Tech. of China, China)
  • Biography

Jingxiang Low obtained his B.Eng. (Hons) from Multimedia University, Malaysia and his Master/PhD degree in materials science from Wuhan University of Technology, China. He is currently working at the University of Science and Technology of China as Associate Professor (research). His current research interests include the developments of in situ/operando methodology toward the liquid/solid interfacial study, synthesis of metallic nanocrystals and semiconductor nanomaterials for solar energy conversion. He has published more than 40 scientific papers in J. Am. Chem. Soc., Adv. Mater., Angew. Chem., Chem. Rev., Chem. Commun., J. Phys. Chem. Lett., etc., which were cited more than 12,000 times (h-index: 30). Ten of his published papers are SCI highly cited papers. Three of his works were selected as "China's 100 most influential international academic papers" in 2017 and 2019. He was awarded as “CAS President's International Fellows” in 2018, and listed as top 100,000 ranked scientists worldwide (PLOS biology) in 2020. He is currently serving as Topic Editor for the journal Crystals.

"Visible-light Water Splitting and CO2 Fixation Using Metal Complex/Semiconductor
Hybrid Materials"

Prof. Kazuhiko Maeda (Tokyo Inst. of Tech., Japan)
  • Biography

Kazuhiko Maeda received his PhD from The University of Tokyo (2007) under the supervision of Professor Kazunari Domen. During 2008–2009, he was a postdoctoral fellow at The Pennsylvania State University, where he worked with Professor Thomas E. Mallouk. He then joined The University of Tokyo as an Assistant Professor in 2009. Moving to Tokyo Institute of Technology in 2012, he was promoted to an Associate Professor. He was also appointed as a PRESTO/JST researcher during 2010-2014. His major research interest is heterogeneous photocatalysis for light to chemical energy conversion, with a focus on water splitting and CO2 fixation. He published more than 220 peer-reviewed papers on international journals with more than 40,000 citations and h-index of 84.

"Low Dimensional Tin Perovskite Solar Cells"

Prof. Zhijun Ning (ShanghaiTech Univ. China)
  • Biography

Zhijun Ning is a tenured professor at the School of Physical Science and Technology, ShanghaiTech University, China. His work focus on solution processed optoelectronic materials and devices. Using materials design and synthesis, nanostructure fabrication, and device engineering to address the challenges of carriers transport, light harvesting and emission in optoelectronic devices including solar cells, photodetectors, light emitting diodes, as well as photocatalysts. Currently his group work on tin perovskite solar cells and light emitting diodes, quantum dot infrared photodetectors. Zhijun Ning is selected as Highly cited researcher of Clarivate Analytics, Web of Science. He serves as Advisory Board Member of Cell Report Physical Science; Early Career Advisory Board Member of ACS Materials Letters; Young Editor of Science Bulletin; Young Editor of Science China Chemistry.  He has published over 100 papers including Nature, Nat. Electronics, Nat. Materials, and the citation number is over 10000.

"True Particle-size Dependence of Photocatalytic Activity of Octahedral-shaped Anatase Titania"

Prof. Bunsho Ohtani (Hokkaido Univ., Japan)
  • Biography

The research work on photocatalysis by Professor Ohtani started in 1981 when he was a Ph. D. course student in Kyoto University. Since then he has been studying photocatalysis and related topics for more than 30 years and published more than 300 original papers (h-index: 71) and two single-author books. After gaining his Ph. D. degree from Kyoto University in 1985, he became an assistant professor in the university. In 1996, he was promoted to an associate professor in Division of Chemistry, Graduate School of Science, Hokkaido University and was then awarded a full professor position in the Catalysis Research Center (presently Institute for Catalysis), Hokkaido University in 1998. For the education of graduate students, Professor Ohtani's laboratory has belonged to the Graduate School of Environmental Science, Hokkaido University since 1999. He was awarded 2005 Scientific Achievement Award of The Electrochemical Society of Japan, The Japanese Photochemistry Association Award 2006, Catalysis Society of Japan Award for 2013, The Japanese Photochemistry Association Lectureship Award (2017) and The Award of The Electrochemical Society of Japan (Takei Award), 2018.

"Light Harvesting with Surface Engineered Nanoparticles"

Dr. Pramod P. Pillai (IISER Pune, India)
  • Biography

Dr. Pramod Pillai is an Associate Professor and a Physical Chemist in the Department of Chemistry at Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) Pune, India. Dr. Pillai obtained his Ph.D. in Chemistry in 2008 under the supervision of Prof. K. George Thomas at National Institute for Interdisciplinary Science and Technology (NIIST) Trivandrum, India. Prior to joining IISER Pune in June 2014, Dr. Pillai was a postdoctoral fellow in the group of Prof. Bartosz A. Grzybowski at Northwestern University, Evanston, USA (2011-2014), and an Alexander von Humboldt postdoctoral Fellow at Technische Universität in Dortmund, Germany with Prof. Christof M. Niemeyer (2008-2010). Currently Dr. Pillai’s research at IISER Pune is focused on controlling the interplay of forces to improve and impart newer properties at the nanoscale. Some of the properties of interest includes light harvesting, catalysis and self-assembly in hybrid nanomaterials.

"Solar-Driven Photoelectrochemical Carbon Dioxide Reduction in Water Utilizing
a Metal Complex Catalyst on Semiconductor with a Heterojunction"

Dr. Keita Sekizawa (Toyota Central R&D Laboratories, Inc., Japan)
  • Biography

Dr. Keita Sekizawa is a Researcher in Toyota Central R&D Laboratories, Inc., Japan. He received his bachelor's degree in Science in 2008 at Tokyo Metropolitan University and doctoral in Science in 2013 under Professor Osamu Ishitani at Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan. After he spent two months as a postdoctoral fellow at the Tokyo Institute of Technology, he joined Toyota Central R&D Laboratories as a visiting researcher in the research group of Dr. Takeshi Morikawa and then became a permanent researcher in 2016. His research targets focus on photochemical, electrochemical, and photoelectrochemical CO2 conversion by utilizing metal complexes, semiconductors, and their hybrid materials.

"Development of Hematite Mesocrystal-based Photoanodes for Solar Fuel Production"

Prof. Takashi Tachikawa (Kobe Univ., Japan)
  • Biography

Takashi Tachikawa received his Ph.D. from Tohoku University in 2003. He worked as a postdoctoral fellow and an assistant professor at SANKEN, Osaka University until 2014. He is currently an associate professor at Kobe University. He was also a researcher of the PRESTO (JST) program from 2013 to 2017. His scientific interests include photofunctional materials and single-molecule, single-particle spectroscopy.

"Nano-structure Controlled Nanosheet-dye Complexes and their Utilization
for Photochemical Reactions"

Prof. Shinsuke Takagi (Tokyo Metropolitan Univ., Japan)
  • Biography

Prof. Shinsuke Takagi received his Ph.D. from Tokyo Metropolitan University. He was awarded the Japanese Photochemistry Association Award in 2015 and the Clay Society of Japan Award in 2018. He is serving as the executive directors in the Japanese photochemistry association and the editorial board of Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology C and Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. His research interests include the photochemical properties and reactions of dyes such as "Surface-fixation induced emission" in chemical reaction microenvironments provided by micelles, reversed micelles, vesicles, zeolites, and clay minerals.

"Efficient and Stable Monolithic All-perovskite Tandem Solar Cells"

Prof. Hairen Tan (Nanjing Univ., China)
  • Biography

Dr. Hairen Tan is a full professor in College of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Nanjing University (NJU) since 2018. He received the B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees from Central South University and Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2008 and 2011, respectively. He obtained the Ph.D. degree in 2015 from Delft University of Technology. After graduation he was awarded the Rubicon Fellowship from NWO and joined Ted Sargent's group at University of Toronto as a postdoctoral fellow during 2015-2018. His research focuses on developing high-efficiency and cost-effective photovoltaics devices, including perovskite solar cells, silicon solar cells, and perovskite-based tandem solar cells. His works have been published in Science, Nature Energy, Nature Communications, Advanced Materials, Progress in Photovoltaics, with total citation over 8000 times. Dr. Tan serves as the Editorial Board Member of Communications Materials, Science China Materials, Journal of Semiconductors, and guest editor of Nanophotonics and Applied Physics Letters.

"Studying Nanomorphology and Stacking of Conjugated Polymers with Innovative Optical Techniques"

Dr. Juen-Kai Wang (Nat'l Taiwan Univ., Sinca, Taiwan)
  • Biography

Dr. Wang obtained his Bachelor of Engineering from Department of Electrical Engineering, National Taiwan University in 1983 and received his Doctor of Philosophy in Applied Physics from Harvard University in 1992. He then went to California Institute of Technology for postdoctoral research. Dr. Wang joined Center for Condensed Matter Sciences, National Taiwan University in 1994 and was jointly appointed by Institute of Atomic and Molecular Sciences, Academia Sinica in 2003. Dr. Wang’s main research direction is to develop innovative optical spectroscopy to tackle challenging scientific issues. His current research interests are surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy and its applications, nanometer-scale optical spectroscopy, plasmonics, steady-state and time-resolved spectroscopy of photovoltaics, biomedical vibrational spectroscopy, optical spectroscopy applications in environmental monitoring, strong light-matter interaction, and surface vibrational spectroscopy.

"Ultrafast Time-resolved Spectroscopic Study of Zinc Oxide Based  Photocatalysts"

Prof. Yuxiang Weng (Chinese Academy of Sci., China)
  • Biography

Dr. Yuxiang Weng, Professor, Director of Laboratory of Soft Matter Physics,Institute of Physics (IOP), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). He graduated from the Department of Chemistry, East China Normal University (Shanghai) in 1985 and got a master degree in physical chemistry from the same department in 1988, then obtained a Ph.D. degree in laser physics from the Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy o Sciences in 1993. He continued his research career as a postdoctor in Prof. C.M. Che’s group in the Department of Chemistry, The university of Hong Kong (1994-1997), and in Prof. Tim Lian’s group in the Chemistry Department, Emory University (USA, 1997-1999). After that, he joined the Laboratory of Optical Physics, Institute of Physics, CAS as an associate professor (1999-2000), then as a full professor in 2000. His research interest is to develop ultrafast spectroscopic methods to investigate the energy and electron transfer processes in natural and artificial photosynthetic systems, photo-generated carrier and phonon-coupled plarons in photocatalytic semiconductors. Constructing temperature-jump ns time-resolved IR spectroscopy to study the protein dynamical structures at amide I spectral region. Using two-dimensional electronic spectroscopy to elucidate the multi-vibrational wavepacket during electronic excitation, and vibration-assisted coherent energy transfer in photosynthetic process. Group website: http://softmatter.iphy.ac.cn/sm6

"Photocatalytic Whole Water Splitting using Pt/GaP-p-C3N4 Nanocomposite under Visible Light Irradiation"

Prof. Jeffrey Chi-Sheng Wu (Nat'l Taiwan Univ., Taiwan)
  • Biography

Jeffrey C. S. Wu is a distinguished professor and former chairman of the Chemical Engineering Department, National Taiwan University. He received his PhD. degree in Chemical Engineering from University of Pittsburgh, USA.

Professor Jeffrey C.S. Wu, has long-term research activity in the solar energy conversion. The research funding of his lab has been continuously supported by the Ministry of Science and Technology of Taiwan for past 20 years. He is author and co-author of over 140 SCI journal papers, one book chapter and two textbooks of Chemical Industry and Catalysis. His research interest is photocatalysis include (a) photoreduction of CO2 to fuel, (b) photocatalytic water splitting for H2 and (c) photocatalytic oxidation of air pollutants. (d) Biomass conversion of biodiesel and bioethanol. He has received a number of awards including, Outstanding paper of Taiwan Catalysis Society in 2020, Yang Bing Yan Chair Professor of NTU Engineering College in 2018, Outstanding Engineering Professors Award of Chinese Institute of Engineers Taiwan in 2016; Outstanding Cross-Sector Collaboration Award of 2nd National Industrial Innovation in 2012; "Lai Tzai-Der award" of Taiwan Institute of Chemical Engineers in 2009, "Chemical Technology Award" of Taiwan Institute of Chemical Engineers in 2006, and "Silver medal of National Invention", Taiwan in 2004. He also serves as an Editor of the Catalysis Communications, a member of editorial boards of Research on Chemical Intermediates. His H-index is 48 with total citation 7294 (July 2021).

Selective Publications
  • 1. H. V. Dang, Y. H. Wang, J. C.S. Wu, Z-scheme photocatalyst Pt/GaP-TiO2-SiO2:Rh for the separated H2 evolution from photocatalytic seawater splitting, Applied Catalysis B: Environmental 296 (2021) 120339
  • 2. J. Q. Su, Y.-C. Chang, J. C.S. Wu, Visible-Light Photocatalyst to Remove Indoor Ozone under Ambient Condition Catalysts, Catalysts 11 (2021) 383
  • 3. Y.-T. Lin, Y.-H. Wang, J. C.S. Wu, Xuxu Wang, Photo-Fenton enhanced twin-reactor for simultaneously hydrogen separation and organic wastewater degradation, Applied Catalysis B: Environmental 281 (2021) 119517
  • 4. C.-W. Huang, C.-H. Liao, J. C.-S. Wu, Hygroscopic MgO on the Dual-Layer Photoelectrode Prepared by RF Magnetron Sputtering for Photocatalytic Water Splitting, Korean Journal of Chemical Engineering, 37(8) (2020) 1352-1359
  • 5. Y. Wang, X. Shang, J. Shen, Z. Zhang, D. Wang, J. Lin, J. C. S. Wu, X. Fu, X. Wang, C. Li, Direct and indirect Z-scheme heterostructure coupled photosystem enabling cooperation of CO2 reduction and H2O oxidation, Nature Communications, 11 (2020) 3043

"Polymer Photocatalysts for Photocatalytic Overall Water Splitting"

Prof. Hangxun Xu (Univ. of Sci. and Tech. of China, China)
  • Biography

Hangxun Xu received his B.S. degree (summa cum laude) in Polymer Chemistry in 2006 from the University of Science and Technology of China and his Ph.D. in Materials Chemistry in 2011 from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Advisor: Prof. Kenneth S. Suslick). Thereafter, he was a Postdoctoral Research Associate with Prof. John A. Rogers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Department of Materials Science Engineering & Frederick Seitz Materials Research Laboratory). In 2013, he joined the department of polymer science and engineering at the University of Science and Technology of China. Now he serves as the department head of the department. In 2018, he received the Chinese Chemical Society Award for Outstanding Young Chemists.

"Behavior of Photocarriers for the Remarkable Water Splitting Photocatalysts"

Prof. Akira Yamakata (Toyota Technological Inst., Japan)
  • Biography

Akira Yamakata is Associate Professor in Toyota Technological Institute. He received his Ph.D. degree in chemistry from Tokyo Institute of Technology in 1999, and joined as a postdoctoral researcher in Kanagawa Academy of Science and Technology (KAST). In 2003, he moved to Catalyst Research Center of Hokkaido University as an Assistant Professor. In 2010, he promoted to Associate Professor at the Graduate School of Engineering of Toyota Technological Institute as an. In 2011, he also became PRESTO Researcher of Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST). He is the recipient of Research Award from the Surface Science Society of Japan (2004), the Spectroscopical Society of Japan (2009), and Hokkaido branch of Chemical Society of Japan (2010), Nagai Academic Foundation (2015), International Congress on Pure & Applied Chemistry (2018), and The Japanese Photochemistry Association (2020). He has developed original spectrometers and elucidated many elementary steps in photocatalytic reactions. He believes that the elucidation of reaction mechanism provides rich information for the development of highly efficient catalysts.

"Control of charge transfer at the solid/liquid interface for photoelectrochemical water oxidation"

Prof. Kan Zhang (Nanjing Univ. of Sci. and Tech., China)
  • Biography

Kan Zhang is currently a professor at the School of Materials Science and Engineering, Nanjing University of Science and Technology, China. He obtained his Ph.D. degree from Sungkyunkwan University, Republic of Korea, in 2015, and was postdoc fellow inYonsei University from 2015-2018. His research interests involve surface and interface engineering of photoelectrode, photoelectrochemical conversion mechanism exploration etc. He has published more than 80 papers on Nature Commun., J. Am Chem. Soc.,Energy Environ. Sci., ACS Energy Lett. etc. with more than 4000 citations.

"Crystal Facet Engineering of Tungsten Oxide Film for Enhancing Photoelectrochemical Water Splitting"

Prof. Jinyou Zheng (Zhengzhou Univ., China)
  • Biography

Jin You Zheng is a Associate Professor in the School of Chemical Engineering, Zhengzhou University in China. He received his Master and PhD degree in Chemistry from Sogang University in Korea between 2010-2018. His current research interest focuses on the fabrication of electro-/photo-catalysts for environmental and energy applications such as electrochemical, photochemical, photoelectrochemical water splitting and CO2 reduction, pollutants degradation and so on.

"Utilization of Carbon Source: Light-driving Photoconersion of CO2 into Solar Fuel"

Prof. Yong Zhou (Nanjing Univ., China)
  • Biography

Yong Zhou studied chemistry and physics at the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC), received his Ph.D. degree there in 2000. After working in Kyoto University in 2000-01, Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces in 2002-03, the National Institute of Materials Science (NIMS, Japan) in 2003-04, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST, Japan) in 2004-08, and National University of Singapore (NUS) in 2008-09, he joined as a full professor in the Eco-materials and Renewable Energy Research Center (ERERC), School of Physics, National Laboratory of Solid State Microstructures, Nanjing University, China. His research now focuses on design and fabrication of solar-light driven clean energy materials for photocatalysis and flexible solar cells.

2. Photoluminescence and Photochromic Materials

"NIR Light Responsive Negative Photochromism"

Prof. Jiro Abe (Aoyama Gakuin Univ., Japan)
  • Biography
  • Ph. D Degree in Chemistry, Waseda University, March (1991)
  • M. S. Eng. in Chemistry, Waseda University, March (1989)
  • B. S. Eng. In Chemistry, Waseda University, March (1987)
  • Full Professor of Chemistry at Aoyama Gakuin University (since 01.10.2010)
  • JST/CREST Principal Investigator (01.10.2010 - 31.03.2016)
  • Visiting Professor at Sciences et Technologies of Université Lille 1 (01.11.2010 - 30.11.2010)
  • Associate Professor of Chemistry at Aoyama Gakuin University (04.2003 - 09.2010)
  • Associate Professor of Chemistry at Tokyo Metropolitan University (04.2000 - 03.2003)
  • Associate Professor of Chemistry at Tokyo Polytechnic University (04.1997 - 03.2000)
  • Full-time Lecturer of Chemistry at Tokyo Polytechnic University (04.1992 - 03.1997)
  • Research Assistant of Chemistry at Seikei University (04.1991 - 03.1992)
  • Research Assistant of Chemistry at Waseda University (04.1990 - 03.1991)
  • JSPS Research Fellowship for Young Scientists at Waseda University (04.1989 - 03.1990)

"Synthesis and Photophsical Properties of Large π-Extended Carbon Nanotube Segments"

Prof. Pingwu Du (Univ. of Science and Technology of China, China)
  • Biography

Professor Pingwu Du received the Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Wuhan University in 2001 and PhD degree in Chemistry from University of Rochester in 2009. Thereaftrer he joined Professor Stephen J Lippard group as a postdoc associate at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). His research interests include solar energy conversion (solar driven water splitting, solar cells), photoinduced electron transfer and energy transfer, supramolecular chemistry, fluorescent sensors and molecular imaging. Professor Pingwu Du has received several awards including American Chemical Society Young Investigator Award (2009), American Chemical Society Nobel Laureate Signature Award (2011) et.al.

"Circularly Polarized Luminescence in Chiral Nanoassemblies"

Prof. Pengfei Duan (National Center for Nanoscience and Technology (NCNST), China)
  • Biography
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  • Professor, National Center for Nanoscience and Technology (2015-)
  • JSPS Postdoctoral Fellow & Assistant Professor, Kyushu University (2011-2015)
  • Ph.D. Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences (2006-2011)
Research Interests

Development and application of photo upconversion materials, chiral optoelectronic materials and devices (circularly polarized luminescence, upconversion luminescence, upconversion circularly polarized luminescence), and chiral science of soft matter

Selected Representative Publications
  • Han, Dongxue; Yang, Xuefeng; Han, Jianlei; Zhou, Jin; Jiao, Tifeng; Duan, Pengfei. Sequentially amplified circularly polarized ultraviolet luminescence for enantioselective photopolymerization. Nat. Commun. 2020, 11, 5659.
  • Zhang, Haowen; Han, Jianlei; Jin, Xue; Duan, Pengfei. Improving Overall Properties of Circularly Polarized Luminescent Materials through Arene-Perfluoroarene Interaction. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2021, 60, 4575-4580.
  • Yang, Xuefeng; Zhou, Minghao; Wang, Yafei; Duan, Pengfei. Electric-Field-Regulated Energy Transfer in Chiral Liquid Crystals for Enhancing Upconverted Circularly Polarized Luminescence through Steering the Photonic Bandgap. Adv. Mater. 2020, 32, 2000820.
  • Zhao, Tonghan; Han, Jianlei; Jin, Xue; Liu, Yan; Liu, Minghua; Duan, Pengfei. Enhanced Circularly Polarized Luminescence from Reorganized Chiral Emitters on the Skeleton of a Zeolitic Imidazolate Framework. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2019, 58, 4978-4982.
  • Yang, Dong; Han, Jianlei; Liu, Minghua; Duan, Pengfei. Photon Upconverted Circularly Polarized Luminescence via Triplet-Triplet Annihilation. Adv. Mater. 2019, 31, 1805683.

"Recent Progress in Multiple Resonance-induced Thermally Activated Delayed
Fluorescence Materials"

Prof. Takuji Hatakeyama (Kwansei Gakuin Univ., Japan)
  • Biography
Education record
  • B.S. Chemistry, The University of Tokyo (2000)
  • M.S. Organic Chemistry, The University of Tokyo (2002)
  • Ph.D.Organic Chemistry,  The University of Tokyo (2005)
Work experience
  • Postdoc researcher, Department of Chemistry, Chicago University, USA (2005)
  • Postdoc researcher, Institute for Chemical Research, Kyoto University, Japan (2006)
  • Assistant Professor, Institute for Chemical Research, Kyoto University, Japan (2006 - 2013)
  • RAssociate Professor, School of Science and Technology, Kwansei Gakuin University, Japan (2013 - 2018)
  • Professor, School of Science and Technology, Kwansei Gakuin University, Japan (2018-present)

"Towards high-performance quantum-dot light-emitting diodes"

Prof. Yizheng Jin (Zhejiang Univ., China)
  • Biography

Dr. Yizheng Jin is a Professor of Chemistry at Zhejiang University, China. His research interests encompass material chemistry, device engineering and device physics of solution-processed optoelectronics. His research has resulted in over 50 journal papers. Prof. Jin received several awards, including National Natural Science Funds for Excellent Young Scholar, Chinese Chemical Society Award for Outstanding Young Chemist and Top 10 scientific advances of 2014 in China.

"Luminescent Soft Crystals that Exhibit Color Changes in Response to Vapor"

Prof. Masako Kato (Kwansei Gakuin Univ., Japan)
  • Biography

Masako Kato received her Ph.D. from Nagoya University in 1986. After she worked at Institute for Molecular Science and Kyoto University, she joined the Department of Chemistry at Nara Women's University as an assistant professor in 1989 and was promoted to an associate professor in 1996. During 1998–2001, she was also engaged in a PRESTO research. From 2006 to 2021, she had been a professor at Faculty of Science, Hokkaido University. In 2017, she started a KAKENHI project for Scientific Research on Innovative Areas, "Soft Crystals". Since April 2021, she is a professor at Kwansei Gakuin University.

"Photorhcomic Terarylenes for Photo-Lewis Acid Generation and Photosynergetic Sensing"

Prof. Tsuyoshi Kawai (Nara Inst. of Sci. and Tech., Japan)

"Advances in Quasi-2D Perovskites Optoelectronics"

Prof. Dong Ha Kim (Ewha Womans Univ., Korea)
  • Biography

Prof. Dong Ha Kim received Ph.D. degree in the Department of Fiber and Polymer Science at Seoul National University in 2000. He carried out postdoctoral research activities in the Polymer Science and Engineering Department at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst (from 2000 to 2003) with Prof. Thomas P. Russell and in the Materials Science Department at the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research (from 2003 to 2005) with Prof. Wolfgang Knoll. Then, he joined the Samsung Electronics Co. in the Memory Division of Semiconductor R & D Center as a senior scientist. He assumed a faculty position in the Department of Chemistry and Nano Science at Ewha Womans University in 2006, and currently is a Full Professor and Ewha Fellow. His research interests include development of hybrid nanostructures for energy storage and conversion, environmental remediation, non-volatile memory devices, display devices, and biomedical diagnosis/therapy. He has authored 180 SCI publications and holds 44 Korean and 2 US patents. Currently, he is Fellow of Royal Society of Chemistry, Associate Editor of Nanoscale/Nanoscale Advances, Editorial Board Member of Scientific Reports and Advisory Board Member of Nanoscale Horizons and Journal of Materials Chemistry A.

"Multiscale and Hierarchical Assembly for Advanced Photomedicine"

Prof. Sehoon Kim (Korea Institute of Science and Technology, Korea)
  • Biography

Sehoon Kim received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Fiber and Polymer Science in 1996 and 1998, and his Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering in 2002, from the College of Engineering at Seoul National University (SNU). After research experiences as a post-doctor at the State University of New York at Buffalo (SUNY Buffalo, Dr. P. N. Prasad group), he joined Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST) in March 2008. He is currently Principal Research Scientist and Head of Center for Theragnosis at KIST. He is also affiliated as Professor at KU-KIST Graduate School of Converging Science and Technology (Korea University) and Division of Biomedical Engineering, Korea University of Science and Technology (UST). His main research interest is the development of advanced drug delivery system and biophotonic molecular nanoparticles for in vivo theranostic applications. He has reported ~140 peer-reviewed papers.

"Symmetric and Mutually Reinforcing Weak Bonds for Light-Emitting Molecules and Assemblies"

Prof. Dongwhan Lee (Seoul Nat'l Univ., Korea)
  • Biography
Education
  • Ph.D. Inorganic Chemistry (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2001)
  • M.S. Organic Chemistry (Seoul National University, 1996)
  • B.S. Chemistry (Seoul National University, 1993)
Experience
  • Professor, Seoul National University (2020 - present)
  • Associate Professor, Seoul National University (2013 - 2020)
  • Associate Professor, Assistant Professor, Indiana University Bloomington (2003 - 2013)
  • Postdoctoral Associate, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2001 - 2003)

"Impact of the Structural Features for o-Carboranyl Luminophores on Their
Photophysical Properties"

Prof. Kang Mun Lee (Kangwon Nat'l Univ., Korea)
  • Biography
Education
  • Ph.D. Inorganic Chemistry (KAIST, 2013)
  • M.S. Inorganic Chemistry (KAIST, 2008)
  • B.S. Chemistry (KAIST, 2007)
Experience
  • Associate Professor, Kangwon National University (2019 - present)
  • Assistant Professor, Kangwon National University (2014 - 2019)
  • Professional Researcher, Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology (2013-2014)
Research Interests
  • Luminophores based on organometallic (based on 13-group metal, Ir, Pt, B, carborane and lanthanide) and organic compounds
  • Optoelectronic materials for organic light emitting diodes (OLED)
  • Energy and charge transfer mechanism on organometallic luminophores

"Multifunctional Bioprobes: Deciphering the Supramolecular Self-assembly"

Dr. Abhijit Patra (IISER Bhopal, India)
  • Biography

Abhijit Patra received his Ph.D. in 2009 from the University of Hyderabad, working on molecular nano/microcrystals. After postdoctoral research at PPSM, ENS Paris-Saclay, and the University of Wuppertal as an Alexander von Humboldt fellow, he started his independent research career at the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Bhopal in 2012. Currently, he has been working as an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry, IISERB. His research interests span various domains and facets of porous polymers for carbon dioxide fixation, photocatalysis, light-harvesting and energy storage, and optical materials based on molecular and polymeric assemblies at nano/microscale (https://home.iiserb.ac.in/~abhijit/).

"The Photochromism of Diarylethene-Containing Polyoxometalates"

Dr. Chris Ritchie (Monash Univ., Australia)
  • Biography

Dr Chris Ritchie is currently an ARC Future Fellow and Senior Lecturer at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. He completed his PhD in 2008 under the supervision of Prof. Lee Cronin, then completed post-doctoral research at the University of Melbourne, where he also commenced his independent research career as a Discovery Early Career Researcher in 2012. His research interests are diverse and revolve around the central theme of stimuli-responsive molecules and the interplay of stimulus, structure, and molecular electronics. Of particular interest is the design and realisation of complex self-assembled materials that are responsive to light.

"Inorganometallic Photocatalysis for CO2 Reduction"

Prof. Ho-Jin Son (Korea Univ., Korea)
  • Biography
Education
  • B.S. in Advanced Materials Chemistry, Korea University, Republic of Korea (1997.03 - 2002.08)
  • M.S. in Materials Chemistry, Korea University, Republic of Korea (2002.09 - 2004.08)
  • Ph.D. in Materials Chemistry, Korea University, Republic of Korea (2004.09 - 2009.08)
Experience
  • Post Doc. Department of Chemistry, Northwestern University, USA (2009.09 - 2014.02)
  • Assistant Professor Department of Advanced Materials Chemistry, Korea University, Sejong (2014.03 - 2017.02)
  • Associate Professor Department of Advanced Materials Chemistry, Korea University, Sejong (2017.03 - present)

"Photoswitches designed and synthesized by "Recognized Site
Replacement Method" for photo-regulation of motor proteins"

Prof. Nobuyuki Tamaoki (Hokkaido Univ., Japan)
  • Biography

Nobuyuki Tamaoki was born in Japan in 1959. In 1982 he graduated from Chiba University. After the experience as a researcher in industry, he commenced his doctoral studies in 1989 with Professor Tsuguo Yamaoka at Chiba University, where he was awarded his Ph. D in 1992 for work on the photochromism of macrocyclic azobenzene derivatives. In 1992, he joined the Research Institute for Polymers and Textiles (now National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology) where he was a group leader from April 2000 to September 2008. In October 2008 he moved to Hokkaido University as a full professor at Research Institute for Electronic Science. He was a visiting research associate from 1995 to 1996 with Professor M. Reza Ghadiri at the Scripps Research Institute in the United States. His research is mainly focused on the synthesis of photoswitches regulating molecular functions of enzymes including motor proteins and liquid crystals.

"Ligand Engineering of Quantum Dots for Bright and Stable Light-Emitting Diodes"

Prof. Dong Ryeol Whang (Hannam Univ., Korea)
  • Biography

Dong Ryeol. WHANG is currently an assistant professor at Hannam University, Korea. He received PhD from Seoul Nationl University in 2014 (supervisor: Prof. Soo Young Park). He joined Prof. Niyazi Serdar Sariciftci group in 2016 and served as an assistant professor until 2020. His research expertise and interests lie in the areas of optoelectronic materials for light-emitting diodes and artificial photosynthesis. His research asset comprises fine ligand synthesis, organometallic synthesis, density functional theory (DFT) based quantum chemical calculation, steady state/time-resolved spectroscopy, and analytical chemistry.

Prof. Mingjian Yuan (Nankai Univ., China)

3. Plasmonics and Nanophotonics

"Ionic Vacancies and Luminescence Blinking in Halide Perovskite Nanocrystals
and Quantum Dots"

Prof. Vasudevan P. Biju (Hokkaido Univ., Japan)
  • Biography

Vasudevanpillai Biju is a Professor at the Research Institute for Electronic Science and Graduate School of Environmental Science at Hokkaido University. He assumed this position after a research career - as a scientist and a senior scientist in AIST, Japan, as Sakigake researcher of Japan Science and Technology Agency, a visiting Scientist at the University of Texas at Austin, USA, a postdoctoral fellow at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, USA, a JSPS postdoctoral fellow in AIST, Japan, and a research scientist at Angstrom Technology Partnership, Japan. He has been a visiting professor at Nagoya University, and Southern University, USA. Also, he was a visiting faculty/scholar at the University of Tokushima, Kwansei Gakuin University, Osaka University, Kerala University, Mahatma Gandhi University, Cochin University of Science and Technology, and IIT Hyderabad He is a SPARC fellow of the Science and Engineering Research Board of India and was an Erudite Fellow of the Bard of Higher Education. His research interests include semiconductor nanocrystals and quantum dots, photo-functional molecules, and single-molecule techniques. His research activities were recognized with various awards by the Ozaki Foundation, the Japanese Photochemistry Association, the Asian and Oceanian Photochemistry Association, and the Chemical Society of Japan. He became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry in 2011.

"Tuning of Chemical Interface Damping in Single Gold Nanoparticles"

Prof. Ji Won Ha (Univ. of Ulsan, Korea)
  • Biography

Prof. Ha receive a Ph.D. degree in Analytical Chemistry under the direction of Prof. Ning Fang from Iowa State University in 2013. He then moved to Northwestern University to do a postdoctoral work in a group of Prof. Teri W. Odom.  Prof. Ha joined the Department of Chemistry, University of Ulsan, as a faculty member in March 2015.

"Nano-Raman in Ambient and the Beyond"

Dr. Norihiko Hayazawa (RIKEN, Japan)
  • Biography

Dr. Norihiko Hayazawa is a Senior Research Scientist at Surface and Interface Science Laboratory in RIKEN Japan. He got his Ph.D. degree from Department of Applied Physics in Osaka University in 2001. After serving as a postdoctoral Fellow in JSPS and CREST-JST, he joined RIKEN as a research scientist in 2004 and was promoted to be a Senior Research Scientist in 2009. He currently serves also as a visiting professor in University of the Philippines- Diliman (2016~) and an adjunct associate professor in Tokyo Institute of Technology (2012~). His current research interests include near-field optics, plasmonics, vibrational spectroscopy, nonlinear optics, and quantum optics.

"Plasmons in Two-Dimensional Metal Mesostructures and Their Applications to Surface Enhanced Optical Processes"

Prof. Kohei Imura (Waseda Univ., Japan)
  • Biography

Kohei Imura received his doctoral degree from Osaka University in 2000. After postdoctoral research at Tohoku University, he was appointed as an assistant professor at Institute for Molecular Science in 2001. He moved to Waseda University as an associate professor in 2009 and was promoted to a professor in 2014. His research interests include near-field optics, plasmonics, and photo-physical properties of nano materials.

"Enhancement and Propagation of Resonant Raman Light Coupled with Surface Plasmons through One-dimensional Hotspots Located between Silver Nanowire Dimers"

Dr. Tamitake Itoh (Nat'l Inst. of Advanced Industrial Sci. and Tech. (AIST), Japan)
  • Biography

Dr Tamitake Itoh is currently a Chief senior researcher of National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) in Japan. He completed his PhD (2002) degree at Osaka University under supervision of Prof. Hiroshi Masuhara and Prof. Tsuyoshi Asahi. As postdoctoral research positions from 2002 to 2005, he worked at Kwansei Gakuin University. From 2005 April he has been a Researcher in AIST. In 2017 as a visiting Professor at Kwansei Gakuin University. His research theme is surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy at ensemble- and single-plasmonic nanoparticle levels.

"Metal Nanoparticles Assembled Silica Structure for Analyte Detection"

Prof. Bong-Hyun Jun (Konkuk Univ., Korea)
  • Biography

Bong-Hyun Jun is currently an associate professor at Konkuk University, Republic of Korea. He received his Ph.D. degree in the School of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Seoul National University in 2009. He worked at the Seoul National University (2009-2012) and at the University of California, Berkeley (2011-2012). He joined the Konkuk University in 2013, and he is working on the design and fabrication of functional materials, as well as their applications for biosensors and bio-imaging.

"2D Correlation Spectroscopy in SERS Studies"

Prof. Young Mee Jung (Kangwon Nat'l Univ., Korea)
  • Biography

Prof. Young Mee Jung is a Dean of the Office of Research Affairs and a Professor of Department of Chemistry, Kangwon National University, Korea. She was received her B.S., M.S. as well as Ph.D in Chemistry from Kyungpook National University, Korea. She studied at Prof. Yukihiro Ozaki group in Kwansei Gakuin University, Japan as a postdoctoral fellow and she was a visiting professor in University of California Santa Barbara, USA. Her research interest is in the area of spectroscopy, especially surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) and 2D correlation spectroscopy (2D-COS). She is well recognized in these fields.
She was awarded the Award of Ministry of Science and ICT of Korea and SAS Fellow Award from the Society of Applied Spectroscopy (SAS). She was also awarded the Young Physical Chemistry Scientist Award of Korean Chemical Society (KCS), the KCS/Sigma-Aldrich Excellent Chemist Award in KCS and i-SENS Female Chemist Award in KCS.
In 2013, she chaired the 7th International Symposium on Two-Dimensional Correlation Spectroscopy (2DCOS-7) in Seoul, Korea. She also chaired the 26th International Conference on Raman Spectroscopy (ICORS 2018) in 2018 Jeju Island, Korea. She is currently an international steering committee of ICORS conferences, a program committee of International Conference on Advanced Vibrational Spectroscopy (ICAVS-8, ICAVS-9, ICAVS-10 and ICAVS-11) and an organizing committee of 2DCOS-8, 2DCOS-9, 2DCOS-10 and 2DCOS-11 conferences.
She is currently a Fellow of Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) and a SAS Fellow. Also she is currently an Associate Editor of Applied Spectroscopy and an Editorial Board of Vibrational Spectroscopy and Spectrochimica Acta A.

"Plasmonic Optical Trapping of Small Molecules at Room Temperature"

Prof. Murakoshi Kei (Hokkaido Univ., Japan)
  • Biography

Kei Murakoshi completed his Ph.D. at the Department of Chemistry at Hokkaido Univesity in 1992. After postdoctoral positions at Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) in Muedon, France, he joined as Assistant Professor at the Department of Engineering of Osaka University in 1993, and promoted to Associate Professor in the Department of Science and Engineering there in 1998. From 2003, he is current position at Hokkaido University. Recent interstate is the control of nano- and micro-ordered structure for electrochemical devices.

"Surface Steering of Ag2S Nanocrystals and Their Applications"

Prof. Sungjee Kim (POSTECH, Korea)
  • Biography

Sungjee Kim obtained his B.S. from Department of Chemistry, POSTECH in 1997 and Ph.D. from Department of Chemistry, MIT in 2003. He worked at Harvard Medical School from 2003 to 2004 and at Applied Physics Department at CALTECH from 2004 to 2005 as a postdoctoral scholar. Since 2005, he is a professor at Department of Chemistry at POSTECH and an adjunct professor in the School of Interdisciplinary Bioscience and Bioengineering and Division of Environmental Science and Engineering at POSTECH. He published more than 100 SCI journal papers, and filed more than 100 Korean and international patents.

"Novel approaches to improve upconversion luminescence via plasmonic templates"

Prof. Doo-Hyun Ko (Kyung Hee Univ., Korea)
  • Biography

Dr. Doo-Hyun Ko is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry at Sungkyunkwan University. Prior to joining Sungkyunkwan University in 2021, he was an Associate Professor at Kyung-Hee University from 2015, and a senior research scientist at KIST (Korea Institute of Science and Technology) from 2012. Dr. Ko received his B.S. degree (1996) and M.S. degree (1998) in Chemistry from the Korea University, Korea. He was a research scientist in the LG Display from 1998 to 2005 studying TFT-LCDs and OLEDs. He earned his Ph.D. (2010) in Chemistry with Prof. Edward T. Samulski at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill researching nano-patterned organic photovoltaic, followed by a postdoctoral research (2012) working with Prof. Richard Friend at University of Cambridge.

"Plasmonic Hybrid Nanosystems based on Metal Nanoparticles for SERS Applications"

Prof. Seunghyun Lee (Hanyang Univ., Korea)
  • Biography

Prof. Seunghyun Lee is currently Associate Professor in the Department of Chemical and Molecular Engineering at Hanyang University ERICA.
He obtained his Ph.D. from Chemistry at Rice University and received M.S. from Chemistry and B.S. from Chemical Engineering at Hanyang University.
After postdoctoral research at Purdue University and Rice University, he started his independent research at University of Suwon for 4 years and worked at Gachon University for 2 years.
His research focuses on synthesis of various shapes and sizes of plasmonic nanoparticles and fabrication of their hybrid nanosystem on diverse substrates and templates for SERS applications.
He is also currently serving as an managing editor of Nano Convergence journal.

"Soft Plasmonic Metamaterials Exhibiting Unnaturally High Refractive Index"

Prof. Seungwoo Lee (Korea Univ., Korea)
  • Biography

Seungwoo Lee (BS at Sogang University in 2005 and PhD at Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology in 2011) was in Harvard University as postdoc (2012-2014) and Sungkyunkwan University as assistant professor (2014-2018). Then, he moved to Korea University (KU) and was promoted to associate professor (2019) with the affiliations of KU-KIST Graduate School of Converging Science and Technology, Department of Integrative Energy Engineering (college of engineering), Department of Biomicrosystem Technology, and KU Photonics Center.

"Plasmon Excitation and Outcoupling in Quantum Mechanical Tunnel Junctions"

Prof. Christian Nijhuis (Univ. of Twente, The Netherlands)
  • Biography

Christian A. Nijhuis received his Ph.D. degree from University of Twente in 2006 (Cum Laude; top 5%). In the group of Professor George M. Whitesides, as a postdoctoral research fellow, he developed a platform for measurements of charge transport across layers that are one molecule thick. In 2010, he received the NRF research fellowship (3 million dollar) and he joined the Department of Chemistry at the National University of Singapore and was promoted to Assoc. Prof. in 2016. In 2012, he received the NRF CRP grant to start a new program to develop plasmonic-electronic devices which entered phase II in 2017 (total funding of 14 million dollar). In 2020, he moved back to the University of Twente as Full Professor to start a new group Hybrid Materials for Opto-Electronics. He co-authored >130 peer reviewer papers, gave >100 lectures at international meetings, received several awards (including Dean’s Chair (2018) and NUS University Young Researcher Award (2016)) and is member of several committees/boards (including Editorial Board member of iScience). His research interests cover the areas of molecular electronics, dynamical systems, plasmonic tunnel junctions, supramolecular chemistry, nanofabrication and surface science.

"Chemical and Mechanical Dissymmetries in Chiral Interaction of Plasmonic Materials"

Dr. Hiromi Okamoto (Inst. for Molecular Sci.s, Japan)
  • Biography

Hiromi Okamoto received a Doctor (DSc) degree in 1991 from The University of Tokyo. He was appointed as a Research Associate at Institute for Molecular Science in 1985, and moved to The University of Tokyo in 1990, and was promoted to Associate Professor in 1993. Since 2000, he has been serving as a Professor at Institute for Molecular Science. His present major research interests are nano-optical and nano-spectroscopic studies of nanomaterials, especially excited-state dynamics such as plasmon resonances, chiral nano-optical effects, and so forth.

"Controlled Assembly of Metal Nanoparticles: from Synthetic Approach to Dynamic
Self-Assembly"

Prof. So-Jung Park (Ewha Womans Univ., Korea)
  • Biography

Dr. So-Jung Park is a professor in the department of chemistry and nanoscience at Ewha Womans University. She obtained her Ph.D. in Chemistry at Northwestern University in 2002 under the guidance of Prof. Chad Mirkin. Her PhD work was recognized by the Nobel Laureate Signature Award for Graduate Education in Chemistry. After postdoctoral research with Prof. Paul Barbara at University of Texas at Austin, she joined the faculty of the department of chemistry at the University of Pennsylvania as an assistant professor in the fall of 2005 and promoted to an associate professor with tenure in 2012. She moved to Ewha Womans University as a professor in 2013. Her current research focuses on self-assembly of nanoparticles and functional polymers. She is currently serving as an associate editor of ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces and an advisory board member for Nanoscale and Bioconjugate Chemistry.

"Hot Carrier Effects in Surface Plasmon-driven Photocatalysis"

Prof. Jeong Young Park (KAIST, Korea)
  • Biography

Jeong Young Park is a professor in the Department of Chemistry at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, and an associate director of the Center for Nanomaterials and Chemical Reactions at the Institute for Basic Science. He received his PhD degree from Seoul National University in 1999. After completing post-doctoral research at the University of Maryland, he joined the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in 2002 where he worked as a staff scientist. He then joined KAIST as an associate professor in 2009. His research focuses on surface phenomena covering energy dissipation and conversion at surfaces, nanotribology, heterogeneous catalysis, and hot-carrier transport through metal–oxide interfaces.

"Plasmon-driven Bond Cleavage Reactions in Nanogaps"

Prof. Sangwoon Yoon (Chung-Ang Univ., Korea)
  • Biography

Prof. Sangwoon Yoon received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from Seoul National University. Then, he went to University of Wisconsin-Madison in the U.S. and obtained a Ph.D. degree in Physical Chemistry in 2003 under the supervision of Prof. F. Fleming Crim. After his postdoctoral training with Prof. Richard A. Mathies at University of California at Berkeley, he joined the faculty of Department of Chemistry, Dankook University in Seoul in 2006. He then moved to Chung-Ang University in Seoul in 2016 and has been a professor of chemistry since then. His research focuses on synthesis of various shapes and sizes of Au or Ag nanoparticles and their controlled assembly. Through the engineering of nanogaps in the assembly structures, he explores plasmon coupling, surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy, plasmon-driven catalytic reactions, plasmonic water splitting, and photothermal effects.

4. Spectroscopy and Dynamics

"Sequence Dependent Folding Motifs of Small Peptides in the Gas Phase"

Prof. Aloke Das (IISER Pune, India)
  • Biography

Aloke Das received his B.Sc. (1994) and M.Sc. (1996) degrees from Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India. He earned his Ph.D. degree in the area of gas phase laser spectroscopy from Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur in 2002 under the supervision of Professor Tapas Chakraborty. Subsequently, he moved to Purdue University for doing his postdoctoral research with Professor Timothy S. Zwier and worked on conformation-specific UV and IR spectroscopy of flexible aromatic hydrocarbons, which are isomeric products in fuel combustion processes (2002-2004). Later, he was a post-doctoral fellow with Professor Erwin D. Poliakoff at the Louisiana State University to study vibrationally resolved Vacuum-Ultraviolet (VUV) photoelectron spectroscopy of polyatomic molecules in the gas phase using synchrotron radiation at the Advanced Light Source of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (2004-2007). In 2007, he joined Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) Pune as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry. Dr. Das is a Professor at the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) Pune since 2019. His research includes molecular level understanding of various types of non-covalent interactions through gas phase laser spectroscopy of isolated molecules and complexes relevant to biomolecules and materials using laser desorption as the vaporization source. Currently, major focus of his research is on understanding n→pi* non-covalent interaction, Sulfur and Selenium (Se) hydrogen-bonding, sequence dependent folding motifs of peptides, conformation-specific electronic circular dichroism spectroscopy etc.

"Remote Tryptophan Mediates Ligand-to-Metal Charge Transfer in Metalloprotein Azurin"

Prof. Jyotishman Dasgupta (Tata Inst. of Fundamental Research, India)
  • Biography

Jyotishman Dasgupta received his undergraduate degree in chemistry from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur in 2000. He carried out his Master’s thesis under the guidance of Prof. Amit Basak in the Chemistry Department. Subsequently he moved to Princeton University as a Hughes Stott Taylor graduate fellow where he carried out his Ph.D. work in the field of oxygenic photosynthesis under the supervision of Prof. Charles Dismukes. In 2006, he moved to UC Berkeley where he did his postdoctoral work with Prof. Richard A. Mathies. During his stay at Berkeley, he used femtosecond stimulated Raman spectroscopy to study light-triggered conformation changes in photoactive proteins. After coming back to India in 2010, he started his independent research group at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbaiwhere he is currently an Associate Professor. The central theme of his research group is to probe dynamical structural events leading upto charge generation in molecular materials, in order to fabricate bio-inspired devices for photocatalysis and solar electricity generation.

"Singlet Triplet Gaps in Polyaromatic Hydrocarbons"

Dr. Debashree Ghosh (Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science, India)
  • Biography

Debashree Ghosh earned her B.Sc. degree in Chemistry from Presidency College, Kolkata, India, in 2002, her M.S. degree in Chemical Sciences from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore in 2005, and her Ph.D. degree in Chemistry at Cornell University in 2010 (Advisor: Garnet K.-L. Chan). She was a postdoctoral fellow with Anna I. Krylov at University of Southern California (2009−2012). Dr. Ghosh is currently an Associate Professor at the Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science, India. Her current research focuses on the development of polarizable force fields and their hybrid frameworks with excited-state electronic structure methods for the understanding of solvent effects on the spectra of biological systems.

"Excited State Complexity in Metal Complexes with ILCT and MLC States"

Prof. Keith Gordon (Univ. of Otago, New Zealand)
  • Biography

Keith Gordon received his BSc Hons (I) in 1986 and PhD in 1989 in chemistry from Queens University, Belfast, UK. His PhD research, under the direction of Professor John J McGarvey, focused on laser spectroscopy of solar energy compounds. He was awarded a Director’s Fellowship at Los Alamos National Laboratories, USA, and worked with Professor W H Woodruff from 1989-1992 on ultrafast laser spectroscopy of biological systems and solar energy materials. In 1993 Keith took up a lecturing post in the Chemistry Department at the University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand, becoming Professor in 2009 in that department; he is currently Head of the Department. Keith was President of the New Zealand Institute of Chemistry in 2006 and is a founding Principal Investigator in the MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology and the Dodd-Walls Centre for photonic and quantum technologies. Keith is a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand, the Royal Society of Chemistry and the New Zealand Institute of Chemistry. Keith's research interests focus on the understanding the properties of conducting polymers, nanostructured electromaterials, such as found in dye-sensitised solar cells, dairy products and pharmaceuticals using spectroscopy and computational chemistry.

"Properties of Lipid Bilayer Membranes Examined with Fast Time-resolved Spectroscopies"

Prof. Koichi Iwata (Gakushuin Univ., Japan)
  • Biography
  • PhD from Department of Chemistry, School of Science, The University of Tokyo, Japan (1989)
  • Postdoc, Department of Chemistry, The Ohio State University, USA (1989-1990)
  • Researcher, Kanagawa Academy of Science and Technology, Japan (1991-1997)
  • Associate Professor, School of Science, The University of Tokyo, Japan (1997-2009)
  • Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, Gakushuin University (2009-present Professor)

"Development and Applications of Inventive Conformer-specific Vibrational Spectroscopic
Techniques"

Prof. Chan Ho Kwon (Kangwon Nat'l Univ., Korea)
  • Biography
Education
  • B.S., Department of Chemistry, Kangwon National University, Korea. (1997)
  • M.S., Department of Chemistry, Seoul National University, Korea. (Advisor: Prof. Myung Soo Kim) (1999)
  • Ph.D., School of Chemistry, Seoul National University, Korea. (Advisor: Prof. Myung Soo Kim) (2004)
Professional career
  • Postdoc., Institute of Basic Science, Seoul National University, Korea. (2004)
  • Research Associate, University of Wisconsin at Madison, WI, U. S. A. (Advisor: Prof. F. Fleming Crim) (2004-2006)
  • Full-time Lecturer, Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, Full Professor at Department of Chemistry, Kangwon National University, Korea. (2006-present)
  • Director, Institute for Molecular Science and Fusion Technology, Kangwon National University, Korea. (2014-2016)
  • Chairman, Department of Chemistry, Kangwon National University, Korea. (2016-2018)
Research fields of interest
Spectroscopic analysis & Mass spectrometry
  • VUV-MATI spectroscopy
  • IR dip/ depletion VUV-MATI spectroscopy (Conformer-specific vibrational spectroscopy)
  • IR desorption VUV-MATI mass spectrometry (SALDI)
  • Circular polarized VUV-MATI spectroscopy (VCD)
  • SERS spectroscopy
Optical nanomaterial development & Analysis
  • Highly sensitive SERS substrate
  • Plasmon-driven photoreaction on metal surface

"Capturing Transient Species in Ionized Liquid Water"

Prof. Zhi-Heng Loh (Nanyang Technological Univ., Singapore)
  • Biography

Zhi-Heng Loh is Associate Professor in the Division of Chemistry and Biological Chemistry at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. His research interests are in the use of ultrafast spectroscopy, spanning the soft X-ray (2 ㎚) to the short-wave infrared (2㎛) to investigate the ultrafast dynamics of ionized molecules, both in the gas phase and in aqueous solution.

"Protonated Schiff Base of Light-Driven Ion-Pumping Rhodopsins:
A Director of Ion Transport"

Prof. Yasuhisa Mizutani (Osaka Univ., Japan)
  • Biography

Yasuhisa Mizutani is a professor in Graduate School of Science at Osaka University. He earned his B. Eng. and M. Eng. degrees in 1987 and 1989, respectively, from Kyoto University, under the supervision of Prof. Koichiro Nakanishi. He received his Ph. D. degree from the Graduate University for Advanced Studies in 1992 under the supervision of Prof. Teizo Kitagawa. After that, he completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Institute for Molecular Science and another at the University of Pennsylvania. In 1994, he joined the faculty at the Institute for Molecular Science as a research associate in the group of Prof. Kitagawa. He was appointed as an associate professor of Kobe University in 2001 and a full professor of Osaka University in 2006. His research interest has been focused on the application of time-resolved resonance Raman spectroscopy to a wide range of functionally important protein dynamics and energetics. He received the 11th Inoue Research Award for Young Scientists of Inoue Foundation for Science in 1995, the 17th Morino Science Award from the Morino Foundation for Molecular Science in 2001 and The Chemical Society of Japan Award for Creative Work from the Chemical Society of Japan in 2013.

"Plasmon Excitation and Outcoupling in Quantum Mechanical Tunnel Junctions"

Prof. Attila MOZER (Univ. of Wollongong, Australia)
  • Biography

Attila J. Mozer is a Professor at the Australian Institute for Innovative Materials and a Chief Investigator of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science at the University of Wollongong. He received his PhD in (2004) from the Linz Institute for Organic Solar Cells (LIOS) under the supervision of Professor Serdar Sariciftci. His research interest is developing new tools for accurate measurements of performance-limiting charge transfer steps in solar energy conversion devices.

"Dynamic Heterogeneity and Viscosity Decoupling: Its Origin and Analytical Prediction"

Prof. Pratik Sen (Indian Institute of Technology(IIT) Kanpur, India)
  • Biography

Prof. Sen joined the Department of Chemistry, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur as an assistant professor in fall 2008 and became a full professor in 2018. He earned his Ph. D. from the Indian Association for Cultivation of Science, Kolkata, in 2006 and did his post-doctoral research work from Molecular Spectroscopy Laboratory, RIKEN, Japan, during 2006-2008. His prime research interests are femtosecond and picosecond ultrafast laser spectroscopy, single-molecule spectroscopy and binary solvent.

"Measuring the Ultrafast Spectral Diffusion Dynamics of Molecular Systems using Coherent
2D Electronic Spectroscopy"

Prof. Howe-Siang Tan (Nanyang Tech. Univ., Singapore)
  • Biography

Howe-Siang Tan is currently an Associate Professor in the Division of Chemistry and Biological Chemistry at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He obtained his BSc(Honours) from the National University of Singapore, and PhD from Princeton University. He did postdoctoral research work at Stanford University. His current research interests include the development of Coherent Multitidimensional Optical Spectroscopy, and its applications to understanding the Excitation Energy Transfer Processes in Plant Photosynthetic systems, and understanding the photophysics of various molecular systems and nanomaterials.

Prof. Jianlong Xia (Wuhan Univ. of Tech., China)

5. Photophysics and Photochemistry

"Strategies for Enhancement of Photoluminescence Flom Weakly Emissive Molecules
and Nanomaterials"

Prof. Anindya Dutta (IIT Bombay, India)
  • Biography
  • Department of Chemistry
  • Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Mumbai 400 076, India
  • e-mail: adutta@iitb.ac.in
Area of research
  • Time resolved spectroscopy and microscopy of molecules and materials
Publications
  • 122 in peer reviewed journals, 2 book chapters
Education
  • Ph. D. / Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science (Jadavpur University) / Picosecond laser spectroscopy (1998)
  • M. Sc. / University of Calcutta / Chemistry, (Specialization in Physical Chemistry) (1994)
  • B. Sc. / Presidency College, University of Calcutta / Chemistry (Honours), Physics, Mathematics, English (1992)
Experience
  • Professor / Department of Chemistry, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (2012-)
  • Associate Professor / Department of Chemistry, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (2007–2012)
  • Assistant Professor / Department of Chemistry, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (2002-2007)
  • Visiting Scientist / Raja Ramanna Centre for Advanced Technology, Indore, India (2000–2002)
  • Postdoctoral Researcher / Iowa State University, USA (1998–2000)
  • Lecturer / Raidighi College, India (1997–1998)
Administration
  • Head, Department of Chemistry / IIT Bombay (2018-2021)
  • Head, Center for Research on Naotechnology and Center for Sophisticated Analytical Instrumental Facility (CRNTS-SAIF) IIT Bombay / IIT Bombay (2016–2018)
  • Associate Dean (Student Affairs) / IIT Bombay (2013–2015)
Awards and Recognition
  • Bronze Medal / Chemical Research Society of India (2018)
  • Fellow / National Academy of Sciences, India (2017)
  • Award for Excellence in Teaching / IIT Bombay (2017)
  • G. V. Bakore Memorial Award / Indian Chemical Society (2011)
  • Young Researcher Award / Young Researcher Award (2006)
  • Young Investigator Award / IIT Bombay (2005)
Guidance of Ph. D.. students
  • 17 students have obtained Ph. D. 10 are presently enrolled.
Other responsibilities
  • Guest Editor for Kankan Bhattacharyya Festschrift, J. Phys. Chem. B 2021
  • Guest Editor for IIT Bombay Special Virtual Issue of ChemPhysChem, Eur. J. Inorg, Chem. and Eur. J. Org. Chem. 2020
  • Member, Editorial Advisory Board, J. Phys. Chem. 2020-2022
  • Vice President, Indian Laser Association, 2019-2023
  • Treasurer, Fluorescence Society of India, 2012 onwards
  • Mentor, Indian Team for International Chemistry Olympiad, 2015-2016

"Ultrafast Excited State Dynamics of Twisted Aromatics"

Prof. Mahesh Hariharan (IISER Thiruvananthapuram, India)
  • Biography

Mahesh Hariharan is a Professor at School of Chemistry, IISER Thiruvananthapuram. After completing doctoral research (2002-2007) from CSIR-NIIST India with Dr. D. Ramaiah, Dr. Hariharan carried out postdoctoral research (2007-2009) with Prof. F. D. Lewis at Northwestern University. His research efforts focus on understanding the interaction of light with biomolecules, crystalline and twisted organic materials. Prof. Hariharan is the recipient of the Chemical Research Society of India Bronze Medal (2020), Japanese Photochemistry Association Lectureship Award for Asian and Oceanian Photochemist Sponsored by Eikohsha (2020), Distinguished Lectureship Award from the Chemical Society of Japan (2017) and the Asian and Oceanian Photochemistry Association Young Scientist Prize (2014). Prof. Hariharan has featured in the young chemists/scientists issue in ChemComm (2017), Chemistry A European Journal (2018) and The Journal of Physical Chemistry (2019).

"Gas-phase Spectroscopy of Chemical Intermediates Produced in Solution"

Prof. Yoshiya Inokuchi (Hiroshima Univ., Japan)
  • Biography
Education / Career
  • PhD from Department of Chemistry, Graduate School of Science, Kyushu University, Japan (1998)
  • Assistant Professor, Institute for Molecular Science, Japan (1998-2004)
  • Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, The University of Tokyo, Japan (2004-2006)
  • Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry, Graduate School of Science, Hiroshima University, Japan (2006-2019)
  • Visiting Scientist, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland (2010-2014)
  • Professor, Department of Chemistry, Graduate School of Science, Hiroshima University, Japan (2019-present)

"Application of 2D IR Spectroscopy to Materials Including Perovskite Films and
Quantum Dots"

Prof. Yung Sam Kim (UNIST, Korea)
  • Biography
  • B.S. in Chemistry, Seoul National University, Seoul, Republic of Korea (02.1998)
  • M.S. in Chemistry, Seoul National University, Seoul, Republic of Korea (02.2000)
    Advisor: Seong Keun Kim
    Thesis: “Construction of reflectron time-of-flight mass spectrometer and its application to study of biomolecules clusters”
  • Ph.D. in Chemistry, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (12.2005)
    Advisor: Robin M. Hochstrasser
    Dissertation: “Studies of dynamics and structures of peptides including chemical exchange by two-dimensional infrared spectroscopy”
  • Postdoctoral researcher (01.2006 - 06.2010)
    Department of Chemistry, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    Advisor: Robin M. Hochstrasser
  • Assistant and Associate Professor (07.2010 - present)
    Department of Chemistry, Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST), Ulsan, Republic of Korea

"Gas Phase Study of the Photo-induce Ligand Release Dynamics of Transition
Metal Complexes"

Prof. Hiroshi Kohguchi (Hiroshima Univ., Japan)
  • Biography
  • PhD in Science, University of Tokyo (1996)
  • Post-doctoral fellow, Institute for Molecular Science (IMS), Japan (1996-1998)
  • Research Associate, Institute for Molecular Science (IMS), Japan (1998-2002)
  • Researcher, RIKEN, Japan (2002-2008)
  • Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, Hiroshima University, Japan (2008-present)
  • Visiting Researcher, Cologne University, Germany (2017-2018)

"Organic Photoreactions Controlled by Weak Molecular Interactions"

Prof. Tadashi Mori (Osaka Univ., Japan)
  • Biography

A postdoctoral and a JSPS research fellow in Houston University (Professor Jay K. Kochi,1997-1998), a visiting professor in Georgetown University (Professor Richard G. Weiss, 2002), an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow in Universität Münster (Professor Stefan Grimme, 2005-2006), and a Fostering Joint International Research Fellow in Technische Universität München (Professor Thorsten Bach, 2018-2019).

"Fundamental Mechanisms of Artificial Photosynthesis Studied by Time-resolved
Infrared Spectroscopy"

Prof. Ken Onda (Kyushu Univ., Japan)
  • Biography

Ken Onda is a Professor of Chemistry at Kyushu University in Japan. He completed his Ph.D. thesis with Professor Kaoru Yamanouchi at the University of Tokyo in 1994. In 1995 he became a research associate of the Professor Chiaki Hirose's laboratory at Tokyo Institute of Technology. In 2002 he joined the research group of Professor Hrvoje Petek at University of Pittsburgh. In 2004 he became a researcher of Koshihara Non-Equilibrium Dynamics Project, Japan Science and Technology Agency. In 2008 he was appointed an associate professor of Environmental Chemistry and Engineering at Tokyo Institute of Technology. His current research interests include development of ultrafast spectroscopy systems and reaction dynamics of complex and practical chemical systems such as photoenergy conversion and organic electronics.

"Molecular Excitons in Two-Dimensional Tetracene Crystals"

Prof. Sunmin Ryu (POSTECH, Korea)
  • Biography

Sunmin Ryu is an associate professor of chemistry at Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH). He obtained his B.S. (1998), M.Sc. (2000), and Ph.D. (2005) in Chemistry at Seoul National University. He worked as a postdoctoral researcher at Korea Research Institute of Standards and Science (KRISS) until 2006 and then at the chemistry department of Columbia University until 2009. He started his independent research and teaching at the department of applied chemistry at Kyung Hee University as an assistant professor and moved to POSTECH in 2014. His research group (http://sunryu.postech.ac.kr) is studying excitons and nonlinear optical phenomena in 2D organic & inorganic crystals using various optical spectroscopy methods.

"Zinc-Silver-Indium-Sulphide (ZAIS) QD and its Utility in Various Photo-processes"

Dr. Moloy Sarkar (Nat'l Inst. of Sci. Education and Research, India)
  • Biography

Moloy Sarkar did his Ph.D from the University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad, India in 2007. He joined National Institute of Science Education and Research (NISER) as an assistant professor in 2009. Currently he is an associate professor in the School of Chemical Sciences, NISER Bhubaneswar. His research interested includes; understanding various photo-processes involving fluorescent metal and semiconductor quantum dots, understanding inter molecular interaction, structure and dynamics associated with room temperature ionic liquids etc.

"Photophysics of a Double-Stranded Diruthenium(II) Complex"

Prof. Trevor Smith (Univ. of Melbourne, Australia)
  • Biography

Trevor Smith received his PhD from the University of Melbourne. He held a post-doctoral position in the laboratories of Profs. David Phillips and Garry Rumbles at Imperial College, London before returning to the University of Melbourne where he has held positions including an Ernst & Grace Matthaei Research Fellowship and an ARC QEII Research Fellowship. He is a Chief Investigator in the ARC Centre of Excellence in Exciton Science, in which the research activities of his group focus on developing and using time-resolved laser spectroscopy and optical microscopy techniques for studying photoactive materials.

"On-surface synthesis of small bandgap graphene nanoribbons"

Prof. Hiroko Yamada (NAIST, Japan)
  • Biography

Hiroko Yamada received her Ph.D. degree in 1992 from Kyoto University, under the guidance of Prof. Kazuhiro Maruyama and Prof. Atsuhiro Osuka, focusing on the synthesis and characterization of carotenoid-linked porphyrins. She was selected as a Research Fellow of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) in 1992-1994. In 1993, she did her research under Prof. Michael R. Wasielewski in Argonne National Laboratory, USA. In 1994, she joined International Research Laboratory, Ciba–Geigy Ltd., then moved to Ciba Specialty Chemicals Inc. She started her academic career in 1998 as a post-doctoral researcher under Prof. Yoshiteru Sakata and Prof. Hiroshi Imahori at the Institute of Scientific and Industrial Research (ISIR), Osaka University, then a post-doctoral researcher of CREST, JST under Prof. Shunichi Fukuzumi and Prof. Hiroshi Imahori at Graduate School of Engineering, Osaka University. Since 2003, she was an associate professor in the group of Prof. Noboru Ono in Graduate School of Science and Engineering, Ehime University, and moved to an associate professor as a tenure track in Graduate School of Materials Science, Nara Institute of Science and Technology (NAIST) in 2011. She was promoted to a full professor at NAIST in 2012. In 2006–2010, she was a researcher of PRESTO, JST.

"Applications of Lanthanide-Based Nanomaterials in Synthetic Photochemistry"

Prof. Edwin Yeow (Nanyang Technological Univ., Singapore)
  • Biography

Dr. Edwin Yeow’s key research areas are photochemistry and photophysics, and the applications of optical spectroscopy. He has developed research programs aimed at understanding light-activated antimicrobial drugs and detector design for biological chemicals. Recently, one of his primary focus is investigating photoredox catalytic mechanisms and NIR-light activated photocatalysts. He is the recipient of the Japanese Photochemistry Association (APD) Lectureship Award 2016.

6. Photobiology and Photosynthesis (Bioimaging)

"A Quantum Langevin Approach for Coupled Vibronic Dynamics and 2D Electronic
Spectroscopy of Molecular Systems"

Prof. Yuan-Chung Cheng (Nat'l Taiwan Univ., Taiwan)
  • Biography

Prof. Yuan-Chung Cheng received his Ph.D. from the Department of Chemistry in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2006, and he then worked as a Postdoctoral Research Associate from 2006 to 2009 in the University of California, Berkeley. In 2009, he returned to the Department of Chemistry in the National Taiwan University as an Assistant Professor, and he was promoted to the rank of Professor in 2020. Prof. Cheng’s research interests covers a broad range in Theoretical Physical Chemistry, with an emphasis on the development of theoretical tools for quantum dynamics in condensed-phase molecular systems. His recently published works are related to energy and electron transfer in photosynthetic systems, excited-state molecular dynamics and photochemistry, electronic structures and multiscale modeling of molecular optical or electronic devices, and theories for time-resolved multidimensional optical spectroscopy.

"Probing Excited-state Dynamics with Quantum Entangled Photons: Correspondence to Coherent
Multidimensional Spectroscopy"

Prof. Akihito Ishizaki (Institute for Molecular Science, Japan)
  • Biography

Akihito Ishizaki received his B. Sc. degree in Science at Kyoto University in 2001, and his D. Sc. degree in chemistry at Kyoto University in 2008. He spent the next four years as a postdoctoral researcher at University of California Berkeley and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. In 2012, he began his independent academic career as a research associate professor at Institute for Molecular Science, and in 2016 he was made a full professor. His primary area of research is theoretical physical chemistry/chemical physics on the basis of nonequilibrium dynamics of quantum systems, quantum optics, and light-matter interaction.

"Fluorescent-Free Multifunctional Super-Resolution Microscopy for Real-Time Tracking and
Super-Localization of Nanoparticles in Live Cells"

Prof. Seong Ho Kang (Kyung Hee Univ., Korea)
  • Biography

Seong Ho Kang received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Chemistry from Kyung Hee University, Korea, in 1987 and 1989, respectively. He worked as a senior researcher and director of research at Hanil Pharmaceutical Co. from 1989 to 1997. He received his Ph.D. degree in Chemistry from Seoul National University, Korea, in 1998. He was a postdoctoral research associate scholar at Iowa State University and Ames Laboratory, U.S. Department of Energy, with Dr. Edward S. Yeung from 1998 to 2000. He then served as a senior researcher at Samsung Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (SAIT) from 2000 to 2002, and then as a professor of Chemistry at Chonbuk National University, Korea, from 2002 to 2010. He was a visiting professor at Iowa State University and Ames Laboratory, U.S. Department of Energy from 2008 to 2010 and at Georgia State University from 2016 to 2017 in USA. He is currently a professor at Kyung Hee University, a position he has held since 2010. He is the author of ~160 SCI papers and 20 patents. His current research interests include developments in various analytical systems and methods based on single-molecule detection and super-resolution imaging, micro-/nano-separation, nanobio sensor/chip, and various nanobio-fusion technologies.

"Microscopic Imaging of Cellular Differentiation in Phototrophs
by Time- and Frequency-domain Spectroscopy"

Prof. Shigeichi Kumazaki (Kyoto Univ., Japan)
  • Biography

Shigeichi Kumazaki obtained his Bachelor Degree in Chemistry from Kyoto University in 1990. He joined the group led by Prof. K. Yoshihara in the Institute for Molecular Science (Okazaki, Japan) in 1990, and studied ultrafast phenomena including the primary charge separation in photosystem I (PSI). After obtaining Ph.D. degree from the Graduate University for Advanced Studies (Sokendai, Japan) in 1997, he continued his research on ultrafast photochemistry and photobiology in the Japan Advanced Institute for Science and Technology (JAIST, Ishikawa, Japan). In 2003, he started a new series of research on thylakoid membranes of chloroplasts and cyanobacteria by using spectroscopic imaging in the Department of Chemistry, Graduate School of Science, Kyoto University. His current research interest is to maximize micro-spectroscopic knowledge from chloroplasts and cyanobacteria under physiological conditions, for which fluorescence spectral microscopy, fluorescence lifetime imaging microscopy, absorption spectral microscopy and Raman scattering microscopy are optimized and applied.

"Aggregation of Hyperphosphorylated Tau Protein in Alzheimer’s Disease"

Prof. Sang Hak Lee (Pusan Nat'l Univ., Korea)
  • Biography
  • Ph. D in Chemistry, Seoul National University, Korea (2009)
  • Postdoctoral fellow in Chemistry, Seoul National University, Korea (2009-2010)
  • Postdoctoral fellow in Physics, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA (20011-2018)
  • Assistant professor in Chemistry, Pusan National University, Korea (2018.9-present)

"Stepping Mechanism of Myosin X Using Advanced Fluorescence Imaging"

Prof. Hyokeun Park (Hong Kong Univ. of Sci. and Tech., Hong Kong)
  • Biography

Professor Hyokeun Park is in Division of Life Science and Department of Physics at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. He received BS and MS at Seoul National University. He received Ph.D in Chemical Physics at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and moved to Stanford University to work as a postdoctoral fellow. He has worked on biophysics using advanced fluorescence imaging.

"Learning How to Punch a Hole in Lipid Membranes from Pore Forming Toxins"

Prof. Rahul Roy (Indian Institute of Science, India)
  • Biography

Rahul Roy received his PhD in Biophysics and Computational Biology from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. After a post-doctoral stint at Harvard University, Rahul joined Chemical Engineering Department at the Indian Institute of Science in 2012. His lab is leading an interdisciplinary research program aimed at innovating and engineering novel technologies to help understand and manage infectious diseases using single-molecule detection, quantitative genomics and high-resolution imaging.

"NIR Fluorescent Imaging Paradigms for Multispectral Manifestation of Redox
Dynamics and Pathological Progression"

Prof. Bengang Xing (Nanyang Technological Univ., Singapore)
  • Biography

Dr. Bengang XING received his Ph.D. degree from Nanjing University in Dec. 2000, after that he did his postdoctoral studies in HKUST, UCLA, and Stanford University. In early 2006, he moved to Singapore and started his independent career as Assistant Professor at NTU where he was later promoted to Associated Professor in 2011. Currently, he is a full professor in the School of Physical & Mathematical Sciences (SPMS) and also School of Chemical & Biomedical Engineering (SCBE), NTU. By right, Dr. Xing has received numerous mainstream recognitions such as the Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC) (2018), Young Innovator Award in Nano-Biotechnology (2017), etc, and he is also serving as the Advisory Board Member of Bioconjugate Chemistry (ACS), Nano-theranostics, J. of Nanobiotechnology as well as Executive Associate Editor of Analytical Sciences etc.
Currently, his research interest is at the interface of biomedical fluorescence imaging, chemical biology and nanomedicines, mainly focusing on the development of “smart” small molecules, peptides, and nanoprobes for biological process monitoring and theranostic mechanism deciphering.

"Super-Resolution Fluorescence Microscopy Reveals Nanoscale Catalytic Heterogeneity on Single Copper Nanowires"

Dr. Zhengyang Zhang (Nanyang Technological Univ., Singapore)
  • Biography

Zhengyang Zhang obtained his Bachelor Degree in Chemistry from Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in 2009. He pursued his Ph.D research in the same institute, working on the development of multidimensional optical spectroscopy. In 2014, he went to the University of California, Berkeley for postdoctoral research on super-resolution microscopy. In 2018, he joined the Division of Chemistry and Biological Chemistry in NTU as a lecturer. His research interest includes understanding the functions and dynamics of catalytic reactions from nanomaterials using the single molecule fluorescence imaging, and to relate heterogeneous catalyst reaction pathways to structural variations with nanometer spatial resolution.

"Vibronic Mixing in Chlorophylls and Photosynthetic Complexes Studied by Polarization-controlled
2D Electronic Spectroscopy"

Prof. Donatas Zigmantas (Lund Univ., Sweden)
  • Biography
Education and postdoctoral stays
  • postdoc at the University of California, Berkeley, USA (2003-2006)
  • postdoc at the University of Toronto, Canada (2003)
  • PhD Lund university, Sweden (2002)
  • MSc Vilnius University, Lithuania (1997)
Appointments
  • Professor (Since 2019)
  • Associate Professor (2015-2019)
  • Assistant Professor / researcher at the Division of Chemical Physics and NanoLund, Lund University. (2006-2015)

Deputy head of the Division of Chemical Physics, Lund University and co- coordinator of Lund Nano Characterization Labs, NanoLund.

Research interests
  • Energy and charge transfer processes in photosynthetic and artificial molecular systems.
  • Characterization of charge carrier dynamics in nanoscale semiconductors.
  • Excitation and dissipation dynamics in plexciton materials.