1. Solar Energy Material and Photocatalysis

    • "Formation Mechanisms of O3 and SOA from Typical VOC Photooxidation"

      Prof. Taicheng An (Guangdong Univ of Tech., China)
      • Biography

      Taicheng An received his PhD from SUN YAT-SEN UNIVERSITY in 2002, and currently a full professor as well as Director of Institute of Environmental Health and Pollution Control, Guangdong University of Technology, China. He has had over 110 application patents (60 issued) and published over 340 referred SCI papers. He was selected as most cited Chinese authors in Environmental Sciences by Elsevier’s Scopus from 2014 to 2020 with continuous six years. He is winner of NSF fund for Distinguished Young Scholars in China, Distinguished Professor of Chang Jiang Scholars of MOE as well as the Pearl River Scholars Program of Guangdong Province, and the Young Scientist Winner of Scientific Committee on Problems of the Environment (SCOPE) in 2011. Now, He also served as Associate Editor of Appl. Catal. B: Environ. and Ctr. Rev. Env. Sci. Tech.

    • "Probing the Photo-catalytic CO2 Reduction on Low-dimensional Nano-catalysts via in situ and Operando Spectroscopies"

      Prof. Li-Chyong Chen (Nat'l Taiwan Univ., Taiwan)
      • Biography

      Dr. Li-Chyong Chen received her B.S. in Physics from National Taiwan University (NTU) in 1981, and Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Harvard University in 1989. Afterwards, she worked at the Materials Research Center in General Electric Corporate R&D, USA, before she joined the Center for Condensed Matter Sciences (CCMS) at NTU. Li-Chyong was the Director of CCMS and is now the Director of the Center of Atomic Initiative for New Materials. Her group is specialized in the growth of low-dimensional nanomaterials and their applications for energy, optoelectronics, and sensing. Till date she has 16 patents, 16 review articles and over 422 papers, with >17,500 citations and an H-index of 66. Li-Chyong is a Fellow of the Materials Research Society in USA, and a Laureate of the 22nd Khwarizmi International Award. She received twice Outstanding Research Award by Ministry of Science and Technology, and Academic Award by Ministry of Education.

    • "New Achievements of Photocatalytic CO2 Reduction"

      Prof. Osamu Ishitani (Tokyo Inst. of Tech., Japan)
      • Biography

      Prof. Osamu Ishitani is a professor of Chemistry at Tokyo Institute of Technology. He received his B. Eng. from Kobe University (1982) and Dr. Eng. from Osaka University (1987). After he spent three months as a visiting researcher at the Hahn-Meitner Institute (Germany), he joined National Institute for Resources and Environment (AIST) as a researcher. He spent about two years as a visiting scientist of Science and Technology Agency at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (USA) and University in Nottingham (UK). He moved to Saitama University as an associate professor in 1995. He moved again to Tokyo Institute of Technology in 2002, and then became a full professor in 2006.
      He has been interested in artificial photosynthesis for longer than 30 years. Main scientific targets of his group are photocatalytic CO2 reduction, photochemical properties of transition metal complexes, photo-functional metal complexes, and hybrid photocatalysts consisting of metal complexes and semiconductor materials.
      He has been serving as President of the Japanese Photochemical Association (2020-), Vice President of the Chemical Society of Japan (2018-2020), and Asian Editor of Journal pf Photochemistry and Photobiology A: Photochemistry (2016-).

    • "Photocatalytic Water Splitting and CO2 Fixation as Artificial Photosynthesis"

      Prof. Akihiko Kudo (Tokyo Univ. of Sci., Japan)
      • Biography

      Akihiko Kudo received his early education at Tokyo University of Science obtaining a bachelor's degree in 1983 and his doctorate in 1988 from Tokyo Institute of Technology. After one and half years as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Texas in Austin, he became a research associate at the Tokyo Institute of Technology until 1995. He then joined the Tokyo University of Science as a Lecturer before he became associate professor in 1998 and a full professor in 2003. Kudo received the Japanese Photochemical Association Award in 2009, the 10th Green and Sustainable Chemistry Award from the Ministry of Environment in 2011, Catalysis Society of Japan Award (academic field) in 2017, Award for Academic Achievements in Ceramic Science and Technology in 2017, and Award of Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (Research Division) (2020). His current research interest focuses on photocatalyst and photoelectrode materials for water splitting and CO2 fixation of artificial photosynthesis.

    • "High Efficiency Halide Perovskite Nanoparticle Light-emitting Diodes"

      Prof. Tae-Woo Lee (Seoul Nat'l Univ., Korea)
      • Biography

      Tae-Woo Lee is a professor in the department of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) at Seoul National University, Korea. He received his Ph.D degree in Chemical Engineering from KAIST, Korea in 2002. He joined Bell Laboratories, USA, as a postdoctoral researcher and worked in Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology as a member of the research staff (2003-2008). He was an associate professor in MSE at Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH), Korea, until August 2016. He was elected as a Materials Research Society (MRS) fellow in 2020. His research focuses on printed or flexible electronics using organic and organic-inorganic hybrid perovkite materials for applications in displays, solid-state lighting, solar energy conversion devices, and bio-inspired neuromorphic devices.

    • "Recent research progress on photovoltaic materials for polymer solar cells"

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

      Yongfang Li is a professor in Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences (ICCAS) and in Soochow University. He received his Ph. D. degree from department of Chemistry, Fudan University in 1986, then did his postdoctoral research at ICCAS from 1986 to 1988. He became a staff in 1988 and promoted to professor in 1993 in ICCAS. He was elected as a member of Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2013.
      His present research field is photovoltaic materials and devices for polymer solar cells. He has published more than 800 research papers and the published papers have been cited by others for more than 57000 times with H-index of 117.

    • "Wide-spectrum Absorption of Titanium based Oxides Enabled by Bandgap Engineering"

      Prof. Gang Liu (Chinese Academy of Sci., China)
      • Biography

      Gang Liu received his Bachelor degree in Materials Physics in Jilin University in 2003. He obtained his PhD degree in Materials Science at Institute of Metal Research (IMR), Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2009. During his Ph. D study, he worked at Prof. G. Q. Max Lu’s laboratory for one and half years in Australia. Now he is the deputy director of IMR and a professor of materials science in IMR.  His research interest focuses on solar-driven photocatalytic materials for renewable energy.

    • "Design and Synthesis of Photocatalysts for Solar Hydrogen Evolution"

      Prof. Shizhang Qiao (The Univ. of Adelaide, Australia)
      • Biography

      Dr Qiao is a Chair Professor and Australian Laureate Fellow at the School of Chemical Engineering and Advanced Materials of the University of Adelaide (UoA). He is the founding Director of Centre for Materials in Energy and Catalysis (CMEC). His research expertise is in nanomaterials for new energy technologies (electrocatalysis, photocatalysis, batteries). He has co-authored more than 438 papers in refereed journals with 78,560 citations and h-index of 147.
      In recognition of his achievements in research, he was honoured with inaugural UoA Vice-Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Research (2019), prestigious ARC Australian Laureate Fellow (2017), ExxonMobil Award (2016), ARC Discovery Outstanding Researcher Award (DORA, 2013), and Emerging Researcher Award (2013, ENFL Division of the American Chemical Society).
      He is an Associate Editor of Journal of Materials Chemistry A, a Fellow of Institution of Chemical Engineers (FIChemE), Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC) and Royal Australian Chemical Institute (FRACI). Dr Qiao is a Thomson Reuters/Clarivate Analytics Highly Cited Researcher in two categories of Chemistry and Materials Science.

    • "Material Engineering toward High Performance Perovskite Solar Cells"

      Prof. Hiroshi Segawa  (The Univ. of Tokyo, Japan)
      • Biography

      Hiroshi Segawa is professor of The University of Tokyo. He received his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. from Kyoto University. He was Research Associate (1989-1995) at the division of Molecular Engineering of Graduate School of Engineering at Kyoto University. In 1995 he joined the University of Tokyo as Associate Professor of Department of Chemistry at Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. From 1997 he has also been in charge of Graduate School of Engineering of the University of Tokyo. In 2006 He joined Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology (RCAST), The University of Tokyo as a professor. From 2016, he was appointed a professor of Department of Multi-Disciplinary Sciences, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, The University of Tokyo. He received awards, including Prizes for Science and Technology (The Commendation for Science and Technology by MEXT, Japan, 2019), Platinum Prize (Tanaka Noble Metal Group, Japan, 2014), and The Second Solar Award (Solar Award Executive Committee, Japan, 2013). From 2020, he is Vice President of The Japanese Photochemistry Association (JPA).

    • "Semiconductor Nanomaterials for Photoelectrochemical Energy Conversion"

      Prof. Lianzhou Wang (The Univ. of Queensland, Australia)
      • Biography

      Lianzhou Wang is Professor and ARC Australian Laureate Fellow in School of Chemical Engineering, Senior Group Leader of Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology, and Director of Nanomaterials Centre, the University of Queensland. His research focuses on the design and application of functional semiconductor nanomaterials for renewable energy conversion/storage applications including photocatalytsts for solar hydrogen production and new generation solar cells. Lianzhou has contributed > 450 journal publications, attracting >30,000 citations. Lianzhou has won prestigious Fellowships/awards including ARC QEII Fellowship of 2006, Scopus Young Researcher Award of 2011, ARC Future Fellowship of 2012, ARC Laureate Fellowship and Research Excellence Award in Chemical Engineering of 2019. He is the fellow of Royal Society of Chemistry and is named in the list of the Clarivate’ Highly Cited Researchers.

    • "Photocatalytic Water Splitting by Polymeric Carbon Nitride"

      Prof. Xinchen Wang (Fuzhou Univ., China)
      • Biography

      Prof. Xinchen Wang is the vice president of Fuzhou University, P.R. China, and the director of the State Key Laboratory of Photocatalysis on Energy and Environment at Fuzhou University. He received his PhD from The Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2005 with Prof. Jimmy Yu, and moved to Tokyo University as a JSPS post-doctor in 2006 with Prof. Domen. In 2007, he worked at the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, Germany, as an Alexander von Humboldt fellow, and appointed as a group leader in 2008-2012. He was the Fellow of The Royal Society of Chemistry (UK) in 2015 and was appointed as the distinguished professor of Changjiang Scholars in 2016 (China). He is one of the pioneers in field of carbon nitride photocatalysis. He developed graphitic carbon nitride photocatalysts for water splitting, CO2 reduction, water purification, air-pollution degradation, and organosynthesis. He developed a series of synthesis approaches to promote the performance of the carbon nitride based photocatalysts and other conjugated polymer photocatalysts. He also attempts to address the fundamental issues in polymer photocatalysts, including visible light absorption, charge separation and transport, and kinetics of the redox reaction. To date, he has achieved more than 280 peer-reviewed publications, including Nat. Mater., Nat. Rev. Mater., Nat. Catal., J. Am. Chem. Soc., Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., Nat. Commun. and more. His total citations are ca. 54,000 times with H-index of 113. He is the founding Associate Editor of Sustainable Energy and Fuels, International advisor broad of ChemSusChem, Section Editor of J. Energ. Chem..

    • Prof. Huagui Yang (East China Univ of Sci and Tech., China)
    • "Layered Double Hydroxide based Nanostructured Photocatalysts for Solar Fuels and Value-added Chemicals"

      Prof. Tierui Zhang (Chinese Academy of Sciences, China)
      • Biography

      Dr. Tierui Zhang is a full Professor in Technical Institute of Physics and Chemistry (TIPC), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and Director of Key Laboratory of Photochemical Conversion and Optoelectronic Materials, CAS. He received his B.S. in Chemistry in 1998, and Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry in 2003 from Jilin University in China. After that, he did postdoctoral study in Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, University of Alberta, University of Arkansas and University of California-Riverside, respectively. His research activity focuses on catalyst nanomaterials for energy conversion such as photocatalytic solar fuels and value-added chemicals. He has published more than 250 peer reviewed SCI journal articles in international famous journals such as Nat. Catal., Nat. Commun., Adv. Mater., Angew. Chem. and J. Am. Chem. Soc. These publications have earned him to date over 20000 citations with H-index 75. He was named in the annual Highly Cited Researchers 2018-2020 List by Clarivate Analytics. Dr. Zhang is the associate editor of Science Bulletin and also serves as an editorial board member for peer-reviewed journals including Advanced Energy Materials, Advanced Science, Scientific Reports, ChemPhysChem, Materials Chemistry Frontier, Solar RRL, Carbon Energy, Innovation and SmartMat. He is the recipient of a number of awards including Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship, Royal Society-Newton Advanced Fellowship, National High-Level Talents Special Support Program, “Outstanding Young Scholars” of the National Science Fund. He was named a fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC) in 2017. More information can be found from his homepage http://zhanglab.ipc.ac.cn. His ORCID No.: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7948-9413

    • "Organic Semiconductor Photocatalysis on Split Water and Anti-tumor"

      Prof. Yongfa Zhu (Tsinghua Univ., China)
      • Biography

      Prof. Dr. Yongfa Zhu is currently a full professor of Tsinghua University and associate editor for Applied Catalysis B. He received his BA degree in 1985 from Nanjing University and obtained his master degree in 1988 from Peking University. had studied and worked at Tsinghua University since 1992 to now and received a PhD degree at 1995. His current research is focused on photocatalysis and application on environmental,energy conversion and anti-tumor. He is the author and co-author of 405 original research papers published in SCI journals. The total cited numbers reached about 32600 and the H-index arrived at 102. About 38 papers was selected as High-Cited Papers by Essential Science Indicators. Elsevier highly cited scholar from 2014 to 2020, and Clarivate highly cited scientist from 2018 to 2020.

2. Photoluminescence and Photochromic Materials

    • "Photophysics and Photochemistry of Earth Abundant Metal Complexes"

      Prof. Chi-Ming Che (The Univ. of Hong Kong, Hong Kong)
    • "Photoluminescence and Electroluminescence of Heteroleptic Platinum (II) Complexes"

      Prof. Chin-Ti Chen (Inst. of Chemistry, Academia Sinica, Taiwan)
      • Biography
      • Ph.D. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, U.S.A. (1992)
      • M.S. National Taiwan University, Taiwan (1984)
      • B.S.Tamkang University, Taiwan (1982)
      • 2010-present Adjunct professor, Department of Chemistry, National Central University
      • Part-time professor, Advanced Research Institute, National Taiwan University of Science and Technology (2008-2010)
      • Adjunct professor, Department of Applied Chemistry, National Yang Ming Chiao Tung University (2007-present)
      • Deputy director, Institute of Chemistry, Academia Sinica (2005-2009)
      • Part-time professor, Department of Chemistry, Soochow University (2005-2007)
      • Research Fellow, Institute of Chemistry, Academia Sinica (2003-present)
      • Part-time associate professor, Department of Chemistry, National Taiwan Normal University (2002-2004)
      • Associate Research Fellow, Institute of Chemistry, Academia Sinica (2000-2003)
      • Part-time associate professor, Department of Chemistry, National Taiwan University (2000-2002)
      • Assistant Research Fellow, Institute of Chemistry, Academia Sinica (1995-2000)
      • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Chemistry, California Institute of Science and Technology, U.S.A. (1992-1995)
      • Teaching Assistant, Department of Chemistry, National Taiwan University (1986-1987)
      Awards and Honors
      • IAAM Award Lecture in the Advanced Materials Lecture Series 2020 (2020)
      • Taiwan Councilor, The Asian and Oceanian Photochemistry Association (2019 -)
      • Associate Editor, Journal of the Chinese Chemical Society (2014 -)
      • Coordinator of Sustainable Chemical Science and Technology (SCST) of Taiwan International Graduate Program (TIGP) (2013 -)
      Research Interest
      • Organic Optoelectronic Materials
      • Organic Light-Emitting Diodes, Polymer Photovoltaics, Perovskite Solar Cells
      Life-time Publications
      • Scientific and Popular Publications (~250,)
      • SCI Journal Publication (~160 (~7500 citation, 45 h-index),)
      • Chapters/Books (5,)
      • Patents (11,)
      • Patent Technology Transfer Fee (1,239,000 NTD (US Patent US 6884525 B2, 2005 and ROC Patent I 205792, 2004).)
    • "Highly Efficient NIR Phosphors and OLEDs"

      Prof. Yun Chi (City Univ. of Hong Kong, Hong Kong)
      • Biography

      Professor Chi, Yun received his bachelor degree in chemistry from National Tsing Hua University in 1978 and doctoral degree under Prof. John R. Shapley from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1986. After spending one year as postdoctoral fellow with Prof. Dietmar Seyferth at M.I.T., he joined the Department of Chemistry, National Tsing Hua University as associate professor in August of 1987 and promoted to professor in 1991 and Chair professor in 2000. He moved to the Department of Materials Science and Engineering of City University of Hong Kong in February, 2018.

    • "Mechanoresponse of Luminescent Gold(I) Isocyanide and NHC Complexes"

      Prof. Hajime Ito (Hokkaido Univ., Japan)
      • Biography

      Hajime Ito was born in Osaka, Japan, in 1968. He completed the Ph.D. degree in 1996 under the direction of late Professor Yoshihiko Ito. He then worked as an Assistant Professor at Tsukuba University in corroboration with Professor Akira Hosomi and moved to the Institute for Molecular Science. He also joined Professor Kim D. Janda's research group at the Scripps Research Institute as a research associate in 2001. In 2002 he was appointed as an Associate Professor at Hokkaido University, working with Professor Masaya Sawamura. He was promoted to a Full Professor at the same university in 2010.

    • "Circularly Polarized Luminescence of Supramolecular Nanoassemblies of Chiral Conjugated Gelators"

      Prof. Minghua Liu (Chinese Academy of Sci.s, China)
      • Biography

      Prof. Minghua Liu is now a Professor in Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences. He serves as the deputy director in the CAS Key laboratory of Colloid, Interface and thermodynamics.
      He graduated from Nanjing University in 1986 and received his Ph.D. in 1994 in Chemistry from Saitama University, Japan. After doing postdoctoral research at the Institute of Physical and Chemical Research (RIKEN) and at the Tokyo University of Agriculture and Industry, he joined the Institute of Photographic Chemistry in 1998 and then the Institute of Chemistry, CAS in 1999 and has been working as a professor to date.
      His research interests cover supramolecular chemistry, colloid and interface science, self-assembly, and gel-based soft nanomaterials. He is particularly interested in the chirality issues in supramolecular and self-assembly systems. He is the deputy editor of <Acta Physico-Chimica Sinica>, advisory board member of <Advanced sciences> and <Chirality>

    • "Manipulating Energy Transfer Processes in Molecular and Supramolecular System"

      Prof. Soo Young Park (Seoul Nat'l Univ., Korea)
      • Biography

      Soo Young Park earned his PhD degree from Seoul National University in 1988. He has been a senior researcher in the Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST, Korea) in 1985-1995. He joined Seoul National University as a faculty member in 1995 and was promoted and tenured to the full professor of Materials Science and Engineering in 2004. He has been a director of the Organic Nanophotonics National Research Laboratory (NRL) of Korea in 2004-2009 and a director of the Creative Research Initiative Center for Supramolcular Optoelectronics Materials (CSOM) in 2009-2018. He has been awarded with Shinyang Engineering Award (2005), Samsung Polymer Award (2007), Academic Research Award of Seoul National University (2009), and Sudang Prize (2016). In 2010, he was appointed as the fellow of Korean Academy of Science and Technology (KAST). His research areas include design and synthesis of molecular electronics and photonics materials related to the fluorescence, phosphorescence, electroluminescence, solar cell, transistor, battery, artificial photosynthesis, photochromism, sensing, optical recording, and nonlinear optics. Web of Science Researcher ID of Soo Young Park is G-1080-2012 and relevant Publons page is as follows.

    • "Strongly Luminescent Cyclometalated Rhodium(III) Complexes and Their Applications in Efficient Organic Light-Emitting Devices"

      Prof. Keith Man-Chung Wong (Southern Univ. of Sci. and Tech., China)
      • Biography

      Dr. Keith Man-Chung Wong received his B.Sc. (Hons) and Ph.D. (under the supervisor of Prof. V. W.-W. Yam) degrees at The University of Hong Kong. Dr. Wong joined the Southern University of Science and Technology in 2021 and he is now an Associate Professor. He received the awards of Asian and Oceanian Photochemistry Association (APA) Prize for young scientists (2009-2010) and Peacock Program from Shenzhen Government (2013). His current research interests cover organic fluorescent dyes, phosphorescent transition metal complexes or their hybrids as photofunctional materials for potential applications in chemosensing, cell-imaging, photodynamic therapy and OLEDs.

3. Plasmonics and Nanophotonics

    • "Ultrasensitive Detection of SARS-CoV-2 Biomarkers Using Nanoplasmonic Biosensors"

      Prof. Jaebum Choo (Chung-Ang Univ., Korea)
      • Biography

      Jaebum Choo is a Distinguished Professor and a Director of the “Center for Nanophotonics-based Biomedical Diagnostics Research (ERC)” at Chung-Ang University. He obtained a Ph.D. in laser spectroscopy from Texas A&M University in 1994. He served as the President of the Korea Biochip Society in 2015 and the Analytical Chemistry Division Chair of the Korean Chemical Society in 2020. His current research program is centered on the development of ultra-sensitive nanoplasmonic sensors for the rapid and accurate diagnosis of infectious diseases. He has given 130 invited lectures in the USA, Europe, and Asia, published over 290 research papers in refereed journals, and contributed ten book chapters with >15,000 citations and an H-index of 65. Jaebum is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry in the UK and serves as an associate editor of Analyst now.

    • "Single-molecule Chemistry and Spectroscopy Using Localized Surface Plasmon"

      Prof. Yousoo Kim (RIKEN, Japan)
      • Biography

      Dr. Yousoo Kim graduated in 1991 from the Department of Chemistry, Seoul National University, where he also obtained a master’s degree in 1993. In 1999, he joined the Surface Chemistry Laboratory at RIKEN after getting PhD degree from The University of Tokyo. Since 2010, he has been the principal investigator of the Surface and Interface Science Laboratory. His research focuses on describing the details of energy transport and conversion on solid surfaces and interfaces in the nanoscale regime based on atomic/molecular scale spectroscopy.

    • "Exploring the plasmon-catalyzed chemical reactions using the plasmon-enhanced vibrational spectroscopy"

      Prof. Zee Hwan Kim (Seoul Nat'l Univ., Korea)
      • Biography

      Zee Hwan Kim is currently a professor of Department of Chemistry at Seoul National University. His Ph.D. thesis research focuses on the role of vibrational excitation on the gas-phase atom-polyatom reaction, and asymmetric angular momentum polarization of photofragments. As a postdoctoral associate at UC Berkeley in 2002-2004, he studied near-field microscopy techniques. Before joining the Chemistry Department at SNU, he was an associate and an assistant professor at Korea University (Seoul, Korea). His research group at SNU focuses on nanoparticle plasmonics, single molecule SERS, and development of optical nanoscopy techniques.

      • B.S. / Chemistry, Seoul National University (1995)
      • Ph.D. / Physical Chemistry, Stanford University (2002)
      • Postdoctoral Associate / University of California, Berkeley (2002-2005)
      • Assistant and Associate Professor / Dept. of Chemistry, Korea Univ. (Seoul, KR) (2005-2013)
      • Associate and Full Professor / Dept. of Chemistry, Seoul Nat'l Univ. (Seoul, KR) (2013-present)
    • "Surface-enhanced Raman Scattering (SERS): Emerging Opportunities in Materials Design Beyond Hotspot Engineering"

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

      Xing Yi Ling received her Ph.D. degree in Chemistry from University of Twente, the Netherlands in 2009. She then did a postdoctoral research at the University of California, Berkeley between 2009 -2011 under the Rubicon Fellowship from the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research. Xing Yi Ling joined Chemistry and Biological Chemistry division at Nanyang Technological University in 2011, where she was promoted to associate professor in 2016. She is the recipient of the Asian Rising Star Lectureship, the Asian Chemical Congress (2019), Lectureship Awardee at the Chemical Society Japan Annual Meeting (2016), L’ORÉAL Singapore for Women in Science National Fellowship (2015), the Asian and Oceanian Photochemistry Association prize for Young Scientist (2014), Singapore National Research Foundation Fellowship (2012), Rubicon Fellowship by the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (2009), and IUPAC Young Chemist award (2009). Her research group focuses nanoparticle synthesis, surface chemistry, self-assembly, nanopatterning, nanofabrication, materials and device characterization. In particular, her group uses molecule-specific surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) for fundamental studies and applications in catalysis, sensing, and diagnosis.

    • "Enhanced Water Splitting under Modal Strong and Ultra Strong Coupling Conditions"

      Prof. Hiroaki Misawa (Hokkaido Univ. and Nat’l Yang Ming Chiao Tung University, Japan)
      • Biography

      Hiroaki Misawa is a professor at the Research Institute for Electronic Science at Hokkaido University, Japan. He received his Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Tsukuba in 1984. After an assistant professorship at the University of Tsukuba, he joined the Microphotoconversion project (ERATO) of JST. He became an associate professor at the University of Tokushima in 1993 and was promoted to full professor in 1995. He moved to Hokkaido University as full professor in 2003. Since 2015, he has held an additional post as a chair professor at National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan*. His research interest is plasmonic chemistry especially in the plasmon-induced artificial photosynthesis.
      *National Chiao Tung University and National Yang Ming University merged into the National Yang Ming Chiao Tung University on February 1, 2021.

    • "Plasmon-driven chemical reaction investigated by SERS and TERS"

      Prof. Bin Ren (Xiamen Univ., China)
      • Biography

      Bin Ren received his Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from the Xiamen University in 1998. He started his career right after graduation in the same university, became full professor in 2004, and Changjiang Scholar Professor in 2016. He was awarded National Distinguished Young Scholar of National Science Foundation of China in 2008. He spent one year in City College of New York and one sabbatical year in Fritz-Haber Institute of MPG in Berlin as an Alexander von Humboldt fellow. He is now the vice director of State Key Laboratory of Physical Chemistry of Solid Surface and the vice dean of the College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering at Xiamen University. He is now an associate editor of Analytical Chemistry-ACS. His research interest is on the development of spectroscopic methods for dynamic and structure of surfaces and interfaces in the electrochemical systems and living cells at the spatial, time, and sensitivity limits.

    • "Plasmonically Active Nanoassemblies: From Chiral Plasmons to Plexcitons"

      Prof. K. George Thomas (Indian Inst. of Sci. Education and Research Thiruvananthapuram, India)
      • Biography

      K. George Thomas is a Professor at the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Thiruvananthapuram and J C Bose National Fellow. George Thomas has made significant contributions in several areas of photosciences and nanomaterials which include light-matter interaction at the nanoscale focusing on molecular systems, plasmonic systems and semiconductor quantum dots using steady-state and time-resolved spectroscopy and single-molecule/particle spectroscopy and microscopy.

      He is the recipient of several awards and distinctions He was awarded the prestigious science prize by Government of India, the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize in Chemical Sciences in 2006. He received the J C Bose National Fellowship in 2014, the highest national research fellowship of India. He is an elected fellow of the Indian National Science Academy, New Delhi and Indian Academy of Sciences, Bangalore.

      Professor George is currently serving as the President of the Asian and Oceanian Photochemistry Association and Dean, Faculty affairs of Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Thiruvananthapuram.

    • "Plasmon-Driven Nitrogen Photofixation"

      Prof. Jianfang Wang (The Chinese Univ. of Hong Kong, China)
      • Biography

      Jianfang Wang obtained his BS degree in inorganic chemistry and software design in 1993 from the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC), his MS degree in inorganic chemistry in 1996 from Peking University, and his PhD degree in physical chemistry in 2002 from Harvard University. He did postdoctoral study in the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) from 2002 to 2005. He then joined the Department of Physics of The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) as an assistant professor in 2005, becoming an associate professor in 2011 and a full professor in 2015 there. His current research interests include colloidal metal nanocrystals, nanoplasmonics, nanophotonics and photocatalysis. He has published ~230 papers with a total number of citations of ~26160 and an h-index of 74 (Web of Science).

4. Spectroscopy and Dynamics

    • "Cold Ion Trap Infrared Spectroscopy on Metal Ions Complexes with a Partial Peptide of the Selectivity Filter in K+ Channels - Ion Selectivity and Hydration"

      Prof. Masaaki Fujii (Tokyo Inst. of Tech., Japan)
      • Biography

      Masaaki Fujii obtained Dr. Sci. from Tohoku University (1987). He was appointed as Professor of Tokyo Institute of Technology in 2003 via Assistant Professor of Tohoku U., Visiting Scientist of Cornell U., Associate Professor of Waseda U., Professor of Institute for Molecular Science and Director of Laser Research Center for Molecular Science. He has been studying spectroscopy and dynamics of isolated molecules and clusters by developing novel multicolor laser spectroscopy including picosecond time-resolved UV-UV-IR spectroscopy. Recently he is expanding the target to biomolecular recognition and applying these unique methods to molecular clusters including biomolecules. He was awarded by Chemical Society of Japan (2014), The Spectroscopical Society of Japan (2015), Japan Society for Molecular Science (2018) and Humboldt Foundation (2019).

    • "Photochemistry Probed by Time-resolved X-ray Liquidography"

      Prof. Hyotcherl Ihee (KAIST, Korea)
      • Biography

      Professor Hyotcherl Ihee has been widely recognized as a distinguished scientist and a prominent leader in the field of time-resolved x-ray solution scattering (liquidography), time-resolved x-ray crystallography, and time-resolved optical spectroscopy. His research is focused on understanding the structural dynamics of a wide range of molecules covering small molecules to proteins using such techniques. In particular, he has made significant contributions to establishing time-resolved x-ray liquidography, a state-of-the-art method for visualizing the three-dimensional (3D) molecular structure of reaction intermediates in the liquid and solution phases. Using the technique, he has elucidated the structural dynamics and the mechanisms of the reactions of various haloalkanes, organometallics, photocatalysts, and proteins, including chemical bond-forming events. 

    • "Charge Carrier Dynamics in Perovskite Nanocrystals"

      Prof. Anunay Samanta (Univ. of Hyderabad, India)
      • Biography

      Prof. Anunay Samanta is at the School of Chemistry, University of Hyderabad, India since 1990 after obtaining his Ph.D. (1987) from the Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science (Jadavpur University), Kolkata and a postdoctoral tenure at the Radiation Laboratory, University of Notre Dame, USA. He is an elected Fellow of the Science Academies of India and recipient of many national and international awards, which include J.C. Bose National Fellowship, Thomson Reuters India Citation Award, Raman-Mizushima Lecture Award, and APA Award. His current research interests are in ultrafast dynamics and single-molecule fluorescence spectroscopy of the perovskite nanocrystals and related materials.

    • "A Photochemical Reaction Becomes Ultrafast at the Air/Water Interface"

      Prof. Tahei Tahara (RIKEN, Japan)
      • Biography
      • Doctor of Science, the University of Tokyo (1989)
      • Research Associate, the University of Tokyo (1989)
      • Research Associate, Kanagawa Academy of Science and Technology (KAST) (1990)
      • Associate Professor, Institute for Molecular Science (IMS) (1995)
      • Chief Scientist, Director of Molecular Spectroscopy Laboratory, RIKEN (2001)
    • "Dynamics in Tetrabenzoporphyrin Derivatives Studied by Time-Resolved Terahertz Spectroscopy"

      Prof. Keisuke Tominaga (Kobe Univ., Japan)
      • Biography

      Keisuke Tominaga (B.Sc. 1985, Kyoto University; D.Sc. 1990, Kyoto University) became a professor at Molecular Photoscience Research Center, Kobe University in 2001. His research focuses on time-resolved spectroscopy of condensed phases.

5. Photophysics and Photochemistry

    • "Structures and Reactions of Neutral and Ionic Clusters of Azine Molecules in the Gas Phase by IR-VUV and VUV-IR Spectroscopy"

      Prof. Takayuki Ebata (National Yang Ming Chiao Tung University, Taiwan)
      • Biography
      Higher Education
      • Tokyo Institute of Technology, Tokyo, Japan
      • Ph. D in Chemistry (03.1981) Tokyo Institute of Technology
      Academic career
      • Tohoku University, Japan
        Assistant Professor (04.1981 - 03.1993)
        Associate Professor (04.1993 - 03.2004)
      • Hiroshima University, Japan
        Professor (04.2004 - 03.2019)
      • National Chiao Tung University
        Chair Professor (06.2019 -)
        Current Major: Nonlinear Laser Spectroscopy of Molecular Clusters in the Gas-Phase
      • Takaoka Citizen’s Award of Culture (02.1997)
      • Award of Promotion of Scientific Measurement (01.1998)
      • Hiroshima University President Award (12.2007)
      • The CSJ Award for Creative Work (03.2008)
      • Honorary Professor of Orenburg State University (10.2014)
      • Award of the Spectroscopical Society of Japan (05.2016)
      • Award of Japan Society for Molecular Science (09.206)
      • 75th Chugoku Shimbun Cultural Award (11.2018)
      • Chemical Society of Japan Fellow (03.2019)
    • "Electron Spin Dynamics on Triplet Harvesting in Organic Electronics"

      Prof. Tadaaki Ikoma (Niigata Univ., Japan)
      • Biography
      • Received a Ph. D. from Tohoku University, Japan. (1993)
      • M.S. in Science, Tohoku University, Japan. (1986-1988)
      • B.A. in Chemistry, Tohoku University, Japan.(1982-1986)
      Work Experience
      • Professor, Institute of Science and Technology, Niigata University, Japan. (2012-Present)
      • Associate Professor, Faculty of Science, Niigata University, Japan. (2007-2012)
      • Assistant Professor Institute of Multidisciplinary Research for Advanced Materials, Tohoku University, Japan. (2007)
      • 2001-2007 Research Associate, Institute of Multidisciplinary Research for Advanced Materials, Tohoku University, Japan.
      • Research Associate, Institute for Chemical Reaction Science, Tohoku University, Japan. (1991-2001)
      • Research Associate, The Chemical Research Institute of Non-aqueous Solutions, Tohoku University, Japan. (1989-1991)
      • Part-time Lecturer, Nagaoka University of Technology, Japan. (2020-2021)
      • Part-time Lecturer, Kyoto University, Japan. (2019-2020)
      • Part-time Lecturer, National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan. (2018)
      • Part-time Lecturer, Saitama University, Japan. (2017-2018)
      • Part-time Lecturer, Osaka University, Japan. (2017-2018)
      • Part-time Lecturer, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China. (2015)
      • Director, Center for Instrumental Analysis, Niigata University, Japan. (2013-2017)
      • Part-time Lecturer, Osaka City University, Japan. (2013)
      • Part-time Lecturer, Nagoya University, Japan. (2012-2013)
      • Part-time Lecturer, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China. (2011)
      • Researcher, Precursory Research for Embryonic Science and Technology, Japan, Science and Technology Agency (2006-2010)
      • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Faculty of Physics, Leiden University, The Netherlands (1996-1997)
      Research Highlights
      • Structure & Dynamics of Carrier and Exciton in Organic Semiconductor (1995-Present)
      • Electronic Structure of Impurity Level in Semiconductor (1996-1997)
      • Radical Structure in Coal and Carbonaceous Solids (1993-1996)
      • Photochemistry and Photophysics of Organic Molecules (1989-Present)
      • Young Investigator Award, the Society of Electron Spin Science and Technology. (2003)
      Society Activity
      • Auditor, Society of Electron Spin Science and Technology. (2020-Present)
      • Vice President, Society of Electron Spin Science and Technology. (2016-2017)
      • Representative, Asian-Pacific EPR/ESR Society. (2015-2018)
      • Editor, Bulletin of Society of Electron Spin Science and Technology. (2012-2014)
      • International Advisory Committee, International Meeting on Spins in Organic Semiconductors. (2010-Present)
      • Board Member, Society of Electron Spin Science and Technology. (2010-2011)
      Selected recent papers
      • Oka, Y.; Miura, T.; Ikoma, T. Photogenerated Radical Pair between Flavin and Tryptophan-containing Transmembrane-type Peptide in Large Unilamellar Vesicle. J. Phys. Chem. B 2021 in press.
      • Wakikawa, Y.; Ikoma, T. Recombination of Free Carriers and Space Charges in Poly(3- hexylthiophene), as Revealed by Electrically and Capacitively Detected Magnetic Resonances. J. Phys. Chem. C 2020, 124, 19945-19952.
      • Miura, T.; Miyaji, K.; Horikoshi, T.; Suzuki, S.; Kozaki, M.; Okada, K.; Ikoma, T. Spin-dependent electron transfer dynamics in a platinum-complex–donor–acceptor triad studied by transient-absorption detected magnetic field effect. J. Chem. Phys. 2019, 151, 234306.
      • Shoji, R.; Miura, T.; Ikoma, T. An impact of higher fullerene on charge recombination in organic solar cell studied by magnetoconductance. Org. Electron. 2019, 75, 105383.
      • Miura, T.; Maeda, K.; Oka, Y.; Ikoma, T. Gigantic Magnetic Field Effect on the Long-Lived Intermolecular Charge-Separated State Created at the Nonionic Bilayer Membrane. J. Phys. Chem. B 2018, 122, 12173-12183.
      • Shoji, R.; Omori, T.; Wakikawa, Y.; Miura, T.; Ikoma, T. Magnetoconductance Study on Nongeminate Recombination in Solar Cell using Poly(3-hexylthiophene) and [6,6]-Phenyl C61-butyric Acid Methyl Ester. ACS Omega 2018, 3, 9369-9377.
      • Kudo, N.; Uchida, K.; Ikoma, T.; Takahashi, K.; Kuzuhara, D.; Suzuki, M.; Yamada, H.; Kumagai, D.; Yamaguchi, Y.; Nakayama, K.-i. Transient Photocurrent Elucidating Carrier Dynamics and Potential of Bulk Heterojunction Solar Cells Fabricated by Thermal Precursor Approach. Solar RRL 2018, 2, 1700234
      • Wakikawa, Y.; Ikoma, T.; Yamamoto, Y.; Fukushima, T.; Aida, T.; Akiyama, K. Temperature Dependence of Magnetophotoconductance in One-dimensional Molecular Assembly of Hexabenzocoronene. Omega 2017, 2, 3260–3266.
      • Miura, T.; Fujiwara, D.; Akiyama, K.; Horikoshi, T.; Suzuki, S.; Kozaki, M.; Okada, K.; Ikoma, T. Magnetic Control of the Charge-Separated State Lifetime Realized by Covalent Attachment of a Platinum Complex. J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 2017, 8, 661-665.
      • Isozaki, T.; Oba, H.; Ikoma, T.; Suzuki, T. Simultaneous Two-Photon Absorption to Gerade Excited Singlet States of Diphenylacetylene and Diphenylbutadiyne Using Optical-Probing Photoacoustic Spectroscopy. J. Phys. Chem. A 2016, 120, 6137-6145.
      Short Description of Research Career

      In 1993, I received my PhD degree from Tohoku University in the laboratory of Professor Yusaku Ikegami. I continued my training in molecular spectroscopy using time-resolved and pulsed electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) techniques as a Research Associate at Tohoku University under the supervision of Professors Yusaku Ikegami and Shozo Tero-Kubota (1989-2007). Meanwhile I also studied impurity levels in a wide bandgap semiconductor using high frequency EPR with Professor Jan Schmidt as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Leiden University (1996-1997). In 2007 I became of a faculty member of Niigata University and has started a study on agnetoresponse of optoelectronic properties of organic semiconductor. After appointed to a full professor of Niigata University in 2012, I still continues and expands the research projects of spin science of organic semiconductor.
      At 2003 the Society of Electron Spin Science and Technology selected me to receive the Young Investigator Award. I was a Researcher of Precursory Research for Embryonic Science and Technology supported by Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) engaged in "Creation of Molecular Device with Photoinduced Giant Magnetoresistance" in 2006-2010. I also joined to a project of Core Research for Evolutionary Science and Technology supported by JST in 2010-2016, which is "High Efficient Organic Solar Cell with Small Molecules". My current research focuses on triplet harvesting by manipulating the electron spin to realizing high efficient organic solar cell and light emitting diode.

    • "Real-time Electron Dynamics of the Non-valence Bound State of Polyatomic Anions"

      Prof. Sang Kyu Kim (KAIST, Korea)
      • Biography

      Prof. Kim graduated from Seoul National University (B.S. 1984, M. S. 1986). He obtained ph. D. degree under the supervision of Prof. C. Bradley Moore at UC Berkeley in 1993. Thereafter, he went to Caltech as an Arthur Amos Noyes postdoctoral scholar for femto-chemistry researches supervised by the late Prof. Ahmed H. Zewail. Prof. Kim started to teach and carry out the independent research at Inha university (1996. 3 - 2003. 6) and now at KAIST (since 2003. 7). He is interested in "excited-state reaction dynamics of polyatomic molecules" especially regarding nonadiabatic transitions near the conical intersections and the non-Born-Oppenheimer electron-nuclear coupling dynamics.

    • "Nuclear wave packets in excited states: their detection, origin, and significance on molecular processes"

      Prof. Taiha Joo (POSTECH, Korea)
      • Biography

      Prof. Joo received his B.S. (1984) and M.S. (1986) degrees in chemistry from Seoul National University and Ph.D. from Cornell University in 1993. Following postgraduate work at the University of Chicago with professor G. R. Fleming, he joined the POSTECH Department of Chemistry in 1996. He is now the full professor and director of the Center for Quantum Dynamics at POSTECH, one of the Science Research Center funded by the National Research Foundation of Korea. His research interests center on the molecular reaction dynamics in excited states for systems ranging from small molecules to biomolecules, and focus, in particular, on the quantum nature and coherences.

6. Photobiology and Photosynthesis (Bioimaging)

    • "Molecular optogenetics: the new molecular approach to study real-time functions of molecules in live cells and animals"

      Prof. Won Do Heo (KAIST, Korea)
      • Biography

      Won Do Heo received his Ph.D. from Gyeongsang National University in Korea in 1999 and moved to Duke University and then to Stanford University for post-doc training. During his postdoctoral training, he investigated the roles of human small GTPases by cloning 125 human small GTPases. His work was published in Cell, Science, and Molecular Cell as the first author. After post-doctoral training he moved to KAIST as a professor. As a PI he continued to study the roles of diverse signaling proteins in mammalian cells by using various bio-imaging technologies. His group has also developed novel optogenetic and bio-imaging technologies using the resources of ~20,000 human proteins.

      His group has focused on developing various bio-imaging and optogenetic tools that are useful for research in cell biology and neuroscience, including LARIAT, IM-LARIAT, optoSTIM1, optoFGFRs and optoTrk receptors for controlling proteins, mRNA, intracelluar calcium, antibody. His group is currently applying the novel technologies to the study of spatiotemporal roles of receptors, signaling proteins, second messengers and local mRNA translation in synaptic plasticity and learning and memory in normal and disease mouse models.

    • "Bacterial Transcription Termination: New Answers to Old Questions"

      Prof. Sungchul Hohng (Seoul Nat'l Univ., Korea)
      • Biography
      Education / Career
      • Professor (2015-Present), Seoul National University, Korea
      • Associate Professor (2010-2015), Seoul National University, Korea
      • Assistant Professor (2006-2010), Seoul National University, Korea
      • Postdoctoral Fellow (2002-2006), UIUC, Urbana-Champaign, USA
      • Postdoctoral Fellow (2000-2001), Seoul National University, Korea
      • Ph.D. (2000) Seoul National University, Korea
      • M.S. (1996) Seoul National University, Korea
    • "Algal Photoprotection: Signal Transduction and the Mechanism"

      Dr. Jun Minagawa (Nat’l Inst. of Natural Sci., Japan)
      • Biography

      Jun Minagawa is a professor in the division of Environmental Photobiology at National Institute for Basic Biology (NIBB), Japan. He received his Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences in 1992. After a three-year postdoctoral at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, he worked as a researcher at RIKEN for six years. He was an associate professor at the Institute of Low Temperature Science, Hokkaido University until September 2010. His current research interest focuses on environmental acclimation of photosynthetic supercomplexes.

      Selected Publications
      • 1. Pan, X., Tokutsu, R., Li, A., Takizawa, K., Song, C., Murata, K., Yamasaki, T., Liu, Z., Minagawa, J., Li, M. (2021) Structural basis of LhcbM5-mediated state transitions in green algae. Nat. Plants 7:1119-1131.
      • 2. Kim, E., Watanabe, A., Duffy, C. D. P., Ruban, A. V., Minagawa, J. (2020) Multimeric and monomeric photosystem II supercomplexes represent structural adaptations to low- and high-light conditions. J. Biol. Chem. 295: 14537-14545.
      • 3. Sheng, X., Watanabe, A., Li, A., Kim, E., Song, C., Murata, K., Song, D., Minagawa, J., Liu, Z. (2019) Structural insight into light harvesting for photosystem II in green algae. Nat. Plants 5: 1320-1330.
      • 4. Tokutsu, R., Fujimura-Kamada, K., Matsuo, T., Yamasaki, T., Minagawa, J. (2019) The CONSTANS flowering complex controls the protective response of photosynthesis in the green alga Chlamydomonas. Nat. Commun. 10: 4099.
      • 5. Aihara, Y., Maruyama, S., Baird, A. H., Iguchi, A., Takahashi, S., Minagawa, J. (2019) Green fluorescence from cnidarian hosts attracts symbiotic algae. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U. S. A. 116: 2118-2123.
      • 6. Aihara, Y., Fujimura-Kamada, K., Yamasaki, T., Minagawa, J. (2019) Algal photoprotection is regulated by the E3 ligase CUL4-DDB1(DET1). Nat. Plants 5: 34-40.
      • 7. Kosuge, K., Tokutsu, R., Kim, E., Akimoto, S., Yokono, M., Ueno, Y., Minagawa, J. (2018) LHCSR1-dependent fluorescence quenching is mediated by excitation energy transfer from LHCII to photosystem I in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U. S. A. 115: 3722-3727.
      • 8. Petroutsos, D., Tokutsu, R., Maruyama, S., Flori, S., Greiner, A., Magneschi, L., Cusant, L., Kottke, T., Mittag, M., Hegemann, P., Finazzi, G., Minagawa, J. (2016) A blue light photoreceptor mediates the feedback regulation of photosynthesis. Nature 537: 563-566.
      • 9. Tokutsu, R. and Minagawa, J. (2013) Energy-dissipative supercomplex of photosystem II associated with LHCSR3 in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U. S. A. 110: 10016-10021.
      • 10. Iwai, M., Takizawa, K., Tokutsu, R., Okamuro, A., Takahashi, Y., Minagawa, J. (2010) Isolation of the elusive supercomplex driving cyclic electron transfer in photosynthesis. Nature 464: 1210-1213.
      • 11. Iwai, M., Yokono, M., Inada, N., Minagawa, J. (2010) Live cell imaging of photosystem II antenna dissociation during state transitions. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U. S. A. 107:2337-2342.
      • 12. Takahashi, H., Iwai, M., Takahashi, Y., Minagawa, J. (2006) Identification of the mobile light-harvesting complex II polypeptides for state transitions in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U. S. A. 103: 477-482.
    • "Single Molecule Imaging and Nano-detection: Role of Fluctuations in Function of Life"

      Prof. Toshio Yanagida (Osaka Univ., Japan)
      • Biography
      • Bachelor of Engineering Science, Osaka University (1969)
      • Master of Engineering Science, Osaka University (1971)
      • Doctor of Engineering Science, Osaka University (1976)
      Academic Appointments
      • Associate Researcher, Department of Bionics, Faculty of Engineering Science, Osaka University (1974-1987)
      • AssociateProfessor, Department of Bionics, Faculty of Engineering Science, Osaka University (1987-1988)
      • Professor, Department of Bionics, Faculty of Engineering Science, Osaka University (1988-2010)
      • Professor, Department of Physiology and Biosignaling, Graduate School of Medicine, Osaka University (1996-2010)
      • Dean, Graduate School of Frontier Bioscience, Osaka University (2002-2004)
      • Professor, Graduate School of Frontier Biosciences, Osaka University (2002-2010)
      • Specially Appointed Professor, Graduate School of Frontier Biosciences, Osaka University (2010-present)
      • Director, Quantitative Biology Center(QBiC), RIKEN (2011-2018)
      • Team Leader, Laboratory for Cell Dynamics Observation ,RIKEN (2011-2020)
      • Program Director, HPCI Program for Computational Life Sciences, RIKEN (2011-2016)
      • Director, Center for Information and Neural Networks(CiNet),NICT (2011-present)
      • Acting Director, Center for Developmental Biology, RIKEN (2014-2015)
      • Specially Appointed Professor ,Graduate School of Information Science and Technology, Osaka University (2016-present)
      • Director, NEC Brain-Inspired Computing Research Alliance Laboratories (2016-present)
      Research Activities and Memberships
      • Project Leader, Single Molecule Process Project, ICORP, JST (1998-2002)
      • Project Leader, Yanagida Biomotron Project, ERATO, JST (1992-1997)
      • Editorial Board of Biophysical Journal (1994-1997)
      • Research Director, Formation of Soft Nano-Machines, CREST, JST (2002-2008)
      • President, The Biophysical Society of Japan (2002-2003)
      • Research Supervisor, Novel Measuring and Analytical Technology Contributions to the Elucidation and Application of Life Phenomena, CREST, JST (2004-2012)
      • Vice-Chair of the Council of Scientists, The International Human Frontier Science Program Organization (2004-2006)
      • Member of Council, Biophysical Society (2006-2010)
      • Vice-Director, World Premier International Research Center, Immunology Frontier Research Center, Osaka University (2007-2017)
      • Program Coordinator, National Institute of Information andCommunications Technology (NICT) (2008-2011)
      • Special Advisor for foundation of Systems Biology Center in RIKEN 2011-present Research Consultant, Institute for Molecular Science National Institutes of Science2012-2015 Scientific Advisory Board of the Max Planck Institute of Molecular cell Biology and Genetic (2009-2011)
      • The Honorary Fellow of the Physical Society of Japan (JPS) (2014)
      Honors and Awards
      • 7th Osaka Science Award (1989)
      • 4th Tsukahara Memorial Award (Brain Science Promotion Foundation) (1990)
      • 1st Matsubara Lecture Award (Gordon Conference) (1992)
      • 25th Naito Memorial Science Promotion Award (Naito Memorial Promotion Foundation) (1994)
      • Imperial Prize and Japan Academy Prize (1998)
      • Asahi Award (Asahi Newspaper Culture Foundation) (1999)
      • The Fred Fay Lecture Award (U. Mass) (2000)
      • The US Genomic Award for Outstanding Investigator in the Field of Single Molecule Fluorescence Microscopy (2010)
      • Fellow of the US Biophysical Society (2011)
      • Person of Cultural merit (Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology in Japan: MEXT) (2013)
      • Osaka University Distinguished Professor (2017)
      • The Order of the Sacred Treasure, Gold and Silver Star (2019)