• "Artificial Photosynthesis for Chemical Transformation"

      Prof. Li-Zhu Wu (Chinese Academy of Sci. Beijing, China)
      • Biography
      Scientific Vita
      • Professor of Chemistry, Technical Institute of Physics and Chemistry, CAS (1999.08 -)
      • Associate Professor, Institute of Photographic Chemistry, CAS (1996.11 - 1999.08)
      • Post-doc, The University of Hong Kong (Supervisor: Prof. Chi-Ming Che) (1997.04 - 1998.04)
      • Assistant Professor, Institute of Photographic Chemistry, CAS (1995.09 - 1996.10)
      • Ph.D, Institute of Photographic Chemistry, CAS (Supervisor: Prof. Chen-Ho Tung) (1990.09 - 1995.07)
      • B.Sc., Department of Chemistry, Lanzhou University (1986.09 - 1990.07)
      Research Field

      Her research interests are focused on photochemical conversion, including artificial photosynthesis, visible light catalysis for organic transformation, and photoinduced electron transfer, energy transfer and chemical reactions in supramolecular systems.

      Awards and Recognition
      • National Nature Science Fund for Distinguished Young Scholar, China (2001)
      • National candidates for the "New Century Talents Project" (2004)
      • The 2nd National Natural Science Award as second principal investigator (2005)
      • The 10th China Youth Science and Technology Award (2007)
      • The 3rd Ten Outstanding Women of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (2009)
      • The 7th Young Women Scientists Award of China (2010)
      • The 10th Physical Organic Chemistry Award of China (2013)
      • The 3rd Chinese Chemical Society-Evonik Chemical Innovation Award (2016)
      • National "Million People Plan" Million Project Leader (2016)
      • Outstanding Mentor Award of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (2017)
      • A Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC) (2017)
      • Academician, Chinese Academy of Sciences (2019)
    • "Expanding Charge Transfer (CT) Functions in Organic Optoelectronics"

      Prof. Chihaya Adachi (Kyushu Univ., Japan)
      • Biography

      Chihaya Adachi is a distinguished professor at Kyushu University and director of Kyushu University’s Center for Organic Photonics and Electronics Research (OPERA). He is also program coordinator of Kyushu University’s Advanced Graduate da Vinci Course on Molecular Systems for Devices and director of the Fukuoka i3 center for Organic Photonics and Electronics Research. Chihaya Adachi obtained his doctorate in Materials Science and Technology in 1991 from Kyushu University and held positions as at the Chemical Products R&D Center at Ricoh Co., the Department of Functional Polymer Science at Shinshu University, the Department of Electrical Engineering at Princeton University, and Chitose Institute of Science and Technology before returning to Kyushu University as a professor.
      Adachi’s research combines the areas of chemistry, physics, and electronics to advance the field of organic light-emitting materials and devices from both the materials and device perspectives through the design of new molecules with novel properties, the study of processes occurring in individual materials and complete devices, and the exploration of new device structures, and he has co-authored over 500 research papers.
      He co-founded and serves as scientific advisor for Kyulux Inc, which is commercializing OLED emitters based on thermally activated delayed fluorescence. In 2019, he co-founded KOALA Tech Inc to further develop and eventually commercialize the organic laser diodes. Recent awards he has received include a 2017 Nishina Memorial Prize and a 2016 Thomson Reuters Research Front Award, and he was named a 2018 Highly Cited Researcher for the Cross-Field category.

    • "Mechanism of Natural Photosynthetic Water Oxidation and Its Implications on Artificial Photosynthesis"

      Prof. Jian-Ren Shen (Okayama Univ., Japan)
      • Biography

      Graduated from Zhejiang Agricultural University, China, in July, 1982.
      Obtained a Master degree from Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, Japan, in March 1986.
      Obtained a PhD degree from The University of Tokyo, Japan in March 1990.
      Worked as Research Scientist and Senior Research Scientist in RIKEN institute, Japan during 1990 to 2003.
      Then moved to Okayama University, Japan, as a professor in 2003.

      Studied on the structure and function of photosystem II, in particular solved the structure of photosystem II at an atomic resolution in 2011, which is selected as one of the ten breakthroughs in 2011 by the journal Science. Recent activities include studies on the intermediate structures of photosystem II using femtosecond X-ray free electron lasers.

      Obtained the Asahi Prize, Prime Minister’s Award of Japan on “Midori-No-Gakujutsu-Sho” (Green Science), Japan, the Gregori Aminoff Prize from the Royal Swedish Academy of Science, etc.