8th-13th July 2018

Thorsten Bach, Technical University Munich, Germany

Thorsten Bach obtained his education at the University of Heidelberg and at the University of Southern California (USC). He received his Ph.D. in 1991 from the University of Marburg with M. T. Reetz and did post-doctoral work with D. A. Evans at Harvard University. He completed his Habilitation at the University of Münster in 1996, moved to the University of Marburg as an associate professor in 1997 and was appointed to the Chair of Organic Chemistry I at the Technische Universität München (TUM) in 2000. He is an elected member of the German Academy of Sciences (Leopoldina) and of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences.



Christopher Barner-Kowollik, Queensland University of Technology, Australia

Christopher Barner-Kowollik is currently Professor of Materials Science and Head of the Soft Matter Materials Laboratory at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT). He received a PhD in Physical Chemistry in 1999 (Göttingen University). After postdoctoral research with Prof. Tom Davis and academic positions at the Centre for Advanced Macromolecular Design at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, he was appointed Full Professor of Polymer Chemistry in 2006 at the same institution. From 2008 to 2017 he held the chair for Macromolecular Chemistry at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), where he continues to head a research team. Prof. Barner-Kowollik has published over 520 peer-reviewed studies and won several awards for his research, most recently the coveted Erwin-Schrödinger Award of the Helmholtz association (2016) and an ARC Laureate Fellowship (2017). His main research interests are situated at the interface of organic, polymer and biochemistry and focus on a wide range of polymer-related research fields, such as the photochemical synthesis of complex macromolecular architectures with highly-defined functionality and composition, advanced synthesis via polymer ligation techniques and macromolecular transformations at ambient temperature in solution and on surfaces, with a strong focus on light-induced methodologies, advanced photolithographic processes, fundamental investigations into polymerization mechanisms and kinetics, as well as high resolution imaging and characterization of macromolecular chain structures via mass spectrometric methods in solution and on surfaces.

Gonzalo Cosa, McGill University, Canada

Gonzalo Cosa received his Licenciate in Chemistry degree in 1996 at the Universidad Nacional de Rio Cuarto, Argentina. In 1997 he moved to Canada, to pursue a Ph.D. degree at the University of Ottawa. His Ph.D. work in Physical Organic and Photochemistry involved mechanistic studies on drug photodegradation. As a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Texas at Austin Gonzalo Cosa worked on Single Molecule Fluorescence Studies. In 2005 he returned to Canada where he joined the Department of Chemistry at McGill University as an Assistant Professor. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 2011, and to Professor in 2016. His research program centers on the design of chemoselective fluorescent probes and manipulation of laser spectroscopy and microscopy to study chemical processes with unsurpassed spatial and temporal resolution and sensitivity. The hallmark of his program lies in visualizing the most elemental constituents of chemical matter, molecules, one at a time, unraveling properties otherwise hidden in ensemble distributions. His work has shed light on the mechanical working of single macromolecules. He has illustrated the catalytic activity of key proteins involved in the replication of DNA and RNA. He has also brought light to the structure and dynamics of nanomaterials. His research has further enabled mapping and tracking within cells the presence of elusive yet ubiquitous reactive oxygen species (ROS) associated with homeostasis, disease and aging. His work has paved the way to new bionanomaterials, diagnostics and the potential to novel therapies.

Michael Graetzel, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland

Professor of Physical Chemistry at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Michael Graetzel directs there the Laboratory of Photonics and Interfaces. He pioneered research in the field of energy and electron transfer reactions in mesoscopic systems and their use in energy conversion systems, in particular photovoltaic cells and photo-electrochemical devices for the splitting of water into hydrogen and oxygen and the reduction of carbon dioxide by sunlight as well as the storage of electric power in lithium ion batteries. He discovered a new type of solar cell based on dye sensitized nanocrystalline oxide films which successfully mimic the light reaction occurring in green leafs and algae during natural photosynthesis. Dye sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) are currently
produced by industry and sold commercially on the megawatt scale as light-weight flexible cells for powering portable electronic devices and as electricity producing glass panels for application in building integrated photovoltaics. The DSSC has engendered perovskite solar cells (PSCs) that have revolutionized the whole field of photovoltaics reaching over 22% efficiency only a few years after their inception. This exceeds the performance of polycrystalline silicon solar cells.
Author of several books and over 1200 publications that received some 180’000 citations (h-factor 196) he is one of the 3 most highly cited chemists in the world.
He graduated as Doctor of Natural Science (Dr.rer.nat.) from the Technical University of Berlin and received 10 honorary doctors degrees from Asian and European Universities. He is a member of the Swiss Chemical Society and an elected member of the German Academy of Science (Leopoldina) as well as Honorary member of the Israeli Chemical Society, the Bulgarian Academy of Science and the Société Vaudoise de Sciences Naturelles.

Laura Herz, University of Oxford, UK

Laura Herz is a Professor of Physics at the University of Oxford where she has led a research group since 2003. She received her PhD in Physics from the University of Cambridge in 2002 and was a Research Fellow at St John’s College Cambridge from 2001 – 2003. Her current research interests lie in the area of organic and organic/inorganic hybrid semiconductors including aspects such as self-assembly, nano-scale effects, charge-carrier dynamics, energy-transfer and light-harvesting for solar energy conversion.




Ana Krylov, University of Southern California, USA

Anna Krylov is the Gabilan Distinguished Professor in Science and Engineering and a Professor of Chemistry at the University of Southern California  working in the area of theoretical and computational quantum chemistry. Born in Donetsk, Ukraine, Krylov received her M.Sc. from Moscow State University and  her Ph.D. from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where she worked on molecular dynamics in rare gas clusters and matrices under the supervision of Professor Benny Gerber. Upon completing her Ph.D., she joined the group of Prof. Martin Head-Gordon at the University of California, Berkeley as a postdoctoral research associate, where she became involved with electronic structure method development. In 1998, she joined the Department of Chemistry at USC.

Professor Krylov’s research is focused on theoretical modeling of open-shell and electronically excited species. She develops robust black-box methods to describe complicated multi-configurational wave functions in single-reference formalisms, such as coupled-cluster and equation-of-motion approaches. She developed the spin-flip approach, which extends coupled-cluster and density functional methods to diradicals, triradicals, and bond-breaking. Krylov also develops many-body theories for describing metastable electronic states (resonances) and tools for spectroscopy modeling (including non-linear optical properties). Using the tools of computational chemistry, and in collaboration with  experimental laboratories, Krylov investigates the role that radicals and electronically excited species play in combustion, gas- and condensed-phase chemistry, solar energy, bioimaging, and ionization-induced processes in biology.

Professor Krylov’s research has been recognized by several awards including the Dirac medal from the World Association of Theoretical and Computational Chemists (WATOC), Theoretical Chemistry Award from the Physical Chemistry Division of the American Chemical Society, and Bessel Research Award from the Humboldt Foundation. She is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, the American Chemical Society, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Krylov is an elected member of the International Academy of Quantum Molecular Science and a Board Member of WATOC.

Testuro Majima, Osaka University, Japan

Tetsuro Majima received B.S., M.S., and Doctor degrees from Osaka University. After working at the University of Texas at Dallas (1980-1982) and at the Institute of Physical and Chemical Research (RIKEN, Japan) (1982-1994), he became an associate professor of Institute of Scientific and Industrial Research (SANKEN), Osaka University, and a professor in 1997. He specializes in photochemistry, radiation chemistry, and single-molecule fluorescence microscopy techniques to investigate organic, inorganic, and biomolecular reactions and to elucidate functionalities of nanomaterials such as DNA, proteins, catalysts, clusters, and reactive intermediates. He has co-authored over 500 scientific publications and 40 book chapters.


Julia Weinstein, University of Sheffield, UK

Dr. Weinstein obtained her Diploma in Chemistry (with honours) from Moscow Lomonosov State University in 1990, followed by a PhD from the same institution in 1994, where she became a member of staff. In 2000 she became a Royal Society/NATO postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Nottingham, which was followed by a temporary lectureship at the same institution. In 2004 she was appointed as EPSRC advanced Research Fellow and obtained a lectureship at the University of Sheffield. In 2010 she was promoted to senior lecturer, followed by a promotion to reader in 2015.

Luis Campos, Columbia University, USA

Luis M. Campos is an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry at Columbia University. He was born in Guadalajara, Mexico, and moved at the age of 11 to Los Angeles, California. He received a B.Sc. in Chemistry from CSU Dominguez Hills in 2001, and a Ph.D. from the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry at UCLA in 2006 working under the supervision of M. A. Garcia-Garibay and K. N. Houk. At UCLA, he was awarded the NSF Predoctoral Fellowship, Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship, and the Saul & Silvia Winstein Award for his graduate research in solid-state photochemistry. Switching to materials chemistry, he went to UCSB as a UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellow to work under the supervision of C. J. Hawker at the Materials Research Laboratory. At Columbia, his group’s research interests lie in polymer chemistry, self-assembly, and organic electronic materials. To date, he has co-authored over 80 articles and 12 patents; and he has received various awards, including the ACS Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award, ONR Young Investigator Award,NSF CAREER Award, 3M Non-Tenured Faculty Award, I-APS Young Faculty Award, the Journal of Physical Organic ChemistryAward for Early Excellence, and the Polymers Young Investigator Award. In addition to these research accolades, Luis has been recognized for his pedagogical contributions by the Cottrell Scholar Award, Columbia University Presidential Teaching Award, and the Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award.

Maurizio Fagnoni, University of Pavia, Italy

Maurizio Fagnoni is currently an Associate Professor at the Department of Chemistry of the University of Pavia (PhotoGreen Lab). He is interested on the development of eco-sustainable processes induced by irradiation of UV/visible light. In particular, his research is mainly focused on the discovery of methods for the facile generation of valuable intermediates (radicals, diradicals, radical ions, cations etc) to be used in synthesis or for technological application (photolithography as well as biological application). He is recently co-author of the book Photochemically-generated intermediates in synthesis.



Leticia González, University of Vienna, Austria
Leticia González, Photochemistry on the Computer
Leticia González moved in 2011 to the University of Vienna as a full professor from the University of Jena in Germany. She studied Chemistry and obtained her PhD in Madrid, before finishing the Habilitation in Theoretical Chemistry at the Free University Berlin in 2004. Among her recognitions, she received the Dirac Medal from the World Association of Theoretical and Computational Chemists in 2011 and was awarded Löwdin lecturer in 2014. Passionate about excited states, her research combines highly accurate electronic structure methods and molecular reaction dynamical methods to model photochemical reactions in organic chromophores and transition metal complexes.


Anna Gudmundsdottir, University of Cincinnati, USA

Professor Anna Gudmundsdottir earned her B.S. from the University of Iceland, and her graduate degrees from the University of British Columbia, Canada. Afterwards, she was a visiting scientist at Michigan State University and a NATO postdoctoral Fellow at the Ohio State University in USA. Currently, she is a Professor at the University of Cincinnati, USA and her research is centered on determining reaction mechanisms in the solid state and solutions, to better understand how crystal lattices control solid state reactivity and how crystals can be used to turn light into mechanical motions



Johan Hofkens, University of Leuven, Belgium

Work in Molecular Imaging and Photonics & The Department of Chemistry in KU Leuven.

Roles include: Full professor Faculty of Science, Head of Molecular Imaging and Photonics, Head of the Subdivision Single Molecules

Council and programme committee memberships include: Member (as senior academic staff) of the Council of the Faculty of Science, Member (as senior academic staff) of the Chemistry Department Council, Member (as senior academic staff) of the Chemistry Department Board



Taiha Joo, Pohang University of Science and Technology, Korea

Taiha Joo is a professor in the Chemistry of POSTECH, Korea, where he has been a faculty member since 1996 following postgraduate work at the University of Chicago with professor Graham Fleming. He is the chair of physical chemistry division of the Korean Chemical Society. He is a recipient of the Global Research Laboratory and Samsung Science and Technology foundation.
He completed his Ph.D. at Cornell University and undergraduate work at Seoul National University. His research interests lie in the area of time-resolved spectroscopies ranging from developing femtosecond lasers and measurement techniques to molecular reaction dynamics in condensed phases.



Wesley Browne, University of Groningen, Netherlands

Prof. Wesley Browne received both BSc (1999) and PhD degrees (2002, advisor Prof J. G. Vos, and receiving the Young Chemists Award from the Royal Irish Academy) from Dublin City University, followed by postdoc jointly between DCU (with Prof J. G. Vos) and Queens University Belfast (with Prof J. J. McGarvey). He subsequently moved to the Netherlands (2003), to take up a Postdoctoral fellowship and later a Senior Researcher position in the group of Prof Ben L. Feringa at the Stratingh Institute for Chemistry.

In 2007, he was awarded a VIDI innovational research award by the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research to establish an independent research group and in 2008 was appointed as Assistant Professor. In 2013 he was promoted to associate professor and in 2015 as Chair of Molecular Inorganic Chemistry at The University of Groningen. His research interests include electrochemistry of surface-confined photochromes and homogeneous oxidation catalysis.

Tia Keyes, Dublin City University, Ireland

Tia Keyes graduated with a PhD in 1996 and after 2 years postdoctoral research took up her first academic post as Lecturer in Physical Chemistry at Dublin Institute of Technology in 1998.  She moved to The School of Chemical Sciences, Dublin City University (DCU) in 2002 where she currently holds a Chair (Full Professorship) in Physical Chemistry. Tia’s research interests lie in the fields of molecular spectroscopy & photophysics and in supramolecular & interfacial chemistry.  She currently leads a research team of 14 whose current focus is on the applications of these fields to biological and biophysical problems, including cell imaging/environmental mapping, cell capture, sensing and membrane mimetics.  Tia is author/coauthor of approximately 200 peer-reviewed publications in international journals in these domains and she has supervised/co-supervised 27 PhDs to completion to date.  Tia is a member of the National Centre for Sensors Research at DCU and Coordinated the National Biophotonics and Imaging Platform at DCU from 2009 until 2014.  Tia is a Fellow the Royal Society of Chemistry and of the Institute of Chemistry of Ireland.

Petr Klan, Masaryk University, Czech Republic

Petr Klán received a MSc. degree from Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic in 1986. After working in industry for six years, he joined Michigan State University to pursue a Ph.D. under the tutelage of Prof. Peter J. Wagner. After receiving his Ph.D. in chemistry in 1998, he joined the faculty at Masaryk University where he is now a full professor. His current research focuses on photochemistry, mechanisms of organic reactions, kinetic flash photolysis, spectroscopy and photoremovable protecting groups. He co-authored the book “Photochemistry of Organic Compounds” (Wiley, 2009) with Prof. J. Wirz.



Maria Garbriela Lagorio, Instituto de Química Física de los Materiales, Medio Ambiente y Energía, Argentina

María Gabriela Lagorio obtained her PhD in Chemistry from the Faculty of Exact and Natural Sciences, University of Buenos Aires, Argentina, where she currently serves as Professor and as an Independent Researcher (CONICET-INQUIMAE). She is Head of the Biospectroscopy and Biophotochemistry laboratory.

Her main research interests consist of the spectroscopic and photophysical study of biological systems.



Xiaogang Liu, National University of Singapore, Singapore

Xiaogang Liu earned his B.E. degree (1996) in Chemical Engineering from Beijing Technology and Business University, P. R. China. He received his M. S. degree (1999) in Chemistry from East Carolina University under the direction of Prof. John Sibert and completed his PhD (2004) at Northwestern University under the supervision of Prof. Chad Mirkin. He then became a postdoctoral fellow in the group of Prof. Francesco Stellacci at MIT. He joined the faculty of the National University of Singapore in 2006. He holds a joint appointment with the Institute of Materials Research and Engineering, Agency for Science, Technology and Research. Currently, he sits as an Associate Editor for Nanoscale and serves on the editorial boards of Chemistry – An Asian Journal, Advanced Optical Materials, and Journal of Luminescence. His research encompasses optical nanomaterials and energy transfer and explores the use of luminescent nanocrystals for photocatalysis, sensing and biomedical applications.

Nathan D. McClenaghan, University of Bordeaux, France

Nathan D. McClenaghan (http://mcclenaghan.ism.u-bordeaux1.fr) is a research director at the French National Research Centre (CNRS) in Bordeaux. Research interests of his group focus on the development of functional photoactive molecule-based systems including molecular machines and photoactive nanocapsules and studies of fast processes therein. He is secretary of the French photochemical society and laureate of the CNRS medal for physical chemistry.




Jerry Meyer, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, US

Academic History:  B.S., 1985, State University of New York at Albany (undergraduate research with Kenneth D. Karlin); Ph.D., 1989, University of Wisconsin with A. B. Ellis; Postdoctoral Associate, 1989-91, UNC-Chapel Hill with T. J. Meyer.  Current Position:  Professor of Chemistry, UNC-Chapel Hill.  Significant Past Positions:  Assistant Professor at Johns Hopkins University 1991-1997; Associate Professor at JHU 1997-2000; Professor of Chemistry and Materials Science & Engineering at JHU 2000-2013; Bernard N. Baker Professor of Chemistry at JHU, 2009-2013.  Awards and Recognition:  Eagle Scout, Boy Scouts of America, 1980; Kavli Scholar; 3M Untenured Faculty Award, 1994; Golden Key Honor Society, 1998.  ACS Activities:  Associate Editor of ACS-Applied Materials & Interfaces, 2012 – 2017; Deputy Editor ACS-Applied Energy Materials 2017 -present; Co-Organizer of Symposia at the 222nd, 232nd, and 240th National ACS Meetings, 2001, 2006, and 2010.   Other Professional Activities:  Chair, Gordon Research Conferences on Photochemistry, 2011, and Electron Donor-Acceptor Interactions, 2010; President of the Intra-American Photochemical Society (I-APS).  Editorial Board Memberships:  Inorganic Chemistry, 2006-2008; Langmuir, 2001-2009; Chemistry of Materials, 2007-2013; J. Phys. Chem., 2012-2014. Research Interests:  Excited states of inorganic compounds and materials, photo-electrochemistry, photocatalysis, and solar energy conversion.

Julia Perez Prieto, University of Valencia, Spain

Julia Pérez-Prieto is Professor at University of Valencia and the leader of the “Photochemical Reactivity Group” at Molecular Science Institute. She has been the President of the European Photochemistry Association since July 2016.

Dr Pérez-Prieto has published over 155 papers in prestigious international, peer-reviewed journals in the field of photochemistry, chemical reactivity, and nanomaterials. Her current research interests are focused on the design of new photoactive materials for application in sensing, photocatalysis, bioimaging, singlet oxygen generation, and emissive devices. Presently Dr Pérez-Prieto’s group works with semiconducting (organolead halide perovskites), metal (plasmonic and nanoclusters), and upconversion (NaYF4:rare earth) nanoparticles.


Hongmei Su,  Chinese Academy of Sciences, China

Prof. Hongmei Su obtained her Ph.D. in the ChineseAcademyof Sciences in 1999 and did her postdoctoral research atColumbiaUniversitywith Prof. Richard Bersohn from 1999 to 2004. She then obtained the support of the Hundred Talent Program of theChineseAcademyof Sciences and started her independent research in theInstituteofChemistry,ChineseAcademyof Sciences from 2004. She was awarded the NSFC Distinguished Young Scholars in 2014.

In 2015, Prof. Su moved toBeijingNormalUniversity. By various time-resolved laser spectroscopic methods (transient IR, UV-vis, fluorescence), Prof. Su’s research aims to examine the spectroscopy and reaction dynamics of free radicals and excited states, which are highly reactive intermediates in many chemical and biological processes. The main research scopes include photochemical reaction dynamics of DNA/RNA, water-mediated chemical reactions of biomolecules, DNA-ligand binding interaction, interaction of gold nanoparticles with excited state population dynamics, and strong field laser chemistry.


Stefan Hecht, Ph.D., Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany

Stefan Hecht studied chemistry at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and carried out his Diploma work with the late Prof. William G. Dauben at the University of California, Berkeley, where in 2001 he obtained his Ph.D. working under the guidance of Prof. Jean M. J. Fréchet. After establishing his own research group at Freie Universität Berlin and a subsequent position as a group leader at the Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung in Mülheim an der Ruhr, he returned to his alma mater in 2006 where since then he holds the Chair of Organic Chemistry and Functional Materials. His research interests range from synthetic macromolecular and supramolecular chemistry to surface science, with particular focus on utilizing photo switchable molecules for remote-controlling materials, devices, and processes.


Jye-Shane Yang, National Taiwan University, Taiwan

Prof. Yang received his Ph.D. degree from Northwestern University, USA (advisor: Prof. Frederick D. Lewis) in 1997 and carried out postdoctoral work at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA with Prof. Timothy M. Swager. He joined National Central University, Taiwan, as an Assistant Professor in 1998 and moved to National Taiwan University in 2005 and become a full professor in 2007 and served as the Department Chair in 2013-2016. His current research works include (1) Light- and voltage-gated molecular machines; (2) Stimuli-responsive photoluminescent organic and organometallic systems; (3) Electronic properties of p-conjugated oligomers and polymers.

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