The three-day symposium will bring together the world’s leading researchers in chemistry.
Stanford University, USA
Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2014
W. E. (William Esco) Moerner, the Harry S. Mosher Professor of Chemistry and Professor by courtesy of Applied Physics at Stanford University, has conducted research in physical chemistry, biophysics, and the optical properties of single molecules, and is actively involved in the development of 2D and 3D super-resolution imaging for cell biology. Imaging studies include protein superstructures in bacteria, structure of proteins in cells, studies of chromatin organization, and dynamics of regulatory proteins in the primary cilium. Using powerful microscopes optimized for tracking of single objects in cells, the motions of proteins, DNA, and RNA are being measured in three dimensions in real time to understand processing and binding interactions. A related research area concerns precise analysis of photodynamics of single trapped biomolecules in solution, with applications to photosynthesis, protein-protein interactions, and transport measurements.
Born in California in 1953, Prof. Moerner was raised in San Antonio Texas. He attended Washington University as a Langsdorf Engineering Fellow, graduating in 1975 with degrees in Physics and Electrical Engineering (both B.S. with top honors), and Mathematics (A.B. summa cum laude). His doctoral research in physics at Cornell University (M.S. 1978, Ph.D. 1982) employed tunable infrared lasers to explore infrared vibrational modes of impurities in crystals. In 1982, he moved from New York to San Jose, California to join the IBM Research Division developing spectral holeburning for frequency domain optical storage and photorefractivity for dynamic hologram formation. After 13 years at IBM, Dr. Moerner accepted a position as Distinguished Professor of Physical Chemistry at UC San Diego, where he broadened his research to include biological systems and biophysics. Recruited to the Stanford Chemistry Department faculty in 1997, he served as Chair of the department from 2011 to 2014.
Professor Moerner’s scientific contributions were recognized with the 2014 Nobel Prize in Chemistry “for the development of super-resolved fluorescence microscopy.” One method to surpass the optical diffraction limit (PALM/STORM) uses single-molecule imaging combined with a control mechanism to keep the concentration of emitting molecules at a very low level, followed by sequential localization to reconstruct the underlying structure. The fundamentals of this idea came from early work in the Moerner lab: optical detection and imaging of single molecules (1989) combined with blinking and switching at low temperature, as well as the discovery of optical control of single copies of green fluorescent protein at room temperature (1997). Among many other honors and awards, Professor Moerner was elected fellow of the American Physical Society, Optical Society of America, American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Academy of Arts and Sciences; and member of the National Academy of Sciences.
Today, the Moerner Laboratory uses laser spectroscopy and microscopy of single molecules to probe biological processes, one molecule at a time. Primary thrusts include development and application of fluorescence microscopy far beyond the optical diffraction limit by PALM/STORM and STED approaches, single-molecule tracking in complex cellular environments, invention and validation of methods for precise and accurate 3D optical microscopy in cells, and trapping of single photosynthetic biomolecules in solution for extended study. Through a variety of collaborations, these approaches are applied to explore protein and oligonucleotide localization patterns in bacteria, measure structures of amyloid aggregates in cells, define the behavior of signaling proteins in the primary cilium, quantify photodynamics for photosynthetic proteins and enzymes, and observe the dynamics of DNA and RNA in cells and viruses.
Institute of Chemistry, The Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
Jiang Lei (1965.3—) is a professor and PhD supervisor as well as the dean of the School of Chemistry of Beihang University, a member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (elected in 2009) and the World Academy of Sciences for the advancement of science in developing countries (elected in 2012), also a member of foreign academician of the American Academy of Engineering (elected in 2016).
At Jilin University, he received a bachelor’s degree from the Department of Physics in 1987, a master’s degree from the Department of Chemistry in 1990, and a doctor’s degree under the joint supervision program with Tokyo University in 1994. He has worked as the chief scientist of the National Center for Nanoscience and Technology, the director of the expert panel for the special project of nanoscience and technology of the 863 Program, and a research fellow of Kanagawa Academy of Science and Technology. Now he is also a research fellow and PhD supervisor of the Technical Institute of Physics and Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences.
Prof. Jiang is a well-known expert in nanomaterials and mainly researches into the synthesis and preparation of bioinspired intelligent interfacial materials in multidisciplinary sciences. His studies cover bioinspired materials with special wettability, ion channels, energy and lightweight and high-strength materials. He wrote Bioinspired Intelligent Nanostructured Interfacial Materials and published over 500 papers in journals listed in the Science Citation Index. He also holds more than 70 patents.
He works as an editor for a number of journals, such as Small, Solid State Sciences (Elsevier), Advanced Functional Materials (Wiley), Langmiur (ACS), Soft Matter (RSC), Biomicrofluidics (AIP), Nano Research (Springer), and so on. He was awarded a second prize of the State Natural Science Award in 2005, the Ho Leung Ho Lee Prize for Scientific and Technological Progress in 2013, the China NANO Award in 2015, the UNESCO Medal for Contribution to the Development of Nanoscience and Nanotechnologies, Nikkei Asia Prizes in 2016 and the Humboldt Research Award in 2017.
Executive Editor, Chemistry of Materials
University of Melbourne, Australia
Frank Caruso is a professor and ARC Australian Laureate Fellow at The University of Melbourne, Australia. Prof Caruso is also Deputy Director, ARC Centre of Excellence on Convergent Bio-Nano Science and Technology. He is also Leader of the Nanostructured Interfaces and Materials Science (NIMS) Group. He received his PhD degree in 1994 from The University of Melbourne, and then moved to the CSIRO Division of Chemicals and Polymers in Melbourne. He was an Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellow and then group leader at the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces (Berlin, Germany) from 1997 until 2002.
His research interests focus on developing advanced nano- and biomaterials for biotechnology and medicine. He has published over 300 peer-reviewed papers and is on the ISI most highly cited list, ranking in the top 20 worldwide in materials science in 2011. He is an Executive Editor of Chemistry of Materials and is on the Editorial Advisory Boards of ACS Nano, Advanced Functional Materials, Advanced Healthcare Materials, Advances in Colloid and Interface Science, Biomaterials Science, and Nano Today
He was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science in 2009. Prof. Caruso is also the recipient of the inaugural 2012 ACS Nano Lectureship Award (Asia/Pacific) from the American Chemical Society for global impact in nanoscience and nanotechnology. In 2012, he was awarded the Royal Society of Victoria Medal for Excellence in Scientific Research in the Physical Sciences, and after being a 2012 finalist, was awarded the prestigious 2013 CSIRO Eureka Prize for Leadership in Science – this category recognizes an Australian individual who has demonstrated an outstanding role and impact on science. He was also part of the team that won the 2013 UNSW Eureka Prize for Excellence in Interdisciplinary Scientific Research.
Editor-in-Chief, ACS Energy Letters
University of Notre Dame, USA
Professor Kamat earned his doctoral degree in Physical Chemistry from the Bombay University (1979), and carried out postdoctoral research at Boston University (1979-1981) and the University of Texas at Austin (1981-1983). He joined the Radiation Laboratory at the University of Notre Dame in 1983 and initiated a project on utilizing semiconductor nanostructures for light energy conversion. He is currently a Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Notre Dame. He has published more than 350 papers in peer reviewed journals. He has edited two books on nanostructured materials. He served as the Deputy Editor of The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters from 2010 to 2016. For the past 25 years Prof. Kamat has been conducting DOE-BES supported research in the areas of photochemistry and photoelectrochemistry of semiconductor nanostructures and sensitizing dyes at Notre Dame. During the early years, his research was focused on understanding interfacial charge transfer processes in semiconductor and metal colloids and nanostructures. His research group has contributed significantly towards the fundamental understanding of the interfacial charge transfer processes and photosensitization aspects of ZnO, SnO2 and TiO2 nanostructures. By elucidating the role of singlet and triplet excited states in the charge injection process, he was able to provide insights into the surface driven photochemical processes.
Peking University, China
Prof. Liu received his PhD from the University of Tokyo in 1990, followed by a postdoctoral fellowship at the Institute for Molecular Science in Japan. In 1993, he joined the faculty at Peking University, where he is currently the Changjiang Chair Professor and Director of the Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology. He was elected as a member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) in 2011 and a Fellow of The World Academy of Sciences in 2015. His research interests (with more than 300 peer-reviewed published articles) focuses on low dimensional carbon materials and novel 2D atomic crystals targeting nanoelectronic and energy conversion devices together with the exploration of fundamental phenomena in nanoscale systems.
Tsinghua University, China
Prof. Dr. Yadong Li, of Tsinghua University, received his B.S. from the Department of Chemistry, Anhui Normal University in 1986, and his Ph.D. from the Department of Chemistry, University of Science and Technology of China in 1998. His research interests are focused on synthesis, assembly, structure and application exploration of nanomaterials. Prof. Li has published more than 400 articles that have been cited over 34,000 times. He has served on editorial advisory boards of several journals, including: Inorganic Chemistry (ACS) and Chemistry of Materials (ACS). He is also Editor in Chief of Science China Materials (Springer) and Nano Research (Springer).
ShanghaiTech University, China
Prof. Zhi Liu is currently a Vice Dean and Professor at ShanghaiTech University, where he is also the Director of the Division of Condensed Matter Physics and Photon Science. He received a BSc from Beijing University, and MSc in Electrical Engineering as well as a PhD in Physics from Stanford University. Before joining the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab as a career staff scientist, he was a research associate at Stanford University and Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory. Dr. Liu is a recipient of the national “1000-talent Plan”. His research interest is surface and interface science. Particularly, phenomena at gas-solid interface and liquid-solid interface, and synchrotron base in-situ characterization techniques and instrumentation.
Deputy Editor, The Journal of Physical Chemistry C
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
Catherine J. Murphy, the Larry Faulkner Endowed Chair in Chemistry at the University of Illinois, received two B.S. degrees, one in chemistry and one in biochemistry, from the University of Illinois in 1986. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin in 1990. From 1990-1993, she was first an NSF and then an NIH postdoctoral fellow at the California Institute of Technology. From 1993-2009 Professor Murphy was a faculty member in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of South Carolina. In August 2009 she joined the faculty of the Department of Chemistry at the University of Illinois.
Her research is at the interface of materials chemistry, inorganic chemistry, biophysical chemistry and nanotechnology, with a primary goal to develop inorganic nanomaterials for biological and energy-related applications, and understand the chemical interactions of these nanomaterials with their surroundings. A diverse range of projects are currently pursued in her group, including Inorganic Nanoparticle Fabrication and Functionalization; Cellular Imaging, Chemical Sensing, and Photothermal Therapy Using Gold Nanorods; and Environmental Implications of Nanoparticles.
Murphy’s distinctions and awards include: 2017 Fellow of the Materials Research Society; 2015 Elected Member, U.S. National Academy of Sciences; 2015 TREE Award, Research Corporation for Science Advancement; 2014 Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry; 2013 Carol Tyler Award, International Precious Metals Institute; 2011 Fellow of the American Chemical Society; and the 2011 Inorganic Nanoscience Award, Division of Inorganic Chemistry, American Chemical Society. She is the Associate Director of the UIUC Materials Research Laboratory, and is the Deputy Editor for the Journal of Physical Chemistry (ACS).
Executive Editor, ACS Photonics
Northwestern University, USA
Teri W. Odom is Charles E. and Emma H. Morrison Professor of Chemistry, Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, and Associate Director of the International Institute of Nanotechnology (IIN) at Northwestern University. She is an expert in designing structured nanoscale materials that exhibit extraordinary size and shape-dependent optical properties. Odom has pioneered a suite of multi-scale nanofabrication tools that has resulted in flat optics that can manipulate light at the nanoscale and beat the diffraction limit, plasmon-based nanoscale lasers that exhibit tunable color, and hierarchical substrates that show controlled wetting and super-hydrophobicity. She has also invented a class of biological nanoconstructs that are facilitating unique insight into nanoparticle-cell interactions and that show superior imaging and therapeutic properties because of their gold nanostar shape.
Odom has received numerous honors and awards, including being named a U.S. Department of Defense Vannevar Bush Faculty Fellow; Fellow of the American Chemical Society (ACS); a Materials Research Society (MRS) Fellow; Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC); the Carol Tyler Award from the International Precious Metals Institute; a Blavatnik Young Scientist Finalist; a Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study Fellowship at Harvard University; the ACS Akron Section Award; an NIH Director’s Pioneer Award from the National Institutes of Health; the MRS Outstanding Young Investigator Award; the National Fresenius Award from Phi Lambda Upsilon and the ACS; the Rohm and Haas New Faculty Award; an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship; a DuPont Young Investigator Grant; a NSF CAREER Award; the ExxonMobil Solid State Chemistry Faculty Fellowship; and a David and Lucile Packard Fellowship in Science and Engineering. Odom was the founding Chair of the Noble Metal Nanoparticles Gordon Research Conference, whose inaugural meeting was in 2010. In addition, Odom was an inaugural Associate Editor for RSC’s flagship journal Chemical Science (2009-2013) and is on the Editorial Advisory Boards of ACS Nano, Chemical Physics Letters, Materials Horizons, Annual Reviews of Physical Chemistry, Chemical Society Reviews, and Nano Letters. She serves as founding Executive Editor of ACS Photonics (2013 – ).
Editor-in-Chief, ACS Nano
University of California, Los Angeles, USA
Paul S. Weiss was born in Ithaca, N.Y., and received his S.B. and S.M. degrees in chemistry from MIT in 1980 and his Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of California at Berkeley in 1986. He was a post-doctoral member of technical staff at Bell Laboratories from 1986–1988 and a Visiting Scientist at IBM Almaden Research Center from 1988–1989. In 1989, he joined the faculty of The Pennsylvania State University as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry. Professor Weiss was named Distinguished Professor in Chemistry and Physics in 2005.
In 2009, Professor Weiss moved to University of California, Los Angeles, where he is currently the Fred Kavli Chair in NanoSystems Sciences and Director of the California NanoSystems Institute. He is a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry and the Department of Materials Science & Engineering at UCLA.
His interdisciplinary research group includes chemists, physicists, biologists, materials scientists, electrical and mechanical engineers, and computer scientists. Their work focuses on atomic-scale chemical, physical, optical, mechanical and electronic properties of surfaces and supramolecular assemblies. He and his students have developed new techniques to expand the applicability and chemical specificity of scanning probe microscopies. They have applied these and other tools to the study of catalysis, self- and directed assembly, physical models of biological systems, molecular and nanometer-scale electronics, and biomolecule detection.
Professor Weiss has received numerous awards for his research and teaching. He is an Elected Fellow of the American Chemical Society, the American Physical Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the American Vacuum Society, and an Honorary Fellow of the Chinese Chemical Society. Under his leadership as Editor-in-Chief, ACS Nano received the 2008 Association of American Publishers PROSE Award for Best New Journal in Science, Technology, and Medicine.
Associate Editor, ACS Photonics
University of Toronto, Canada
Ted Sargent received the B.Sc.Eng. (Engineering Physics) from Queen’s University in 1995 and the Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering (Photonics) from the University of Toronto in 1998. He holds the rank of University Professor in the Edward S. Rogers Sr. Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Toronto. He holds the Canada Research Chair in Nanotechnology and also serves as Vice President – International for the University of Toronto.
His book The Dance of Molecules: How Nanotechnology is Changing Our Lives (Penguin) was published in Canada and the United States in 2005 and has been translated into French, Spanish, Italian, Korean, and Arabic. He is founder and CTO of InVisage Technologies and a co-founder of Xagenic. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada; a Fellow of the AAAS “…for distinguished contributions to the development of solar cells and light sensors based on solution-processed semiconductors;” and a Fellow of the IEEE “… for contributions to colloidal quantum dot optoelectronic devices.” He is Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering for “…ground-breaking research in nanotechnology, applying novel quantum-tuned materials to the realization of full-spectrum solar cells and ultra-sensitive light detectors. The impact of his work has been felt in industry through his formation of two start-up companies.” His publications have been cited over 20,000 times [Scopus].
Arizona State University, USA
Prof. Hao Yan received his PhD in Chemistry from New York University in 2001, followed by an appointment as Assistant Research Professor at Duke University. In 2004, he joined Arizona State University (ASU) as Assistant Professor and became Full Professor in 2008. Currently, Prof. Yan is the Milton D. Glick Distinguished Professor in Chemistry and Biochemistry and Director of the Center for Molecular Design and Biomimetics in the Biodesign Institute at ASU. He is a world-renowned expert in the field of structural DNA nanotechnology and DNA-directed self-assembly seeking to explore its applications in nanoelectronics, controlled macromolecular interactions and biosensing.
Associate Editor, Journal of the American Chemical Society
University of California, Berkeley College, USA
ShanghaiTech University, China
Peidong Yang is the S.K. and Angela Chan Distinguished Professor of Energy, Professor of Chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley College of Chemistry.
Yang received a B.A. in Chemistry from the University of Science and Technology of China in 1993. For his graduate studies, he worked with Charles M. Lieber at Harvard University, and in 1997, he was awarded a Ph.D. in Chemistry. He was a post-doctoral fellow with Galen D. Stucky at University of California, Santa Barbara from 1997–1999, until being hired as an assistant professor in Chemistry at University of California, Berkeley, where he was granted tenure in 2004.
Yang is well known for his work in nanostructure synthesis and characterization, having co-authored over 200 peer-reviewed journal articles. One of his most notable papers, “Room-Temperature Ultraviolet Nanowire Nanolasers”, was published in Science in 2001 and has received over 5000 citations. In 2010, Peidong was ranked as the top materials scientist and among the top 10 chemists of the decade 2000-2010 by Thomson Reuters, in order of citation impact. As one of the leaders of the Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis, a DOE Energy Innovation Hub awarded in 2010, he is coordinating efforts to develop materials that use sunlight to convert water to fuel. Since coming to Berkeley, Peidong has mentored over 30 graduate students and over 30 postdoctoral researchers.
He was a founding member of the scientific advisory board at Nanosys, a nanomaterials company, and he is also the founder of Alphabet Energy with Matthew L. Scullin. Yang is an Associate Editor for the Journal of the American Chemical Society.
Professor Yang’s many Awards and Honors include: ACS Pure Chemistry Award (2005), Chinese Academy of Science Molecular Science Forum Lectureship (2006), NSF A. T. Waterman Award (2007), Scientific American 50 Award (2008), MRS Fellow (2010); Baekeland Medal (2011); MRS Medal (2011); Elected as member of American Academy of Arts and Science (2012); ACS Inorganic Nanoscience Award (2013); Thomson Reuters Citation Laureate in Physics (2014); FRSC, Fellow, The Royal Society of Chemistry (2014); DOE E. O. Lawrence Award (2015); Nano Today Award (2015); World Outstanding Chinese Award (2015); ACS Nano Lectureship Award (2015); MacArthur Fellow (2015); Distinguished Visiting Fellowship, Royal Academy of Engineering (2016); Nano Research Award (2016); Elected as member of National Academy of Science (2016).
Senior Editor, The Journal of Physical Chemistry A/B/C
Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, China
Professor Xueming Yang received his Ph. D. in chemistry from University of California at Santa Barbara in 1991. After postdoctoral experiences in Princeton University and University of California at Berkeley from 1991 to 1995, he became an Associate Research Fellow in the Institute of Atomic and Molecular Sciences in Taipei. In 2000, he was promoted to Full Research Fellow with tenure. In 2001, he moved to Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics (DICP), Chinese Academy of Sciences, and became a research fellow and director of the State Key Laboratory of Molecular Reaction Dynamics. From 2012, he became the deputy director of DICP. Prof. Yang research focuses on the area of experimental chemical dynamics and spectroscopy in the gas phase and at the interfaces. He has published more 300 scientific articles. In 2006, he was elected to be a member of American Physical Society.
Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
Dr. Yuliang Zhao is Deputy Director-General, National Center for Nanoscience and Technology of China. He earned his Ph.D. in Chemical Science from the Tokyo Metropolitan University in 1999. He moved to Beijing from RIKEN (Tokyo) in 2001 and held faculty appointments at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, where he proposed and pioneered the toxicity study of engineered nanomaterials and cancer nanomedicine. His scientific achievements have been honored by TWAS Prize in Chemistry (2016), National Prize for Natural Sciences (2012), China Award for Outstanding Contribution on Toxicology (2015), etc. As the founder and Director of CAS Key Lab for Biomedical Effects of Nanomaterials & Nanosafety, he directs a research program that is developing a new generation of cancer chemotherapeutics using low-toxic nanoparticles. Dr. Zhao has also been a member of nine study sections and review boards in China and Europe. He has served as the Associate Editor and editorial board member of seven scientific research journals since 2006. He is an elected member of Chinese Academy of Sciences.
Senior Editor, ACS Central Science
Fudan University, China
Prof. Dongyuan Zhao was born in Northeastern of China, he received B.S. (1984), M.S. (1987) and PhD (1990) from Jilin University. He was a post-doctoral fellow in the Weizmann Institute of Science (1993–94), University of Houston (1995–96), University of California at Santa Barbara (1996–98). Now he is a Professor (Cheung Kong and HaoQing Professorship) in the Department of Chemistry at Fudan University. He was a member of Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and The Third World Academy of Science (TWAS), Council Member of IZA, President of International Mesostructured Materials Association (IMMA). He has received many awards such as TWAS Lenovo Science Prize (2016); CRN Rao Award from India Chemical Research Society (2013); Muetterties Memory Award (2012); The Ho Leung Ho Lee Award (2009), TWAS Prize (2008); IMMS Award (2008); DuPond Award (2005). He is now serving as Senior Editor of ACS Central Science; he served as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Materials Chemistry, and co-editor of Journal of Colloid and Interface Science. He published more than 600 peer-review papers, 40 patents and is listed as one of highly cited researchers ISI in both Chemistry and Materials Science fields (Total citation ~70,000, h index 125). His research interests mainly include designed synthesis, assembly, structure and application of ordered mesoporous materials.