The three-day symposium will bring together the world’s leading researchers in chemistry.
Rainer D. Beck studied Physics in Stuttgart, Germany and received his PhD in Physical Chemistry in 1989 from Oregon State University with a doctoral thesis on high-resolution nonlinear Raman spectroscopy of nitrogen clusters under the direction of Joseph Nibler. Subsequently, he moved to UCLA and joined the group of Robert Whetten as a postdoc, where he developed a novel technique to study cluster/surface scattering and reactions in a reflectron collider mass spectrometer using fullerene and alkali halide cluster ions as projectiles. In 1991, he received a fellowship from the German Science Foundation (DFG) to work at the University of Washington with Bob Watts where he studied high resolution infrared spectroscopy of clusters in a molecular beam using bolometric detection. In 1992, he moved to the University of Karlsruhe in Germany to the Institute of Manfred Kappes to start a junior research group focused cluster/surface scattering and obtained his Habilitation in Physical Chemistry. In 1995, he became research scientist and privat-docent at EPFL in Lausanne, Switzerland in the laboratory of Tom Rizzo, where he subsequently developed an independent research program on quantum state resolved studies of gas–surface reaction dynamics. In 2006, he was appointed Adjunct Professor at EPFL. Beck’s research interests include quantum state resolved gas/surface reactivity and scattering experiments, which probe the reaction dynamics of heterogeneously catalyzed reactions under highly controlled conditions. Beck is the author or coauthor of more than 70 peer reviewed publications including 5 papers in Science.
Yong Cao received his Ph.D. degree from Fudan University in 2000. He subsequently joined the faculty in Chemistry Department at Fudan University. He was promoted to associate professor in 2001 and full professor in 2005. Presently his main research interests focus on the development of fundamental chemistry of heterogeneous metal catalysis and its application to the design of new sustainable processes catalyzed by supported metals. He received the fifth catalytic Youth Award (2014) of the Catalysis Society of China. Professor Cao has co-authored more than 160 publications, 10 patents and 1 book, entitled “Nanoporous Catalysts for Biomass Conversion”. He has delivered over 20 invited lectures at conferences, academic departments and industrial research groups, and has co-authored over 200 additional presentations at technical meetings. Professor Cao has served as a member of the editorial board of Applied Catalysis A, Chinese Journal of Catalysis, Acta Physico-Chimica Sinica and ACS catalysis.
Emily A. Carter is the Dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Science and the Gerhard R. Andlinger Professor in Energy and the Environment, as well as Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and Applied and Computational Mathematics at Princeton University. Her research focuses on developing and applying accurate, efficient quantum mechanics methods that enable discovery and design of materials for sustainable energy. She received her B.S. in Chemistry from UC Berkeley in 1982 (Phi Beta Kappa) and her Ph.D. in Chemistry from Caltech in 1987. After a year as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Colorado, Boulder, she spent 16 years at UCLA as a Professor of Chemistry and later also of Materials Science and Engineering. She moved to Princeton University in 2004, where she was the Founding Director of the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment from 2010-2016. The author of over 350 publications, she has delivered over 500 invited and plenary lectures all over the world and serves on advisory boards spanning a wide range of disciplines. Her scholarly work has been recognized by awards from a variety of entities, including the American Chemical Society, the American Physical Society, the Institute of Physics, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Italian Chemical Society, the German Chemical Society, and the International Academy of Quantum Molecular Science. Professor Carter was elected in 2008 to both the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Sciences, and in 2016 to the National Academy of Engineering.
Ping Chen is a professor and division head of Hydrogen Energy and Advanced Materials, Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics (DICP), Chinese Academy of Sciences (China). Chen received BS, MS and PhD degrees in Chemistry in 1991, 1994 and 1997, respectively, from Xiamen University, China. She was a faculty member of Science Faculty, National University of Singapore before she joined DICP in 2008. Her primary research interests include the materials development for hydrogen storage and heterogeneous catalysis. She pioneered the research in the amide-hydride (Nature 2002) and alkali amidoboranes (Nature Materials 2008) for hydrogen storage and the alkali/alkaline earth hydride-transition metal composite catalyst system for NH3 synthesis (Nature Chemistry 2017). She has over 140 peer-reviewed journal articles, delivered ca. 60 invited /keynote speeches She is the member of Executive Committee of IEA-Hydrogen, International Advisory board of International Association for Hydrogen Energy(IAHE), the International Steering Committee of International Symposium on Metal-Hydrogen Systems (ISC-MH), the editorial board of Scientific Report and ChemSusChem, and Associate editor of Journal of Energy Chemistry etc. She received the National Science Fund for Distinguished Young Scholars in 2012 and the Special Government allowance of the State Council in 2013.
Dr. Zhenchao Dong is a Professor at Hefei National Laboratory for Physical Sciences at the Microscale, University of Science and Technology of China (USTC). He received a B. Sc. from Sichuan University in 1983, a M. Sc. from Xiamen University in 1987, and a Ph.D. from Fujian Institute on the Structure of Matter, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) in 1990. His recent research interests are in the field of single-molecule optoelectronics and nanoplasmonics, particularly on STM based single-molecule electroluminescence and single-molecule Raman scattering as well as energy transfer at the single-molecule level, all achieving spectro-microscopic imaging down to sub-nanometer scale. He has published more than 120 papers indexed by SCI, including those in Nature, Nature Photon., Nature Nanotech., Phys. Rev. Lett., J. Am. Chem. Soc., and Angew. Chem. He is the recipient of "National Outstanding Scientific and Technological Workers Award" from CAST in 2010 and a couple of other awards and honors in 2013 such as "CAIA Outstanding Award in Science and Technology" and "Top 10 Advances in Science and Technology of China." In 2014, he received "CAS Outstanding Achievement Prize in Science and Technology (Group)."
Sharon Hammes-Schiffer received her B.A. in Chemistry from Princeton University in 1988 and her Ph.D. in Chemistry from Stanford University in 1993, followed by two years at AT&T Bell Laboratories. She was the Clare Boothe Luce Assistant Professor at the University of Notre Dame from 1995-2000 and spent the next twelve years at The Pennsylvania State University as the Eberly Professor of Biotechnology. In 2012, she became the Swanlund Professor and Chair of Chemistry at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Her research centers on the investigation of charge transfer reactions, dynamics, and quantum mechanical effects in chemical, biological, and interfacial processes. Her work encompasses the development of analytical theories and computational methods, as well as applications to a wide range of experimentally relevant systems. She is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, American Chemical Society, American Association for the Advancement of Science, and Biophysical Society. She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Academy of Sciences, the International Academy of Quantum Molecular Science, and the Basic Energy Sciences Advisory Committee. She was the Deputy Editor of The Journal of Physical Chemistry B and is currently the Editor-in-Chief of Chemical Reviews. She is on the Board of Reviewing Editors for Science and has served as Chair of the Physical Division and the Theoretical Subdivision of the American Chemical Society. She has over 225 publications, is co-author of a textbook entitled Physical Chemistry for the Biological Sciences, and has given more than 335 invited talks.
Professor Shao-Horn is the W.M. Keck Professor of Energy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.) and Professor of Mechanical Engineering, and Materials Science and Engineering. Professor Shao-Horn has published 220+ archival journal papers (Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researcher) and has advised 70+ M.S. and Ph.D. students and Postdoctoral Associates at MIT, now pursuing successful careers in industry including clean energy startups, chemical, automotive and energy industry, consulting, national research laboratories, and in academia including faculty positions at MIT and Cornell as well as academic positions in Europe and Asia. Professor Shao-Horn’s leadership and service contributions include: Co-Director for Center for Energy Storage at MIT; Energy Area Head, MIT Mechanical Engineering, National Science Foundation MRSEC Interdisciplinary Research Group Leader and MIT Presidential Energy Research Council. In addition, she has been serving on the advisory boards of leading private and public organizations and journals in sustainable energy and physical chemistry and science including American Chemical Society Journal of Physical Chemistry, Royal Society of Chemistry Energy and Environmental Science and ChemElectroChem, and Cell Press Chem. Moreover, Professor Shao-Horn has received honors recognizing her teaching/mentoring and research contributions, including the Charles Tobias Young Investigator Award from the Electrochemical Society, the Tajima Prize from the International Society of Electrochemistry, the Research Award by the International Battery Materials Association, the Battery Research Award from the Electrochemical Society, Royal Society of Chemistry Fellow and AAAS Fellow.
Dr Peijun Hu is a Professor in School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Queen’s University Belfast. He graduated from East China University of Science and Technology in 1982 and did his Ph.D. study with Professor Sir D.A. King in Cambridge University in 1993. After a short period of postdoc in Cambridge (1993-1995), he moved Queen’s University Belfast in 1995 as a lecture and was promoted to be a Reader in 2001 and a Professor in 2004. Professor Hu was elected as a Member of Royal Irish Academy in 2009. He also holds a visiting Professorship in East China University of Science and Technology. His group has been very active in DFT-based calculations of heterogeneous catalysis, publishing over 180 papers including 2 papers in Nature, 5 in Nature Communication, 15 in J. Am. Chem. Soc., 5 in Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 4 in Phys. Rev. Lett., as well as many papers in other leading journals and lecturing extensively including invited lectures at major conferences. Professor Hu’s group is one of the most cited groups in the field of theoretical heterogeneous catalysis.
Ying Jiang received his Bachelor’s degree from Beijing Normal University in 2003 and his PhD from Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) in 2008. He has been a visiting scientist in Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH in Germany (2006-2007). After working as a Postdoctoral Associate in University of California, Irvine (2008-2010), he joined International Center for Quantum Materials, Peking University as a tenure-track assistant professor and was promoted to associate professor with tenure in 2015. He has published over 30 peer-reviewed papers (2 in Science and 5 in Nature Journals), which received lots of attentions and were widely reported/commented by Science, Nature Journals, American Physics Society, Royal Society and so on. He has delivered over 40 invited talks (5 plenary/keynote talks) in a number of international conferences, including APS March Meeting (2016) and AVS Annual Meeting (2014). He was awarded the Outstanding Young Scientist (CCCPC, 2012), the Cheung Kong Young Scholar (MOE, 2016), Emerging Leader (JPCM, 2016), Top-ten Progresses of Science and Technology of China (CAS, 2016), and Top-ten Progresses of Basic Research of China (MOST, 2017). He also serves on the advisory editorial board of Chemical Physics, the advisory board of AIP publishing China, the editorial board of Acta Physica Sinica, the editorial board of Chinese Physics B. He is an expert in the development of advanced scanning probe microscopy and spectroscopy, and the ultrasensitive detection of novel quantum states in single molecules and low dimensional materials as well as the related ultrafast dynamics processes. Recently, he has become interested in the structure and dynamics of interfacial water/ice, with emphasis on the issues related to energy, environment and biology.
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 became a Senior Editor of the Journal of Physical Chemistry in 2003 and is currently serving as an Executive Editor. 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.
Kei Murakoshi is Professor of Physical Chemistry at Hokkaido University. He obtained his B.Sc. in Science from the Department of Chemistry at Hokkaido University in 1986, graduated with a M.Sci. from Hokkaido University in 1989, and completed his Ph.D. at the Department of Chemistry in 1992. After postdoctoral positions at Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) in Muedon, France, he joined the Department of Engineering of Osaka University as Assistant Professor in 1993 and was promoted to Associate Professor in the Department of Science and Engineering there in 1998. He was the appointed Full Professor at Hokkaido University in 2003. His current research interests are in single molecule surface electrochemistry; detection, characterization and photoexcitation of a single molecule on solid surfaces under electrochemical potential control for novel photoenergy conversion systems and intelligent devices, electrochemical synthesis of nano-materials with well-defined defect density, hetero-atom insertion, and chirality for novel catalysis. He had contributed to ACS as a Guest Editor for the special issue of J. Phys. Chem. C in 2009, 2010, and 2016, and as a Editorial Advisory Board of J. Phys. Chem. from 2012 to 2016.
Professor Bin Ren is now a Changjiang Scholar Professor in Chemistry and vice director of the State Key Laboratory of Physical Chemistry of Solid Surfaces, Xiamen University. He obtained his bachelor (1992) and Ph. D(1998) in the Department of Chemistry, Xiamen University. He was an Alexander von Humboldt fellow (2002-2003) and worked in Fritz-Haber Institute, Germany on tip-enhanced Raman spectroscopy. He was awarded the National Science Fund for Distinguished Young Scholar Fund, and the national high-level talents special support plan. He has published over 200 scientific papers, including Nature Nanotechnol., Nature Commun., JACS and Angew. Chem., with citations over 10000 times. He is now an associate editor of Analytical Chemistry (ACS). His research field is on methodology and instrumentation surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy, tip-enhanced Raman spectroscopy and electrochemistry, and their application in studying the fundamental aspect of surface and interfaces of energy and bio-related systems.
Kirk S. Schanze earned his B.S. in Chemistry from Florida State University in 1979 and his Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1983. He was appointed a Miller Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California, Berkeley, from 1984-1986 and began his independent faculty career at the University of Florida in 1986. Schanze was University Distinguished Professor and Prominski Professor of Chemistry at the University of Florida until 2016. He is currently the Robert A. Welch Distinguished University Professor at the University of Texas at San Antonio. He was a Senior Editor of the ACS journal Langmuir from 2000 - 2008. Since 2008, Schanze is Editor-in-Chief of ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, the ACS journal focused on chemistry and engineering of applications-focused research in materials and interfaces. Schanze’s research is focused on the field of light-matter interactions in molecular, polymer and materials systems. His group has developed and studied materials with applications in luminescence, chemo- and bio-sensing, light emitting diodes, solar cells and solar fuels. He has authored or co-authored 300 peer-reviewed articles on basic and applied research topics, with a primary focus on organic and organometallic materials chemistry, and is named in 20 patents or disclosures.
George C. Schatz is the Morrison Professor of Chemistry at Northwestern University. He received his undergraduate degree at Clarkson University and Ph. D at Caltech. He was a postdoc at MIT, and has been at Northwestern since 1976. Schatz is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and he has been Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Physical Chemistry since 2005. Schatz is a theoretician specializing in electronic structure methods, electrodynamics, and statistical mechanics, who studies the optical, structural and thermal properties of nanomaterials, including plasmonic nanoparticles, catalysts, DNA and peptide self-assembled nanostructures, and carbon-based materials, with applications in chemical and biological sensing, electronic and biological materials, and solar energy.
Ye Wang graduated from Nanjing University in 1986 and obtained his Ph.D. degree in 1996 from Tokyo Institute of Technology of Japan. He worked as Assistant Professor at Tokyo Institute of Technology, Tohoku University and Hiroshima University of Japan during 1996-2000 and Associate Professor at Hiroshima University in 2001. He became a full Professor of Xiamen University in the August of 2001. Professor Wang received Distinguished Young Scholar Fund from National Natural Science Foundation of China in 2006 and Chinese Catalysis Society Award for Young Scientist in 2010. He is currently the director of State Key Laboratory of Physical Chemistry of Solid Surfaces. Professor Wang serves as Associate Editor for ACS Catalysis since the February of 2017 and is also the Editorial Board member for Applied Catalysis A: General, Science China Chemistry and Chinese Journal of Catalysis. Professor Wang also serves as council member of International Association of Catalysis Societies (IACS). The research interest of Professor Wang’s group is fundamental catalysis for C1 and sustainable chemistry, including transformation of syngas (CO/H2) to liquid fuels & chemicals, C-H bond activation chemistry and functionalization of methane and other lower alkanes, selective conversion of C1 molecules involving controlled C-C coupling, C-O/C-C cleavage chemistry and lignin/cellulose valorization, CO2 transformation.
Françoise Winnik was born and educated in France and in the University of Toronto in Canada (M.Sc. and Ph.D.). She worked for 12 years as a research scientist in the Xerox Research Center of Canada before joining the academic world, first as an associate professor in McMaster University (Hamilton, ON Canada) and later as a professor of the University of Montreal. Within the international community of polymer and colloid scientists, F. Winnik is recognized as a leader in the field of amphiphilic polymers: polysaccharides, polyacrylamides (she was among the first to report the properties of poly(N-isopropylacrylamide), the stereotype of intelligent polymers), phosphorylcholine-based polymers, and poly(oxazolines). Her group has pioneered the applications of fluorescence and microcalorimetry to study aqueous polymer solutions. A trademark of Winnik’s work is her ability to carry out simultaneously fundamental studies and more applied projects, in the area of nanocarriers for drug delivery and gene therapy, nanoparticles for cosmetics formulations. and for in-vitro/in-vivo imaging, such as quantum dots and, more recently, silicon and metal-doped silicon nanocrystals. Finding new applications to polymers prepared in her group has been a constant quest for F. Winnik. To reach this goal, she uses a network of interdisciplinary collaborations with biologists, engineers, pharmacologists, and clinicians. While pursuing her research goals, she kept involved in the community around her. She acted as member of grant selection committees for Canadian, and European Grant Panels. She has organized several international symposia on nanomaterials, polymer self-asembly, and drug delivery vehicles/ Currently, she is a Finnish Distinguished Professor of the University of Helsinki (Finland) and a Principal Scientist (Montreal Satellite laboratory) in the WPI-International Center for Materials Nanoarchitectonics (MANA) of the National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS) in Tsukuba. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and the editor in chief of Langmuir, the American Chemical Society journal in colloids and surface science.
Li-Zhu Wu received her B.S. degree in chemistry from Lanzhou University in 1990, and got her Ph.D. degree from the Institute of Photographic Chemistry, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, under the supervision of Professor Chen-Ho Tung in 1995. From 1995−1998, she worked at the Institute of Photographic Chemistry as an associate professor. After a postdoctoral stay (1997−1998) at the University of Hong Kong working with Professor Chi-Ming Che, she returned to the Technical Institute of Physics and Chemistry, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, as a full professor. Her research interests are currently 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.
Dr. Yongyao Xia is a professor in the Department of Chemistry and Institute of New Energy of Fudan University. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from the Chemistry Department of Zhejiang Normal University in 1987 and a Master of Science degree in Electrochemistry from the Chemistry Department of Jilin University in 1990. He received a PhD degree in Energy-Related-Material Science in Saga University, Japan in 1997. In 1998, he worked at the Department of Chemical Engineering, University of South Carolina as a Post-doctoral Research Associate. In 1999, he returned to Japan and worked as a Post-doctoral Research Associate in the Battery Section of Osaka National Research Institute. From 2001 to 2002, he worked as a Researcher at Hitachi Maxell Ltd. Starting from 2003, he becomes a full professor in Fudan University, China. His research interests involve advanced materials and technologies for energy storage and conversion devices, e.g., lithium-ion batteries, electrochemical supercapacitors, lithium-air, lithium-sulfur batteries and fuel cells etc. He has published more than 250 papers in peer-reviewed scientific journals, contributed 3 book chapters, and hold 40 Japanese and Chinese patents on energy conversion and storage devices. The research works have been highly cited over 10000 times. He received the award of New Century Excellent Talents in University, Ministry of Education (MOE) in 2005, and Outstanding Young Scientist Award of the Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) in 2009, Contribution Award in Electrochemistry of the Chinese Society of Electrochemistry (CSE) in 2015, and the First prize of Natural Science Award of MOE in 2015. Now, he serves as the president of the Chinese Society of Electrochemistry (CSE) and Editor of Journal of Power Sources.
Prof. XIE Yi received her BS in Xiamen University (1988) and Ph.D in University of Science and Technology of China (USTC, 1996). In May 1996, she joined the faculty at the Department of Chemistry, USTC. She is now a Principal Investigator (PI) of Department of Nanomaterials and Nanochemistry, Hefei National Laboratory for Physical Sciences at Microscale and a full professor of Department of Chemistry, USTC. She is also a recipient of many awards, including L'Oréal-UNESCO for Women in Science Awards (2015), TWAS Prize for Chemistry (2014), IUPAC Distinguished Women in Chemistry/Chemical Engineering (2013), China Young Scientist Award (2002), China Young Female Scientist Award (2006), Chinese Academy of Sciences-Bayer Young Scientist Award (2003), the Cheung Kong Scholar, Ministry of Education (2000). She was elected as member of Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2013, TWAS member in 2015, as well as Academician of Asia-Pacific Academy of Materials (APAM) in 2015. She is now serving as one of the associate editors of Inorganic Chemistry Frontiers, International/ Editorial Board members of 4 international journals including J. Am. Chem. Soc., Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., ACS Central Science, Materials Horizons, and 2 Chinese journals including Chinese Journal of Inorganic Chemistry. Her research interests focus on the design and synthesis of inorganic functional solids with efforts to modulate their electronic and phonon structures.
Professor Nanfeng Zheng received his B.S. from the Department of Chemistry, Xiamen University in 1998. In 2005, he obtained his Ph.D. degree from the Department of Chemistry, University of California-Riverside. During 2005-2007, he worked on gold catalysis with Prof. Galen D. Stucky as a research associate at University of California-Santa Barbara. In 2007, he moved to Xiamen University as a full professor. He is currently a Changjiang Chair professor at Xiamen University. He has received a number of prestigious awards including Distinguished Young Investigator Award from NSF-China (2009), CCS Young Chemist Award (2010), CCS-RSC Young Chemist Award (2014), Chinese Young Scientist Award (2016). Dr. Zheng is currently editorial board member of ACS Cent. Sci., Nano Res., ACS Sustainable Chem. & Eng., Adv. Mater. Interfaces, ChemNanoMat, Sci. China - Chem., and Chinese Chem. Lett.. Dr. Zheng’s research interests mainly focus on the development of advanced functional materials for both fundamental research and practical applications, particularly in the fields of catalysis, energy, environmental science and biology. Most of current research efforts of his group are directed to: 1) metal nanocrystals well-defined exposed surfaces; 2) molecular mechanisms of surface and interface effects in heterogeneous catalysts; 3) surface and interface chemistry in solar energy utilization and energy storage systems; and 4) chemistry of nanoclusters. He has published 130 articles with over 9000 citations.