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24 Months

Conference Description

The first Gordon Conference on Organic Photochemistry was organized by Tony Trozzolo of Bell Labs (now at the University of Notre Dame) in 1964 and was held at Tilton School in New Hampshire. The program focused on topics such as the use of energy transfer to control excited state chemistry, differences in reactivity between singlet and triplet excited states and charge transfer processes, all areas of active research at the time. A second conference was held in 1965 and since then meetings have been held every second year, alternating with the IUPAC Photochemistry Symposium which was started by George Hammond in 1964. The early GRCs featured many of the pioneers of organic photochemistry as speakers, with topics reflecting the rapid evolution of organic photochemistry and photophysical techniques. During the 1970’s the Conference became more international in scope and attendance as it attracted more Europeans and Japanese and became a key venue for reporting on new developments in photochemistry.

By 2001 the scope of the conference had expanded to include a broad range of topics and the conferees voted to change the conference name to “Photochemistry” to better reflect this diversity. Since then the meeting has covered a broad range of topics including mechanistic organic and inorganic photochemistry, spectroscopy, reactive intermediates, supramolecular photochemistry and photoinduced electron transfer. Applications of the photosciences in biology, medicine, materials science and nanotechnology are also common themes.

What is a GRC? Gordon Research Conferences (GRC) are 5-day meetings that bring scientists together from around the world to present and discuss unpublished research with other leaders in their field.

Related Conference

This Gordon Research Conference (GRC) series is related to the "Photochemistry" Gordon Research Seminar (GRS) series. Although a related GRS will typically be scheduled in conjunction with its parent GRC each time it meets, that may not always be the case. Refer to the individual meetings in the Meeting History section below for more details. For more information about the associated Gordon Research Seminar (GRS) series, click here.

What is a GRS? Gordon Research Seminars (GRS) are 2-day meetings that bring graduate students and post-docs together to discuss their cutting edge research among peers and mentors. Each GRS immediately precedes an associated Gordon Research Conference (GRC), and topics addressed at the GRS relate closely to the GRC.

Meeting History

YearMeeting NameDatesConference SiteChair(s)
2017 Photochemistry
Enhancing the World Through Photochemistry: From Basic Science to Applications
Jul 23-28 Bates College Claudia Turro
Daniel E. Falvey
2015 Photochemistry
Photochemistry for the Future: New Approaches, Innovations and Applications
Jul 19-24 Stonehill College Malcolm D.E. Forbes
Anna D. Gudmundsdottir
2013 Photochemistry Jul 14-19 Stonehill College Andrei G. Kutateladze
Bern Kohler
2011 Photochemistry Jul 10-15 Stonehill College Cornelia Bohne
Gerald J. Meyer
2009 Photochemistry Jul 5-10 Bryant University Michael Wasielewski
Bruce A. Armitage
2007 Photochemistry Jul 8-13 Bryant University Linda Johnston
2005 Photochemistry Jul 10-15 Bryant University Vaidhyanatha Ramamurthy
Kirk S. Schanze
2003 Photochemistry Jul 20-25 Mount Holyoke College Laren M. Tolbert
2001 Organic Photochemistry Jul 15-20 Connecticut College Richard S. Givens
1999 Organic Photochemistry Jul 17-22 Connecticut College Ian R. Gould
1997 Organic Photochemistry Jul 20-25 Salve Regina University David G. Whitten
1995 Organic Photochemistry Jul 16-21 Salve Regina University Franklin D. Saeva
1993 Organic Photochemistry Jul 25-30 Salve Regina University Richard A. Caldwell
1991 Organic Photochemistry Jul 15-19 Proctor Academy David F. Eaton
1989 Organic Photochemistry Jul 17-21 Proctor Academy Gary B. Schuster
1987 Organic Photochemistry Jul 13-17 Proctor Academy Heinz D. Roth
1985 Organic Photochemistry Jul 15-19 Proctor Academy Peter Wagner
1983 Organic Photochemistry Jul 18-22 Proctor Academy Samir Farid
1981 Organic Photochemistry Aug 3-7 Proctor Academy Frederick D. Lewis
1979 Organic Photochemistry Jul 23-27 Proctor Academy Edwin A. Chandross
1977 Organic Photochemistry Jul 25-29 Proctor Academy Donald R. Arnold
1975 Organic Photochemistry Jul 28 - Aug 1 Tilton School Angelo A. Lamola
1973 Organic Photochemistry Aug 6-10 Tilton School Nicholas J. Turro
1971 Organic Photochemistry Jul 19-23 Tilton School Paul J. Kropp
1969 Organic Photochemistry Aug 11-15 Tilton School Nien-Chu Yang
1967 Organic Photochemistry Aug 7-11 Tilton School Rajanarayanan Srinivasan
1965 Organic Photochemistry Jul 5-9 Tilton School Orville Chapman
1964 Organic Photochemistry Aug 10-14 Tilton School Anthony M. Trozzolo
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