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Photochemistry (GRS)
Gordon Research Seminar

From Molecules to Materials: Photochemical Advances in Energy, Biology, Sensors, and Beyond


July 22-23, 2017


Bates College
Lewiston, ME Site Information


Wesley B. Swords & Jillian Larsen-Clinton

Application Deadline

Applications for this meeting must be submitted by June 24, 2017. Please apply early, as some meetings become oversubscribed (full) before this deadline. If the meeting is oversubscribed, it will be stated here. Note: Applications for oversubscribed meetings will only be considered by the Conference Chair if more seats become available due to cancellations.

GRS Speaker Abstract Deadline: Although applications will be accepted until the date noted above, any applicants who wish to be considered for an oral presentation should submit their application by April 22, 2017. Please refer to the application instructions in the Meeting Description section below for more details (if available).

Meeting Description


The Gordon Research Seminar on Photochemistry is a unique forum for graduate students, post-docs, and other scientists with comparable levels of experience and education to present and exchange new data and pioneering ideas.

This meeting seeks to present a cutting-edge assembly of photochemical research scaling from current advances in molecular photochemistry to recent developments in photochemical devices both for solar energy conversion and storage, and for biological processes and applications. Topics will include, but not be limited to biological and medicinal photochemistry, organic and inorganic mechanistic photochemistry, green chemistry, spectroscopy, materials, applications, and solar energy.

This meeting will also feature a mentorship panel discussion on effective strategies in preparing for careers in science and maintaining a healthy work-life balance. This panel will be composed of a diverse group of young Ph.D.s who have recently started successful careers in industry and academics.

Application Instructions

The meeting will feature approximately 10 talks and 2 poster sessions. All attendees are expected to actively participate in the GRS either by giving an oral presentation or presenting a poster. Therefore, all applications must include an abstract.

The Chairs will select speakers from abstracts submitted by April 22, 2017. Those applicants who are not chosen for talks and those who apply after the deadline to be considered for an oral presentation will be expected to present a poster. In order to participate, you must submit an application by the date indicated in the Application Deadline section above.

Related Meeting

This GRS will be held in conjunction with the "Photochemistry" Gordon Research Conference (GRC). Those interested in attending both meetings must submit an application for the GRC in addition to an application for the GRS. Refer to the associated GRC program page for more information.


Meeting Program

2:00 pm - 5:00 pmArrival and Check-in
3:30 pm - 3:45 pmIntroductory Comments by GRC Site Staff / Welcome by the GRS Conference Chair
3:45 pm - 4:30 pmKeynote Session: Sustainable Photochemistry
Discussion Leader: Damla Inan (Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands)
3:45 pm - 4:20 pmClifford Kubiak (University of California, San Diego, USA)
"Sustainable Photochemistry"
4:20 pm - 4:30 pmDiscussion
4:30 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmChemical and Material Photocatalysis
Discussion Leader: Yang Zhou (Kent State University, USA)
7:30 pm - 7:40 pmIntroduction by Discussion Leader
7:40 pm - 8:00 pmXihan Chen (University of California, Berkeley, USA)
"Dynamics of Photoelectrochemical Water Splitting"
8:00 pm - 8:05 pmDiscussion
8:05 pm - 8:25 pmLeah Frenette (University of Rochester, USA)
"Photoredox Catalysis with Semiconductor Quantum Dots"
8:25 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 8:50 pmSean Hill (Florida State University, USA)
"Harnessing Molecular Photon Upconversion in a Solar Cell: Elucidating the Role of the Redox Mediator in Energy and Electron Transfer Events"
8:50 pm - 8:55 pmDiscussion
8:55 pm - 9:15 pmShreetama Karmakar (Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, India)
"Identifying Transient Raman Signatures of the Twisted Intramolecular Charge Transfer State in a Donor-pi-Acceptor Stilbazolium Cation"
9:15 pm - 9:20 pmDiscussion
9:20 pm - 9:30 pmGeneral Discussion
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 11:00 amMolecular Photophysics and Applications
Discussion Leader: Sofia Garakyaraghi (North Carolina State University, USA)
9:00 am - 9:10 amIntroduction by Discussion Leader
9:10 am - 9:30 amAnna Beiler (Arizona State University, USA)
"Streamlined Synthesis and Assembly of a Hybrid Cobalt Porphyrin-Polypyridine-Modified Cathode for Photoelectrochemical Fuel Production"
9:30 am - 9:35 amDiscussion
9:35 am - 9:55 amBrian Pattengale (Marquette University, USA)
"Zeolitic Imidazolate Framework-Catalyzed Hydrogen Evolution Reaction"
9:55 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 10:20 amSteven Lopez (Harvard University, USA)
"Design Principles and Top Non-Fullerene Acceptor Candidates for Organic Photovoltaics Using the Harvard Clean Energy Project"
10:20 am - 10:25 amDiscussion
10:25 am - 10:45 amWei Sheng (Michigan State University, USA)
"GSPT and ESPT, Modulation of the Protonation Pathways in Dye-Protein Complexes for Unique Cell Imaging Probes"
10:45 am - 10:50 amDiscussion
10:50 am - 11:00 amGeneral Discussion
11:00 am - 12:30 pmPoster Session

Coffee will be served in the poster area from 11:00 am - 11:30 am
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 2:30 pmMentorship Component: Career Panel
Discussion Leader: Baillie DeHaven (University of South Carolina, USA)
1:30 pm - 2:30 pmPanel Discussion
"Preparing for Careers in Science and Maintaining a Healthy Work-Life Balance"
  • Erinn Brigham (AIP Publishing, USA)
  • Frank Quina (University of Sao Paulo, Brazil)
2:30 pm - 3:00 pmEvaluation Period
Fill in GRS Evaluation Forms
3:00 pmSeminar Concludes
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