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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


Wesley B. Swords & Jillian Larsen-Clinton

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.

Related Meeting

This GRS was held in conjunction with the "Photochemistry" Gordon Research Conference (GRC). 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)
  • Thomas Spilker (The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, USA)
2:30 pm - 3:00 pmEvaluation Period
Fill in GRS Evaluation Forms
3:00 pmSeminar Concludes
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