Professor Dr. Nick Serpone
His major research interests are in the photophysics and photochemistry of semiconductor metal oxides, heterogeneous photocatalysis, environmental photochemistry, photochemistry of sunscreen active agents, and application of microwaves to nanomaterials and to environmental remediation. He has co-authored over 430 articles and has co-edited 5 monographs. He recently co-authored a book with Prof. Vincenzo Balzani (Professor Emeritus, University of Bologna) and Dr. Nicola Armaroli (CNR, Bologna) titled "Powering Planet Earth - Energy solutions for the future" (Wiley-VCH, 2013). Currently, he is translating the book "Chemistry – reading and writing the book of Nature" by Vincenzo Balzani and Margherita Venturi (University of Bologna) under consideration by the Royal Society of Chemistry for publication.
Professor Dr. Horst Kisch
Our research is focused on semiconductor photocatalysis for the chemical conversion and utilization of solar energy. This interdisciplinary field contains basic aspects of photochemistry, electrochemistry and heterogeneous catalysis. By analogy with the photosynthesis of green plants, the efficiency of such reactions is determined by three elementary steps; light-induced charge generation, followed by charge-separation and interfacial electron transfer from and to adsorbed substrates. This is schematically depicted in the following figure for the CdS catalyzed photoaddition of imines to olefins/enol ethers which opens an easy access to hitherto unknown unsaturated amines.
Professor Dr. Pierre Pichat
Professor Pierre Pichat is first class Research Director at the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) in Lyon. He has been active in heterogeneous photocatalysis for more than three decades, and founded the laboratory of "Photocatalyse, Catalyse et Environment" at the Ecole Centrale de Lyon. He has published a great number of research papers and several review articles dealing with photocatalytic reactions and materials.
At the "9th International Conference on TiO2 photocatalysis: fundamentals and applications", held in 2004 in San Diego, he received an Appreciation Award acknowledging his pioneering contributions; this award has been conferred to only three scientists in 20 years.
Professor Mohammad Khaja Nazeeruddin
World Class University (WCU) Professor at the Korea University, Korea
Professor Gary Hodes
Department of Materials and Interfaces
Weizmann Institute of Science