Plenary Speakers

We are excited to announce the following individuals will be joining us as Plenary Speakers

Zhong-Qun Tian

Zhong-Qun Tian

Xiamen University

Zhong-Qun Tian received his B.S. in Chemistry from Xiamen University (1982), and his Ph.D., on electrochemical surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy, supervised by Professor Martin Fleischmann (FRS), from the University of Southampton (1987). He then returned to China and has worked at Xiamen University ever since. He was appointed Full Professor in 1992. His main research interests are plasmonics, surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy, spectro-electrochemistry and nano-chemistry. He has published over 400 peer review papers and been cited over 19,000 times. Tian was elected as a Member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Fellow of Royal Society of Chemistry (2005) and Fellow of The World Academy of Sciences (2014). He currently is Director of Collaborative Innovation Center of Chemistry for Energy and Materials of the Ministry of Education of China, President Elect of the International Society of Electrochemistry (ISE), a member of the advisory board for over ten international journals including JACS, Chemical Science, Chem., J. Phys. Chem., ACS Central Science, Chem. Comm. and Faraday Discussions, and an associate editor for Science in China: Chemistry, J. Raman Spectroscopy and Chem. Soc. Rev.

Hongfei Wang

Hongfei Wang

Fudan University

Dr. Hongfei Wang, born in 1968, is currently a distinguished Professor of Chemistry at Department of Chemistry of Fudan University at Shanghai (2017.01-present). He obtained his B.S. degree in chemical physics from the Department of Chemical Physics of University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) at Hefei, China in 1988, and did graduate study with professor Xingxiao Ma at the same department on laser chemistry till May 1991. He then obtained his Ph.D. degree in physical chemistry at the Department of Chemistry of Columbia University in 1996 with Professor Kenneth Eisenthal. After two and half years of postdoctoral work with Professor Hai-lung Dai at the Department of Chemistry of University of Pennsylvania, jointly with DuPont Marshall Laboratory at Philadelphia, he joined the Molecular Reaction Dynamics Laboratory at the Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences (ICCAS) at Beijing as a professor (1999.3-2009.6). At ICCAS he served as the director of the Molecular Reaction Dynamics Laboratory (2000-2004) and the deputy director of the State Key Laboratory of Molecular reaction Dynamics (2000-2004), He was selected into the Hundred Talent Program of the Chinese Academy Sciences (1999-2002) and was awarded the Distinguished Young Investigator Fund of the National Natural Science Foundation of China (2005-2008). In June 2009, he joined the Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory (EMSL) at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) of the Department of Energy (DOE) in the United States as a Chief Scientist, before he joined  Fudan University in January 2017. He was selected into the Thousand Talent Program (long-term) of Shanghai in 2017, and the National Thousand Talent Program (long-term) in 2018. His research has focused on structure, conformation and dynamics of molecular surfaces and interfaces using mainly surface nonlinear spectroscopy and ultrafast dynamics, such as surface second harmonic generation (SHG) and sum-frequency generation vibrational spectroscopy (SFG-VS). His main contribution is on the quantitative measurement and methodology for analysis of SHG and SFG-VS of complex molecular surfaces and interfaces, particularly in the development of systematic polarization measurement and analysis, as well as in the development of the first sub-wavenumber broadband high-resolution SFG-VS spectrometer. Professionally, he served as the managing associated-editor of the Chinese Journal of Chemical Physics (2006-2009) and was elected as the fellow of the American Physical Society (APS fellow) in 2012.

Marena Manley

Marena Manley

Stellenbosch University

Prof Marena Manley obtained her BSc in Food Science from Stellenbosch University in 1984. After two years at the Small Grain Centre, Bethlehem, Eastern Free State, she registered at the University of Pretoria and obtained her honours degree in 1987. She subsequently joined the Wheat Board in Pretoria, during which time she obtained her master’s degree, also from the University of Pretoria. Marena was given the opportunity to spread her wings when she obtained a grant in 1992 to do her doctoral studies in near-infrared (NIR) spectroscopy at the University of Plymouth in the United Kingdom, obtaining her PhD in 1995. After 18 months at an NIR spectroscopy instrument manufacturing company in the United Kingdom, she joined Stellenbosch University in 1997 as lecturer. She was promoted to senior lecturer in 1999 and professor in 2010.

Marena has successfully supervised and co-supervised more than 50 master’s and doctoral students as well as postdoctoral fellows. She is NRF B rated researcher and has authored and co-authored 100 articles in peer-reviewed journals. She has contributed to five book chapters, has been a guest speaker at international conferences on 14 occasions, and has delivered more than 150 oral and poster presentations. She served on the executive committee of Cereal Science and Technology Southern Africa (CST-SA) for six year as well as the Council for Near infrared spectroscopy for 10 year. Marena chaired the 15th International Conference on NIR Spectroscopy (NIR 2011) in Cape Town in May 2011. She received the Rector’s Award for Research Excellence as well as the Cereal Science and Technology Southern Africa Prize for Sustained Excellence in Cereal Science and Technology Research and Development in 2010. In 2014 she received the South African Academy of Science and Arts, Medal of Honour of the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Technology. Her current research interests include non-destructive NIR spectroscopy, NIR hyperspectral and X-ray micro-computed tomography mostly applied to study and characterise cereal grains, but also other food products.

Geraldine Richmond

Geraldine Richmond

University of Oregon

Geraldine (Geri) Richmond is the Presidential Chair in Science and Professor of Chemistry at the University of Oregon. Her research using laser spectroscopy and computational methods focusses on understanding environmentally and technologically important processes that occur at liquid surfaces. Richmond is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.  She has served in leadership roles on many international, national and state governing and advisory boards. She is currently serving as a member of the National Science Board, as the U.S. Science Envoy to the Lower Mekong River Countries and as Secretary of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Richmond is the founding director of COACh a grass-roots organization formed in 1998 that has helped over 20,000 women scientists and engineers in career advancement in the U.S. and countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America.

Awards for her scientific accomplishments include the 2018 Priestley Medal from the American Chemical Society (ACS), the Linus Pauling Medal Award (2018), the National Medal of Science (2013), the American Phyical Society Davisson-Germer Prize (2013), the ACS Joel H. Hildebrand Award in the Theoretical and Experimental Studies of Liquids (2011) the Speirs Medal from the Royal Society of Chemistry (2004)  and the ACS Olin-Garvan Medal (1996).  Awards for her education, outreach and science capacity building efforts include the  ACS Charles L. Parsons Award for Outstanding Public Service (2013), the ACS Award for Encouraging Women in the Chemical Sciences (2005), and the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring (1997).

Website:   http://richmondscience.uoregon.edu

Clare Strachan

Clare Strachan

University of Helsinki

Clare Strachan originates from New Zealand where she completed a PhD in 2005 on the spectroscopic characterisation of solid state drugs at the School of Pharmacy and Department of Chemistry, University of Otago. During this time she was also based at TeraView Ltd and the Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge, where she employed terahertz spectroscopy for solid state pharmaceutical analysis. Since then she has oscillated between Finland and New Zealand, and is currently Associate Professor (tenure track) at the University of Helsinki where she heads the Formulation and Industrial Pharmacy Unit within the Division of Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Technology.

Clare Strachan’s research focuses on the formulation of poorly water–soluble drugs and vibrational spectroscopic analysis of solid drugs and dosage forms. She has a particular focus on advanced vibrational spectroscopy and imaging approaches (especially Raman, CARS and other forms of non-linear optical imaging) to provide insights into solid drug and dosage form behaviour in different contexts (manufacturing, storage, and administration). She has collaborated internationally with academic, industrial and regulatory partners, and has given invited presentations in Europe, the USA, Asia and Australasia. She has published over 100 articles in international peer-reviewed scientific journals as well as several book chapters, and has supervised about 18 PhD students.

Matt Baker

Matt Baker

University of Strathclyde

Matt was appointed as a Reader in Dec 2017 following being appointed as a Senior Lecturer in Chemistry at Strathclyde in October 2014. He established and leads the Spectral Analytics Laboratory whose vision is to understand the composition and behaviour of molecules in complex matrices. A major aim of his group is to understand molecular changes that occur during disease progression and to instigate rapid objective biofluid diagnostics.

Following a PhD at the University of Manchester, he then spent time at the Robert Koch Institute, Berlin and Harvard Medical School. He then moved back to the UK to work for the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) part of the UK Ministry of Defence in the Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) domain as a Project Manager, Senior Scientist and Research Fellow before returning to academia in 2012 at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan).

He was awarded the 2016 Emerging Leader in Molecular Spectroscopy, BioDundee Business Innovation “Pitch Perfect” Winner and Top 30 Converge Challenge, Scotland’s’ Leading Entrepreneurial Programme. In 2017 he was awrded the RSC Harrison-Meldola Prize and ClinSpec Dx was awarded Runner-Up Converge Challenge. Matt sits on the Editorial Advisory Board of Analyst and Spectroscopy and is an Editor of Vibrational Spectroscopy. He is also a founding director of the International Society for Clinical Spectroscopy (ClirSpec) which is committed to the translation of promising spectroscopic technologies to tackle global health challenges and he is CSO of a ClinSpec Diagnostics Ltd (ClinSpec Dx).

In 2015, he started the RSC twitter poster conference series focusing on analytical chemistry which is now in its 3rd year and has expanded to all areas of chemistry and managed 1,650 contributors, 6,473 tweets, an audience of 2,770,749 and 11,841,519 impressions in 2017

Dongho Kim

Dongho Kim

Yonsei University

Dongho Kim received his BS (1980) from Seoul National University and PhD (1984) from Washington University. After postdoctoral research at Princeton University, he joined the Korea Research Institute of Standards and Science (1986). In 2000, he moved to Yonsei University as a Professor of Chemistry and is now Underwood Distinguished Professor.

He received the Scientist of the Month Award (1999), the Sigma-Aldrich Award (2005), the Korea Science Award in Chemistry (2006), the Star Faculty Award (2006), the National Science Achieving Excellence Award (2010), FILA Basic Science Award (2017), and Academic Excellent Prize in Korean Chemical Society (2018).

His research activity has been focused on the excited-state properties and exciton dynamics of various π-conjugated systems. For this scientific subject, his scientific achievements has been selected as 100 National Research and Development Excellent Achievements and received the National Science and Technology Medals by Ministry of Science and ICT, Korea. He is a member of the editorial boards for Journal of Porphyrins and Phthalocyanines and The Journal of Physical Chemistry.

Katsumasa Fujita

Katsumasa Fujita

Osaka University

Katsumasa Fujita is an Associate Professor of Applied Physics at Osaka University. He received his BSc, MSc, and Ph.D. in Applied Physics in 1995, 1997, and 2000, respectively, from Osaka University. After an experience as a JSPS postdoctoral fellow at Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine, he joined Osaka University as a faculty member in 2002 and started studies on super-resolution fluorescence microscopy, Raman microscopy, and their biological and medical applications.  He was promoted to an associate professor of Applied Physics in 2007.

Bernhard Lendl

Bernhard Lendl

Technische Universitat Wien

Prof. Dr. Bernhard Lendl received his Ph.D. degree in Technical Chemistry from Technische Universität Wien (TUW) in 1996. From 1994-2001 he was research assistant at TUW. In 2001 he became associate professor at TUW. From 2003 – 2004, during a sabbatical period, he worked as a guest professor at the Universidad de Córdoba in Spain. In 2008 he founded the TUW spin-off company QuantaRed Technologies GmbH. Since 2011 he heads the research division on environmental and process analytical chemistry at TU Wien where he was also appointed full professor for Vibrational Spectroscopy in 2016.

His research focuses on advancing analytical sciences through the development of novel analytical techniques and instrumentation based on infrared and Raman spectroscopy and their application to environmental and process analytical chemistry, material characterization as well as bio-medical diagnostics. So far he has supervised 16 PhD thesis with currently 7 running. His scientific work is documented in more than 240 papers published in international journals, 12 book chapters and several patents (8AT, 6PCT, 2 EU, 2 US).

Lendl is recipient of the Robert Kellner Lecture DAC (EuCheMS) in 2015, the FACSS Innovation Award in 2011, the Dr. Wolfgang Houska Award (B&C foundation) in 2008, the Christian Doppler Award (government of Salzburg) in 2004 and the Fritz Pregl Award (Austrian Academy of Sciences) in 2002. In July 2015 Lendl organized the 8th International Conference on Advanced Vibrational Spectroscopy (ICAVS-8) in Vienna (Austria) with 650 participants. He currently also serves as member of the Governing Board of the Society of Applied Spectroscopy and on the Editorial Advisory Board of Spectroscopy.

Steve Holroyd

Steve Holroyd

Fonterra Cooperative Ltd

Dr Steve Holroyd is a Technical Manager within Fonterra’s New Technology Development team. His current responsibilities include leadership of strategic analytical research and data integration.

He has 25 years’ experience in the implementation of infrared analytical spectroscopy in oil & gas, pharmaceutical and food applications, with over 50 publications in peer reviewed journals and is the author of three book chapters.

On behalf of New Zealand, he is involved with a variety of standards development organisations globally including the International Dairy Federation (IDF), International Standards Organisation (ISO), AOAC International and US Pharmacopeia (USP). Steve has a PhD in chemistry from University of Auckland (NZ) and post-doctoral experience at Cambridge University (UK).

Malgorzata Baranska

Malgorzata Baranska

Jagiellonian University

Malgorzata Baranska is a Full Professor of Chemistry (2013), Head of the Raman Imaging Group and the Chemical Physics Department at Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland.

In 2016 she was appointed to position of an Editor of Spectrochimica Acta A, Elsevier. Since 2017 she is a Director of the International Society for Clinical Spectroscopy (ClirSpec), which is a non-profit organisation and platform to promote the translation of vibrational spectroscopy into clinical environment.

Her work is focused on bioactive compounds investigated by means of spectroscopic methods, particularly modern Raman techniques. Previously her scientific projects were concerned with the analysis of secondary metabolites of plants that may be applied as drugs, pigments or spices.

The current direction of her research is related to lifestyle diseases, their development and methods of curing, as well as drugs of endothelial bioactivity. To study endothelial dysfunction and the progress of pathologies she is using vibrational spectroscopy, mainly Raman imaging combined with AFM, SNOM, fluorescence microscopy, biochemical tests, chemometrics. She is also interested in chiraloptical spectroscopy, mainly Raman Optical Activity, as a tool to study biological samples.

The research is conducted at the Faculty of Chemistry and at the Jagiellonian Centre for Experimental Therapeutics (JCET), where she collaborates with medical doctors/pharmacologists, and leads the Raman Spectroscopy Research Group.