Light/Matter Interactions: Illuminating Materials and Researchers

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Lea Nienhaus, Raffaella Buonsanti, and Bozhi Tian

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The interactions between light and matter have been widely studied for applications in energy, bioelectronics, and catalysis, among others. These applications are heavily reliant on precise synthesis and materials characterization in order to fundamentally understand the physics, chemistry, and biology that drive the observed phenomena. In this webinar, Lea Nienhaus, Raffaella Buonsanti, and Bozhi Tian discuss their efforts in studying light/matter interactions from different disciplinary backgrounds. In addition to their scientific insights, they will speak about their ongoing broader engagement with the scientific community and strong advocacy for mentoring, outreach, and science communication. Specifically, during a panel discussion, they will address how they have tried to keep engaged during this time away from the lab. About the speakers: Lea Nienhaus, Assistant Professor, Florida State University Lea Nienhaus obtained her PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Since 2018, the Nienhaus group has pioneered the application of bulk perovskite sensitizers in photon upconversion, and they are currently working on unraveling the complex photophysical processes occurring in these devices. Raffaella Buonsanti, Assistant Professor, EPFL Raffaella Buonsanti started her position as Tenure Track Assistant Professor at the Institute of Chemical Sciences and Engineering (ISIC) of the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in November 2015. Through their core expertise in colloidal synthesis, her team develops novel approaches to creating complex materials to drive chemical transformations. Bozhi Tian, Associate Professor, University of Chicago Bozhi Tian received his Ph.D. degree in physical chemistry from Harvard University in 2010. He is currently an associate professor at the University of Chicago and working on semiconductor-enabled fundamental studies of subcellular biophysics and soft matter dynamics.

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