A special session on Friday is planned, where only four prominent scientists will present a short summary

of the current developments in their research fields with the future perspectives.

V. Ara Apkarian, University of California at Irvine, USA

TERS in the atomistic near-field: pico-optics/photonics/science

V. Ara Apkarian is a Distinguished Professor of Chemical Physics at UCI. He holds BS and PhD degrees in Chemistry from USC and Northwestern. Following a postdoctoral fellowship at Cornell, he joined the Chemistry faculty at UCI in 1983, where he has served as Department Chair (2004-2007), founding co-Director of the Chemical and Materials Physics (ChaMP) program, and as Director of the NSF Center for Chemical Innovation on Chemistry at the Space-Time Limit (2007-2020). His principle scientific contributions are in photophysics, ultrafast molecular dynamics in condensed matter, nonlinear optics, spectroscopy, and atomistic spectro-microscopy. His work, which combines experiment and theory, has appeared in ~200 peer-reviewed publications. He has organized/co-organized more than 30 scientific conferences and workshops in topics ranging from photophysics, low temperature chemistry and physics, condensed phase photodynamics, ultrafast processes, superfluid helium, molecular videography, and chemistry at the space-time limit. His current research combines ultrafast nonlinear optics and plasmonics with scanning-probe microscopy to interrogate dynamics of single molecules and extended states of matter with atomistic resolution.  

Hiro-o Hamaguchi, National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan

Toward standardization of Raman spectroscopy

Hiro-o Hamaguchi received his D. Sc. Degree in physical chemistry from the University of Tokyo in 1975. In 1990, he became a laboratory head at the Kanagawa Academy of Science and Technology. From 1997 till 2012, he was a Professor of Chemistry at the University of Tokyo. He is now a Chair Professor at Department of Applied Chemistry, National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan. His research interests have been directed toward the elucidation of complicated molecular systems including solutions, liquids, living cells and human organs, using time- and space-resolved vibrational spectroscopy. Up to date, he is the author of 296 scientific papers. He received Meggers Award, the Spectroscopical Society of Japan Award, Chemical Society of Japan Award and TRVS Award, and most recently Medal with purple ribbon from the Emperor of Japan. He was a Carl Zeiss Visiting Professor and a Mizushima-Raman Lecturer.

Isao Noda, University of Delaware, USA


Application of 2D correlation vibrational spectroscopy for the development of sustainable materials

Isao Noda was born in Tokyo, Japan. He moved to the United States in 1969 and received his Ph.D. in 1979 in chemical engineering from Columbia University in the City of New York. He also received D.Sc. degree in chemistry from the University of Tokyo in 1997. He worked for the Procter and Gamble Company from 1978 to 2012 and then became the Chief Science Officer and Senior Vice President of Danimer Scientific. He also holds a position of Affiliated Professor at Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Delaware. His research interest is in the broad area of polymer science and applications of vibrational spectroscopy.  He is well known for the invention of biodegradable plastics now commercialized under the tradename of Nodax™.  He has about ninety patents granted in the US and the EU, published well over four hundred articles in peer-reviewed journals and coauthored three books.