Jeremy J. Baumberg, University of Cambridge, UK

Watching dynamics of single bonds

Prof. Jeremy J. Baumberg FRS, directs a UK Nano-Photonics Centre at the University of Cambridge and has extensive experience in developing optical materials structured on the nano-scale that can be assembled in large volume. He is also Director of the Cambridge Nano Doctoral Training Centre, a key UK site for training PhD students in interdisciplinary Nano research. Strong experience with Hitachi, IBM, his own spin-offs Mesophotonics and Base4, as well as strong industrial engagement give him a unique position to combine academic insight with industry application in a two-way flow.  With over 30000 citations, he is a leading innovator in Nano. This has led to awards of the IoP Faraday gold Medal (2017), Royal Society Rumford Medal (2014), IoP Young Medal (2013), Royal Society Mullard Prize (2005), the IoP Charles Vernon Boys Medal (2000) and the IoP Mott Lectureship (2005). He frequently talks on NanoScience to the media, and is a strategic advisor on NanoTechnology to the UK Research Councils. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society, the Optical Society of America, and the Institute of Physics. His recent popular science book “The Secret Life of Science: How Science Really Works and Why it Matters” is just published by PUP, see

Ji-Xin Cheng, Boston University, USA

Super-resolution Infrared Photothermal Imaging

Ji-Xin Cheng is currently the Inaugural Theodore Moustakas Chair Professor in Photonics and Optoelectronics at Boston University. Cheng and his team have been constantly at the most forefront of chemical imaging in innovation, discovery, commercialization and clinical translation. For his contributions to the field of vibrational spectroscopic imaging, Cheng received the 2020 Pittsburg Spectroscopy Award from the Spectroscopy Society of Pittsburg, the 2019 Ellis R. Lippincott Award from OSA, the Society for Applied Spectroscopy and the Coblentz Society, and the 2015 Craver Award from the Coblentz Society. Cheng is authored in over 250 peer-reviewed articles with an h-index of 76 (Google Scholar). His research has been supported by over 25 million ($) fund from federal agencies including NIH, NSF, DoD, DoE and private foundations including the Keck Foundation. Cheng is a Fellow of Optical Society of America, a Fellow of American Institute of Medicine and Biological Engineering, and Associate Editor of
Science Advances.

Kathleen M. Gough, University of Manitoba, Canada

Spectroscopic investigations of order and disorder in collagen

Dr. Kathleen M. Gough is a Professor in the Department of Chemistry, Adjunct in the Department of Environment and Geography, and Core Member of the Biomedical Engineering Graduate Program, all at the University of Manitoba. She is the first Canadian to have performed and published NFIR imaging and spectroscopy on biological samples and continues to use Far-Field FTIR, Photothermal O-PTIR, Near-Field IR and Raman microscopes. Her research interests range from biological (cells and nuclei, brain and heart tissue, fungi, Arctic sea ice diatoms) to novel materials (synthetic spider silk, self-disinfecting materials). In 2017, she was elected a Fellow of the Society for Applied Spectroscopy. She is a founding member of the International Society for Clinical Spectroscopy (2016) and was co-organizer of their SPEC 2016 conference. She has served on the International Advisory Board for the SPEC meetings since 2010. She is a member of Editorial Board for Clinical Spectroscopy, and of the Editorial Advisory Board for Applied Spectroscopy.

Janina Kneipp, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany

Challenges in the application of one and two-photon excited SERS to bioorganic samples

Janina Kneipp works in the field of optical nanospectroscopy. Her research combines concepts of vibrational microspectroscopy, nanotechnology, and plasmonics for applications in analytical and biophysical chemistry and molecular spectroscopy. Her scientific interests include the exploration of multiphoton-excited Raman scattering and its combination with other non-linear effects. After her dissertation work at Robert Koch Institute Berlin with a doctoral degree from Freie Universität Berlin in 2002 and postdoctoral appointments in Rotterdam, Princeton and Berlin, she joined the faculty at Humboldt Universität (HU) zu Berlin in 2008 as assistant professor of Analytical Chemistry, being promoted to a full professorship in Physical Chemistry (W3) in 2012. She received a Starting Grant of the European Research Council, has been an Ostwald Fellow of the German Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing since 2012, and was awarded the Caroline von Humboldt Professorship for 2019 at HU.

Jian-Feng LiXiamen University, China

In situ Raman Probing of Interfacial Structures and Reaction Intermediates using Core-Shell Nanoparticles

Jian-Feng Li is a full Professor of Chemistry at Xiamen University. He received his BSc degree in Chemistry from Zhejiang University in 2003 and his PhD degree in Chemistry from Xiamen University in 2010. He worked as a post-doctor at University of Bern and ETH Zurich in Switzerland during 2011~2014. Professor Li’s research interests include core-shell nanostructures, surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy, electrochemistry, surface (photo)catalysis and rapid detection using portable Raman instruments. He has published more than 130 peer-reviewed papers with total citation over 8000, including Nature, Science, Nature Energy, Nature Mater., Nature Protoc., J. Am. Chem. Soc., Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., Chem. Rev., etc. He is a Senior Editor in The Journal of Physical Chemistry, and sits on the Editorial Boards for Analytical Chemistry, Advanced Optical Materials and ChemElectroChem.

Eric PotmaUniversity of California, USA

Nonlinear mid-infrared imaging of biological samples

Eric Potma was born and raised in the Netherlands, obtaining his Masters at the University of Groningen in 1996. During the next five years he completed his graduate research working in the ultrafast spectroscopy group of Prof. Douwe Wiersma, focusing on the development of laser sources for microscopy and the application of nonlinear methods to optical imaging. In 2001, Potma joined the group of Prof. Sunney Xie at Harvard University as a postdoctoral fellow. During this time, he has been involved in projects on synchronizing mode-locked lasers, visualizing lipid bilayers with CARS microscopy and vibrational imaging of tissues in vivo at video rate. In 2005, Eric joined the Department of Chemistry at the University of California in Irvine, where he currently is a Professor of Chemistry. His group focuses on the characterization of nano-structured materials and biological tissues with the aid of new optical imaging techniques.

Sylvie Roke, École Polytechnique Fédérale Lausanne, Switzerland

Nonlinear light scattering and imaging of realistic 3D interfaces

Sylvie Roke is a full professor at EPFL. She obtained master degrees in chemistry (2000) and physics (2000) from Utrecht University (NL) with highest honors, and then obtained a PhD degree (2004, highest honors) from Leiden University with AW Kleyn and M Bonn. She was Max-Planck free floating Group Leader at the MPI for Metals Research in Stuttgart (2006-2012), and became director of the Laboratory for fundamental BioPhotonics at EPFL in 2011, where she holds the Julia Jacobi chair in photomedicine. Her work focuses on developing new optical tools and theories for gaining molecular level insight into aqueous systems and interfaces. She applies them to understand water, aqueous solutions, 3D-realistic interfaces and biological systems. She was awarded the LJ Oosterhoff prize (2003), the Minerva prize (2006), the Hertha-Sponer prize (2008), as well as ERC Startup (2009), Consolidator (2014) and Proof of Concept (2020) grants.

Harumi SatoKobe University, Japan

Study on intermolecular interaction of polymers using vibrational spectroscopy

Harumi Sato obtained her PhD from Gunma University, Japan in 1996. She was a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Chemistry, School of Science and Technology, Kwansei Gakuin University during 1999-2012. In 2012, she joined Kobe University as an associate professor of the Graduate School of Human Development and Environment of Kobe University. Since 2018 she has been a full professor at Kobe University. Her research interests are in understanding the polymer structure, physical properties and intermolecular interactions by infrared (IR) spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy and terahertz spectroscopy (THz). Her current work focuses on spectroscopic studies of weak hydrogen bonds of biodegradable polymers. She has received several awards for her contributions in polymer chemistry and polymer spectroscopy including Award for Encouragement of Research in Polymer Science from the Society of Polymer Science of Japan (2003) and Masao HORIBA Award (2005).

Bayden R. WoodMonash University, Australia

A spectroscopic investigation into severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2

Professor Bayden R. Wood is an Academic and Director of the Centre for Biospectrocopy, School of Chemistry, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia. His research is focused on translating vibrational spectroscopic techniques to solve a range of biomedical problems particularly associated with disease diagnosis. He has set up a world leading laboratory at Monash University specialized in translating spectroscopy to find diagnostic solutions for the most devastating diseases on the planet including COVID-19, malaria, HIV, HBV, HCV and sepsis. He was the recipient of the 2014 Doreen Clarke medal for Applied Chemistry (Royal Australian Chemical Institute) and is an Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellow and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry. He sits on the board for The International Society for Clinical Spectroscopy and is co-editor for the new Elsevier journal Clinical Spectroscopy. He also sits on the editorial board for the SAGE journal Applied Spectroscopy.