Speaker Bios: 2017 ANSER Symposium
Tobin Marks is Ipatieff Professor of Catalytic Chemistry, Professor of Materials Science, and Professor of Applied Physics at Northwestern University. His recognitions include the U.S. National Medal of Science, the Principe de Asturias Prize, the MRS Von Hippel Award, the Dreyfus Prize in the Chemical Sciences, the National Academy of Sciences Award in Chemical Sciences, and the American Chemical Society Priestley Medal. He is a member of the U.S., German, and Indian Academies of Sciences, the US National Academy of Engineering, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the US National Academy of Inventors. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry. Marks has published 1250 peer-reviewed articles and holds 253 issued U.S. patents. Degrees: B.S. from the University of Maryland and Ph.D. from MIT.
John Asbury is an associate professor in the Chemistry department at the Pennsylvania State University. He came to Penn State in 2005 after post-doctoral work at Stanford University where he developed 2-Dimensional Infrared spectroscopy as an approach to examine hydrogen bond dynamics in liquid water, which led to new understanding of fast dynamics and energy relaxation processes in aqueous environments. In his PhD work at Emory University, he reported the first measurements of the competition between hot excited state electron transfer versus electronic and vibrational cooling of excited molecules adsorbed onto metal oxide semiconductors used in dye sensitized solar cells and photoelectrochemical cells – leading to new insight about the primary events leading to charge transfer in these systems.
Since coming to Penn State, John’s research has focused on understanding how the molecular structures of solution processed photovoltaic materials influence their electronic properties and overall device performance. His group uses a variety of ultrafast vibrational and electronic spectroscopies to examine emerging photovoltaic materials based on colloidal quantum dots, organo-halide perovskites, and organic semiconductors. New insights about how molecular structure, morphology and surface chemistry affect the properties of these materials have emerged from this work that inform ongoing efforts to understand and control their electronic properties.
Seth B. Darling is a Scientist at Argonne National Laboratory and a Fellow at the Institute for Molecular Engineering at the University of Chicago. After receiving his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in physical chemistry, he came to Argonne as the Glenn Seaborg Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellow in the Materials Science Division. Following his postdoc, Dr. Darling joined the Center for Nanoscale Materials at Argonne as a staff scientist. His group’s research is motivated by humankind’s grand challenges and centers around molecular engineering with a particular emphasis on solar energy and water treatment. Dr. Darling has published over 100 papers and a popular book on climate change, holds several patents, and lectures widely on topics related to energy, climate, and water.
Seth Marder is currently the Georgia Power Chair of Energy Efficiency and Regents’ Professor in the School of Chemistry and Biochemistry and a Professor of Materials Science and Engineering (courtesy) at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Dr. Marder received his undergraduate degree in Chemistry from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1978 and his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1985. After completing his postdoctoral work at the University of Oxford from 1985–1987, he moved to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) at California Institute of Technology (Caltech).
Marder has serves on numerous advisory boards for journals and is the Founding Chair of the Editorial Board for the Royal Society of Chemistry flagship materials journal, Materials Horizons.
He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (2003), the Optical Society of America (2004), SPIE (2006), the Royal Society of Chemistry (2007), the American Physical Society (2009) the Materials Research Society (2014) and The National Academy of Inventors (2016). He received a American Chemical Society A.C. Cope Scholar Award, and the MRS Mid-Career Award.
Aditya Mohite is the PI of the Light-to-Energy team and directs an energy and optoelectronic devices lab working on understanding and controlling charge and energy transfer processes occurring at interfaces created with organic and inorganic materials for thin-film clean energy technologies. His research philosophy is applying creative and “out-of-the-box” approaches to solve fundamental scientific bottlenecks and demonstrate technologically relevant performance in devices that is on par or exceeds the current state-of-the-art devices.
He has published more than 80 peer reviewed papers in journals such as Science, Nature, Nature Materials, Nature Nanotechnology, Nano Letters, ACS Nano, Chemical Society Reviews, Applied Physics Letters and Advanced Materials amongst others. He has also delivered more than 50 invited talks.
Thuc-Quyen Nguyen is Full Professor in the Center for Polymers and Organic Solids (CPOS) and Chemistry & Biochemistry Department at University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB). Professor Nguyen received her B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Physical Chemistry from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1997, 1998, and 2001, respectively. Her thesis research focused on processing and photophysics of conducting polymers using ultrafast spectroscopy under the supervision of Professor Benjamin Schwartz. She was a research associate in the Department of Chemistry and the Nanocenter at Columbia University working with Professors Louis Brus and Colin Nuckolls on molecular self-assembly, nanoscale characterization and devices. She also spent time at IBM Research Center at T. J. Watson (Yorktown Heights, NY) working with Richard Martel and Phaedon Avouris on molecular electronics.
She joined the faculty of the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department at UCSB in July 2004. Her current research interests are electronic properties of conjugated polyelectrolytes, interfaces in optoelectronic devices, charge transport in organic semiconductors and biofilms, characterization of organic solar cells, ratchets, and transistors, and device physics.
Recognition for her research includes the 2005 Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award, the 2006 NSF CAREER Award, the 2007 Harold Plous Award, the 2008 Camille Dreyfus Teacher Scholar Award, the 2009 Alfred Sloan Research Fellows, the 2010 National Science Foundation American Competitiveness and Innovation Fellows, the 2015 Alexander von Humboldt Senior Research Award, The World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds; Top 1% Highly Cited Researchers in Materials Science by Thomson Reuters in 2015 and 2016, and the 2016 Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry.