Center for Photochemical Sciences

guy wearing black lab glasses doing science stuffOverview

The Center for Photochemical Sciences, established in 1985, evolved from research activities of faculty in the Department of Chemistry at Bowling Green State University to make more effective use of focused resources in the photochemical sciences by assembling teams of scientists collaborating in an interactive, interdisciplinary research setting.

Center members include BGSU faculty from the Departments of Chemistry, Physics and Astronomy, and Biological Sciences.  Its unifying intellectual theme focuses on the study of the interaction of light with physical, chemical, and biological systems, and on the quest for practical applications of that basic knowledge, which stimulate new technology.  The Center serves to expand the synergy of research, teaching, and applications in the photochemical sciences.

Faculty and Research Areas

Goals and Objectives

  • To conduct research across disciplinary boundaries.
  • To prepare students and professionals for careers in industry and academia.
  • To support established technological business through consultation and collaboration, particularly in our immediate locale, and to support the development of new business based on photoscience.
  • To serve as a resource center and transfer knowledge to those outside the Center.

Distinguishing Features

  • Strong interaction on regional, state, and national levels with industries whose research, development and product initiatives involve the photochemical sciences.
  • A distinguished scientific advisory board composed of leaders in the photosciences from industry and academia who participate in policy, planning, and establishment of long-range goals for the Center.
  • Research collaborations at the local, regional, national, and international levels.


All seminars will be held in Overman Hall 123 at 3:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

Winter 2020

January 29, 2020
Ramanarayanan Krishnamurthy - Scripps ResearchInstitute
Title: TBA

February 5, 2020
Adam Urbach - Trinity University
Title: TBA

February 12, 2020
Priya Varadan - Wacker Chemical
Title: TBA

February 19, 2020
Title: TBA

February 26, 2020
Title: TBA

March 5, 2020
Gavin M. King - University of Missouri-Columbia
Title: TBA

March 11, 2020
Miguel Garcia-Garibay - UCLA
Title: TBA

March 18-25, 2020
No Seminar Session

April 1, 2020
Jim McCusker - Michigan State University
Title: TBA

April 8, 2020
Hedi Mattoussi - Florida State University
Title: TBA

April 15, 2020
Ana de Bettencourt-Dias - University of Nevada, Reno
Title: TBA

April 22, 2020
Terry Miller - The Ohio State University
Title: TBA

April 29, 2020
Title: TBA

Winter 2019

February 6, 2019

Eakalak Khan

Title: Photodegradation of (E)- and (Z)-
Endoxifen: Kinetics, By-Products
Identification and Toxicity

February 27, 2019

John Porco - Boston University

Title: Recent Studies Towards the Synthesis of Bioactive Natural Products

March 6, 2019

Yoan Simon - The University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg

Title: Damage Control and Light Management Through Polymer Chemistry

March 27, 2019

Rosa Di Felice - USC

Title TBA

April 10, 2019

Jin He - Florida International University

Title: Developing Multifunctional Nanopipette for Single-entity Studies

April 17, 2019

Eric Anslyn - University of Texas

Title: Three Tales of Supramolecular Analytical Chemistry

April 23, 2019

Steffen Jockush - Columbia

Title: Mechanistic and Kinetic Studies of Reactive Intermediates in Photoinitiated
Processes: Photostabilization of Fluorophores and Photoinitiators for

April 24, 2019

Alexander Weiss - University of Texas - Arlington

Title: Applications of Antimatter in Surface Science

May 22, 2019

Se Ryeon Lee - PPG (Group Leader)

PPG Info Session

September 16, 2019
Erin Chernick - University of Tubingen
Title: Design and Synthesis of Functional Organic Molecules – From Renewable Energy
Devices to Spintronic Applications

September 18, 2019
Benjamin Schwartz - UCLA
Title - Ultrafast Spectroscopy, Device and Structural Studies of Charge Carriers in Doped Conjugated Polymers  

September 25, 2019
Pravas Deria - Southern Illinois University
Title: Towards Porous Light-Harvesting Frameworks: How Topology Controls the Critical Properties

October 2, 2019
Scott Hartley - Miami University
Title: Control of Molecular Geometry in Space and Time

October 16, 2019
Art van der Est - Brock Universty
Title: Spin Polarization in Natural and Artificial Photosynthesis

October 23, 2019
Title: TBA

October 30, 2019
Title: TBA

November 6, 2019
Shanlin Pan - University of Alabama
Title: Understanding Single Molecular and Single nanoparticle Electrochemistry with Combined Optical and Electrochemical Methods

November 13, 2019
Title: TBA

November 20, 2019
Arthur Winter - Iowa State University
Title: New Strategies to Achieve Photocaging Using Visible Light

November 29, 2019 - January 22, 2020
No Seminar Session


September 12, 2018
Alan Sellinger - Colorado School of Mines
Title - Organic Materials for Application in Radiation Detection and Solar Cells

September 19, 2018
Thai Thayumanavan - Umass Amherst
Title: Towards Autonomously Responding Artificial Molecular Assemblies

September 26, 2018
Binghe Wang - Georgia State University
Title TBA

October 10, 2018
Julia Chan - UT Dallas
Title TBA

October 24, 2018
Hien M. Nguyen - Wayne State University
Title TBA

November 7, 2018
Khalid Salaita - Emory University
Title TBA

December 5, 2018

Gary F Moore - Arizona State University 
Title TBA

Updated: 08/24/2022 11:05AM