Plenary Speakers

Dr Robert Falconer

Dr Robert Falconer

Dr Robert Falconer

Dr. Robert Falconer is a senior lecturer at the Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering at the University of Sheffield.  His research is on the interactions between small molecules and proteins using diverse analytical techniques including microcalorimetry and terahertz time-domain spectroscopy. He is currently developing a model explaining how small molecules modulate the structural stability and solubility of proteins.

Dr Lore Kiefert

Dr Lore Kiefert

Dr Lore Kiefert

Lore started studying Mineralogy in Heidelberg, Germany, in 1981 whereupon she completed her Master’s thesis on the origin of sapphires. She then moved to Australia for further scientific research and earned her PhD in 1996. Leaving Australia for Switzerland in 1994, she joined the SSEF Swiss Gemmological Institute as Deputy Director and went on to become Director of the Coloured Stones Department. During her time at the SSEF, she completed her FGA Diploma in 1996. Later, in 2005, Lore became Laboratory Director at the AGTA in New York until she decided to return to Europe to join the Gubelin Gem Lab as Chief Gemmologist in October 2009. Lore has written numerous articles in gemmological and scientific journals, as well as chapters in textbooks. She regularly delivers gemmological lectures at conferences and is also on the editorial review board of Gems & Gemology.

Dr Peter Lasch

Biography to come

Dr Alan Ryder

Dr. Alan G. Ryder is a Senior lecturer in the School of Chemistry at the National University of Ireland-Galway. He obtained a B.Sc.(1.1) in Chemistry (1989) and Ph.D. Inorganic chemistry (1994) from NUI-Galway. After a stint as a postdoctoral researcher in UCC, he rejoined NUI-Galway in 1997 to work on developing quantitative Raman spectroscopic methods for measuring illicit narcotic concentrations. In 1998, awarded a Forbairt post-doctoral fellowship, he started to develop time-resolved fluorescence methods for petroleum analysis. During this time, he began building up the nucleus of the Nanoscale Biophotonics Laboratory (NBL) and in 2003, the NBL was formally established, with a grant from Science Foundation Ireland. The group is focused on the use of optical spectroscopy for life and physical science applications, with a strong focus on pharmaceutical applications.

Assoc. Prof. Barbara Stuart


Assoc. Prof. Barbara Stuart

Dr Barbara Stuart holds a position of Associate Professor in the Centre for Forensic Science and the School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences at the University of Technology Sydney. Her research interests include the application of vibrational spectroscopy to questions in materials conservation and archaeology, as well forensic science. Current projects include analytical studies of indigenous artworks from Australia and Papua New Guinea. She has published widely on the application of vibrational spectroscopy to the characterisation of a wide range of materials and is also the author of several textbooks on the topic.

Dr Daniel Cozzolino

Daniel Cozzolino

Dr Daniel Cozzolinio

Daniel is currently a Research Fellow with the Barley Breeding Program (The University of Adelaide, Australia).  Daniel graduated from the Universidad de la Republica (Montevideo, Uruguay) as an Agricultural Engineer in 1989 and obtained his PhD from the University of Aberdeen (Aberdeen, Scotland) in 1998.  His research career has started in 1993 with the development of NIR applications for a wide range of agricultural products at the National Institute for Agricultural Research (INIA-Uruguay) before joined in 2002 the Australian Wine Research Institute (Senior Research Scientist, Team Leader Rapid Analytical Method (AWRI) based in Adelaide (South Australia).  His principal area of research is investigating applications of spectroscopic (NIR, MIR) methods and chemometrics in a wide range of agricultural products.  He has published more than 200 articles in refereed journals, invited chapters or reviews and more than 250 miscellaneous publications.  In 2013, he received the Tomas Hirschfeld Award for his outstanding contributions to NIR spectroscopy.

Dr Michael Logan

Dr Michael Logan is the Director of the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) Research and Scientific Branch. He has been in involved managing more than 1400 HAZMAT incidents across Queensland, Australia and internationally. He has a PhD in physical chemistry from the University of New South Wales and has been a Post Doctoral Fellow at the University of British Columbia. He also has various emergency management qualifications and is a HAZMAT specialist (NFPA 472).

Michael has delivered many invited presentations within Australia and internationally across all spheres of emergency management particularly in HAZMAT or CBRN emergency management. He also authored a variety of publications including a CBRN awareness DVD that has generated more than 20,000 copies. The Research and Scientific Branch he leads provided training to more 500 firefighters every year, and responds to around 450 incidents each year.

Prof. Hyotcherl Ihee

Professor Hyotcherl Ihee has been widely recognized as a distinguished scientist and a prominent leader in the field of time-resolved X-ray solution scattering and time-resolved optical spectroscopy. His research is focused on understanding the structural dynamics of a wide range of molecules covering small molecules to proteins using time-resolved X-ray liquidography (or solution scattering), time-resolved X-ray crystallography and time-resolved optical spectroscopy.

Prof. Masaaki Fujii

Plenary Talk Title: Gas phase spectroscopy of neurotransmitters and partial peptides of their receptor by IR-UV double resonance spectroscopy

Assistant Prof. Edwin Yeow

Asst. Prof. Yeow is interested in understanding fundamental and important processes that occur in materials science, nanotechnology and biological chemistry at the single-molecule level. We use single-molecule detection and applied spectroscopy methods in our research and are constantly developing new techniques with greater sensitivity.

Prof. Taiha Joo

The goal of our research is to elucidate microscopic dynamics of prompt chemical and photophysical processes in condensed phases. We put particular emphasis on the initial stages of the processes and the coupling between the electron and nuclear degrees of freedom, where the nuclear coordinates include both inter- and intra-molecular, as they play critical roles in most of the spectroscopy and determine the fate of a photoexcited system. Our primary research tool is the femtosecond time-domain spectroscopy that can determine the structure and energy levels of a molecule directly while a molecule is undergoing chemical reactions and physical processes. Depending on the system under scrutiny, a variety of femtosecond techniques including those developed in our own laboratory are employed; time-resolved fluorescence (TRF), 3 pulse photon echo peak shifts (3PEPS), spectrally resolved four wave mixing (SRFWM), transient grating (TG), tau-resolved transient grating (TRTG), and transient absorption (TA).

Prof. Jiming Hu

Plenary Talk Title: A Bridge between Pathological Research and Clinical Diagnosis of Disease

Prof. Bin Ren

Prof Ren and his group focus on the utilization and development of Raman spectroscopy and electrochemistry to study the physical and chemical processes on surfaces and in biological systems.  In particular, they are interesting in using surface plasmon-based methods to obtain the molecular signatures of the above systems with improved sensitivity, including surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy, tip-enhanced Raman spectroscopy and their combination with nanoelectrochemistry.

Prof. Koichi Iwata