Andries Meijerink leads an active research group working in the field of luminescence of inorganic solids. In all his research, both the (chemical) synthesis of the luminescent materials and the measurement (including laser spectroscopy) and modeling are important. Within his group two lines of research can be distinguished:
Luminescence of rare earth ions. This research focuses on understanding the energy-level structure and luminescence of rare earth ions and using the acquired knowledge for, for example, more efficient lighting, better solar cells, and faster scintillators.
Optical spectroscopy of quantum dots. Quantum dots are nanocrystals of semiconductors which, due to their small size, have properties that are determined by the size of the nanocrystal. The research focuses on understanding the size-dependent properties and application of quantum dots as luminous labels for bio-active molecules.
Professor J.-C.G. Bünzli is a physical-inorganic and analytical chemist by training and an active researcher in the field of co-ordination and supramolecular chemistry of the lanthanide ions.
His research focuses mainly on the relationship between the luminescent properties of lanthanide ions and the structure of the edifices in which these ions are embedded, on the use of lanthanide ions (mainly europium and terbium) as luminescent probes for biomedical analyses, and on the design of self-assembled building blocks for the synthesis of materials with predetermined photophysical and magnetic properties. The design of receptors able to encapsulate lanthanide ions and of enhancing their physico-chemical properties follows four different approaches.
Distinguished Professor Dayong Jin directs the Australian Research Council IDEAL Research Hub and Institute for Biomedical Materials & Devices (IBMD), at the University of Technology Sydney. His research has been in the physical, engineering and interdisciplinary sciences. He is a technology developer with expertise covering optics, luminescent materials, sensing, automation devices, microscopy imaging, and analytical chemistry to enable rapid detection of cells and molecules and engineering of sensors and photonics devices. Prof Jin is the winner of the Australian Museum Eureka Prize for Interdisciplinary Scientific Research in 2015, the Australian Academy of Science John Booker Medalist in 2017, and the Prime Minister’s Malcolm McIntosh Prize for Physical Scientist of the Year 2017.
Lecture title: Upconversion Super dots for Multiplexing Cytometry and Super-resolution Imaging