Keynote speakers

1st Conference and Spring School

on Properties, Design and Applications of Upconverting Nanomaterials

23rd-27th May 2016, Wroclaw, Poland

Keynote Speakers

Mary Berry

Conference talk:


Spring school lecture:

Real-Time Spectroscopic Monitoring and Mathematical Modelling of the Synthesis and Modification of Upconversion Nanocrystals

Development of Quantitative Mechanistic Models for Up-conversion in Lanthanide-doped Nanomaterials.

Mary Berry received her BS in Chemistry from the College of Charleston, Charleston, SC, and her PhD in Physical Chemistry from the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, with a specialization in lanthanide spectroscopy. She was subsequently a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Pennsylvania, working with Marsha Lester on the photodynamics of small van der Walls molecules. In 1991 she joined the chemistry faculty at the University of South Dakota, where she has remained for the last 24 years. During that time Dr. Berry served as the Chair of Chemistry (2001-2012); Director of the PhotoActivated Nanoscale Systems (PANS) collaborative (2012-2014); and Interim Vice President for Research (current). She was also Director of two multi-institutional educational programs in South Dakota, an NSF Undergraduate Research Center (NPURC) and an NSF Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT). Dr. Berry’s current research area is in mathematical modeling of upconversion dynamics and of nanocrystal growth mechanisms.

Dayong Jin

Conference talk:


Spring school lecture:

Integrated Analytical Devices powered by Upconversion Nanotechnology


Controlling upconversion nanocrystals for emerging applications

Professor JIN, Dayong is an Australian Research Council Future Fellow in photonics, nanotechnology & medical biotechnology, the Chief Investigator of ARC Centre of Excellence for Nanoscale Biophotonics. Since 2008, Prof. Jin established the Advanced Cytometry Labs @ Macquarie University, where he developed a new material library of multi-functional Super Dots® for rapid diagnostics, nanoscale molecular imaging and anti-counterfeiting applications. For his pioneering work in tailoring the multidisciplinary approaches to develop the simple method for detecting hidden, diseased cells, his team has been awarded the 2015 Australian Museum UNSW Eureka Prize for Excellence in Interdisciplinary Scientific Research.

In 2015, Prof. Jin accepted an offer to join the University of Technology Sydney as a chair professor to lead its Materials and Technology research strength and grow the UTS Institute of Biomedical Materials & Devices. His goal by 2020 is to develop a more dynamic collaborative research hub which is featured by solution-driven research.

Link to D.Jin web page


Chun Hua Yan

Conference talk:


Spring school lecture:

Efficient Tailoring of Upconversion Energy Transfer in Rare Earth Nanocrystals by Engineering Local Structure and Core/Shell Architecture

Controllable Synthesis of High-Quality Rare Earth-Based Nanocrystals

Chun-Hua Yan was born in Shanghai, China. He received his BS, MS and PhD degrees from Peking University (PKU), China. He became full Professor in 1991 and Cheung Kong Professor of Chemistry in 1999 at PKU. He is an elected Member of Chinese Academy of Sciences (2011) and a Fellow of the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World (TWAS, 2012). He is now the Director of the State Key Laboratory of Rare Earth Materials Chemistry and Applications; he also serves as an Associate Editor for Inorganic Chemistry (ACS) and the Managing Editor-in-Chief for J. Rare Earths (Elsevier). His main research fields are rare earth functional materials and rare earth separation chemistry and engineering. Up to date, he has published more than 400 papers in the peer-review SCI journals with h-index 77 on 20,500 citations. He has received the 2nd Grade Prize (2006, 2011) and 3rd Grade Prize (1988) of the National Natural Science of China, the 2nd Grade Prize (1999) and 3rd Grade Prize (1991) of the National Science and Technology Progress of China, "Research Prize for Youth Scientists" awarded by the Hok Ying Dong (Hong Kong) Education Foundation (1995), "Prize for Outstanding Youth Scholar" awarded by Hong Kong Qiushi Science and Technology Foundation (1995), and AkzoNobel Chemical Sciences Award 2010.

Frank C. J. M. van Veggel

Conference talk:


Spring school lecture:

On upconverting Ln3+ based nanoparticles; a critical perspective on synthesis, characterisation, and applications

On Ln3+ based core-shell nanoparticles as a method to increase quantum yield of non-linear processes

Frank C.J.M. van Veggel started his scientific carrier in 1986 and in 1990 he defended his Ph.D. thesis on metallomacrocycles, and after working in chemical company, he returned to science in 1992 as assistant professor. At that time he focused on supra molecular chemistry in the group of Prof. Dr. Ir. D.N. Reinhoudt. In 1998, he was promoted to associate professor in physical-organic chemistry at the University of Twente. In 2002 he moved to Canada holding a Canada Research Chair in supra molecular photonic materials (2002-2007), and he was promoted to full professorship. Afterwards, he obtained a few research fellowships in Sydney and Utrecht, as well as was awarded with Award for Research Excellence in Materials Chemistry and UVic Craigdarroch Award for Excellence in Innovation and Entrepreneurship in 2012 and 2013 respectively.

At present, his major interests are in the field of new nanosize (optical and magnetic) materials and their applications (e.g. in cancer diagnostics and treatment). He is the author of more than 200 papers, review articles, and patents. His current h-index is 63 with an average of 54 citation per entry in the web-of-science database.