Congratulations to Stefania Impellizzeri who has been awarded the prestigious Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship for 2 years to work with Tito Scaiano on the project:
“Light-Driven Molecular Devices for Inexpensive and Ecologogical Rewrittable Materials: Green Nanotechnology for Rapid and Secure Communications”
Stefania is studying fundamental processes in nanoscience to develop nanotechnology for sub-wavelength read/write processes.
Tito and Kevin recently published a perspective in issue 7 of the Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters, titled:
Can Surface Plasmon Fields Provide a New Way to Photosensitize Organic Photoreactions? From Designer Nanoparticles to Custom Applications
In Kevin’s words: ‘This perspective focuses on some photochemical methods for the synthesis of noble metal nanoparticles and how plasmon excitation can be used as a tool for novel photochemistry related with extreme localized heating, enhanced redox chemistry and enhanced photochemical and photophysical processes at the surface of plasmon excited metal nanoparticles.’
Here is a link to a video where Tito and Kevin discuss their work:
Has, an undergraduate student in our group, has recently won the “Undergraduate Research Excellence Award for Biochemistry" for the category of "Cell Function and Differentiation and Cancer" for the biochemistry honours research poster day. The title of his research project was "Plasmon mediated melting as a tool for temperature sensing in gold nanoparticles"
Marisa and Michel hosted a ‘hands-on chemistry’ event for a club of young girls interested in science, named CAGIS (Canadian Association of Girls in Science). Marisa selected and prepared numerous chemistry experiments that the girls performed themselves. It was a record turn-out and an event that the girls will not soon forget!
More photos here!
Research Associate Dr. Geniece Hallett-Tapley has just been announced as the winner of the SPIE Byers Award for her presentation “Ionic Carbamate Photoacid/Photobase Generators for the Advancement of Dual Tone Photolithography” at the 2012 SPIE (the International Society for Optics and Photonics) Conference in San Jose, California. The Award will be presented in February 2013 in California.
Chiara, Charles and Michel gave a presentation on the properties of light at a primary school, exposing students in grades 4, 5 and 6 to the fascinating world of photochemistry. Charles was a big hit in his role of a distracted scientist and Chiara photographed the event. Mika, a grade 6 student and avid science fan, assisted with the demonstrations.
more photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/scaianolaserlab/
October 9th, 2012:
Tito received the Theodor Förster award of the German Chemical Society on October 9, 2012 at a conference in Potsdam (Berlin). Tito follows a long list of distinguished past winners that include George Porter, London, Albert Weller, Göttingen, Zbigniew R. Grabowski, Warschau, Fritz P. Schäfer, Göttingen, Jan W. Verhoeven, Amsterdam, Waldemar Adam, Würzburg, Dietmar Möbius, Göttingen, Frans Carl DeSchryver, Leuven, Kurt Schaffner, Mülheim, Jakob Wirz, Basel, Nicholas J. Turro, New York, Gion Calzaferri, Bern, Masahiro Irie, Tokyo, and Miguel A. Miranda, Valencia.
The Förster lecture entitled "Using Organic Photochemistry to Make Nanoparticles and Nanoparticles to Direct Organic Chemistry" was also presented at Bremen (Oct 11) and Cologne (Oct 12).
June 14th, 2012:
Tito appointed visiting professor in Valencia.
May 25th, 2012:
The article by Kevin and Tito on the early stages of silver nanoparticle formation was selected for inclusion in JACS Select #14 covering "Advances at the Frontiers of Photochemical Sciences" and edited by Professor Miguel Garcia Garibay. You can access this selection of articles at:
and also hear an interview with the editor.
To see the original article chick here: http://pubs.acs.org/stoken/beta/select/abs/10.1021/ja108451v
Our group recently acquired a Fluorescence Lifetime Imaging Microscope.
Tito is an author of a popular photochemistry book.