Organizing Committee

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Prof. Alexander P. Demchenko


The Gregorio Weber Award Winner

Prof. Alexander P. Demchenko is a well-known scientist in the field of molecular and membrane biophysics and in fluorescence spectroscopic research. He is the author of about 200 publications that are frequently cited in world literature and author of two classic monographs: Ultraviolet Spectroscopy of Proteins (Springer, 1986) and Introduction to Fluorescence Sensing (Springer, 2009/2015). He was also the editor of three books in the Springer Series on Fluorescence and the editorial board member of three journals. He studied molecular physics (Kyiv State, Shevtchenko University, 1967), obtained a Ph.D. in Biochemistry (1972), and obtained a Habilitation in Biophysics (1982). Working in his home institution in Ukraine (Palladin Institute of Biochemistry) he was invited as a visiting professor to different universities in the USA, Germany, Turkey, Hungary, France, and Taiwan. His research activities are versatile, often interdisciplinary, but always related to fluorescence. Studying the mechanisms of excited-state proton transfer reactions allowed him to develop the new concept of fluorescence sensing and imaging employing two-color ratiometric fluorescence probes. He extended the theory and application of Weber's Red Edge effect to the spectroscopic domain and also to excited-state reactions of electrons and protons and energy transfer that suggested the new 'site-selective' methodology to biophysics. ISS is honored to recognize Prof. Demchenko as this year's recipient of the Gregorio Weber Award for Excellence in Fluorescence Theory and Applications for his continued contributions to the evolution of the field.

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Anna Backerra

Theoretical Physicist

Anna Backerra has graduated in theoretical physics at the Eindhoven University of Technology in The Netherlands. After working for several years on the science staff at the Philips Research Laboratories, she began an independent theoretical study on quantum mechanics and complementarity. To develop a way of complementary thinking, she studied composition at the Conservatory in Enschede (The Netherlands) and in Saint Petersburg (Russia). She discovered that new musical and physical developments in history usually occur simultaneously, revealing a deeper scientific understanding. Using this similarity, she constructed a complementary mathematical language and applied this to physics, obtaining twin physics. The results are described in two books and nine articles. The last one is titled “Relation between Planck’s Constant and Speed of Light, Predicting Proton Radius More Accurately” and published in Applied Physics Research; Vol. 11, No. 5; 2019.

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Qiquan (Quinn) Qiao


South Dakota State University (SDSU)

Dr. Qiao is currently a Harold C. Hohbach Endowed Professor and Graduate Director in Jerome J. Lohr College of Engineering at South Dakota State University (SDSU). He is Director of EDA University Center, Site Director for the NSF IUCRC Planning Center on Solid-State Battery and Director of SDSU Cleanroom Nanofabrication Center. He is founder for Nano Tek, LLC, a spin-off start-up company to commercialize photovoltaics, batteries, biodevices, and biosensors. His current research focuses on energy conversion (e.g., photovoltaics), energy storage (e.g., lithium metal batteries), sensors, food-energy-water (FEW) sustainability and precision agriculture technologies. He has published more than 180 peer-reviewed papers in leading journals including Science, Nature Communications, Energy and Environmental Science, Journal of the American Chemical Society, Advanced Materials, Advanced Energy Materials, Advanced Functional Materials, Nanoscale, Joule, ACS Energy Letters, Nano Energy, IEEE Sensors Journal, etc. He has received research grants from NSF, NASA, USAID, EDA, 3M, Agilent, Raven Industries, Sanford Health, etc.

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Dr. Tiago Alves Jorge de Souza

Criminal Expert

Institute of Criminalistics of the Scientific and Technical Police

Tiago Alves Jorge de Souza has graduated in Biological Sciences at the State University of São Paulo - Brazil. He holds a master's and Ph.D. in Genetics by the Department of Genetics of the Ribeirão Preto Medical School at the University of São Paulo, Brazil. During his research he received grants from the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP), the National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq) and the Coordination for the Improvement of Higher Education Personnel (CAPES). He is the author of articles and chapters books about NanoGenotoxicology and Nanomaterial’s Green Synthesis. His current research focuses on Cytogenetic, Molecular Genetics, NanoGenotoxicology, Green Synthesis Methods, and Forensic Sciences. He teaches the discipline of Genetics and Evolution and is the Coordinator of the Forensic Research Group at the Adventist University Center of São Paulo (UNASP-EC). Currently, he holds the position of Criminal Expert at the Institute of Criminalistics of the Scientific and Technical Police of the São Paulo State, Brazil

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Dr. Helinando P. de Oliveira

Associate Professor

Federal University of Sao Francisco Valley

Prof. Dr. Helinando P. de Oliveira obtained a doctorate (D.Sc.) in Physics from the Federal University of Pernambuco (Brazil) and post-doctorate from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA). Currently, Dr. de Oliveira is an Associate Professor (level IV) of the Federal University of Sao Francisco Valley (Brazil). He has published more than 100 papers and inventor of 13 Brazilian patents. Dr. de Oliveira is currently the Review Editor of Frontiers in Materials and Current Graphene Science.

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Tatiana Vasilieva

Professor of the Chemistry Department

Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT)

Tatiana Vasilieva, Ph.D., Doktor habilitates (2017) is currently working as a Professor of the Chemistry Department and a vice-head of the Laboratory of Physics of Active Media and Systems in MIPT. Research activities deal with fundamental and applied plasma chemistry, plasma-based technologies of materials production, low-temperature plasmas application for green chemistry, biomass processing, and recycling, plasma medicine, and agriculture. She is the author or co-author of more than 100 papers in reputed journals and application-oriented books such as “Encyclopedia of Plasma Technology” (2016), “Practical Applications in Biomedical Engineering” (2012), and others. In the education field, she coordinates the international master program “Beam-Plasma Systems and Technology” in MIPT, leads overseas postgraduate students and trainees.

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Thomas F. George

Chancellor and Professor

University of Missouri–St. Louis

Thomas F. George served as chancellor and professor of chemistry and physics at the University of Missouri–St. Louis from 2003 until his retirement in 2019. Prior to that, he was chancellor at the University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point, provost at Washington State University, dean of science at SUNYBuffalo, and promoted by age 29 to full professor of chemistry at the University of Rochester. He received his B.A. degree (Phi Beta Kappa) with a double major in chemistry and mathematics from Gettysburg College, and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees at age 23 from Yale University, with postdoctoral appointments at MIT and UC-Berkeley. Tom’s research specialty is chemical/materials/laser/nanophysics, including nanomedicine. He continues to be an active researcher with 800 papers, 7 authored and 18 edited books. His awards include the Marlow Medal from the Royal Society of Chemistry (UK), Medal of Honor from Gulf University for Science and Technology in Kuwait, and Diploma of Honour from Seinájoki University of Applied Sciences in Finland. He holds honorary doctorates from the University of Szeged in Hungary and Phranakhon Rajabhat University in Thailand, and he has been elected as a foreign member of the Korean Academy of Science and Technology. As a hobby, he plays jazz keyboard and has performed throughout the St. Louis region and overseas in Bosnia, Croatia, China, Hungary, Kuwait, Oman, Romania, and Russian Siberia