Center for Photochemical Sciences


The Center for Photochemical Sciences, established in 1985, evolved from research activities of faculty in the Department of Chemistry at Bowling Green State University to make more effective use of focused resources in the photochemical sciences by assembling teams of scientists collaborating in an interactive, interdisciplinary research setting.

Center members include BGSU faculty from the Departments of Chemistry, Physics and Astronomy, and Biological Sciences.  Its unifying intellectual theme focuses on the study of the interaction of light with physical, chemical, and biological systems, and on the quest for practical applications of that basic knowledge, which stimulate new technology.  The Center serves to expand the synergy of research, teaching, and applications in the photochemical sciences.

Goals and Objectives

  • To conduct research across displinary boundaries.
  • To prepare students and professionals for careers in industry and academia.
  • To support established technological business through consultation and collaboration, particularly in our immediate locale, and to support the development of new business based on photoscience.
  • To serve as a resource center and transfer knowledge to those outside the Center.

Distinguishing Features

  • Strong interaction on regional, state, and national levels with industries whose research, development and product initiatives involve the photochemical sciences.
  • A distinguished scientific advisory board composed of leaders in the photosciences from industry and academia who participate in policy, planning, and establishment of long-range goals for the Center.
  • Research collaborations at the local, regional, national, and international levels.



All seminars will be held in Overman Hall 123 at 3:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

Fall 2016

September 14, 2016
Charles Musgrave - CU Boulder
Title TBA

September 28, 2016
Jeremy Klosterman - Bowling Green State University
Directing Aggregation of Donor-Acceptor organic dyes within Metal-organic Frameworks

October 5, 2016
John Papnikolas - UNC Chapel Hill
Title TBA

October 12, 2016
Michael Walter  - UNC Charlotte
Structural modifications to enhance exciton diffusion in porphyrin thin films and single crystals

October 19, 2016
John Miller - Brookhaven
Characteristics of Conjugated Polymers and Electron Transfer for Solar Energy Conversion

October 26, 2016
Yang Zhang, University of Michigan
Protein structure prediction and protein design

November 2, 2016
Delia Milliron - UT Austin
Tuning Localized Surface Plasmon Resonance in Metal Oxide Nanocrystals

November 9, 2016
Andrew Bocarsly - Princeton
Solar Fuels From Photoelectrochemical Cells: New Semiconductor-Electrolyte Interfaces for the Reduction of CO2 and H2O

November 16, 2016
Bharat Dhital - Bowling Green State University
Single-Molecule Interfacial Electron Transfer Dynamics in Dye-Sensitized TiO2 Nanoparticles

December 7, 2016
Matthew Beard - NREL
Title TBA