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.

Spring 2017

January 11, 2017
Douglas Genna - Youngstown State
Title TBA

January 18, 2017
John Keith - Pittsburgh
In Silico Searches for Renewable Energy Catalysts Through Chemical Compound Space

February 1, 2017 
Kraig Wheeler- Eastern Illionins University 
Exploiting Shape Spaces of Molecular Recognition- Sense and Sensibility 

February 15, 2017
Laura Gagliardi - University of Minnesota 
Computationally Guided Discovery of Metal-Decorated Metal-Organic Frameworks Active for Catalysis

March 22, 2017
Tim Lian - Emory
Title TBA

March 29, 2017
Ming Lee Tang - UC Riverside 
Directing Energy Transfer Between Semiconductor Nanocrystals and Molecules

April 12, 2017
Plamen Atanassov - UNM
Title TBA

April 26, 2017
Psaras McGrier - The Ohio State University 
Title TBA