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[Lecture] The Power of One: From Single Molecule Investigations to Materials Research and beyond
Aug. 11, 2023

Speaker: Johan Hofkens, University of Leuven

Time: 20:00-21:30 p.m., August 11, 2023, GMT+8

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Single molecule spectroscopy has tremendously impacted every field in which the technique was applied, ranging from catalysis over plasmonics, polymer physics, biophysics to cell biology and DNA sequencing. Furthermore, single molecule techniques have allowed researchers to push the resolution of fluorescence microscopy past the diffraction limit. In this presentation, I will give an overview of how recent single molecule experiments and the development of new microscopy modalities in my laboratory have been have been driving developments in material science and biosciences alike.


Johan Hofkens received his MSc. and Ph.D. degree in Chemistry from the University of Leuven (KULeuven). After postdoctoral research with Prof. Masuhara at Osaka University (1994-1995) and Prof. Barbara at the University of Minneapolis (1996), he rejoined the KULeuven, establishing the Single Molecule Laboratory in the group of Frans De schryver. In 2005 he was appointed Research Professor at the KULeuven and in 2008 he was promoted to full professor. His research interests are fast spectroscopy, single molecule spectroscopy & fluorescence microscopy, the development of new microscopy modes and application of these microscopy modalities in biological and materials research. He currently holds a fellow position in the MPI Mainz. Prof. Hofkens is an editor for ACS and serves on editorial boards of multiple journals.  He has published more than 500 journal research papers, holds 7 patents, co-authored two books. He is an elected Member of the Flemish Academy of Science (Vlaamse Koninklijke Academie voor Wetenschappen, Letteren en Kunst), of the European Academy of Science, and of  Academia Europaea. He received several awards including the Award of the ‘Koninklijke Academie voor Wetenschappen, Letteren en Kunst’, section Chemistry, the Grammaticakis Neumann award in Photochemistry, the ‘Prix FSR’, the Morino Lecturer award and the Otto Wolfbeis Fluorescence Prize. Prof Hofkens held the Zernike chair at the University of Groningen and holds a Chair professor position at Zhejiang University . He has mentored over 50 PhD students and over 80 postdocotoral researchers, many of which  now occupy positions in academia themselves.

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