KAUST Research Conference 2016: Emerging Concepts and Materials in Solar Energy Conversion

​Speaker Biography​





​John Papanikolas

University of North Carolina, US


John Papanikolas received his undergraduate degree in Chemistry from Bowdoin College in 1987, before moving to the University of Colorado at Boulder.  There, he earned his PhD in Chemical Physics (1994) and pursued postdoctoral work.  In 1997 he moved to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to join the faculty in the Department of Chemistry.  Since 2009 he has served as Deputy Director of the UNC Energy Frontier Research Center.  His research interests are in use of ultrafast laser spectroscopies to study the fundamental energy and electron transfer processes that underpin solar energy conversion and the development of ultrafast imaging methods for visualizing electronic dynamics in individual nanostructures. 

He has authored or co-authored more than 80 peer-reviewed articles on that describe the photoinduced dynamics on complex molecular assemblies and nanomaterials.