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|Vincenzo Barone has been a full professor of physical chemistry since 1994: first at the Federico II University, Naples, Italy, and then, since 2008, at the Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa, Italy, where he has also been the President from 2016 to 2019. He is a member of several editorial boards, and a fellow of the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei, the International Academy of Quantum Molecular Sciences, the European Academy of Sciences and the Royal Society of Chemistry. He has been the President of the Italian Chemical Society and has received several national and international prizes and grants (e.g., the Avogadro Medal in 2020, the French–Italian Chemistry prize in 2019 and the ERC Advanced Grant DREAMS in 2013). He has authored more than 800 papers in international journals, with more than 60,000 total citations and an H-index of 90. Since 1995, he has been one of the major contributors of the Gaussian package, which is the most widespread electronic structure code and receives thousands of citations per year. His scientific activity has provided fundamental contributions in fields including density functional theory, solvent models, computational spectroscopy, astrochemistry and also, in the last few years, applications of virtual reality and artificial intelligence to molecular sciences.|
|Sergei Manzhos is Associate Professor at the Centre Énergie Matériaux Télécommunications (EMT) of the Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique (INRS), Canada. He holds a Ph.D. in chemistry from Queen’s University (2005) and M.Sc. in radio physics from Kharkiv National University (1999). In 2004–2008, he was a postdoctoral fellow and NSERC postdoctoral fellow at the Université de Montréal in the group of Prof. Tucker Carrington. He was a Project Assistant Professor at the University of Tokyo (Department of Chemical System Engineering and Research Centre for Advanced Science and Technology) in 2008–2012, working in the group of Prof. Koichi Yamashina and Prof. Hiroshi Segawa. In 2012–2019, he was an Assistant Professor (group leader) at the Department of Mechanical Engineering, National University of Singapore, Singapore, before joining INRS in 2019. Prof. Manzhos’s research interests include computational modeling and design of materials for energy conversion and storage technologies, as well as method development for computational spectroscopy and large-scale ab initio methods. He uses and develops machine learning based methods for these and other applications.|
|Jacinto Sá (Ph.D.-Physical-Chemistry) is the leader of the Plasmonics research group and physical chemistry professor at Uppsala University (Sweden) and Institute of Physical-Chemistry, Polish Academy of Sciences (IChF-PAN), Poland. He attained his MSc in the chemistry field of Analytical Chemistry at the Universidade de Aveiro, Portugal, during which he did a research project at Vienna, University of Technology, Austria. He was awarded a PhD degree in 2007 by the University of Aberdeen, Scotland, UK, in the field of catalysis and surface science. In 2007, he joined as a postdoc the CenTACat group at Queen’s University Belfast under the guidance of Profs. Burch and Hardacre. In 2010, he moved to Switzerland as a scientist first at ETH Zurich and Paul Scherrer Institute, and later at the Laboratory for Ultrafast Spectroscopy (EPFL). In 2013, he was awarded by Uppsala University a tenure-track assistant professor, a position competed for by 800 candidates. In 2014, he started the position jointly at Uppsala University and IChF-PAN. He was promoted to full professor in 2020. In 2018, Prof. Sá co-founded Peafowl Solar Power as a start-up, that develops aesthetic power solutions for smart devices based on direct plasmonic solar cells, a concept pioneered in his research group. His research efforts are focused on plasmonic for artificial photosynthesis and solar cells, as well as the development of advanced characterization techniques in particular core-level photon-in photon-out spectroscopy with von Hamos spectrometer from lab to XFEL measurements for a plethora of applications.|
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