Chemical Dynamics Award 2017 Winner

Professor Julia Weinstein
Professor Julia Weinstein
University of Sheffield


Awarded for advancing the fundamental understanding of photoinduced charge transfer and the development of a new IR-laser induced control approach


About the Winner

Julia Weinstein's research concerns light-mater interactions in condensed phase.  The specific focus is on photoinduced charge and energy transfer in nanoscale molecular systems, spanning fundamental dynamics through to possible applications in photocatalysis and solar fuels, and developing new and improved time-resolved methods and luminescent probes in biological imaging, diagnostics, and therapy. She is using a diversity of ultrafast spectroscopies, electronic and vibrational, as well as 2DIR spectroscopy, and pulse radiolysis technique to develop these areas. 

Julia obtained Diploma in Chemistry (with honours) from Moscow Lomonosov State University in 1990, followed by a PhD from the same institution in 1994 in the area of photoinduced electron transfer, accomplished under the guidance of Prof Mikhail Kuzmin and Prof Nikita Sadovskii.  She then became a member of academic staff at MSU, working on photochemistry of coordination compounds. Julia held short spells of visiting professorship position at Duke University, USA, in fall 1998 and 1999, and that of a visiting scientist at the University of Amsterdam in 1996 and 1998, where she worked on Raman spectroscopy.
In 2000 she became a Royal Society/NATO postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Nottingham, followed by a temporary lectureship at the same institution. In 2004, Julia was awarded an EPSRC Advanced Research Fellowship "Light-switchable molecular devices based on metal chromophores", followed by an appointment as a lecturer at the University of Sheffield in 2005, where she was promoted to professor in 2016.

Her most notable awards include Lomonosov Award in Science in 2003, and John van Geuns lectureship from Dutch Institute of Molecular Chemistry (2004).

She is a co-author of ca. 100 research papers, three book chapters, and a patent, has been a guest co-editor / editor of several issues of Dalton Transactions, and is currently a member of the Faraday Discussions advisory board. Prof Weinstein's research is highly collaborative in nature, bringing together synthetic chemists, spectroscopists, theoreticians, microscopists, and biologists from many countries, to understand the chemistry of light. 

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