Prof. Wybren Jan Buma, from University of Amsterdam, Netherlands delivered a lecture entitled “Photons at Work” at CIAC on October 22, 2014.
Wybren Jan Buma received in 1989 cum laude his PhD degree at Leiden University where he performed his PhD research in both Experimental Physics and Theoretical Chemistry under the supervision of Joan van der Waals and Jan Schmidt. His PhD thesis he was awarded the 1989 Shell Prize. In 1989 he received a fellowship from the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) and joined the group of Bryan E. Kohler at the UC Riverside as a postdoc. In 1991 he was appointed to the faculty of the University of Amsterdam where he became professor by special appointment of the “John van Geuns Fonds” foundation in 2001. Since then he has held the regular chair in “Molecular Spectroscopy” at this university. His research group aims to advance the fundamental knowledge of the dynamics of excited states in molecules and nano-sized objects, and to contribute with its expertise to applications of the photosciences. He has been member and coordinator of various European Research Networks. In 2008 he was awarded the EU Descartes Prize for Transnational Research as member of the SynNanoMotors team.
Wybren Jan Buma is since 2008 the scientific director of the Holland Research School of Molecular Chemistry, a collaborative graduate school of the University of Amsterdam, the VU University Amsterdam, and Leiden University which has been accredited by the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW). In 2011 he was appointed as Chairman of the “John van Geuns Fonds” foundation. He is member of the Senate of the University of Amsterdam and holds memberships of various chemical and physical societies such as the Dutch Chemical Society, the Dutch Physical Society, and the American Chemical Society.