Wednesday, August 17 | 8:45 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Promenade, Ballroom 104
V. Ara Apkarian, University of California
Atomic Limit in Microscopy & Photon Confinement
V. Ara Apkarian is a distinguished professor of chemical physics at the University of California, Irvine and Director of the NSF Center for Chemical Innovation on Chemistry at the Space-Time Limit (CaSTL). He holds BS and PhD degrees in chemistry from USC and Northwestern. Following a postdoctoral fellowship at Cornell, he joined the chemistry faculty at UCI, where he has served as Department Chair and as the founding co-Director of the Chemical and Materials Physics (ChaMP) program. His principle scientific contributions are in photophysics, ultrafast molecular and quantum dynamics in condensed matter, nonlinear optics, spectroscopy, and spectromicroscopy in the atomistic near-field. Apkarian is a Foreign Member of the National Academy of Sciences of Armenia, a Fellow of APS, AAAS and SPIE, and has been recognized with awards in teaching, service and research, including the Dreyfus Award (1983), Sloan Fellowship (1990), Humboldt Prize (1996), UCI Distinguished Faculty Award for Teaching (2006), USC Distinguished Alumnus Award (2007), Charles Bennett Award for service (2008), the ACS Award in Experimental Physical Chemistry (2014), and an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Jyväskylä, Finland (2016).