Prof. Nick Serpone


Professor emeritus


Curriculum Vitae

Nick Serpone obtained his Ph.D. in Physical-Inorganic Chemistry at Cornell University (1964–1968; Ithaca, NY). He joined Concordia University (Montreal) in 1968 as Assistant Professor, was made Associate Professor in 1973, Professor in 1980, University Research Professor (1998–2004) and Professor Emeritus in 2000. He was a Program Director in the Chemistry Division of the U.S. National Science Foundation (Washington, 1998–2001). He has been a Visiting Professor at the University of Pavia, Italy, since 2002 and at the Tokyo University of Science, Noda Campus (July–August 2008).

His major research interests are in the photophysics and photochemistry of semiconductor metal oxides, heterogeneous photocatalysis, environmental photochemistry, photochemistry of sunscreen active agents, and application of microwaves to nanomaterials and to environmental remediation. He has co-authored over 430 articles and has co-edited 5 monographs. He recently co-authored a book with Prof. Vincenzo Balzani (Professor Emeritus, University of Bologna) and Dr. Nicola Armaroli (CNR, Bologna) titled "Powering Planet Earth - Energy solutions for the future" (Wiley-VCH, 2013). Currently, he is translating the book "Chemistry – reading and writing the book of Nature" by Vincenzo Balzani and Margherita Venturi (University of Bologna) under consideration by the Royal Society of Chemistry for publication.

In July 2010, he was elected a Fellow of the European Academy of Sciences (EurASc); he is currently a member of the Scientific Committee of the Materials Science Division of EurASc.

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